Course overview

The Mental Health Impacts of Climate Change

This course will look at the psychological impacts of climate change, aspects of group and individual denial and avoidance, and describe steps that can be implemented for psychosocial change and resilience.

Lise Van Susteren, MD

 Board Review Series

AIHM 2018 Annual Conference

 Required Lessons


 Time to Complete

1 hour

 Non-CME Eligible*

0 Credits 

What you will learn

  • Course Summary

  • The Session will provide an overview of the psychological impacts of climate change - both the direct acute and chronic impacts, and the underrecognized indirect effects ripple effects of disasters and a society increasingly destabilized. The roots of group and individual denial and avoidance will be addressed. The moral, legal and professional underpinnings to the call to action will be discussed. Also included will be information about messages that drive change, actions that empower, and how to foster resilience.
    By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

    • Identify the psychological impacts of cc - both direct and indirect; current and future
    • Describe the elements of denial and avoidance, conscious and unconscious, and how to overcome these impediments to change
    • Describe concrete steps that lead to psychosocial change and resilience

Course includes:

  • Video recording
  • Downloadable audio
  • Speaker handout(s)
  • 1 Quiz
  • Certificate of Completion

Included in this course

Course Faculty

Lise Van Susteren, MD

About Lisa
Dr. Lise Van Susteren, a practicing general and forensic psychiatrist in Washington, DC, is an expert on the physical and mental health effects of climate change. In 2011 she co-authored "The Psychological Effects of Climate Warming on the U.S. - Why the US Mental Health System Is Not Prepared". Dr. Van Susteren has served as a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University and has been a consultant to the Executive Branch of the US Government profiling world leaders. After receiving her medical degree from the University of Paris, she practiced medicine in West Africa, at community health centers and homeless shelters in metropolitan Washington DC.

In addition to community organizing on climate issues, Dr. Van Susteren serves on the Advisory Boards of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health and of Earth Day Network, and is co-founder of "Climate Psychiatry Alliance," a professional group dedicated to promoting awareness and action on climate from a mental health perspective. She is a frequent contributor on television, radio and in the print media. In 2006 Dr. Van Susteren sought the Democratic nomination for the US Senate from Maryland.

*CME/CEU Credits

The CME for this course has expired, however you will continue to have access to your purchased content. 

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This course is self-paced with no set beginning or end date. You may complete this course on your own schedule and pace. Enrolling in and purchasing this course grants you access to its contents in perpetuity.