Eco-Informed Practice

Family Therapy in an Age of Ecological Peril

  • Tracey A. Laszloffy
  • Markie L. C. Twist

Part of the AFTA SpringerBriefs in Family Therapy book series (BRIEFSFAT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Markie L. C. Twist, Tracey A. Laszloffy
    Pages 1-6
  3. Sarah A. Hechter, Stephen T. Fife
    Pages 45-57
  4. C. A. Blankenship
    Pages 73-85
  5. Deanna S. Carvalho, Jason J. Platt
    Pages 87-99
  6. Tracey A. Laszloffy
    Pages 101-108
  7. Markie L. C. Twist, Daniela Leon, Amanda J. Korbar, Shannon Yuen
    Pages 109-121
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 123-126

About this book


This innovative book examines how family health and well-being have been impacted by increased alienation from the natural world and calls for greater incorporation of ecological issues into therapeutic practice. Positioning environmental activism as a critical social justice issue, the book highlights the unique opportunities for family therapists to promote reconnection, healing, and sustainability by integrating attention to nature and the environment into their work. Contributors also recommend clinical ideas, strategies, and interventions that can be employed as part of this approach to therapy, research, and teaching.

Among the topics covered:

  • Developmental benefits of childhood experiences with nature
  • Applications of indigenous healing methods in Western practice
  • Wilderness and adventure therapy immersion
  • Clinical, educational, and supervisory applications of an eco-informed approach to therapy

The first work of its kind to address the overlap in environmental and family sustainability in the field of family therapy, Eco-Informed Practice: Family Therapy in an Age of Ecological Peril fills a significant gap in family therapy literature. Students and professionals in mental health fields will find this book an enlightening perspective on family therapy as well as a set of useful guidelines for implementing this exciting new approach in clinical practice.


Ecology Sustainability Family therapy Couple therapy Eco-psychology Eco-informed therapy Green practices Wilderness therapy Animal assisted therapy Living systems Human development Family studies Environmental psychology Environmental studies Nature assisted therapy

Editors and affiliations

  • Tracey A. Laszloffy
    • 1
  • Markie L. C. Twist
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Relationship HealingNorwichUSA
  2. 2.Human Development & Family Studies DepartmentUniversity of Wisconsin–StoutMenomonieUSA

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