Hurricane Ida brought destruction to Louisiana’s Gulf Coast and inland communities in last days of August, with weeks to months of recovery ahead. As a result of climate change, the frequency, intensity and duration of hurricanes and hurricane season is well known to the citizens of Louisiana. Research shows that the psycho-social impact of climate-related disasters is profound. Counselors interested in disaster mental health will notice the typical process of “disaster-response-recovery” is changing to one of “disaster-response-recovery-disaster”; meaning that many communities face similar climate-related disasters within a much shorter period of time. Families and communities are also grappling with environmental justice issues that often surface following a disaster. During this session, we will explore the impact of climate change disasters, the ways in which these impact the mental health and well-being in our communities, and how climate-related mental health concerns present themselves in the counseling room. We will also explore tools for helping clients who are experiencing climate-related disruption and distress.
This workshop has been approved for 1.5 CE clock hours. No NBCC credits are available for this workshop.
The presenter is Dr. Debbie Sturm is a Professor at James Madison University. Her expertise includes service on ACA’s Climate Crisis Task Force and 2021-2022 Chair of the Human Rights Committee.