Preparing People for Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest 


When:   Wednesday-Thursday, November 15-16, 2017
Where:  University Place Conference Center, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

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The conference is sponsored by the International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC), a network of over 250 mental health, resilience, climate, faith, disaster response, and other professionals working to prevent harmful psychological & psycho-social-spiritual reactions to climate impacts and use them as catalysts to increase both human and ecological wellbeing.

 Our Conference Founding Co-Sponsors Include: 

 

 

Why Should You Attend This Unique Conference?

From Adverse Childhood Experiences, to job and financial struggles and racial and other forms of inequity and injustice, trauma and toxic stress are epidemic today. Climate change will aggravate all of these adversities, and add many new ones as well. Many programs in the PNW help people with childhood, family, and other traumas. Washington and Oregon are also among the leaders in cutting climate-damaging greenhouse gasses. This conference will show how by breaking down silos and linking these issues, a powerful human resilience building movement can be launched that not only prevents harmful human reactions to climate change, but also advances individual and collective wellbeing and equity while reducing emissions.

 

Here is the Challenge: 

Even if carbon emissions are quickly and aggressively cut, global temperatures will rise by 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit (1.5C) above pre-industrial levels, possibly within just 9-10 years, and likely by 3.6 degree (2C) or more afterwards. Humanity is entering an era of dramatic changes in the earth's climate and ecological systems that will produce gut-wrenching shocks and stresses for people. The adversities will continue for decades until globally successful emission cuts can bring temperatures back down to safe levels again.

The U.N. Inter-Agency Standing Committee states that mental health, psychosocial, and humanitarian crisis are often closely connected. Yet, almost no attention has been given to preparing the people of the Pacific Northwest for the multiple ongoing psychological and psycho-social-spiritual impacts of climate change.

Many people in the region are consequently unprepared for the challenges that lie ahead. Many are also unaware of how climate adversities can be used as transformational catalysts to bring people together across racial, ethnic, religious, geographic, and economic lines to build individual and collective resilience that creates tangibly better conditions for everyone.

This conference will directly address these risks and opportunities by explaining:

  • Why climate change is the ultimate social determinant of mental and physical health and how, left unaddressed, the disasters and persistent toxic stresses generated by climate change will produce rising psychological problems including debilitating anxiety, depression, PTSD, and suicides, as well as psycho-social-spiritual maladies such as child and spousal abuse, crime, aggression, extremism, and violence that threaten the safety, health, and wellbeing of everyone.
  • How these harmful human reactions also threaten to stall efforts to cut carbon emissions and delay efforts to reduce global temperatures to manageable levels.
  • How building resilience within individuals, families, organizations, and entire communities can minimize the harmful human reactions to climate impacts by creating a trauma-informed and skilled region and bring people together to engage in actions that greatly enhance social and ecological wellbeing. 

The conference will achieve these goals by:

  • Offering a diverse array of informative presentations and workshops by leading experts who will explain the psychobiology of trauma and toxic stress, trauma theory, and pre- and post-traumatic growth as they apply to climate change, and teach simple preventative skills, tools, and policies that can be applied at the individual, family, organizational, and community levels to build individual and collective resilience.
  • Providing an opportunity to meet and network with people from the non-profit, public, and private sectors and civil society from throughout the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere working on similar issues.
  • Facilitating the development of action plans attendees can use to expand existing or launch new initiatives to grow a powerful preventative human resilience building movement in the Pacific Northwest that offers the added benefit of addressing many types of adversities beyond those generated by climate change. 
If you are a social service, climate, or faith or leader in related fields please join us at the conference to learn how you can help launch a powerful human resiience building movement in the Pacific Northwest that prevents harmful fear-based reactions to climate impacts while advancing social equity and wellbeing and reducing carbon emissions.

 

Our List of All-Star Speakers Includes:

Dr. Sandra Bloom is a Board-Certified psychiatrist and faculty member at the School of Public Health at Drexel University. She is also President of CommunityWorks, an organizational consulting firm committed to the development of nonviolent environments, and an ITRC Steering Committee Members. Dr. Bloom created the trauma-informed program called the Sanctuary Model that promotes safety and recovery from adversity through the active creation of a trauma-informed community. She is also Co-Founder of the Sanctuary Institute and Past-President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. She has published a number of groundbreaking books including Destroying Sanctuary: The Crisis in Human Services Delivery Systems; Restoring Sanctuary: A New Operating System for Trauma-Informed Systems of Care; and Creating Sanctuary: Toward the Evolution of Sane Societies.


Elaine Miller Karas, Executive Director of the Trauma Resource Institute, and an ITRC Steering Committee Member. She co-created the Trauma Resilience Model (TRM) and the Community Resilience Model (CRM) and is the author of Building Resilience to Trauma: The Trauma and Community Resilience Models that describes how to use her models to build personal and group psychosocial resilience. She has traveled across the U.S. and internationally training mental health, health professionals, and community leaders how to help stabilize people and build their resilience before, during, and after natural and human-caused disasters. Her work has taken her to Louisiana after Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, to San Bernardino County, CA, after the 2008 fires, to China after the Sichuan earthquake, to Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake, and to numerous other locations. Elaine has also led Global Trainer programs in Guatemala, Nepal, Germany, South Africa, Niorthern Ireland, Iceland, Tanzania, Rwanda, Turkey and the Philippines to continue to expand the mission and vision of TRI to bring biologically-based resilience skills to the world community.

 

Bob Doppelt is the Executive Director of the Resource Innovation Group (TRIG) and the founder and coordinator of the International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC).  From 2002 to 2011 he directed the Climate Leadership Initiative (CLI) at the University of Oregon, where he still teaches part time. CLI was one of the first organizations in the nation engaged in climate adaptation, and this experience led him to realize the urgent need to expand climate solutions beyond external physical factors to help people prepare for the psychological and psycho-social-spiritual adversities generated by rising temperatures and use them as catalysts to find new meaning and hope in life. He then developed the Resilient Growth model for Transformational Resilience and organized the ITRC. For the past 4-plus years, Bob has trained people across the U.S. and internationally to apply the Resilient Growth model in their organization and community. He has authored 4 best-selling book on the process of personal and psychosocial change for the environment. His most recent is Transformational Resilience: How Building Human Resilience for Climate Disruption Can Safeguard Society and Increase Wellbeing (Greenleaf Publishing, 2016). In 2015 Bob was honored by the CSR World Congress as one of the world's "50 Most Talented Social Innovators." 

Dr. Maryam Kia-Keating is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and faculty member with the UCSB Trauma Recovery and Resilience Center. Her research examines responses to psychological trauma, stress, and adversity, including events that impact communities such as disasters, terrorism, school shootings, and other events of mass violence. She has provided psychosocial support in the immediate aftermath of incidents such as 9/11 and the Isla Vita tragedy, a mass murder of six undergraduates that occurred at UCSB.  Dr. Kia-Keating’s work emphasizes coping, resilience, and prevention efforts. She uses participatory and human-centered approaches to empower communities to reduce health disparities related to exposure to traumatic stressors and adversities.

Emily York leads the State of Oregon's Climate and Health Program funded through the CDC to study and plan for the health effects of climate change. Emily coordinates the Oregon Climate and Health Collaborative, co-chairs the NW Climate and Health Network, and was lead author of the recently published Oregon Climate and Health Resilience Plan. She is a co-suthor of the 2018 National Climate Assessment. She also co-chairs a national community of practice on climate and health communications. Prior to joining the State, she led local policy initiatives at City of Portland and worked with the Coalition for a Liveable Future.  She currently serves on the board of the Oregon Farmers Markets Association and is a volunteer facilitator with the Pachamama Alliance.

Dr. Ruth Zúñiga is Assistant Professor, Director & Core Faculty of Sabiduría: Latina/o Psychology Emphasis at Pacific University. A licensed psychologist, she is a trainer and consultant on culturally-informed care with Latina/os,  group medical visits, and motivational interviewing. She is also bilingual clinical supervisor for practicum students at the Pacific Psychology and Comprehensive Health Clinic, and teaches Sociocultural Foundations of Latino Mental Health, Clinical Interventions with Latinos, and Global Health. Her research interests include integrated health care, cross-cultural and Latino psychology, multicultural competency, cultural adaptations, mindfulness and mental health seeking behaviors. She has studied and published articles on: "PTSD in Latina/o war veterans: An examination of war-related, subjective internal, and ethnocultural risk factors"; "A preliminary report on the relationships between historical trauma, collective self-esteem, and mental health among Alaska native peoples"; and "The Indigenous Peoples of Alaska: Appreciating the Role of Elders in Shifting Toward a Strength-Based and Culturally-Appropriate Approach to Mental Health." She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the National Latino Psychological Association.


Sarri Gilman is a psychotherapist, author, and workshop presenter. She is the author of Transform your Boundaries® and Naming and Taming Overwhelm for Healthcare and Human Service Providers.  Her humanitarian work includes founding two non-profits, and running non-profits for 20 years. In 2014, she retired from non-profit work to focus on teaching about boundaries. Her work with people led her to conclude that we have lots do to clarify our boundaries, improve our self-care, and face the things that are overwhelming. Sarri works in private practice and teaches workshops. In her workshop she will focus on skills you can practice and use right now – and teach others – to become equipped to work with those who are overwhelmed by climate change generated acute traumas and toxic stresses. 


Julie Taylor is the Director of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). She also serves in other capacities for the CTUIR on local, state, and federal issues. She is the Great Granddaughter of the late Chief Clarence Burke and the Granddaughter of the late Ellen Burke Cowapoo and William “Bill” Johnson and daughter of Marlene Taylor.  Julie served on the CTUIR Board of Trustees 1997-1999 and in 2010-2011. She has served in various roles in several committees and commissions including being the Chair of the CTUIR Education Committee, Chair of CTUIR TERO, Co-Chair of ATNI Youth Committee, Advisor, CTUIR Youth Leadership Council, Head Start Policy Council, and Nixyáawii Community School Board – Charter School.  

 

 

Bob Lieberman is President of Lieberman Group, Inc. and former CEO of Kairos, a multi-service agency for children, youth, and young adults with serious mental and behavioral disorders and their families. He is also Lead Trainer, Self Healing Communities Initiative and ACEs Training Team, Southern Oregon Success. Bob is a past-President and Public Policy Chair of the Association of Children’s Residential Treatment Centers (ACRC).  He is a founding member of the Building Bridges Steering Committee and chair of its Outcomes sub-committee, and co-chaired the Evidence Based Practices workgroup of the Outcomes Roundtable for Children and Families of SAMHSA. He has published journal articles and is co-editor of a recently released book: Residential Interventions for Children, Adolescents, and Families: A Best Practice Guide.  He is certified by Think:Kids of Massachusetts General Hospital as a trainer in Collaborative Problem Solving and by ACE Interface as a Master Trainer of NEAR (neuroscience, epigenetics, adverse childhood experiences, resilience). Mr. Lieberman has received numerous awards for his work on behalf of troubled youth and their families.

Mandy Davis, PhD, LCSW, is the Director of Trauma Informed Oregon and Associate Professor of Practice at Portland State University's School of Social Work. She specializes in providing training, consultation and supervision to systems, organizations and providers on topics related to implementing trauma informed care and trauma specific services. In addition to her system change work, she teaches courses related to abuse and trauma and trauma informed care and provides training in the TREM model. Mandy has over 20 years of experience working with survivors of trauma and is currently focused on implementation strategies. She is especially interested in the intersections between Trauma Informed Care, structural violence, and equity and strategies that promote workforce wellness.


Dr. Maggie Bennington-Davis is Chief Medical Officer for Health Share of Oregon, a Coordinated Care Organization (CCO).  Health Share coordinates physical, dental, substance abuse treatment, and mental health benefits for 215,000 Medicaid-enrolled Oregonians. Maggie moved to Health Share from her position as Chief Medical and Operating Officer at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Oregon’s largest mental health and addictions provider with a comprehensive continuum of services, including crisis services and housing. Prior to Cascadia, Maggie served as Psychiatry Medical Director for a regional medical center (Salem Hospital), as well as hospital-wide Chief of Staff. Maggie co-led development of a cultural change model for implementation of trauma-sensitive services with the subsequent elimination of seclusion and restraint on an acute psychiatric inpatient unit based on the early work of Dr. Sandra Bloom. Maggie co-authored a book, published articles and chapters on the subject, and has done numerous consultations and presentations both nationally and internationally regarding organizational change, trauma-informed, engaging environments, and leadership.

Kayse Jama is Executive Director of Unite Oregon. He was born into a nomad family in Somalia. He left when the civil war erupted, and finally found sanctuary in Portland. From 2005 to 2007, he trained immigrant and refugee community leaders in five Western states—Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah and Idaho—under a prestigious New Voices Fellowship at Western States Center. He has been awarded the Skidmore Prize for outstanding young nonprofit professionals (2007), the Oregon Immigrant Achievement Award from Oregon chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (2008), the 2009 Lowenstein Trust Award, which is presented yearly to “that person who demonstrated the greatest contribution to assisting the poor and underprivileged in Portland,” and the 2012 Portland Peace Prize.

 

Claire Ranit manages Creating Resiliency in the Columbia River Gorge, which seeks to create a resilient community by spreading knowledge on trauma theory and Adverse Childhood Experiences while supporting community organizations to come together to integrate trauma informed practices in their work. The Gorge program is supported by a Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) grant.  The Columbia Gorge Health Council is the backbone agency for the MARC Grant with four key leaders from the community serving as the Core Management Team overseeing the work of the Project Director. Prior to this role she was Transformation Specialist with the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization. She also owns and operates Ranit Health Care Consulting LCC.

Rob Nathan is Leadership Development Director at Coalition of Communities of Color. He came to the CCC after spending the last six years working with Northwest Earth Institute delivering sustainability education programs focused on transformational learning and behavior change. For the past three years Rob has sat on the Emerging Leaders Board for Oregon Environmental Council, is a 2042 Leadership Fellow with the Center for Diversity and the Environment, and is a chairperson for Portland’s local Environmental Professionals of Color chapter.

 

 

 

Dr. Jennifer Gordon is a psychologist and member of 350 Eugene.  She serves as a liaison with high school climate clubs, and recently presented a workshop on ‘Emotional Support’ during a non-violent direct action training sponsored by 350 Eugene. In her roles of psychologist and Jungian analyst, Jenny provides seminars, lectures and dream group retreats that address climate change.

 

 

 

 

Tim Murphy is CEO of Bridgeway Recovery Services. He has over 30 years of experience treating individuals with mental illness and substance abuse issues. He has served as the Administrative Director of Psychiatric Services at Salem Hospital, and was one of the founders of Liberty House, a Child Abuse Assessment Center. From 2005 to 2008, Tim was on the faculty of the National Technical Assistance Center, and he also served as a national educator and trainer for SAMHSA. Prior to establishing Bridgeway, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Maui Youth and Family Services on the island of Maui, HI. He is also the co-author of "Restraint and Seclusion: The Model for Eliminating their Use in Healthcare."

Margie Bone, M.D. lives in Seattle where she has a solo private practice in psychiatry.  She was a family doctor for about fifteen years, then did a psychiatry residency, finishing that in 2005.  She cut down to three days per week of work two years ago to devote more time to climate activism.  An activist off and on since the late 60's and concerned about global warming since the late 80's, she got involved with the Sierra Club opposing oil trains and the new coal export terminal proposed (now cancelled) at Cherry Point in traditional Lummi Nation territory.  Her main home group now is 350Seattle.  She was a co-founder of Race and Climate Justice which put on educational events for the climate community for a few years. 


 

 

Dr. Randal Beaton is Research Professor Emeritus on the faculty of the Schools of Nursing and Public Health at the University of Washington. He led a program of federally funded research focused on the causes and effects of traumatic and occupational stress in professional fire fighters and paramedics.  He also developed and evaluated the benefits of Resiliency Training and organizational interventions designed to prevent or deter the harmful effects of stress for Fire Departments throughout Puget Sound, Washington with funding from NIOSH and FEMA. In addition, he developed, implemented, and evaluated Resiliency Training Programs for state and local public health disaster personnel and, more recently, has contributed to a multimodal resiliency intervention investigation with 9-1-1 telecommunicators (AKA emergency dispatchers). Randal has served as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Homeland Security, the Washington State Department of Health, the National Transportation Safety Board, SAMHSA and the International Association of Fire Fighters.  In 2011, he was honored to be an invitee to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies to present his research with implications for a Workforce Resiliency. 

Teri Barila is the co-founder and current CEO of the Children's Resilience Initiative (CRI) based in Walla Walla, Washington. CRI is part of the Walla Walla County Community Network, whose goal is to build capacity within the various partner agencies so the Walla Walla valley can have a unified approach when dealing with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).  Recognized internationally for her work, she travels frequently, training communities to develop strategies so that “Resilience Trumps ACEs”. Serving as CEO of the Children’s Resilience Initiative, Teri is involved extensively in training, consulting, writing and researching in the area of trauma, resilience and community capacity building. Her work has attracted attention in a variety of venues, in part due to the focus Teri places on grassroots organizational development and the focus on the hope of Resilience.

Jana Gasellum is Program Director, Climate, with the Oregon Environmental Council where she leads state and regional work to build a low-carbon and equitable economy. Her recent work has focused on implementing programs to advance clean fuels, energy efficiency, and limiting and pricing carbon pollution. She facilitates the Health Climate Partnership, a statewide network of representatives from business, public interests, labor, local government, and faith communities all dedicated to furthering climate action in Oregon. Jana has a decade of experience building coalitions and advocating for climate policies. She previously served on the United Nations Foundation/Energy Future Coalition climate team where she focused on domestic and international opportunities for clean energy development and the nexus between energy security, climate, and poverty alleviation.  

Dr. Stephanie Kaza is Professor emerita of Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont and former Director of the UVM Environmental Program.  She co-founded the Environmental Council at University of Vermont and served as the founding faculty director for the UVM Sustainability Faculty Fellows program.  She served for a number of years on the Executive Councils of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences and the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors.  In 2011 Dr. Kaza received the UVM George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award for excellence in teaching. Her books include Mindfully Green and Hooked! Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume.   


 


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Professionals and Laypeople from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, B.C. and Elsewhere Engaged in the Following Will Benefit By Attending This Conference:  

  • Climate mitigation or adaptation
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences and youth and family trauma
  • Mental and behavioral health
  • Public health, health equity, and the social determinants of health
  • Emergency management and disaster response
  • Individual and collective trauma and resilience
  • Organizational trauma and resilience
  • Community violence and resilience
  • Social equity and justice
  • Climate justice
  • Faith and spirituality
  • K-12, higher education, and community education
  • Ecological sustainability
  • Others interested in helping individuals, organizations, and communities build resilience for disasters and toxic stresses      

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Group Discounts: Discounted rates for groups of 5 or more are available. 

Partial Scholarships for Limited-Income Individuals Via a Randomly Selected Pool

A small number of partial scholarships are available for limited-income individuals. They will be randomly chosen from a pool three weeks prior to the conference based on the remaining spaces availability. Applicants must submit a description of their financial situation, including why they cannot pay the regular conference rate, as well as how they will use the information obtained during the conference, to the ITRC to determine if you are eligible to apply for the pool. Please send your proposal to: tr@trig-cli.org. (Note only 2-3 people will be selected and as of 9/13/17 there are already 10 applicants in the pool).

Partial Student Scholarships

A small number of partial scholarships for full-time undergraduate and graduate students are also available. Student registration requires proof of full-time school enrollment, as well all the other information about financial condition and how you will use the information obtained at the conference described above in the section on partial scholarships. Students with full time professional jobs are not eligible for scholarships as this is for students with very limited income. Submit your proposal to to determine if space is still available to the ITRC at: tr@trig-cli.org 

For questions contact the ITRC at: tr@trig-cli.org