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Workshop: Climate Psychology: A New Therapeutic Paradigm, Leslie Davenport LMFT

  • Sat, May 20, 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room 201, Corte Madera Town Center, 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925


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Saturday, May 20, 2017  
Climate Psychology: 
A New Therapeutic Paradigm
Leslie Davenport, LMFT

I’m sure you hear news about global warming, there is a significant psychological component that is less talked about. The Executive Summary of the Psychological Effects of Global Warming on the United States warns that, “Global warming…in the coming years…will foster public trauma, depression, violence, alienation, substance abuse, suicide, psychotic episodes, post-traumatic stress disorders and many other mental health-related conditions.” As climate change-induced anxiety, trauma, and grief broaden and deepen, in the years to come meeting the mental health needs of humanity will be a critical and central challenge.

Mental health perspectives can also have a preventative focus with addressing climate change. Psychology is a powerful way to explore the emotional underpinnings of climate denial, understand motivators for change, and identify the most effective communication strategies. As mental health professionals, we have valuable tools for guiding powerful transitions in consciousness and behavior – and these tools can also be used to foster the kinds of sustainable lifestyles that will support a healthy humanity and planet.

Today we are seeing a broad societal dysfunction that allows us to detach our pursuit of personal fulfillment from its environmental impact. The field of psychology is revered for offering a path toward growth and transformation – but it also runs the risk of becoming yet another of our cultural institutions that sanctions the disconnection of individual satisfaction from the laws of nature, contributing to the dangerous unsustainability of life on our planet. 

I’m proposing that it is time for the mental health field to evolve so that it can contribute instead to the systemic shift required to address runaway climate change and global warming. Where better to examine values and inspire a more inclusive vision of change than in the hearts and minds of people who are already willingly exploring their internal and external worlds?

I have a textbook on this subject coming out in the Spring entitled Emotional Resiliency Handbook: A Clinician's Guide for the Era of Climate Change (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London), and will be teaching a CE course on the material at JFK University, a 3 hours workshop at CAMFT Davis and lecturing in Romania, Canada and Spain in 2017.

Leslie Davenport, LMFT is a founding member of the Institute for Health & Healing, one of the nations’ first and largest hospital-based integrative medicine programs. Her 25 years of medical experience developing

an empowering and collaborative approach to resolving crisis has informed her climate psychology model. Leslie has unique qualifications in the Body-Mind-Spirit field. Dance critic Allan Ulrich reviewed Leslie as a professional dancer endowed with “A superior sense of balance…and powers of communication that set her apart from the herd.” As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in practice for more than twenty years, she understands the health and cultural impact of thoughts and emotions. And a passion for the mystery of the human spirit drew her to become an ordained interfaith minister in 1984. As an advocate for the role of depth psychology in integrative medicine and climate change work, Leslie has braided her expertise with body-mind-spirit into an approach that recognizes the role of meaning and mindful presence as an integral part of living an ecoharmonious life.

Learning Objectives

  • 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.

Saturday's time outline 

Overview of workshop  9:00 – 9:15

Syllabus overview, logistics

Foundations of Climate Psychology  9:15-10:30         

Overview of climate psychology and why it is emerging in the field. Climate science summary. The psychology of climate denial, climate change grief cycle and way to effectively talk about climate change. Discussion and questions.        

Break  10:30 – 10:45                                                                           

Climate psychology clinical themes  10:45 – 11:45   
Assessment and intake. Best practices with treatment guidelines. Resiliency practices.

Discussion and questions. Evaluations  11:45 - Noon                                

  • Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Location: Corte Madera Town Center                                      770 Tamalpais Drive, Room 201, Corte Madera, CA 94925 
  Member Non Member
      Clinical/Associate $59 $69
       Prelicensed $29 $39
       PSY/RN $69 $79

Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train licensees to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice.

Refund Policy: Requests for refunds must be in writing and received by Laurie Buntain, the Director at Large for Programs, no later than ten days before the program. There will be a $25.00 administrative fee to cancel registration for any program. The refund will be sent within ten days of the request.

Accommodation for Special Needs: The special needs of persons with disabilities will be accommodated. The Program Committee will endeavor to assure that continuing education program materials, content and venue selections will meet the special needs of the disabled and that reasonable accommodation will be made. A request for accommodation can be made Laurie Buntain, the Director at Large for Programs, who will work with the Committee and event venue to meet the need.

Marin CAMFT encourages those who attend its events to respect the fact that some individuals may have allergies to fragrances and pet dander. We ask that you refrain from introducing these elements into our meeting room. Registered service animals are welcome, of course.

Grievance ProcedureMarin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to Laurie Buntain, the Director at Large for Programs.

Anti-Discrimination PolicyMarin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender, race, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on current accepted standards or practice.

CE Approvals:

CEUs: This workshop meets the qualifications for 3 CEUs for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs. These will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CEP # 56895), which is approved by CAMFT to sponsor CE for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. Contact Laurie Buntain, Director-at-Large for Programs for more information.


CEUs for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center which is co-sponsoring this program. Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content. CE credits for nurses in California are available through the cosponsorship of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (BRN Provider CEP10318). California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal by LCSWs and MFTs for programs from approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.   For questions about CE visit or contactDavid Lukoff, PhD at 

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PO Box 9065 San Rafael, CA 94912-9065     

(415) 459 3484

Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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