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Digital Seminar

Eco-Therapy in Action: Addressing Climate Concerns in Clinical Work

Thomas Doherty, PsyD
4 Hours 07 Minutes
Mar 16, 2023
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Last summer was this country’s hottest on record. Worldwide, all living creatures suffered through excessive droughts, heatwaves, and a wildfire season that only halfway through the calendar year was worse than any in previous year. With two-thirds of the population anxious about climate change, and more than half worried about its effects on their mental health, becoming a climate-aware therapist is a competency we should all be considering. The mainstay of good ecotherapy is your own “environmental identity.” This self-concept and sense of relationship with nature provides the base on which to build client-specific, ecotherapy interventions. In this experiential session, you’ll discover how to:

  • Explore one's environmental identity, beliefs, and experiences
  • Adapt your existing clinical orientation and skill set to address clients’ environmental and climate concerns
  • Assess your clients’ sources of environmental well-being and resilience as well as their sense of environmental traumas or injustice
  • Integrate ethics, context, and messaging when applying environmental interventions with diverse individuals


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 4.25 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



Thomas Doherty, PsyD's Profile

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Thomas Doherty, PsyD, is a clinical and environmental psychologist specializing in the connections between mental health and the national environment. Author of the paper, "The Psychological Impacts of Global Climate Change," he's founder of one of the first environment-focused certificate programs for mental health counselors in the U.S.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Thomas Doherty maintains a private practice and receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Thomas Doherty is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Oregon Psychological Association.


  1. Analyze recent research on mental health impacts of climate change and other environmental issues.
  2. Catalogue common responses and stressors regarding ecological issues and practice skills for responding clinically.
  3. Differentiate between (1) normal feelings of anxiety and despair regarding environmental issues and (2) clinical anxiety, depression and adjustment disorders.
  4. Practice adapting common therapy approaches to include ecological concerns.
  5. Demonstrate specialized approaches for unique populations including ways to support environmental professionals and developmental needs of children and young people.


  • Mental health impacts of climate change and environmental issues
  • Diversity, equity, and social justice issues related to environmental issues
  • Assessments for identifying links between nature values and sustainability actions
  • Differentiating between normal eco-stressors and clinical significant and / or diagnosable eco-anxiety or trauma
  • Therapeutic interventions for ecological related mental distress
  • Demonstrations and role-plays of eco- and climate-conscious therapy, ethics, practices, risks, and limitations
  • Working with special populations
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners 
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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