This book attempts to answer two important questions. These include; "What does it mean to have an ecological identity?" and "What implications does this have for those working in the helping professions?" This exploration uses a hermeneutic stance that pays special attention to the way we use language to interpret the human-nature relationship and leads to a unique understanding of what it means to help others. This work will be of interest to educators and helping professionals who want to develop a more ecologically congruent form of practice.
Peter Vogels PhD.RSW is a professor in the social work program at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He has worked in a wide variety of outdoor settings as an outdoor educator, group facilitator and therapist. His most recent research explores the concept of ecological identity and its implications for the helping process.