Slides From ITRC Conference On Building Human Resilience For Climate Change Now Available

November 3-4 2016 at the Conference Facility of the American Psychological Association in Washington D.C.

The conference was sponsored by the International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC), a network of mental health, resilience, trauma treatment, faith, education, disaster response, and climate change professionals promoting programs and policies to proactively build personal & psychosocial resilience for the impacts of climate change worldwide

Conference Co-Sponsors

These donors contributed to the conference:

Pete and Jo Von Hipple
Jean Stockard and Walt Wood
Josh and Sally Spier

 

Slides of Keynotes, Workshops, Plenaries, and Panel Discussions

Thursday, November 3


Welcome and Overview of Conference:  Bob Doppelt, ITRC Coordinator

Opening Talk

Primer on Current and Projected Future Atmospheric Warming and Associated Physical Effects

Tom Di Liberto, NOAA Meteorologist

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Plenary: Why Build Human Resilience for Climate Change? Overview of the personal mental health & psycho-social-spiritual impacts of rising global temperatures.

Dr. Jeff Stiefel, Executive Coordinator, Climate Change and Health Resilience at U.S. Department of Homeland Security: An overview of the impacts.

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Dr. Lise Van Susteren, forensic psychiatrist: Impacts on mental health systems  and why they are unprepared.

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Keynote Address: Hardwiring Personal Resilience: Turning Everyday Experiences into Lasting Inner Strengths. Dr. Rick Hanson, Psychologist and Senior Fellow at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.  

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Workshops on the Principles, Methods and Benefits of Building Personal Resilience for the Traumas and Toxic Stresses of Climate Change

 The ability of any individual to cope with and use climate adversities as transformational catalysts to learn, grow, and increase their wellbeing above previous levels is determined by many factors—but some of the most important are the knowledge they have about how trauma and toxic stress can affect their mind and body, their personal skills, their social support network, and the resources at their disposal. These workshops will offer different approaches for building these capacities.

Dr. Daniel Aldrich, professor and co-director of the Security and Resilience Program, Northeastern University on building social capital (creating and maintaining robust social support networks).

Moderator: Dr. Mark Johnson, Executive Director, Center for the Center & Library for the Bible and Social Justice and ITRC steering committee member

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Elaine Miller-Karas, Executive Director, Trauma Resource Institute on The Community Resilience Model (stabilizing the nervous system in adversity). 

Moderator: Trudy Townsend, former coordinator Creating Sanctuary in The Dalles and ITRC steering committee member.

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Bob Doppelt, Executive Director, The Resource Innovation Group and ITRC Coordinator on The Resilient Growth Model TM (Presencing and Purposing skills to use adversity as a catalyst to learn, grow, and increase wellbeing).

Moderator: Dr. Lise Van Susteren, forensic psychiatrist and ITRC steering com member

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Lunchtime Plenary: Principles, Methods, and Benefits of Building Personal Resilience for the Traumas & Toxic Stresses of Climate Change.  

 Moderator: Bob Doppelt, ITRC Coordinator

 

·       Dr. Rick Hanson, Psychologist and Senior Fellow at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley

·       Elaine Miller Karas: Executive Director, Trauma Resource Institute

·       Dr. Daniel Aldrich, professor and co-director of the Security and Resilience Program, Northeastern University 

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Afternoon Plenary: Principles, Methods, and Benefits of Proactively Building Human Resilience for Climate Change Within Organizations

 The ability of any individual to 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 for climate change. During this plenary, a panel will share their insights into the key principles and practices involved with helping organizations transform the way they function and increase both individual and collective resilience. 

Moderator: Trudy Townsend, former Coordinator Creating Sanctuary in The Dalles and ITRC steering committee member

·       Dr. Sandra Bloom, Psychiatrist and founder of the Sanctuary Model

·      Karen Johnson, Director of Trauma Informed Services, National Council for Behavioral Health

·      Dr. George Everly, Executive Director of Resiliency Science Institutes at the University of Maryland

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Workshops on the Principles, Methods, and Benefits of Proactively Building Human Resilience for Climate Change Within Organizations

Like individuals, without good knowledge, skills, and tools, organizations can   become “trauma-organized” by climate change-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.  These workshops will describe different methods to help organizations transition to human resilience-building social systems.

Dr. George Everly, Executive Director of Resiliency Science Institutes at the University of Maryland on Developing a Culture of Resilience as a form of “psychological immunity” to the effects of adversity.

Moderator: Trudy Townsend Former Coordinator Creating Sanctuary in The Dalles and ITRC steering committee member

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Dr. Sandra Bloom on The Sanctuary Model, a trauma-informed, trauma-responsive, evidence-supported, whole culture approach for creating and changing organizational culture.  

Moderator: Elaine Miller-Karas, Executive Director Trauma Resource Institute and ITRC steering committee member

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Karen Johnson, Director, Trauma-Informed Services at the National Council for Behavioral Health, on the Council’s trauma-informed care initiatives that have helped hundreds of organizations operationalize trauma-informed care.

Moderator: Dr. Lise Van Susteren, forensic psychiatrist & ITRC steering committee member

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Closing Day Q&A Session Between Participants and Speakers 

 Moderator: Bob Doppelt, ITRC coordinator

·       Dr. Sandra Bloom

·       Karen Johnson

·       Dr. George Everly

·       Dr. Rick Hanson

·       Elaine Miller Karas

·       Dr. Daniel Aldrich

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Friday November 4

Opening Plenary: The Principles, Methods, and Benefits of Building Human Resilience for Climate Change Within Towns & Cities

The towns and cities where people live, work, and play heavily influence their capacity to cope with and use climate change-enhanced adversities as transformational catalysts to learn, grow, and increase wellbeing. This plenary will discuss the key principles, practices & benefits found in efforts to proactively build personal and psycho-social-spiritual resilience in towns and cities. 

Moderator: Bob Doppelt, ITRC Coordinator

·       Trudy Townsend, Former Coordinator, Creating Sanctuary in The Dalles

·       Robin Saenger, Founding Director, Peace4Tarpon

·       Roger-Mark DeSouza, Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience, The Wilson Center  

·       Amélie Doyon, Violence Prevention Advisor, Canadian Red Cross 

·       Dr. Anita Chandra, Director, RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment Program 

·       Tarek Maassarani, Salam Institute for Peace & Justice, American University 

·       Ruben Cantu, Program Manager for the Prevention Institute’s Violence Prevention and Mental Health teams  

·       Mohamed Hilmi, Senior Coordinator and Technical Specialist, Shelter & Settlements and Disaster Risk Reduction with InterAction 

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Workshops on the Principles, Methods, and Benefits of Proactively Building Human Resilience for Climate Change Within Towns and Cities

When climate change-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 towns and cities to become “trauma-organized.” When this happens the ability of a community to identify and implement solutions that resolve problems and sustain and enhance wellbeing are diminished. These workshops will describe different approaches used in towns and cities to proactively transitioned from trauma-organized to trauma-informed human resilience-enhancing communities.

Robin Saenger, Founding Director, on the principles, methods and outcomes of Peace4Tarpon (Florida).

 Moderator: Bob Doppelt, ITRC Coordinator

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Trudy Townsend, Former Coordinator, on the principles, methods and outcomes of Creating Sanctuary in The Dalles (Oregon).

Moderator: Jennifer Andrews, U. New Hampshire Sustainability Institute and ITRC steering committee member.

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Dr. Anita Chandra, Director, RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment Program on RAND’s work implementing and evaluating community resilience-building activities worldwide.

Moderator: Elaine Miller-Karas, Executive Director Trauma Resource Institute and ITRC steering committee member.

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Workshops on the Need, Methods, and Benefits of Proactively Building Human Resilience to Address the Psycho-Social-Spiritual Problem of Interpersonal Violence Aggravated by Climate Change 

Whether it is physical, sexual, economic, or psychological harm, interpersonal violence results from a mix of complex factors involving the interplay between individuals and their families, their community, and society. These factors exist prior to major adversities and intensify during them. The result is that interpersonal violence often increases during and after both human-caused and natural disasters. Climate change causes more frequent and extreme weather disasters and overwhelming persistent stresses, which means more interpersonal violence is predictable. It is also preventable if programs are launched to proactively address these risks. These workshops will describe different models for building human resilience to prevent interpersonal violence.

Amélie Doyon, Violence Prevention Advisor, Canadian Red Cross, on Predictable, Preventable: Best Practices for Building Resilience to Addressing Interpersonal Violence During and After Disasters 

Moderator: Jennifer Andrews, U. New Hampshire Sustainability Institute & ITRC steering committee member

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Tarek Maassarani, Restorative DC, Salam Institute for Peace and Justice, American University School of International Service, on using Restorative Justice for building resilience and trauma-sensitive approaches to harm.

Moderator: Dr. Mark Johnson, Executive Director, Center for the Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice & ITRC steering committee member.

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Ruben Cantu, Program Manager for the Prevention Institute’s Violence Prevention and Mental Health teams on Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience: A framework for addressing and preventing community trauma. 

Moderator: Elaine Miller-Karas, Executive Director Trauma Resource Institute & ITRC steering committee member

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Lunchtime Plenary Discussion—Presentations by U.S. federal officials on how federal departments and agencies fosters and supports efforts to proactively build personal and psychosocial resilience for climate change.

 Moderator: Bob Doppelt, ITRC Coordinator

 Panelists 

·       Darrin Donato, Senior Policy Analyst/Resilience Policy Coordinator, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

·       Dr. Jeff Steifel, Executive Coordinator, Climate Change and Health Resilience, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

·       John M. Balbus, M.D., M.P.H. Senior Advisor for Public Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences 

·       Allison Crimmin, Environmental Scientist, U.S. EPA

·       Captain Rob Tosatto, Director, Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Program,  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Federal Resource Guide

Panel Discussions on Culturally Appropriate Methods of Proactively Building Human Resilience for Climate Change Within Different Groups and Communities of People


Culturally Appropriate Methods for Building Human Resilience Within Faith Communities 

Moderator: Dr. Mark Johnson, Executive Director of the Center and Library for The Bible and Social Justice and ITRC steering committee member

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·       The Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Ph.D., Missioner for Creation Care, Episcopal Diocese of Western MA, United Church of Christ   

·       Imam Saffeta Catovic, GreenFaith Fellow and chairman of Green Muslims of New Jersey  

·       Hugh G. Bryne, Insight Meditation Community of Washington, and cofounder of the Mindfulness Training Institute of Washington  

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Culturally Appropriate Methods for Building Human Resilience for Violence and Other Psycho-Social-Spiritual Adversities in Non-Industrial Nations

Moderator: Dr. Lise Van Susteren, forensic psychiatrist & ITRC steering committee member

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·       Mohamed Hilmi, Senior Coordinator and Technical Specialist, Shelter & Settlements and Disaster Risk Reduction with InterAction. 

·        Roger-Mark De Souza, Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience at The Wilson Center 

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Culturally Appropriate Methods for Building Personal and Psycho-Social-Spiritual Resilience Within Communities of Color

Moderator: Jacqui Patterson, Director, Climate and Environmental Justice Program, NAACP.

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·       Richael Faithful is a Black American indigenous folk healer who as Shaman-in-Residence at Freed Bodyworks in Capitol Hill and Freedom Collective. 

·      Patricia Foxen, Ph.D., Deputy Director of Research at the National Council of La Raza. 

·      Sheetal Patel, Ph.D., psychologist who works with Asian American and other people of color. 

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Panel Discussions on Methods for Building Human Resilience for Climate Change Within Key Professional Fields  

How Environmental and Climate Organizations Can Integrate Building Personal and Psycho-Social-Spiritual Resilience into Their Work

Moderator: Bob Doppelt. ITRC Coordinator 

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·       Elliot Altomare, Human Resource Generalist, 350.org

·       Astrid Caldas, PhD, climate scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists. 

·       Alex Score, Lead Scientist and Awareness to Action Program Lead at EcoAdapt 

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How Local Government Climate and Sustainability Programs Can Integrate Building Personal and Psycho-Social-Spiritual Resilience into Their Work 

Moderator:  Trudy Townsend, Former Coordinator Creating Sanctuary in The Dalles and ITRC steering committee member

Panelists:

·       Alexis Goggans, Program Analyst, Climate & Green Building Branch, Washington DC Department of Energy & Environment

·       Ronda Chapman, Equity and Community Engagement, Sustainability & Equity Branch, Washington DC Department of Energy & Environment

·       Kristin Baja, Climate and Resilience Planner, Office of Sustainability at the City of Baltimore

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How Public Health Organizations Can Proactively Integrate Building Personal and Psycho-Social-Spiritual Resilience for Climate Change into their Work

Moderator: Natasha DeJarnett, PhD, MPH, Policy Analyst, American Public Health Association

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 ·       Robin Guenther is with Health Care Without Harm

·       Jen Li is Senior Director, Environmental Health and Disability, with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

·       Peggy Keller is Program Manager, Community Preparedness and Resilience, Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Administration with the Washington DC Department of Health

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Closing Keynote: From Reaction to Prevention: A Call to Action to Launch a U.S. and International Movement to Rapidly Build Human Resilience for Climate Change  

 Mark Keim M.D., Founder of DisasterDoc and author of Building Human Resilience: The Role of Public Health Preparedness and Response As An Adaptation to Climate Change, and Too Little, Too Late: Why You Can’t Rely on Rescue.

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