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CAPO Counselling and psychotherapy outdoors

CAPO Counselling and psychotherapy outdoors

Capo is a professional members organisation whose aim is to support counsellors and psychotherapists in taking their therapy practice outdoors. We also promote, develop, research the practice of counselling and psychotherapy in the outdoors.

Criteria for membership:

Open to qualified counsellors and psychotherapists (Arts therapists Chartered Counselling/Clinical Psychologists,) who are accredited members of, or are working towards accreditation with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), The United Kingdom Counsel of Psychotherapy (UKCP), Health Professions Council (HPC) and The British Psychological Society (BPS).

The group is also open to student counsellors and therapists on courses validated by the above organisations.

Research members: While CAPO is primarily a practitioners organisation, we recognise the important role played by research in the development of this field. With this in mind membership applications from researchers in this field will be considered on a case by case basis.

Aims of the group:

• To promote the field of counselling and psychotherapy in the outdoors

• To develop the field of counselling and psychotherapy in the outdoors

• To research the field of counselling and psychotherapy outdoors

• To further knowledge and practice in counselling and psychotherapy in the outdoors

• To develop ethical frameworks for practice, incorporating and adapting existing codes of ethics where necessary

• To explore areas of knowledge and practice where the existing outdoor education and experiential learning processes interface

•To provide an interface for dialogue with existing counselling and psychotherapy organisations

see website for details:

New Book on Ecotherapy

Nature and Therapy: Understanding Counselling and Psychotherapy in Outdoor Spaces.

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Training courses 2014

(I also offer 1-1 support/supervision for therapists and others interested in developing their outdoor practice, this can be done over Skype and online)

Taking Therapy Outside

Saturdays - 4th October, 15th November 2014

Stanmer Park, Brighton. 10-1pm Cost: £60 (this is for both workshops which need to be booked together)

Two half day workshops – supporting therapists in taking their therapeutic practice outdoors

Time will be given over to exploring ourselves in relation to the natural world. We will explore experiential processes such as participation and projection in nature, taking time to reflect upon our experiences. We will then do skills work to develop an understanding of taking our therapeutic work outside of a room environment, considering issues around the therapeutic frame, boundaries and also the therapist-client-nature relationship.

These workshops will be suitable for those interested in an introduction to taking their therapeutic work outdoors and how they might be able to use this in their therapeutic work with clients.

The workshop will be led by Martin Jordan, Psychotherapist and Counselling Psychologist with a special interest in working therapeutically in natural settings.

Tea and coffee provided.

Tel. Martin Jordan 07876 716700



Taking therapy outside - on going support for therapists in developing nature based therapy practice

11th – 14th September 2014

This course is now fully booked with a waiting list but please add you name to mailing list (see bottom of webpage) and we will be running 2 courses next year.

Powder Mill Woods, Battle, East Sussex

This weekend will be suitable for therapy professionals such as counsellors, psychotherapists, arts therapists, psychologists who want to explore the potential for their work in moving into an outdoor, natural space.

On this course we will focus on exploring your personal relationship with the natural world as a foundation for developing an underpinning therapeutic rationale. Participants will gain insight into the needs of clients in moving into working in natural settings.

We will also begin to explore the challenge of holding a therapeutic frame in an outdoor natural space as well as the therapeutic processes that come into play. This will include working with metaphor, embodiment, and the four directions of self in nature, and aesthetic connections. This learning will be applied through skills work to further your understanding of working with clients in a natural setting.

The course will involve a mixture of experiential work, attending to group process, skills work, teaching input and group discussion.


We have a beautiful woodland venue at Powdermill woods near Battle in East Sussex. This venue is accessible by public transport. The weekend will be self-catering with shared meals where possible.

You are free to stay off site in local B and B’s. However, this may detract from the complete experience and personal learning that can be gained from an extended period in an outdoor setting as part of a group.


For 4 day course - £295

Deposit - £95 is payable on booking, other payments can be made in instalments

Places are limited to 12, and subject to short telephone or Skype interview to discuss your interests and training background.

Course Leaders:

The course will be facilitated by Martin Jordan, CPsychol, UKCP registered psychotherapist and counselling psychologist, and course leader for the PG Dip in Psychodynamic Counselling at Brighton University;


Hayley Marshall BA Hons MSc CTA PTSTA UKCP registered psychotherapist and trainer at the South Manchester Centre for Psychotherapy.

For enquiries about all aspects of the course and booking please Email: or call on 07876 716700