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SACES Monthly Webinar Series - The Climate Crisis and Counseling
The climate crisis is predicted to have a profound impact on the mental health and well-being of individuals, families and communities, with our most vulnerable neighbors being at an elevated risk. This impact includes depression, anxiety, PTSD and pre-traumatic stress, fear, eco-grief, irritability, anger, violence, and loneliness, as well as disease spread, heatstroke, lung disease, heart disease, suicidal ideation, and premature death. The effects of climate change on community mental health and wellbeing are already taking place globally and locally. As counselors, we have an opportunity to bring our understanding of trauma, vulnerability, and resilience to work with clients and to support climate resilience efforts in our communities. This presentation will provide an opportunity to examine the ways mental health, wellness and climate change interact and how you can use your professional skills to mitigate the impact.

Dr. Debbie Sturm is a 2008 graduate of UNC-Charlotte's Counselor Education program, a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Professor at James Madison University, and contributing faculty for Walden University and Oregon State University. Her clinical specialties include trauma, community violence, family systems, and nature-connectedness. She has graduate coursework, training, and teaching in environmental advocacy, environmental education, climate resilience efforts, environmental justice, and communication strategies.

Nov 18, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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