• October 23, 2021
  • 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Online (Check-In Begins at 9:45 am PDT)
Add to Calendar 10/23/2021 10:00 am 10/23/2021 5:00 pm America/Los_Angeles Climate Psychology in Therapeutic Practices Join us for a live online workshop, Climate Psychology in Therapeutic Practices, with Barbara Easterlin, clinician and environmental psychologist. Online (Check-In Begins at 9:45 am PDT) false MM/DD/YYYY

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Registration - $85-$160
Members - $68-$128 

6 Continuing Education Credits available - see below for details.

6 CE credits were available for an additional fee of $45. After you register for the workshop, your confirmation email from Eventbrite will contain a link to the site where you can purchase the CEs from our co-sponsor, Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA). CEs may be purchased at any time before the workshop, but only those who have purchased in advance will receive credits. Unfortunately, we are unable to issue CEs retroactively. 

Climate Psychology addresses the causality and mental health implications of the climate emergency, the emotional responses it generates, and the important role psychology plays in developing coping strategies, motivating effective action, and other adaptations such as mindfulness and emotional regulation skills. By understanding the psychological and cognitive dimensions of how we arrived at this global crisis, the impact of the climate emergency on mental health, and how to best to use psychological tools to turn toward the problem and to encourage sustainability practices, clinicians and therapists have an important role to play in helping overcome barriers to engagement. 

As carbon emissions and climate warming increase, and the impact on the Earth’s systems are better understood, more people feel concern, fear, guilt, grief, despair, and hopelessness. When faced with insurmountable stressors, psychological defenses act to keep anxiety at bay and the problem out of awareness. However, these same extremely complex and disastrous circumstances may also inspire altruism, compassion, teamwork and foster a sense of meaning as people work together to find solutions in the face of a rapidly changing climate. 

Join clinician and environmental psychologist, Barbara Easterlin for a daylong experiential and didactic workshop for mental health clinicians, life coaches, climate researchers, and parents that explores positive and purposeful ways to address the climate crisis from a psychological point of view.   

This workshop highlights current climate psychology research and provides clear clinical steps to understanding our emotional vulnerabilities when confronted with ecological breakdown, such as existential dilemmas like whether to have a family, move out of a geographical area to avoid climate related disasters, and more generally how to navigate one’s own future in the face of possible human species extinction.   
Barbara presents current social science research explaining how to increase receptivity to facts of climate change and best practices for encouraging behavior change in sustainable living. With a clinical specialty in neuropsychology as well as teaching parenting skills, Barbara also addresses the way in which climate change can be explained to children with a sensitive and developmentally informed lens.  Skills-based and experiential, this workshop helps participants develop tools to identify the way the human brain is wired for short term gain and simple solutions—how we can better manage incoming information and concerns about climate change, use this awareness as a doorway to interconnection, and identify purposeful action that is aligned with healthy climate spirited values.   
This workshop uses experiential exercises to inspire participants to apply mindfulness, compassion, and self-regulation to create wellbeing and unitive connection to the larger ecosphere of the living planet.  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 workshop provides a hopeful stance—one that demonstrates that the ecological crisis is not only a call to action to ensure the survival of humanity and other life forms on our planet but has the potential to move human evolution and consciousness to the next level of social, racial, and economic equality as we experience the world, in all its diversity and beauty, as a sacred place. 

Teachings are appropriate for healthcare professionals as well as the general public. Healthcare professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients.

Barbara Easterlin headshot.

Barbara Easterlin
, PhD, is a clinician and consultant specializing in climate psychology. She facilitates study groups on the trajectory of the climate emergency and its mental health consequences. She is currently developing a handbook for clinicians to address climate anxiety and to provide guidance on developing agency and resilience when engaging with this difficult topic. Barbara has a master’s degree in Environmental Psychology from UC Irvine and has worked for many years as an Assistant Clinical Professor at UC Berkeley and UCSF where she taught neuropsychological assessment and behavioral parenting. 

Learning Objectives: By the end of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Discuss the 5 key principles of the emerging field of Climate Psychology.
  • Describe human evolutionary and neuropsychological limitations that inhibit individual and collective action.
  • Describe common emotional responses, defenses, and behaviors that accompany climate crisis awareness.  
  • Explain the way in which climate awareness amplifies the wave of emotional dysregulation.
  • Create clinical strategies to improve sense of agency, emotional regulation, and resilience.
  • Discuss spiritual and indigenous practices that foster unitive consciousness and interconnection with the ecological systems we are part of.
  • Discuss the field’s attention to the inequitable impact of climate change on vulnerable social, racial, regional, and demographic populations.
  • Assess and treat challenging climate change related emotions.

Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals 

6 CE credits are available for an additional fee of $45. After you register for the workshop, your confirmation email from Eventbrite will contain a link to the site where you can purchase the CEs from our co-sponsor, Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA). CEs may be purchased at any time before the workshop, but only those who have purchased in advance will receive credits. Unfortunately, we are unable to issue CEs retroactively. 

  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) whichis co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • SCA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. RNs must retain this document for 4 years after the course concludes. SCA is an approved CE provider for National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches (CEP Number 100196). 

CIIS students, staff, and faculty receive discounts on all events. CIIS Public Programs Members receive a 20% discount on all events. Contact us for more information at publicprograms@ciis.edu

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