University staff profile
Dr Martin Jordan is Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling.
How I like to teach
As a teacher rooted firmly in my practice as a psychotherapist and psychologist, I draw from my own work experience and learning to illustrate theoretical ideas from actual examples of working with therapy clients. Alongside this I believe in the importance of learning experientially and offer students opportunities to learn from and apply knowledge from their own experience. I also believe in the value of theory and its importance to practice and do enjoy giving lectures and using teaching aids such as powerpoint and other visual materials.
My research interests
My main research interests are in the area of Ecotherapy and Ecopsychology. This is exploring the psychological and healing benefits of contact with the natural world and its importance for our mental health. I also see mental health not just as an individual problem but linked to poverty, culture and the environment.
Current research projects:
- I am currently involved in research and evaluation of Greencare initiatives in Brighton and Hove and the provision of Ecotherapy for mental health, wellbeing and recovery.
Previous research projects:
- I have published in this area co-writing a report on GROW a mental health organisation using the natural environment to support adults with mental health problems see the research project page and the final report for further information.
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Telephone: 01273 643936
After completing a first degree in psychology, Martin went on to train as a drama-therapist, and became interested in working with stories and myths. He subsequently engaged in further training in counselling psychology and psychodynamic psychotherapy. He has worked in mental health settings both in day centres and residential treatment. He set up and managed a therapeutic service for drug using offenders and worked with families experiencing drug problems.
His interest in nature and therapy has developed through his work with and participation in mens groups and nature-based therapy experiences. He has completed mountain leader training and trained as a vision fast facilitator at the School of Lost Borders, culminating in a four-day and night vision fast in Death Valley, California.
He completed his PHD looking at therapists who had taken their practice into outdoor natural spaces this resulted in a book published with Routledge in 2014: Nature Therapy: Understanding counselling and psychotherapy in outdoor spaces.
Co-founding editor of European Journal of Ecopsychology
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Course Leader for Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling