Climate Change and Mental Health

Climate Change and Mental Health


Presenter: Debra Sturm, PhD, LPC
Moderator: John P. Duggan, EdD, LPC, LCPC, LSATP

Dr. Sturm is an Associate Professor at James Madison University in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Her clinical specialties include trauma, community violence, and family systems. She has graduate coursework, training, and teaching in environmental advocacy, environmental education, climate resilience efforts, environmental justice, and communication strategies. She is a member of ACA’s Climate Crisis Task Force and Human Rights Committee. She received the 2013 SACES Award for Outstanding Teaching.

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Lessons

The climate crisis is not only a threat to physical health, but also to mental health. In this video, Dr. Debbie Stern discusses how the role of professional counselors is impacted by the need to address environment-related anxiety and trauma concerns within the therapeutic relationship.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss ways the climate crisis impacts clients
  • Learn how climate refugees are uniquely affected by disasters
  • Understand trauma associated with climate disasters

Activities Included:

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Evaluation

The climate crisis impacts professional counselors on both a professional and personal level. In this video, Dr. Debbie Stern describes the importance of advocacy and social justice for achieving environmental justice, and how professional counselors must determine their degree of engagement with this issue.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Discuss the role of social justice
  • Understand the physical impact of climate issues
  • Review terminology related to the climate crisis

Activities Included:

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Evaluation

Counseling ethics infuse every aspect of clinical practice, including how counselors respond to issues stemming from environmental concerns. In this video, Dr. Debbie Stern discusses some of the ways the ACA Code of Ethics can be applied to working with clients whose mental health has been impacted by climate change.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review multicultural, ethical and social justice concepts
  • Discuss ethical practices surrounding climate issues
  • Increase awareness of eco-anxiety among clients

Activities Included:

Video

Evaluation