The International Transformational Resilience Coalition

A major ecological--turned mental health--turned social-political crisis is underway that has yet to be fully acknowledged or addressed: the harmful impacts of climate change on personal mental health and psycho-soclal-spiritual well-being. Left unaddressed, this crisis will undermine the health, safety, and wellbeing of people worldwide. It will also delay or completely halt efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the climate crisis to manageable levels. In response, TRIG organized and coordinates the International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC).

The ITRC's mission is to promote and support comprehensive preventative initiatives in North America and internationally to proactively build psychological and psycho-social-spiritual resilience for climate change. We help individuals, organizations, and communities learn skills, use tools, and adopt practices and policies that prevent them from harming themselves, other people, or the natural environment in reaction to climate-enhanced traumas and toxic stresses, and use them as transformational catalysts to find new positive sources of meaning and hope in life that increase personal, social, and ecological wellbeing.

The ITRC is composed of more than 250 mental health, trauma treatment, resilience, education, faith, climate, and other professionals from around the globe. If you would like to help build personal and psycho-social-spiritul resilience for the impacts of climate change please join the ITRC by clicking here. 


ITRC Steering Committee Members

Jennifer Andrews is the project director for the Climate Fellows Program and Campus Carbon Calculator at the University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute.

Dr. Sandra Bloom is Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy, and Co-Director of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice at the School of Public Health of Drexel University, founder of the Sanctuary Institute, and President of CommunityWorks.

Ruben Cantu is Program Manager for Community Trauma, Mental Health, and Violence Prevention at the Prevention Institute.

Patrick Caroline is Executive Director of the Franciscan Action Network and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Earth Ethics.

Cara Cook is thr Climate Change Program Coordinator for the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments.

Dr. Maggie Bennington-Davis is Chief Medical Officer at Health Share of Oregon and serves as on faculty at the Sanctuary Institute.

Dr. Mandy Davis is the Director of Trauma Informed Oregon and Associate Professor of Practice at Portland State University’s School of Social Work. 

Dr. Natasha DeJarnett is a researcher with the National Environmental Health Association. 

Surili Patel is Deputy Director of the Center for Public Health Policy, American Public Health Association.

Bob Doppelt Coordinates the ITRC and is the Executive Director of the Resource Innovation Group (TRIG) which is affiliated with Willamette University.

Dr. Patricia Foxen is the Deputy Director of Research at the National Council of La Raza.

Karen Johnson, is the director of Trauma-Informed Services at the National Council For Behavioral Health.

Steven Hoskinson is President of Hoskinson Consulting and Founder and Chief Compassion Officer (CCO) of Organic Intelligence and the Organic Intelligence Outreach Institute. 

Dr. Mark Johnson is the former Executive Director for the Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice.

Dr. Mark Keim is the founder of DisasterDoc™, an international consultant and educational firm and serves on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School, Disaster Medicine Fellowship and Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.

John McIlwain is the former Director of Climate, Mind and Behavior at the Garrison Institute and a senior resident fellow at the Urban Land Institute.  

Elaine Miller-Karas is Executive Director and co-founder of the Trauma Resource Institute.

Jacqueline (Jacqui) Patterson is the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program and has served as coordinator and co-founder of Women of Color United since 2007.

Dr. David Pollack is a professor for public policy in the departments of Psychiatry, Family Medicine and the Division of Management at Oregon Health Sciences University.

Dr. Susan Spieler is a Clinical Psychologist/Psychoanalyst in New York City and the Coordinator of the NYC Grassroots Alliance, which is a coalition of individuals and grassroots climate/environmental/justice groups.

Jane Ellen Stevens is founder and publisher of the ACEs Connection Network, which includes, a news site for the general public, and its accompanying community of practice social network, 

Dr. Glenn Schiraldi is the founder of Resilience Training International.

Dr. Lise Van Susteren is a forensic psychiatrist in Washington D.C. and the co-author of The Psychological Effects of Global Warming in the US: Why the U.S. Mental Health System is Not Adequately Prepared

Trudy Townsend leads Community Health Development projects through the Columbia Gorge Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) for PacificSource and is a faculty member at the Sanctuary Institute.


ITRC Library on the Mental Health and Psycho-Social-Spiritual Impacts of Climate Change as well as Solutions and their Benefits Now Available!

The ITRC has developed a Library that includes journal articles, books, and other resources on:
  • The personal mental health and psycho-social-spiritual impacts of cimate change.
  • Methods and benefits of building personal resilience as well as human resilience within organizational and communities for the traumas and toxic stresses of climate change.

To see the ITRC Library click here


ITRC Launches "Call to Action for U.S. and World Leaders to Proactively Address the Adverse Mental Health and Psycho-Social-Spiritual Impacts of Climate Disruption"

More than one hundred eighty (180) ITRC members and others have signed this call to action. We ask you to consider signing it also. After ​all of the endorsements are ​gathered​ the letter will be sent to federal, state and local officials in the climate​, mental health​, human services, education, faith and other​ field​s as well as elected officials and the media throughout the U.S. and internationally. 

Read & join the call to action here.


ITRC In the News

Building a Locus of Control: Protecting Yourself from Climate Trauma, published Jan 23, 2017 by NewSecurityBeat, The Wilson Center: Click here to read article.


Garrison Institute 17 Minute Podcast of Interview with ITRC Coordinator Bob Doppelt on the Need, Methods, and Benefits of Building Human Resilience for Climate Change Click here to listen


ACEs Connection Network Publishes Building Human Resilience for Climate Change Addressed at Nov 3-4 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: Click here to read story  





APA Monitor: "Adapting to a warmer world: Psychologists can help people and communities prepare for the psychological effects of climate change" 


ACES Too High News: "What's missing in climate change discussion? The certainty of trauma...and building resilience" 




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