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June 3, 2024 – 8:30am to 4:30pm

OSU Cascades Campus… and beyond!

Dr. Thomas Doherty is a psychologist based in Portland, Oregon who has a specialty addressing people’s concerns about environmental issues and climate change. His publications include the groundbreaking paper “The Psychological Impacts of Global Climate Change”– cited over 850 times. Thomas is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and founded one of the first environmentally focused training programs for mental health counselors in the US at Lewis & Clark Graduate School. He is originally from Buffalo, New York. Dr Thomas Doherty’s work has been featured in publications like the New York Times. He also co-hosts the Climate Change and Happiness podcast. You can learn more about Dr. Thomas Doherty and his trainings for mental health professionals at his website.

As communities cope and adapt to the impacts of climate change and ecological emergencies, mental health concerns and distress about issues like extreme heat, wildfire, air quality, storms, and flooding will increasingly present in counseling and therapy settings. The workshop introduces eco- and climate therapy techniques using case studies. Learn the process in which mental health practitioners can assess their own environmental identities, beliefs, and experiences; adapt their existing therapeutic orientations and skill sets to address environmental concerns faced by their clients, and apply these interventions, as appropriate, into their counseling and treatment with diverse individuals.

The first half of the day will be in the classroom and the second half will be spent outside, along the banks of the Deschutes River and at Riverbend Park. Changing locations will require light, non-strenuous activity such as walking on flat gravel paths and grass. The distance from the classroom to Riverbend Park is approximately a 20-minute walk or a 4-minute drive. Because we will spend this time outside, please dress for typical June weather (layers!), consider your hydration needs, and bring a personal water bottle.

If you have a physical limitation and are concerned it may impact your ability to participate, please contact Consortium Coordinator, Tina Bollman, tina@ecworks.org so that we may support your attendance at this training.

*Attendees will be asked to sign an activity waiver for the second half of this training day.

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