When I met John, he was a Psychological Councilor for California State University, Fresno.
He now leads a therapy group about healing, in Fresno.
As a healer and meditator myself, I recognized Tara’s gift to us.
Tara earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Fielding Institute, with a dissertation exploring meditation as a therapeutic modality in treating addiction. She went on to complete a five-year Buddhist teacher training program at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, under the guidance of Jack Kornfield. Working as both a psychotherapist and a meditation teacher, she found herself naturally blending these two powerful traditions—introducing meditation to her therapy clients and sharing western psychological insights with meditation students. This synthesis has evolved, in more recent years, into Tara’s groundbreaking work in training psychotherapists to integrate mindfulness strategies into their clinical work.
In 1998, Tara founded the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC (IMCW), which is now one of the largest and most dynamic non-residential meditation centers in the United States. http://tarabrach.com/about.html
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BY SANDY STEINMAN
The National Wildlife Association’s report on the human psychological
effects of Global Warning.
The National Wildlife Federation released a report on “The Psychological Effects of Global Warming on the U.S.” This peaked my interest not only in natural history but as a mental health professional.
Some of the report’s findings are:
Climate Change will become a top-of-mind worry in the future.
Major Segments of U.S. Society are more psychologically vulnerable now including:
- Children will experience increasing acute stress disorders as natural disasters increase
- Elderly and low-income will be less able to pay for need good, services and have less mobility
- People with preexisting mental health conditions will find fewer resources available
- Members of military and their families may be dealing with conflicts to destabilizing economic, politically and environmental effects on fragile countries from Climate Change
The mental health system is not ready to handled the wide-spread psychological stress or climate change and there is a low first responder preparedness to handle immediate trauma of climate disaster victims.
Some climate change related conditions and their psychological effects:
- Summer heat wave – there is a relationship between rising heat and aggression
- Coastal and river flooding – stress due displacement, loss possession and future uncertainty
- High impact and more intense storms – PTSD, slow recovery of infrastructure, anger at government response
- Severe Drought and reduced snow pack – despair and depression
- Increase large-scale wildfires – anxiety and anticipation, grief from destruction
- New Disease Threats – fear and anxiety
Suggested Solutions and recommendations include:
- Mental health practitioners, first responders and primary care professionals should have comprehensive plans and guidelines for climate change; they need to develop
tools and approaches to help respond to disasters and to take care of patients faced with emergencies.
- Priority should be given to training mental health professionals who serve the most vulnerable populations. e.g., school counselors, pediatric specialists, aging specialists, public clinic staff
- Improve the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of people suffering from climate related mental health problems
- A rigorous estimate should be made of the cost of addressing the psychological effects of climate change vs. the costs of ignoring the problem
- Governments should develop and deploy mental health incident response teams
- Helpful models for positive individual and community action should be developed
- Psychological implications of global warming should be factored into public policy development
Please read the National Wildlife Association’s report on the human psychological effects of Global Warning.
Travelers’ Health and Animal Importation Branch
Division of Global Migration and Quarantine
Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA
Executive Director, Presidential Climate Action Project
The Wirth Chair in Environmental and Community Development Policy
School of Public Affairs University of Colorado Denver, Boulder,
Peter G. Bourne, MD, MA
Visiting Scholar, Green-Templeton College, Oxford
Vice Chancellor Emeritus of St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
Chairman of the Board, Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC)
Wales, UK and Washington DC
James H. Bray, Ph.D.
President, American Psychological Association
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX
Gillian Caldwell, JD
Campaign Director, 1Sky Tacoma Park, MD
Eric Chivian, MD
Founder and Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment
Professor of Psychiatry Harvard Medical School Boston, MA
Lt. Gen. Daniel W. Christman (Ret.)
Sr. Vice President for International Affairs United States Chamber of Commerce Washington DC
Robert W. Corell, PhD
Vice President for Programs H.J. Heinz Center for Science, Economics
and the Environment Washington DC.
Kevin J. Coyle, JD
Vice President for Education and Training National Wildlife Federation Reston VA
Spencer Eth, MD
Vice-Chairman and Medical Director, Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services
Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers New York, NY
Sherri Goodman, JD
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Center for Naval Analyses
Executive Director, Military Advisory Board, “National Security and the Threat of Climate Change” project Alexandria, VA
Jeffrey T. Kiehl, PhD
Senior Scientist, Climate Change Research National Center for Atmospheric
Research. Boulder, CO
Douglas LaBier, PhD
Founder and Director Center for Adult Development, N.W.,
Andrew Light, PhD
Director, Center for Global Ethics George Mason University, Fairfax, VA Senior Fellow Center for American Progress
Washington, D.C. 20005
George Luber, PhD
Associate Director for Global Climate Change
National Center for Environmental Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Edward W. Maibach, PhD
Director, Center for Climate Change Communication
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
H. Steven Moffic, MD
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa, WI
Jerilyn Ross, M.A., L.I.C.S.W.
President and CEO, Anxiety Disorders Association of America
Director, The Ross Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Inc. Washington, DC