Friday, April 21
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Portland Community College Cascade – TEB 222
705 N. Killingsworth St. Portland, OR 97217
In these times of daunting challenges where we are bombarded with negative news and scales of problems that can overwhelm our psyches, it is important to develop tools that empower us and help us engage in solutions.
Facing Climate Change identifies the psychological barriers that inhibit our sense of efficacy, such as fear, time, and self-limiting frames of actions and outcomes, and offers tools to overcome adversity, develop communication skills, and build our resilience. This workshop will use lessons from ecopsychology to help you build your own reserves of personal resilience so that you can face what you know and read about climate change with clear eyes, not sink into despair, and learn practices that will be psychologically supportive and empowering, including suggestions for how you can take action in your own communities. Through this lens, climate change becomes our ally to help us to move forward.
Participants will receive:
- Methods for self-care that are crucial to resilience and psychological well-being.
- Exercises designed to strengthen connection, communication, and empathy.
- Strategies for building positive visions for a flourishing planetary future.
30 students from higher education institutions and community members from around the region will have the opportunity to be a part of this pilot project, gaining the knowledge, inspiration, and skills to become change agents in their communities.