Thursday 23 March 20239:00 - 16:00Add to calendar
Rydges Sydney Central, 28 Albion St, Sydney, NSW, 2010View map
|Trainer||Leslie Davenport (USA)|
|Includes||Catering, handbook and certificate|
Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Kids on 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? This workshop offers effective coping for climate-triggered distress oriented for children and young people, which can be adapted to other age groups.
Although the environmental and physical effects of climate change have long been recognised, little attention has been given to the profound negative impact on mental health. Leslie Davenport presents comprehensive theory, strategies and resources for addressing key clinical themes specific to the psychological impact of climate change on young people. She explores the psychological underpinnings that have contributed to the current global crisis, and offers robust therapeutic interventions for dealing with anxiety, stress, depression, trauma and other clinical mental health conditions resulting from environmental damage and disaster.
The workshop will include PowerPoint slides with 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.
The workshop will cover:
- Key terms, issues and statistics.
- Why climate-oriented emotional resilience is essential.
- A developmental context for appropriate approaches.
- The need for trauma-informed perspectives.
- What is emotional resilience – a new definition.
- Exploring climate emotions.
- Understanding the developing brain and climate-oriented emotional intelligence. The importance of co-regulation (Polyvagal therapy) and cognitive biases.
- The intersection of social and environmental justice. Empowering youth leaders and youth movements with intergenerational support.
- Adapting climate resilience principles and practices to the counselling office, classroom, and other settings.
- Emotional resiliency tools
Presented by: Leslie Davenport who works as a climate psychology educator and consultant, integrating social science insights into relevant resources for organisations often exploring the intersectionality of climate, economics, education, policy, and social justice. She helped shape the document: “Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance.” She is the author of four books, including 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 middle school kids. Leslie is on faculty with the California Institute of Integral Studies, Master’s program in Professional Psychology and Health and is co-lead of their Climate Psychology Certification training. She serves as an advisor to the climate non-profits Climate Mental Health Network, Integrative Healing Action Network, and One Resilient Earth.