Presenters: Erica Crawford, Olive Dempsey, Kari Tyler, Stephen Tyler, Trevor Murdock and Amanda Broad
Adaptation professionals who understand the wicked problem of climate change are trained to focus on the needs of communities and the supports that enable them to adapt and respond to climate change. At the same time that we need to develop skills to support the mental and emotional well-being of those for whom we work (e.g., www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2017/03/climate-mental-health), this work can also take an emotional and psychological toll on practitioners themselves.
This session will provide a framework and resources to make sense of the emotional landscape of adapting to climate change, engaging participants through experiential learning processes. Presentations will be in the form of role play and demonstration, and will be followed by small group work. This session will offer professionals the space to practise and reflect on skills for their own personal resilience, and leave them with practices and resources that can be applied to their work and collaborations with others.