Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance


Course Description: Thus far, most research and communications on the impacts of climate change have emphasized the physical health effects, while mental health has been secondary. The goal of this course is to increase awareness of the psychological impacts of climate change on human mental health and well-being. This course provides the tools and tips needed to respond to these impacts and bolster public engagement on climate solutions.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Evaluate the impact of climate change on people’s physical, mental, and community health
    • Discuss the major acute mental health impacts of climate change including increases in trauma and shock, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), compounded stress, anxiety, substance abuse, and depression
    • Discuss the major chronic mental health impacts of climate change include higher rates of aggression and violence, more mental health emergencies, an increased sense of helplessness, hopelessness, or fatalism, and intense feelings of loss
    • Evaluate interventions for building resilience to address the physical and mental health impacts of climate change

    Course Components:

    • Online text (included)
    • Multiple choice online exam (included)
    • Electronic certificate of completion (free)

    Course Credit(s): 3 CE Credits or Hours

    Course Format: Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)

    Course Schedule: Self-paced

    Course Author(s): Susan Clayton, PhD, Christie Manning, PhD, Kirra Krygsman, and Meighen Speiser

    Content Publisher(s): American Psychological Association

    Course Author(s) Qualifications:

    Dr. Clayton is a professor of psychology and environmental studies at The College of Wooster. Dr. Clayton is on the editorial boards for the Journal of Environmental Psychology, Social Justice Research, and PsyEcology. She is currently past-president of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Dr. Clayton is also a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and APA’s Division 34, the Society for Population, Environment, and Conservation Psychology, of which she is a former president. She earned her PhD from Yale University.

    Dr. Manning is a visiting assistant professor of environmental studies at Macalester College. Dr. Manning's research and teaching explore the cognitive, social and situational factors that influence people’s behavioral and lifestyle choices and how these choices positively or negatively impact natural systems. She is particularly interested in people’s cognitive and emotional response to information about climate change. She earned her PhD in psychology from the University of Minnesota.

    Kirra Krygsman is a research manager at ecoAmerica.

    Meighen Speiser is chief engagement officer at ecoAmerica.

    Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced

    CEmobile, LLC, #1558, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 5/2/2018-5/2/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.
    Social workers participating in this course will receive 3 clinical continuing education clock hours.

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    Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
    National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)
    American Psychological Association (APA)

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