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Digital Seminar

Eco-Anxiety and Climate Distress: Trauma-Informed Strategies for the Anxiety, Stress and Grief of Ecological Uncertainty

Leslie Davenport, LMFT
Approx. 3 Hours
Apr 10, 2024
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The shadow of ecological uncertainty and loss looms larger with each passing day. With smoky skies, floods, drought and extreme weather events now the norm – it’s the world your clients are living in.

You’re likely already witnessing the mental health impacts firsthand, with many clients starting to express deep concerns about their own future and the well-being of future generations. Telling you they feel isolated when sharing their fears with others, betrayed by previous generations and governments, and overwhelmed by a sense of helplessness.

That’s why climate psychology expert, Leslie Davenport developed this training.

Leslie is the author of Emotional Resiliency in the Era of Climate Change and co-creator of the Climate Psychology Certificate Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has been featured on PBS News Hour, NPR, BBC, The New Yorker, Scientific American, The Atlantic and other major media outlets.

And now you can watch her for this three-hour training as she shares the clinical practices, tools and strategies you need to help the rapidly rising number of clients struggling with climate distress in the context of climate justice.

You’ll discover:

  • How to recognize clinical presentations of anxiety and grief in the context of climate change
  • Strategies to combat hopelessness and foster a sense of agency in your clients aligned with social justice needs and values
  • Trauma-informed therapeutic modalities for addressing climate distress through a diverse lens
  • How to develop climate-sensitive treatment plans for Gen Z clients
  • And much more!

You’ll end this training more equipped to guide clients through climate distress, ready to foster a sense of resilience and agency in them and feeling empowered to make a positive impact in participating in a more just world.

Together, we can navigate this uncertain terrain and move toward a sustainable future for our clients, our local and global communities, and ourselves!

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Leslie Davenport, is a climate psychology expert and consultant who’s been featured on PBS News Hour, NPR, Scientific American, The Atlantic, and other major media outlets.

Leslie is a founding member of the Institute for Health & Healing, one of the nation’s first and largest hospital-based integrative medicine programs and co-creator of the Climate Psychology Certificate Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Her over 25 years of clinical experience culminated in the publication of the books: Emotional Resiliency in the Era of Climate Change, Healing and Transformation through Self-Guided Imagery, and Transformative Imagery: Cultivating the Imagination for Healing, Change, and Growth (Ed.). Her latest book, All the Feelings Under the Sun, published through the American Psychological Association’s children’s book division, provides tweens with tools for navigating a warming world with emotional resiliency. Next year the APA will publish her workbook for younger kids: What to Do When You’re Worried About the Earth. She also contributed to the forthcoming book The Existential Toolkit for Climate Justice Educators: How to Teach in a Burning World, University of California Press.

A frequent guest speaker on climate psychology at conferences, she serves in a climate psychology advisory role to One Resilient Earth, Climate Mental Health Network, Project InsideOut and the Integrative Healers Action Network. She has participated in interdisciplinary climate think tanks hosted by the Post Carbon Institute and Institute for Policy Studies. For more information, go to


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Leslie Davenport maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with California Institute of Integral Studies. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Leslie Davenport has no relevant non-financial relationships.


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  1. Determine how emotional responses to the climate crisis impacts mental health.
  2. Choose strategies to channel eco-anxiety into meaningful actions for climate-related challenges.
  3. Analyze how societal attitudes about climate change (dismissal, pathologization, and patronization), effect the emotional experiences of young people with eco anxiety.
  4. Summarize the current understanding of eco-anxiety and related intervention options.


Climate Psychology: An Emerging Clinical Specialization

  • Definition, scope, and foundations of climate psychology
  • The interplay between climate change and mental health
  • The placement of social justice within the context of climate psychology
  • Common psychological responses to climate change
  • A rational anxiety – climate change is the new context in which we do therapy

Ecojustice and the Mental Health Clinician: Considerations for Vulnerable Populations and BIPOC Communities

  • Examine the intersections of ecojustice, therapy, and social justice
  • Experiences of vulnerable populations in relation to ecojustice
  • Ensure cultural competence and inclusivity in therapy sessions
  • Become an agent of change

Working with Gen Z: Address Youth and Adolescent Mental Health in the Age of Climate Distress

  • The impact of climate distress on youth and adolescent mental health
  • Clinical intake with a climateinformed practice addition
  • Develop climate-sensitive treatment plans for Gen Z clients
  • Collaborate with schools, communities, and more

The Neuroscience of Climate Change Denial or Engagement

  • Neurological mechanisms underlying disavowal behaviors
  • Impact of cognitive biases on climate disavowal
  • Role of empathy, emotion, and social influence in climate engagement
  • Framing climate messages to resonate with the brain

Trauma-Informed Perspectives on Working with Clients Facing Eco Distress

  • Manifestations: anxiety, stress, grief, anger, outrage, apathy, and more
  • The “Window of Tolerance” as it applies to eco anxiety and grief
  • Trauma responses and triggers in the context of climate distress
  • Trauma-informed therapeutic modalities for addressing climate distress
  • Risks, limitations, and contraindications

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Nurses
  • Therapists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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