The Impact of Climate Change on Mental Health and Community Wellbeing

November 5, 2021
November 5, 2021
$25 - General Registration
$40 - Registration and CE/CME credits for UPMC/UPMC-Affiliated Groups
$55 - Registration and CE/CME credits for Non-UPMC 
 
 
As global warming continues, clinically significant changes in mental health and community health are recognized with increasing clarity and concern. Individuals with mental health challenges and communities with limited social and economic resources are particularly vulnerable. The COVID pandemic has devastated the world and portends many of the problems that will result from continued environmental deterioration. 

Target Audience

TARGET AUDIENCE:
All behavioral health stakeholders, including service users and their families, clinicians and health organizations, community leaders and organizations, policy makers and elected officials, educators and investigators from public health and other fields.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of the program, participants should be able to: 

  1.  
1. Describe mental and population health challenges caused by climate change
2. Identify knowledge and resources needed to cope more effectively with the impact of climate change on mental health and community wellbeing   
3. Apply their strengths and resources to mitigating the mental health risks of climate change on service users and vulnerable communities
4. Describe changes in behavioral health care that address the impact of climate change
Increase the resilience of communities that are at increased risk due to climate change.

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 6.50 APA
  • 6.50 ASWB
  • 6.50 Attendance
Course opens: 
09/14/2021
Course expires: 
12/31/2021
Event starts: 
11/05/2021 - 8:30am
Event ends: 
11/05/2021 - 4:30pm
Cost:
$1.00
CONFERENCE OVERVIEW:
As global warming continues, clinically significant changes in mental health and community health are recognized with increasing clarity and concern. Individuals with mental health challenges and communities with limited social and economic resources are particularly vulnerable. The COVID pandemic has devastated the world and portends many of the problems that will result from continued environmental deterioration.  Globally and locally the pandemic has shown us that we are an interdependent world.  Ironically, the pandemic can help us identify goals and tasks that will mitigate the dangers of climate change.  In the interest of survival and justice, the most vulnerable communities need the greatest commitment.   Climate change, like the pandemic, requires the behavioral health care system to reevaluate its priorities and to make major changes in its approach to clinical practice, education, and research.  Most importantly, it requires policies that mandate prevention and preparation. 
 
This conference will provide lectures, panel discussions and small group discussions that address the knowledge and actions that enable consumers and communities to cope more effectively with the mental health impact of climate change.
 
The aims of this conference are to 1) increase attendees’ knowledge of the individual and societal impact of climate change on mental health; 2) increase their readiness to take action that addresses their greatest concerns about climate change; 3) identify opportunities for collaboration that will make use of individual and community-based resources supportive of mental health and community wellbeing.
 
National and local experts will present 1) their views on the climate-related challenges to mental health and 2) the strategies to identify, mitigate and cope with the mental health impact of climate change.   Keynote presentations will be followed by panel discussions which will give attendees the opportunity to offer questions and comments to the presenters.  To enhance attendees’ understanding and engagement with the issues discussed, presenters will share their climate-related fears and the way in which their individual strengths have led to personal and organizational partnerships that make for change and hope.   
 
The conference goals are to increase attendees’ capacity to: 1) understand the mental health and population health challenges that will result from climate change; 2) identify social and economic factors that must be addressed to respond effectively to these challenges; 3) identify and apply their strengths and resources to supporting communities throughout the region, particularly those at increased risk; and 4) learn and adopt changes to clinical practice that will enable clinicians and provider organizations to deal more effectively with the mental health impact of climate change.
 
AGENDA
8:00-8:30 a.m.                Registration
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Morning Session: The Challenge of Climate Change
Plenary Lectures:
“Leadership for the Social Climate”  
Gary Belkin, MD
Climate Change: Realities and Possibilities”
Mark Dixon
"Mental Health Care during Climate Crises:  New Strategies for Educators and Clinicians"
Mary Beth Mannarino, PhD  
 
Break
 
Panel Discussion:
Panelists will describe key challenges they focus on, and address issues and comments presented during interaction with the attendees.
 
12:00-1:00 p.m.              Lunch Break
 
1:00-4:00 p.m.                Afternoon Session: Meeting the Challenge
Plenary Lecture:
              "The Climate Crisis and Mental Health: What Will You Do?”
David Pollack, MD
 
Panel Discussion:
Attendees and panelists will discuss individual and organizational approaches to meeting identified challenges and for coping with barriers to action.  
 
                                           Small Group Discussion:
Facilitated interaction among conference attendees.  In groups of 8-10, attendees will describe their individual and group perceptions of the  emotional challenges associated with climate change; climate-related system issues that most concern them, e.g. providing support to clients, interpersonal violence, flooding, air quality, extraction industry; individual resources related to their personal and professional skillsorganizations and networks for potential collaboration; their hopes and visions for the future of their families and communities
 
Conference Overview: Conclusions and Recommendations for Future Action
 
 
4:30 p.m.                          Adjournment
The Impact of Climate Change on Mental Health and Community Wellbeing - Virtual - 11/05/2021
United States
Course Directors
Robert Marin, MD
Associate Director
Center for Public Service Psychiatry
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA
 
Wesley Sowers, MD
Director
Center for Public Service Psychiatry
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital 
Pittsburgh, PA
 
PLENARY SPEAKERS AND PANELISTS
Gary Belkin, MD
Founder, Billion Minds Institute
Former Deputy Health Commissioner
for New York City
New York, NY
 
Fred Brown, MSW
President and CEO
The Forbes Funds
Pittsburgh, PA
 
Carissa Caban-Aleman
CLIMATE PSYCHIATRY ALLIANCE
Assistant Professor
Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Dept.
Florida International University
Miami, FL
 
Claire Cohen, MD
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Southwood Psychiatric Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA
 
Mark Dixon
Creator, Blue Lens
Pittsburgh, PA
 
Grant Ervin,
Chief Resilience Officer
Assistant Director
Department of City Planning
Pittsburgh, PA
 
Wanda Guthrie,
Chair, Environmental Justice Committee
Thomas Merton Center
Pittsburgh, PA
 
Matthew Hurford, MD
President & CEO
Community Care Behavioral Health Organization
Pittsburgh, PA
 
Walter Lewis,
President and CEO
Homewood Children’s Village
Pittsburgh, PA
 
Mary Beth Mannarino, PhD
Clinical Psychologist and
Professor Emerita
Chatham University
Pittsburgh, PA
 
Keris Myrick, MS
Chief, Peer and Allied Health Professions
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
Los Angeles, CA
 
David Pollack, MD
Climate Psychiatry Alliance
Professor for Public Policy
Oregon Health and Science University
Portland, Oregon
 
Ken Thompson, MD
Squirrel Hill Health Center
Medical Director
Pennsylvania Psychiatric Leadership Council
Pittsburgh, PA
 
Khara Timsina
Executive Director
Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
 
For additional information on presenters and/or presentations, please contact Doreen Barkowitz at barkowitzdh@upmc.edu.
 
CONTINUING EDUCATION UNIT/CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION CREDITS
Physicians
In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
 
The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
 
Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity. 
 
Psychologists
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer psychology continuing education by the American Psychological Association.  University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Psychologists completing this course receive 6.5 continuing education credits.
 
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors/Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professionals: CADC/CCDP
The Office of Educational Resources and Planning, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is certified by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) to provide Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and Certified Co-occurring Disorders Professional (CCDP) continuing education credits. This program is being offered for a maximum of 6.5 continuing education credits.
 
Counselors
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5059. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is solely responsible for all aspects of this program. This program is being offered for a maximum of 6.5 continuing education hours.
 
Licensed/Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists: LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 6.5 continuing education credits.
 
Other Healthcare Professionals
Nurses and other health care professionals are awarded a maximum of .65 Continuing Education Units (CEU's). One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours. Nurses: For attending this program you will receive a Certificate of Attendance confirming a maximum of 6.5 hours of continuing education. These hours may be considered eligible for completing the 30 hours of continuing education required for biannual nursing re-licensure in Pennsylvania.
  • Completing the evaluation is not required, however it is encouraged. We do request that everyone complete the questions in the evaluation regarding your continuing education (CE) credit needs so we can identify the correct certificate for you. 
  • Please retain your certificates in a safe place. Replacements for General CEU, NCC, and CADC/CCDP are $30. Others are kept in your account on the site you registered at.
  • Continuing education credits are awarded when a participant attends for the full day. Partial credits are not available. 

Available Credit

  • 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 6.50 APA
  • 6.50 ASWB
  • 6.50 Attendance

Price

Cost:
$1.00
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