May 1, 2022: Applications Open
July 31, 2022: Final Application Deadline
Explore our Cohort Schedule web page.
Program Fee: $3,000-$5,000
Application Fee: $50 (non-refundable)
Learn more about our scholarships and discounts at our Fees and Discounts Page
The Climate Psychology Certificate (CPC) at CIIS launches in fall 2022 and will take place as live synchronous learning via Zoom. Subscribe to our newsletter below to stay informed!
CPC provides psychological training and skills for therapists, healers, and allied professionals to competently and innovatively address the growing mental health impacts of the climate emergency. Utilizing an integrative and robust framework that includes multiple behavioral science approaches and philosophies, as well as a view into the broken systemic legacies from which painful eco-emotional conditions arise, climate psychology is adaptable to various therapeutic orientations.
The primary focus of CPC is to provide training that can be incorporated into clinical practice for working therapeutically with the lived experiences of eco-anxiety, eco-grief, and many expressions of climate-invoked dread. Participants learn about:
- Immediate mental health impacts of climate related disasters.
- Long term stress of living with the reality of climate change over time.
- Trauma-informed therapeutic and emotional resiliency skills with ways of motivating effective action.
- Existential dilemmas that come into the therapy room, such as whether to have a family, move out of a geographical area to avoid climate related disasters, kinship breakdown, and more generally, how to navigate one’s own future with escalating threats.
Working as a climate-aware therapist extends far beyond the therapy room. Bringing a psychological understanding of how we arrived at this global crisis and ways behavioral insights can be applied for effective engagement, therapists have important contribution to make in interdisciplinary efforts towards sustainable solutions. A broad range of settings include:
- Creating widely accessible climate therapy support through group offerings.
- Partnering with agencies, advocacy groups, activists, and nonprofits to provide emotional resilience tools and resources to staff and the communities they serve.
- Working with environmental, business, and/or academic organizations to create emotionally-inclusive work cultures, and guide initiatives with behavioral science perspectives to boost engagement.
- Writing, speaking, teaching, and research, to continue bringing forth the psychological dimensions of climate work.
- Connecting with schools to introduce emotionally intelligent features to climate curriculums.
Climate psychology themes live within a social justice context an understanding that facing climate change includes addressing racial, gender, and generational collective suffering, human rights abuses, rights of nature, and the historical responsibilities for environmental damage. Particular attention will be paid to the inequitable impacts of climate change on the mental health of marginalized and vulnerable populations, and the importance of ethical policies and decision making that prioritizes these groups. This exploration includes how to deconstruct systemic harm perpetuated in colonized minds and practices.
Guided by a developmental lens, the training will include the ways in which climate change can be explained to children of various age groups, giving kids reason to hope and become part of meaningful change without minimizing the challenges ahead. With half the youth (16 –25 year old) reporting distress about the climate in ways that disrupt their daily lives and functioning, the program will address the moral injury that government inaction has inflicted.
The program cohort is intentionally kept small to promote connections among participants that can lead to lifelong networking, shared professional efforts, and cross referrals.
The ecological crisis is not only a call to action to ensure the survival of humanity and other life forms on our planet, but also has the potential to move human evolution and consciousness to the next level of social, racial, and economic equality. In addition to the rich resources found within psychology, we will explore the clinical relevance with speakers from Indigenous and wisdom traditions who can provide us with a reminder of our interconnectivity with the full diversity and beauty of life and the Earth as our sacred home.
How to Apply
Applications for Certificate Programs may be submitted through CIIS' online platform. Applications include: Background & Goal Statement, Resume or Curriculum Vitae, and an optional Scholarship Essay.
We especially encourage applications from individuals who: identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color; identify as LGBTQIA+, and/or serve marginalized or under-represented populations.
Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis until the cohort is full. Applicants will be notified within 60 days of submitting their application.
If you have additional questions contact Kyle DeMedio at email@example.com.
Explore Our Website
- Learn more about CPC at the Details Page.
- Learn about Fees, Discounts, and Scholarship Opportunities at the Fees and Discounts Page.
- If you have questions, explore our Frequently Asked Questions Page.
- Sign up for a free, live online information session at the Information Sessions Page.
- Learn more about our Program Leads.
- Engage with CPC's wide array of instructors at the Instructors Page.
- Explore the Climate Psychology Certificate Cohort Schedule.
About CIIS Public Programs
CIIS Public Programs produces events and continuing education opportunities for people who are curious about themselves and the world. Our programs and podcast further personal and social transformation by bringing together the diverse voices of visionaries, artists, and scholars to share compelling experiences, offer new perspectives, and expand creative horizons. Public Programs enhances and reflects the academic mission of California Institute of Integral Studies.
CIIS Public Programs is committed to providing an open, fair, inclusive, non-discriminatory environment for all individuals across differences of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, socio-economic status, ethnicity, age, physical ability, and/or medical condition. Through our programming, we strive to amplify the voices of those who have historically been under-represented. We commit to use our in-person and online platforms to uplift the stories and teachings of black, indigenous, and other people of color; those in the LGBTQIA+ community; and all those whose lives emerge from the intersections of multiple identities.