Certificate in Guided Imagery
Psychotherapy and a Changing Planet: Climate Psychology
Climate scientists estimate that 200 million Americans will touched by significant psychological distress from climate-related events in the upcoming years, and yet little attention is given to how to treat the profound mental health suffering that results from climate change. The U.N. sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported that “The physical and economic destruction (of climate change) surely boggles the mind but what is not being addressed are the human psychological consequences of all this devastation.
And yet the contribution of the mental health field goes beyond coping, to being part of an interdisciplinary effort effort to mitigate and slow the progression of climate chaos. The field of psychology is powerful in:
- addressing the emotional underpinnings of climate denial and disavowal
- understanding motivators for how people change
- identifying the most effective communication strategies
- building resiliency when individuals and communities are faced with immediate and long term climate chaos that provoke trauma, grief, anxiety and depression
- promoting the therapeutic benefits of empowered participation and engagements in climate solutions.
This course will introduce comprehensive strategies and resources for mental health professionals, addressing key clinical themes specific to the psychological features and impact of climate change.
- Identify key theoretical underpinnings of coping with the impact of climate change.
- Prepare for effective treatment of climate disruption mental health symptoms in clinical practice.
- Identify the growing relevance of climate change in psychotherapy.
- List techniques for helping clients process emotions related to climate provoked anxiety, depression and grief and for building emotional resiliency.
- Analyze a variety of ways to incorporate climate psychology perspectives into clinical practice.
- Provide reputable resources for furthering competency in climate psychology.
Leslie Davenport is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who brings innovative climate solutions to the halls of academia and to the streets. She is the author of three books, including Emotional Resiliency in the Era of Climate Change, and was a reviewer for APA’s “Mental Health and our Changing Climate.” Leslie is a founding member of the Institute for Health & Healing at California Pacific Medical Center, and her 25 years of developing an integrative, collaborative healing model has informed her approach to climate justice. She has served on Red Cross Disaster Mental Health teams, and the 350.org Marin Clean Energy Campaign. This year she is teaching climate psychology on faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
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