A major environmental--turned mental, behavioral, and public health--turned social crisis is underway that neither the mental and public health nor climate practitioner communities have grasped or addressed: the detrimental impacts of climate disruption on personal mental health and human psychosoclal well-being. In response, TRIG organized and coordinates the International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC).
The ITRC is composed of more than 200 mental health, trauma treatment, and resilience building professionals as well as mindfulness teachers from around the globe. If you are a mental health, trauma treatment, resilience, or mindfulness professional and would like to join the ITRC click here.
ITRC Launches: "Call to Action for U.S. and World Leaders to Proactively Address the Adverse Psychological and Social 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 fields as well as elected officials and the media throughout the U.S. and internationally.
ITRC Participated in People's Climate March
The ITRC joined more than 1000 other organizations participating in the People's Climate March on September 21, 2014. ITRC members noticed that there were very few organizations participating in the march with a focus on mental health, so the ITRC used the opportunity to network with others and build awareness about the need to proactively address the human psychosocial reactions to climate disruption.
ITRC members will work together to:
a) Elevate the need to proactively address the human psychosocial reactions to climate disruption to a top national and international priority.
b) Identify strategies, tools, and policies to proactively address the problem.
c) Pursue much needed research in this field.
d) Develop and implement many types of educational programs to teach community and organizational leaders as well as laypeople mental health and mindfulness skills they can use to cope with and use climate change-enhanced adversities as catalysts to enhance personal and collective well-being.
- Bob Doppelt, ITRC Coordinator. Bob is Executive Director of The Resource Innovation Group, affiliated with The Sustainability Institute at Willamette University, author of Transformational Resilience: How Building Human Resilience For Climate Chnage Can Safeguard Society and Increase Wellbeing, and other books on the human response to unsustainability and climate change.
- Elaine Miller-Karas, Honorary Co-Chair. Elaine is Executive Director and co-founder, Trauma Resource Institute and co-creator of the Trauma Resilience Model and Community Resilience Model.
- Glenn Schiraldi, Honorary Co-Chair. Glenn is Founder, Resilience Training International and author of The Complete Guide to Resilience: Why It Matters, How to Build and Maintain It; The Self-Esteem Workbook; Facts to Relax By: A Guide to Relaxation and Stress Reduction; and more.
- Astier Almedom is an applied anthropologist and behavioral scientist. She is currently Visiting Professor at Lund University Center for Sustainability Studies with focus on resilience and is affiliated with the Center for Societal Resilience, Lund University, Sweden. She taught at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the 1990s and served in senior management of the UK government National Health Service. Following that she joined Tufts University as the Henry R. Luce Professor in Science and Humanitarianism.
- Jennifer Andrews is Climate Fellows Program and Campus Carbon Calculator/ CarbonMap Coordinator, University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute. Jennifer has a graduate degree in mental health and has worked with Clean Air-Cool Planet, where she worked for 13 years promoting practical climate solutions for colleges and universities as well as municipalities and businesses.
- Maggie Bennington-Davis, Chief Medical and Operating Officer, Cascadia Behavioral Health Care, Portland, Oregon and faculty member, The Sanctuary Institute. Maggie is involved in leading Cascadia to develop a full Recovery orientation and Trauma-Informed services, as well as assisting an effort for optimally efficient service delivery. Maggie has facilitated workshops and trainings across the U.S. and assisted many organizations in implementation of the model, and has received several awards for this work.
- Patrick Carolan, Executive Director, Franciscan Action Network. Previously he was president of a Connecticut State Employee Union, held senior/executive level positions in Medicaid Managed Care companies, and served on numerous boards and commissions both in Connecticut and nationally, dealing with public policy issues.
- Michael Foster Licensed Mental Health Counselor has worked with families, couples, teens, schools and organizations to facilitate change. He enjoys guiding teen addicts on the Challenge Course, has guided Wilderness therapy, Rites of Passage, and now shares free workshops on "Carbon Addiction" treatment for therapists. His particular focus is exploring the ways that families can work together to reverse global warming and create a sustainable future. He coordinates Plant-For-The-Planet in the Pacific Northwest, organizes for 350 Seattle, leads presentations with The Climate Reality Project, and hosts a website ClimateChangeForFamilies.com
- Steven Hoskinson, M.A., M.A.T. is founder of the non-profit Organic Intelligence Outreach Institute, principal at Hoskinson Consulting, Inc (San Diego, CA), faculty JFK University, and Senior International Instructor for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Inst. He has trained thousands in the helping professions as well as Somatic Experiencing® instructors. He has presented at numerous professional conferences worldwide, and is the creator of the Human Empowerment And Resiliency Training™ (HEARTraining) featuring Organic Intelligence® --a strengths- and mindfulness-based approach for resiliency recovery. OrganicIntelligence.org
- Mark C. Johnson serves as Executive Director of the Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice. Recently retired as the national executive director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation USA (2007 -2013). Prior to that he had a 37 year career with the YMCA, concluding with service on the National Staff of the YMCA of the USA which included a liaison role between the national organization and its archives at the Anderson Library of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
- John K. McIlwain is the Director of the Garrison Institute’s Climate, Mind, and Behavior Leadership Program. He is also a Senior Resident Fellow and holds the J. Ronald Terwilliger Chair for Housing at the Urban Land Institute in Washington, DC. He served as Senior Managing Director of the American Communities Fund for Fannie Mae and as president and chief executive officer of the Fannie Mae Foundation. He has also served as executive assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
- Susan Spieler is a Clinical Psychologist in New York City with 30+ years of experience treating adolescents, young adults and adults including those who suffer from PTSD. She trains mental health professionals and is The Director of Continuing Education at Training Institute for Mental Health. As a member of the Resilience and Emotional Support Team of NYC's Medical Reserve Corps, she has provided emergency mental health services to adults and adolescents who were evacuated in response to Superstorm Sandy. She hosts climate change house parties and is a member of the NYC Grassroots Alliance which is an alliance of 30+ NYC based grassroots environmental/climate change activist groups.
- Lise Van Susteren is a forensic psychiatrist based in Washington D.C. She serves on the advisory board of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard University Medical School and is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Wildlife Federation and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. Lise co-author of: "The Psychological Effects of Global Warming on the United States: And Why the U.S. Mental Health Care System Is Not Adequately Prepared" published by the National Wildlife Federation.
- Trudy Townsend was the Director of the Wasco County, Oregon, Commission on Children and Families for eight years before taking on the job of Safe Schools Healthy Students Project Director developing a community-wide approach to implementation of Trauma Informed Care through the Sanctuary Movement. She is currently serving as the Trauma Informed Care Coordinator and is working to expand efforts to the entire Columbia Gorge Region; learn more at CreateSanctuary.org. She is also an instructor with the Sanctuary Institute and The Resource Innovation Group's Transformational Resilience Program.
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