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Psychotherapy for a Changing Planet

Date: 10:00am - 5:00pm PDT April 20 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School

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“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 of this devastation.” - United Nation’s Sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Climate scientists estimate that 200 million Americans will be touched by significant psychological distress resulting from climate-related events in the upcoming years, yet little attention is currently given to how to treat the mental health effects caused by continued climate change.

Those who are least responsible for damaging the climate can suffer the gravest consequences. When diverse community voices are invalidated or minimized, or social justice perspectives are not taken into account, it can actually increase long-term post-trauma distress.

Psychology is powerful in addressing the emotional underpinnings of climate-provoked distress, understanding motivators for change, processing the deep emotions triggered by climate threats, and identifying the most effective communication strategies to open useful conversations.

This workshop will introduce comprehensive strategies and resources for mental health professionals, addressing key clinical themes specific to the psychological impact of climate change. Participants will discuss ways to safeguard the rights of the most vulnerable, and work toward sharing the burdens and benefits of climate change with equitable and fair resolutions. This workshop will expand the framework of mental health models, including tools for greater community outreach with a diversity-informed lense.

Following this workshop, participants will have the ability to:

  • Explain the growing relevance of climate change in psychotherapy theory and clinical practice
  • Assess climate-provoked distress in clients, and incorporate effective approaches for building emotional resiliency
  • List interventions for helping clients process emotions related to climate-provoked anxiety, depression and grief, and for building emotional resiliency
  • Provide reputable resources for furthering competency in climate psychology

Course Details & Registration

Date and Time: Friday, April 20, 2018, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Instructor: Leslie Davenport, MS, LMFT

Cost: $125 by 3/22, $150 after. Includes 6 CEUs or PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%.

Students: $50  |  L&C Staff: $75  (Contact to register)
Student and Staff spots are limited. Early registration is recommended.

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About the Presenter

Leslie Davenport is a 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 Marin Clean Energy Campaign. This year she is teaching climate psychology on faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies and JFK University.