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First Friday Forum: Climate Change and Health: Research, Issues and Implications for Psychology
Metropolitan State University, St. Paul Campus – Founders Hall Auditorium
700 E 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
Friday, November 01, 2019, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT
Category: First Friday Forums

Climate Change and Health: Research, Issues and Implications for Psychology

Friday, November 1, 2019

Registration: 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Friday Forums are cosponsored with the Metropolitan State University Psychology Department.

About the Program

This presentation will review research about psychological and medical concerns regarding climate change, and how this information can inform psychological services for people with presenting concerns related to climate change. Until recently, many people have thought of climate change as an abstract concept, with uncertain costs and potential events that seem remote from their daily life, both in time and distance. Recent weather catastrophes and research findings are making climate change more immediate and salient for many people, resulting in new terms such as “climate anxiety” and “future despair.” Psychologists will be increasingly called upon to help people affected by, or fearing the potential affects, of climate change. This presentation will provide information and resources that can inform psychologists serving people affected by climate change.

This session is at the intermediate level and is designed for psychologists and other mental health professionals.

This session qualifies for 3.0 continuing education credits. You must attend the full 3-hour program to get continuing education credit for the event.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify how the medical and psychological effects of climate change affect people’s sense of place, emotional and behavioral responses, and coping resources.
  2. Describe the psychological impact of climate change on vulnerable populations, such as those with mental illness, medical fragility, poverty, racism and marginalization, and more.
  3. Apply the guidelines for responding to climate change issues in therapy.

About the Presenters:

Christie Manning, Ph.D., has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Factors Engineering from Tufts University and a Ph.D. in Cognitive and Biological Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She teaches in the department of Environmental Studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Christie’s recent co-authored publications include a 2018 edited volume, Psychology and Climate Change, a 2017 review article in the journal Science, “Beyond the roots of human inaction: Fostering collective effort toward ecosystem conservation,” and a 2016 academic textbook, Psychology for Sustainability. Her research and teaching explore the cognitive, social and situational factors that influence people’s behavioral and lifestyle choices and how these choices positively or negatively impact ecological and social systems.

Michael Menzel, M.D., graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and retired as an anesthesiologist at Abbott Northwestern Hospital where he created Acute Pain Service. Dr. Menzel is the Co-Founder of Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate, HPforHC.org and founder of Guatemala Surgery, a non-profit providing surgery to indigenous people of Guatemala.

Richard Sethre, Psy.D., LP, has a Doctor of Psychology degree from the University of San Diego, California, with specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Sethre has an independent practice with a focus on health care psychology and consulting services. He has an active social media presence. He posts regularly on his website blog about interesting, creative and controversial topics related to the practice of psychology.

The speakers have indicated they do not have any conflicts of interest.

The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:  If you need disability related accommodations, including parking, to make this event accessible, please contact the Metropolitan State University Center for Accessibility Resources, 651-793-1549, or [email protected]

To Register:

Online registration is now closed. Walk-ups are welcome onsite.

Click here to download a PDF registration form and flyer.

Walk-up registrations are welcome the day of, but pre-registration is preferred.

Pricing MPA Member Non-Member Student
Early Bird Registration - Register by October 25 $45 $65 $15
Regular Registration - Register after October 25 $55 $75 $25


Refund/Cancellation Policy: A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Refunds, less a $5 handling free, will be given if a written cancellation is received at least two working days before the scheduled program begins. Transfer of fee to another program is granted if written cancellation notice is received at least one day before the program. No refund or transfer is given the day of the program.

Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.