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Leslie Davenport

California, USA

Climate Psychology

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Leslie Davenport brings the role of psychology into interdisciplinary dialogues that advance creative and effective solutions to climate change. Leslie 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’s creative, interdisciplinary background inspires innovative approaches. San Francisco dance critic Allan Ulrich reviewed Leslie’s early career as a professional dancer, describing her as 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 thirty years, she understands the widespread health and cultural impact of perceptions, thoughts and emotions.

 She was also a reviewer with the American Psychological Association, EcoAmerica and Climate for Health to help shape the document: “Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance.” She has contributed a chapter to Existential Toolkit for Climate Justice Educators (2022), Integrative Rehabilitation Practiceand an essay for Parker Palmer’s book, The Heart of Higher Education.  

Currently she serves in a climate psychology advisory role to One Resilient EarthClimate Mental Health Network, 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.

Leslie has extensive teaching experience at universities including Mills College, University of San Francisco, California State University Hayward, Holy Names University, Five Branches University, and she served as core faculty with the Transpersonal Psychology Graduate Program at John F. Kennedy University. She is a frequent guest speaker on climate psychology at conferences.

Leslie currently divides her time between the Tacoma/Seattle and San Francisco Bay areas with offices in both locations. She is on faculty with the Professional School of Psychology and Health at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and co-creator of the certification program in Climate Psychology.

Leslie’s years of clinical experience culminated in the publication of the books: Emotional Resiliency in the Era of Climate Change for the mental health field, and All the Feelings Under the Sun: How to Deal with Climate Change, written for young people.

 

All the Feelings Under the Sun

All the Feelings Under the Sun: How to Deal With Climate Change is a timely, thoughtful book that will help young readers work through their feelings of anxiety about climate change.

Through informative text and activities, the book gives children age-appropriate information about the climate crisis and gives them the tools they need to manage their anxiety and work toward making change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eco-Anxiety

Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Kids in a Warming World

Teaching and counselling kids can be challenging but supporting children on a planet that’s heating up can feel downright daunting. We want to be guides and guardians as we teach children about the world around them, and we also feel the natural instinct to protect them from threats and suffering. Climate change poses a dilemma: How can we help our children move forward with wonder and resilience while knowing that our warming world will likely impose tremendous difficulties in their future? 

The workshop will include didactics, dyads, small group experiential practice, and in-depth discussion with Q/A. To create context, there will be a brief overview of climate science and climate psychology theory, but the emphasis will be on provide evidence-based, age-appropriate tools and activities that can be immediately applied in a variety of settings which supports kid’s curiosity and helps them build emotional resilience as their climate-change awareness grows.

This workshop offers effective coping for climate-triggered distress oriented for ages 8 – teen, but the material can be adapted to other age groups. 

 

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20 Mar 20239:00 - 16:00

The Glen Hotel, 24 Gaskell St, Eight Mile Plains, QLD, 4113

Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Kids in a Warming World

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21 Mar 20239:00 - 16:00

Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club, 131 Marine Parade, Kingscliff, NSW, 2487

Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Kids in a Warming World

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23 Mar 20239:00 - 16:00

Rydges Sydney Central, 28 Albion St, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010

Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Kids in a Warming World

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24 Mar 20239:00 - 16:00

Vibe Melbourne, 1 Queen Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Kids in a Warming World