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Climate Psychology in Clinical Practice

  • 25 Mar 2022
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online


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Climate Psychology in Clinical Practice

with Barbara Easterlin, PhD

March 25, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm -- Online


8:30-9:00 Welcome and Announcements

9:00-12:00 Speaker Presentation

3 CEs are included in the registration cost for this presentation


Licensed MC-CAMFT Member $35

Pre-Licensed MC-CAMFT Member $25

Licensed Non-Members & Guests $50

Course meets the qualifications for 3 hours of continuing education credits for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs, as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.


The goal of this workshop is to provide clear clinical guidance that helps participants identify and address the feelings and concerns our clients bring forward about the ongoing climate and ecological crisis. Participants will be provided a brief introduction to the science of the global environmental crisis, its impact on the mental health – especially among vulnerable populations (e.g.: children, those without socioeconomic advantage, women, and BIPOC groups), how to help our clients with the emotional distress this crisis evokes, how to recognize our own defenses when faced with climate-related distress in ourselves and our clients, and how to explore existential dilemmas when we consider an uncertain future. Barbara will present current social science research that helps us become more receptive to facts of climate change as well as best practices for encouraging behavior change in sustainable living.  Barbara will also provide clinical skills training and experiential exercises to deepen self-regulation, self-compassion, and one’s ability to remain stable and emotionally vibrant in the face of exposure to the overwhelming nature of recurring environmental disaster and breakdown. This workshop provides a hopeful stance that the climate crisis is a call to action and provides a pivot toward justice, economic and racial equality,  and developing more ethical communities of care for an ailing planet.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to: 

  • Describe 5 key principles of the emerging fields of Climate Psychology and Climate Aware Therapy 

  • Describe common emotional responses, defenses and behaviors that accompany awareness of the climate crisis (i.e. denial, dissociation, 

  • Explain the way in which climate crisis awareness amplifies emotional dysregulation and the application of Polyvagal Theory to identify treatment targets

  • Create a treatment plan that  improves agency, emotional regulation, resilience and a sense of connection to nature while at the same time helping those working in climate science and activism to avoid burnout.

Presenter Bio:

Barbara Easterlin, PhD is a California Licensed Psychologist and, until recently, a clinical faculty member at UC Berkeley’s Department of Psychology. Prior to her career as a clinician, she completed a Master’s degree in Environmental Psychology at UC Irvine where she researched the impact of nature exposure during the work day as a means of reducing stress. Ecology, systems thinking, and the relationship between the environment and mental health have been enduring concerns of hers for most of her life.

A long-term Buddhist meditation practitioner and scholar, she was awarded a Fetzer Foundation grant to study the impact of stress on long-term mindfulness meditators for her doctoral studies, well before mindfulness became a widely accepted concept in this country.

Barbara has been an advocate of empowering girls and founded Authentica Center for Girls in Marin County, California, creating a curriculum for girls’ social skills development, primarily targeted at helping girls to develop a healthy sense of self, self-regulation skills, a connection to the natural world, and community apart from the “pop culture” influences which surround them.  She subspecialized in couple therapy, employing neurobiological and attachment-based theories of stabilizing and improving intimacy and stability.

Several years ago, Barbara resumed her early work in environmental psychology. She says it was working with youth and listening to their concerns about the state of the world that made her decide to leverage her skills into studying and communicating about the psychology that underlies the climate crisis, the function of denial as a way to defend against the very difficult scientific evidence about the warming planet, and also the resilience skills that can lead to improved mental health and positive action.  She has co-created a 70-hour Climate Psychology Certificate program, the first of its kind, to be launched in fall of 2022, at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.  Barbara also serves on the Steering Committee of Climate Psychology Alliance, North America where she is working on educational training for clinicians in the domain of treating climate distress. 


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Please Note: Certificates of completion will be awarded at the completion of the workshop to those who attend the workshop in its entirety, sign in and out, and complete the course evaluation form.

MC-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs and maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Provider# 050097.

Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals

  • 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.
  • For questions about enrolling in CE or receiving your Certificate of Attendance, reach out to Jennifer Farley at

You may cancel for a full refund up to 15 days in advance of the event, or a 50% refund between 5 and 14 days in advance of the event. No refunds for cancellations within 4 days of the event or for no-shows or failure to attend due to emergencies. Unused funds cannot be applied to future workshops. All requests for refunds must be submitted to Jennifer Farley by email at

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