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Webinar: Practical Strategies for Coping with the Emotional Toll of Conservation Work

March 19, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

This webinar will explore ways that global climate change and other environmental and social issues impact people’s mood and well-being and how to support conservation professionals, volunteers, and the general public during turbulent times. We will integrate two models of coping with environmental concerns, “despair and empowerment” and “broaden and build.” These provide flexible strategies to promote safe expression of feelings and beliefs and to support creative and solution-oriented responses. Participants will apply constructs from conservation and environmental psychology such as environmental identity and values-beliefs-norms theory in self-reflection exercises. A goal will be to identify personally and culturally-appropriate coping responses for conservation professionals, their programs and their communities.

Presenter: Dr. Thomas Doherty

Thomas Doherty is a clinical and environmental psychologist based in Portland, Oregon. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), a Past President of the Society for Environmental, Population and Conservation Psychology, and was a member of the APA Task Force on Global Climate Change. Dr. Doherty collaborated with Carol Saunders on the founding of the Antioch Conservation Psychology Institute.


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