Our Warming Climate: Social Work Tools to Foster Resilience
Carol Hart, LICSW
Rebecca MacKenzie, LICSW
1.5 Clinical Category A CEUs approved by NASW NH. NASW NH Approval #
As we observe our warming climate creating chaos around the globe, we realize the social work perspective of Person-In-Environment needs to expand to include our natural world. Extreme weather events are happening more regularly, as well as more subtle shifts, such as the increase of Lyme dis-ease, threatened livelihoods, and the increase of climate-related depression and anxiety. Social workers stand in a unique position to use our knowledge, experience and skills to facilitate our own self-care as well as help mitigate global warming through policy advocacy. We can deliver trauma-informed interventions to individuals and groups, and organize communities to adapt to changing conditions. This presentation will include information about the devastating effects of climate change on micro and mac-ro levels of life, especially for those who are most vulnerable, as well as concrete tools from neurobiology and energy psychology for building personal and community resilience.
Participants will be able to:
- Name three physical and/or mental health consequences of the climate crisis for residents of New England.
- Name three groups likely to be most impacted by climate change in New England.
- Practice at least three resilience skills from current psychological and neurological science.
- Describe resources for self-care, building community and strengthening resilience skills.
About the Presenters
Carol Hart, LICSW, is a licensed clinical social worker. She has long been interested in the stewardship of our planet in the context of her lifelong journey of spiritual inquiry. In 2001, Carol began studying subtle energy, earned certification in Thought Field Therapy and became a member of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP). She is a member of the New Hampshire Medical Reserve Corp and Behavioral Health Response Team. Carol has been a member of NASW since 1996.
Rebecca MacKenzie, LICSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with a private practice in Claremont, NH and Windsor, VT. She began sharing her concern for environmental degradation and its effects on all life in a graduate class on International Social Work in 1999. She has focused on this work as a community advocate since 2011. Rebecc