September 14, 2019
LEARNING TO TREAT ECO-ANXIETY
Leslie Davenport, LMFT
Many Americans are pervaded by an ambient anxiety triggered by our changing climate, including those who haven’t experienced a climate disaster. The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication has tracked American's concerns about the impacts of climate change, finding last year that 69% of Americans worry about global warming, and 49% believe it will harm them personally. This marks a sharp increase in concern from just five years ago, a rapid and large-scale emotional shift. A new clinical vocabulary is emerging to capture the lived experience of climate-related distress:
While these terms aren’t yet widely incorporated in our professional vernacular, the emotional states they describe are pervasive. It’s time that our field develop skills to treat climate-induced anxiety, depression, and trauma. Emotional distress triggered by climate change is already showing up in our practices and will only increase in the coming years.
This workshop will provide an overview of climate-induced emotional distress, and clinical interventions to add to your therapeutic toolbox for treating eco-anxiety.
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.
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