ITRC Releases Major Report Calling for Transformational Resilience Education & Skills Training to Become Universal by 2025  

Coalition Report Says People on the West Coast Must Be Prepared for the Rising Psychological and Psycho-Social-Spiritual Impacts of Climate Change

 Click here to see the January 8, 2019 media release for the report with quotes from ITRC members

Click here to see the Executive Summary and full report

Click here to see examples of human resilience building programs underway on the west coast

New Article About Transformational Resilience

Using the Climate Crisis as a Catalyst to Increase Wellbeing

ITRC Completes Inventory of Human Resilience Programs in California and the Pacific Northwest

During the summer of 2018 the ITRC inventoried human resilience building initiates underway throughout the west coast. The goal was to identify the goals of the programs, their locations, populations they serve, resilience information and skills they focused on, and other information. Click here to see a sample of the survey.

The ITRC will release a major report in January 2019 summarizing the findings and offering recommendations for ensuring that by 2025 every adult and child residing on the west coast has the opportunity to learn Transformational Resilience information and skills for climate change enhanced traumas and toxic stresses--and many other adversities people experience. 


Applications Closed for November 14-15 Transformational Resilience Train-the-Trainer Workshop in San Francisco

Registration is now closed for the ITRC Train-the-Trainer Transformational Resilience workshop on November 15-16 in San Francisco. 

This training session will begin by instructing participants in ways to teach the neurobiology of trauma and toxic stress to others. It will then inform participants how to teach a variety of "Presencing" skills to others including simple, self-administerable, body-based (somatic), breath-based (awareness), thought-based (cognitive), and social support building skills. Participants will then learn how to teach a variety of "Purposing" skills to others including meaning making, values identification, and hope-enhancing skills. Applications to different age, cultural, and demographic populations, as well as how the information, skills, and tools can be applied at the individual, group, and community levels will continually be discussed. Throughout the workshop participants will be expected to practice skills, receive feedback, and offer feedback to others in ways that enhance everyone's understanding and skills.

More workshop information and the daily agenda can be found here.  


Free ITRC Webinars On Transformational Resilience

Each Spring and Fall the International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC) offers a series of free 1-hour webinars on different aspects of building individual and collective Transformational Resilience for climate change aggravated traumas and toxic stresses. Below are descriptions of the webinars. Free 1-hour webinars will be held again in 2019. Watch for the announcement on this website.

Introduction to Transformational Resilience for Climate Change

A major ecological--turned mental health--turned social--turned humanitarian crisis is underway that has yet to be fully acknowledged or addressed: the harmful impacts of climate change on personal mental health and psycho-social-spiritual well-being. Left unaddressed, this crisis will trigger fear-based reactions that cause increasing numbers of people to harm themselves, others, and/or the natural environment. Not only will this undermine the health, safety, and wellbeing of people worldwide--it also threatens to delay or completely halt efforts to reduce the climate crisis to manageable levels. 

Research and experience, on the other hand, shows that good human resilience skills, tools, and policies help minimize these harmful reactions and spur shifts in thinking and behaviors that increase wellbeing.

This one-hour introductory webinar will:

  • Explain how a warming planet affects both personal mental health and psycho-social-spiritual wellbeing.
  • Describe the basics of the Resilient GrowthTM model which includes basic principles and methods of building personal and psycho-social-spiritual resilience.
  • Illustrate how professionals in the mental health, social services, education, disaster response, climate change, faith, and other fields can prepare people for these impacts by using the Resilient GrowthTM model to build human resilience.
  • Clarify how the expanded awareness of self and context that often results from enhanced resilience skills leads to greater concern for and engagement in efforts to advance sustainability and address the climate crisis.

The Resilient Growth ModelTM for Building Transformational Resilience for Climate-Enhanced Traumas and Toxic Stresses

The ability of an individual, organization, or community to successfully cope with and use climate change-enhanced adversities as transformational catalysts to learn, grow, and increase wellbeing is determined by many factors. Some of the most important are the knowledge people have about how trauma and toxic stress can affect their mind and body, their personal resilience skills, the strength of their social support networks, and capacity to clarify their purpose and make wise and skillful choices in the midst of ongoing adversity. This webinar will describe how to build these capacities using the Resilient GrowthTM model developed by ITRC Coordinator Bob Doppelt and described in his book Transformational Resilience: How Building Human Resilience for Climate Disruption Can Safeguard Society and Increase Wellbeing (Greenleaf Publishing 2016).

In specific, this one-hour webinar will cover:

  • The importance of, methods for, and many benefits of building "Presencing" skills to regulate and calm the nervous system when distressed.
  • The importance of, methods for, and many benefits of building "Purposing" skills to make values-based wise and skillful decisions in the middle of rising trauma and toxic stress.  
  • Applications of these skills to the personal, organization, and community levels.

Building a Culture of Transformational Resilience Within Organizations for Climate-Enhanced Traumas and Toxic Stresses

The ability of any individual to successful cope with and use climate change-enhanced adversities as transformational catalysts to learn, grow, and increase wellbeing is significantly influenced by their social surroundings. The organizations people work for or associate with are some of the key social determinants of human resilience. Like individuals, without good knowledge, skills, principles, and policies, organizations can become “trauma-organized” by climate-enhanced shocks and toxic stresses. This means they adopt explicit and implicit mechanisms intended to protect themselves from threats, but which instead further traumatize and diminish the safety, health, and wellbeing of employees, clients, and stakeholders. Becoming a trauma-informed human resilience-enhancing organization is the key to preventing and resolving these issues. This webinar will describe different methods to help organizations transition to human resilience-building social systems.

In specific, the webinar will cover: 

  • The many ways in which public, private, and non-profit organizations as well as civic groups can become traumatized by climate change-enhanced adversities.
  • How organizations and groups can spot symptoms of becoming trauma-organized.
  • How the adoption of specific principles and methods can help organizations and groups transition to human resilience-enhancing social systems. 

Building a Culture of Transformational Resilience Within Communities for Climate-Enhanced Traumas and Toxic Stresses

The towns and cities where people live, work, and recreate heavily influence their capacity to cope with and use climate change-enhanced adversities as transformational catalysts to learn, grow, and increase wellbeing. When climate-enhanced shocks severely strain or fracture social support networks, overwhelm vital public support systems, or breakdown other critical protective factors, individuals and groups can be pushed to a boiling point causing entire neighborhoods and communities to become “trauma-organized.” This means they retreat into a self-protective survival mode that, rather than providing safety, further traumatizes them, others, and even the natural environment, while amplifying social and racial injustices. When this happens the ability to identify and implement positive solutions and enhance wellbeing are greatly diminished. This webinar will describe different approaches used in towns and cities to proactively transitioned from trauma-organized to trauma-informed human resilience-enhancing communities.

In specific, the webinar will: 

  • The many ways in which neighborhoods and entire towns and cities can become traumatized and stressed by climate change-enhanced adversities.
  • How communities can spot symptoms of becoming trauma-organized.
  • How the adoption of certain principles, processes, and policies can help communities transition to human resilience-enhancing social systems.


ITRC Coordinator Bob Doppelt Interviewed by Awakening Joy Founder James Baraz

James Baraz has taught mindfulness meditation since 1978 and is co-founder of the world-reknowned Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. He is co-author of two books Awakening Joy: 10 Steps to Happiness and Awakening Joy for Kids. James has taught the Awakening Joy course to over 15,000 people. James and Bob Doppelt have known each other for over 30 years and lead retreats together at Spirit Rock. James Interviewed Bob as part of his "Conversations with the Wise" series. The interview can be found here:


Slides Now Available from ITRC January 24-25 2018 Conference on Preparing People for Climate Change in California.

The slides used by speakers and panelists at the ITRC January 24-25 conference in Oakland are now available at:

Slides Now Available from ITRC November 15-16, 2017 Conference on Preparing People for Climate Change in the PNW.

The slides used by speakers and panelists at the November 15-16, 2017 ITRC conference on Preparing People for Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest are now available at:

TRIG and the International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC) In the News

Garrison Institute Releases Podcast of Interview With TRIG Director Bob Doppelt on the Urgency of Building Human Resilience for Climate Change. 

The Podcast is 17 minutes long. You can listen by clicking here.

NewSecurityBeat from The Wilson Center publishes Building a Locus of Control: Protecting Yourself from Climate Trauma, about the 2016 ITRC Conference (published January 23, 2017): Click here to read article.

ACEs Connection Network Publishes Building Human Resilience for Climate Change after ITRC 2016 Washington, DC, Conference:  Click here to read the article.

ThinkProgress publishes: How to Stay Sane in the Midst of Climate Change, about the Nov 3-4 2016 ITRC Conference (November 21, 2016): Click here to read story  

Slides Now Available from ITRC Nov 3-4 International Conference on Building Human Resilience for Climate Change

Participants Say 2016 ITRC Conference A Great Success!

TRIG coordinates the International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC), which sponsored the first-even International Conference on Building Personal and Psychosocial Resilience for Climate Change on November 3-4, 2016 in Washington DC. The event was sold out and according to post-conference evaluation surveys it was a great success. Slides used by keynote speakers and workshop presenters can be obtained by clicking the headline above.

Transformational Resilience Book Now Available

Bob Doppelt's newest book, Transformational Resilience: How Building Human Resilience to Climate Disruption Can Safeguard Society and Increase Wellbeing is now available from Greenleaf Publishing in the UK (ORDER NOW for prepublication savings: use code TRPRO6 to save 20%). The book has received advance praise from dozens of climate, mental health, spiritual and other leaders.

Read the accolades just 2 weeks after its release!

The book describes the adverse personal mental health and psychosocial impacts of climate disruption. It clarifies that unless major preventative efforts are quickly launched in the U.S. and globally, the negative human impacts will undermine the safety, health, and wellbeing of individuals, families, organizations, communities, and entire societies. It also outlines how individuals and groups of all types can use the Resilient GrowthTM model to avoid or minimize maladaptive responses and use climate adversities as catalysts to learn, grow, and thrive.

Participants Say: Transformational Resilience Workshops Provide Valuable Skills

CRS World Congress Honors TRIG Director Bob Doppelt as one of the World's "50 Most Talented Social Innovators"

Dr. Limaye accepted the award for BobTRIG Executive Director Bob Doppelt was honored by the World CSR Congress as one of the “50 Most Talented Social Innovators” at World CSR Day in February 2015 in Mumbia, India.  Bob’s acceptance speech included, “For over thirty years I have been working to promote economic, social, and environmental equity and sustainability. For the past 10 years I have devoted much of my time to climate change.  This is the greatest threat to the health and wellbeing of humanity today.  Individuals, families, and organizations of all types need resilience building tools and skills to help them cope with the adversities created by climate change in ways that actually increase their wellbeing.” 

Participants Say: Transformational Resilience Workshops Provide Valuable Skills

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Surveys given to participants in five Transformational Resilience (TR) Program workshops in 2014 show an extremely positive response from participants especially in terms of how much they learned and the usefulness of this information from the workshop. TRIG’s Research Director, Dr. Jean Stockard, analyzed surveys taken by attendees at the beginning and end of the five TR Leaders Self-Care Workshops (now called Building Your Personal ResilienceTM); note that a total of 108 people filled out the pre-workshop survey and 87 the post-workshop survey with 80 completing both.  

American Psychological Association & ACEs Too High Cover ITRC

TRIG was instrumental in launching the International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC) in early 2014 and currently coordinates the Coalition including more than 160 mental health, mindfulness and resilience building professionals. ITRC Coordinator and TRIG Executive Director, Bob Doppelt are the focus of a January 2015 article in the American Psychological Association's Monitor on Psychology entitled: "Adapting to a warmer world: Psychologists can help people and communities prepare for the psychosocial effects of climate change."  In July 2014, ACEs Too High News published "What's missing in climate change discussion? The certainty of trauma...and building resilience." ACEs Too High is a news site reporting on research about ACEs, or adverse childhood experiences, and sees the work of the ITRC in raising broader awareness about the mental health effects of global warming and building resilience as having potential to reduce ACEs.

TRIG E.D. Bob Doppelt Awarded Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship

In 2014 Executive Director Bob Doppelt was awarded a prestigious Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residential Fellowship. The Fellowship provide time for Bob to complete his new book Transformational Resilience. We thank The Rockefeller Foundation for this unique opportunity.





Can Buddhists Come Together on Climate Change?

In the Summer 2014 edition of Buddhadharma magazine, TRIG Executive Director Bob Doppelt discusses the involvement of the Buddhist community in the issue of climate change.

 Climate change, however, is unquestionably a dharma issue. The roots of the problem are ignorance and delusion: ignorance about how it is that life exists on our planet, and the delusion that we can continue unbridled fossil fuel and material consumption without grave consequences. Since we strive as Buddhists to cut through ignorance and follow a path that can relieve suffering, the path by which climate change can be skillfully confronted is, by definition, an expression of dharma practice. Read the full article

Eugene Leaders Self-Care Workshop a Success!

More than 40 people from Eugene and beyond came together for two days of learning about self-care and mindfulness in the context of increasing climate change.  The diversity of attendees added to the richness of the workshop with attendees were from a range of social service, health care, government, advocacy, and business organizations. This workshop is the first pilot in a series of workshops as part of the Transformational Resilience program. More on this workshop and upcoming Transformational Resilience Workshops.

TRIG Takes New Direction

After a year of planning, in December of 2013 the TRIG Board of Directors decided to refocus TRIG’s work on two core areas: 1) Proactively building the capacity of individuals and groups to cope with and use climate change-related adversities as catalysis for growth and renewal; and 2) Promoting unified climate solutions. Find out more.


Thinking as if Climate Matters


TRIG Executive Director Bob Doppelt talks about the shift From Me to We in Organic Gardening Magazine. Read the article.





Do You Want to Increase Your Personal Wellbeing While Serving As An Agent of Change At Work Or In Your Community?

Join TRIG Executive Director Bob Doppelt for a workshop on  Mindfulness in Action: Unlocking the Transformative Power of Awareness, January 17-19 at Esalen in California. For anyone who strives to increase your personal well-being while acting as an agent of change, this workshop provides new insights, tools, and sense of competency through guided meditations, experiential exercises, and discussions. Learn more.

Buddhists Respond to Climate Change

TRIG Executive Director Bob Doppelt is working with Buddhist dharma teachers on climate change. The Oct 2, 2013 article in the Huffington Post "Green" section  describes how the teachers have responded by engaging in Earth Care Week.




"Jobs vs. Jobs": See the NPCS' new report 

A new report produced for the National Partnership for Climate Solutions says that when, in the name of protecting jobs, members of Congress and other elected officials oppose policies that cut greenhouse gas emissions or fail to directly engage in Americans in emissions reductions, they destroy as many jobs as they save. Download the full report.


New report: Growing The Moral Movement on Climate Disruption

The National Climate Ethics Campaign (a project coordinated by TRIG) has released an assessment of the moral movement on climate disruption. The results are based on an analysis of data collected through an online survey of groups motivated by the ethical implications of climate disruption that are making a moral call to action. (Read more)


‘Shared solar’ has potential for huge payback

Jo Rodgers and Ted Purdy had long thought about installing a solar system on their carport roof, but the price just wasn’t right until last year. After a site assessment from a local installer, they were disappointed to learn that even with the recent fall in prices for solar power equipment, their roof catches too much afternoon shade for the installation to make sense. (Read more)


TRIG Releases Willamette Valley Food Systems Report

The Resource Innovation Group released, “Willamette Valley Food Systems: Opportunities for Increasing Climate Change Mitigation and Preparedness, Food Security, and Economic Development.” The report examines local food initiatives and policies in ten Willamette Valley counties and identifies major gaps and opportunities for increased collaboration between counties for climate change mitigation and preparation. Download the reportDownload the accompanying materials


TRIG Community Solar Tool Supports Solar

We recently expanded and improved upon our innovative Community Solar Tool, which supports communities in planning and implementing community-shared solar projects. Try out the Community Solar Tool here. View a recording of an online training walking through the tool here


New Release: Climate Futures Forums Handbook

TRIG's new handbook Climate Futures Forums: A Model for Engaging Communities in Building Climate Resilience and Reducing Emissions, guides practitioners through the Climate Futures Forum process to build social resilience and enable communities to prepare for and withstand climate impacts to natural, built, economic, human and cultural systems. Download the handbook.