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Webinar Slides and Recording: Transformational Resilience for Climate Change Traumas and Toxic Stresses with Bob Doppelt


Recorded live October 28, 2019.

Find the slides attached below.

The webinar recording:

You will learn:

  • how climate change creates personal, family, and community traumas and toxic stresses; 
  • how those traumatic stressors trigger feedbacks that expand and aggravate ACEs and many other person, social, community, and societal maladies; 
  • why current approaches are woefully inadequate to address what is already occurring and rapidly steaming toward us and why prevention is the only realistic solution; 
  • the framework for prevention we call Transformational Resilience that includes resilience education and skills-development focused on both Presencing and Purposing skills.


Bob Doppelt, Executive Director, The Resource Innovation Group, and Founder and Coordinator of the International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC). 

The International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC) is a network of over 400 mental health, social service, social justice, climate, emergency response, faith, and other professionals working to prevent harmful personal, family, community, and societal maladies resulting from climate change generated traumas and toxic stresses by ensuring that every adult and child in the U.S. and worldwide learns preventative Presencing (self-regulation) and Purposing (adversity-based growth) information and skills.  

Bob Doppelt is the Executive Director of The Resource Innovation Group (TRIG), and founder and coordinator of the International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC). Trained in both counseling psychology and environmental science, Bob has combined the two fields throughout his career. In addition, he is a long-time mindfulness teacher (Spirit Rock Mediation Center) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Instructor (University of Massachusetts Medical School, Center for Mindfulness). From 1996 through 2002 TRIG was affiliated with the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University, where Bob taught part-time. From 2003 until 2013, TRIG was affiliated with the University of Oregon where Bob directed the UO's Climate Leadership Initiative. From 2003 until 2018 he also taught systems thinking in the UO Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management. Bob is the author of a number of best-selling books on the interface between psychological, psychosocial, and environmental wellbeing. His most recent book is Transformational Resilience: How Building a Culture of Human Resilience Can Safeguard Society and Increase Wellbeing (Greenleaf Publishing 2016). His other books include: From Me to We: The Five Transformative Commitments Required To Rescue the Planet, Your Organization, and Your Life (Greenleaf Publishing, 2012); The Power of Sustainable Thinking: How To Create a Positive Future for the Climate, The Planet and Your Life (Earthscan Publishing, 2008), which in the summer of 2010 was deemed by Audubon Magazine to be one of the “eleven most important books on climate change”; and Leading Change Toward Sustainability: A Change Management Guide for Business, Government, and Civil Society (Greenleaf Publishing, 2003), which just six months after its release was deemed one of the "ten most important publications in sustainability" by a GlobeScan survey of international sustainability experts.  Bob facilitates workshops and is a frequent speaker at conferences in the U.S. and abroad.  In 2015 he was named one the world’s “50 Most Talented Social Innovators” by the World CRS Congress.

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Gail Kennedy, Operations and Strategic Partnerships Lead, California Central Valley and Capital Region Community Facilitator, ACEs Connection


“I’m a mental health clinician who participated in ITRC’s webinar in April. It was profoundly helpful to me. I’ve developed a class that was inspired by that and other resources called Climate Trauma and Resilience. I ran a no-charge ‘beta’ version of the class and got fantastic feedback. I’m ready to take it into community and public settings. Thank you again for the work you do!” - Gwenn Cody, LCSW


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