DATE: Friday, April 15th
NOTE: This discussion will be recorded on video and broadcast to our colleagues in Australia. It will also be available on YouTube and Earthsayers TV for dissemination. To view live, go to www.media.pdx.edu Live Streams and then 204.
VARIETIES OF ENVIRONMENTAL IDENTITY: THOUGHTS ON PSYCHOLOGY AND SUSTAINABILITY
The New York Times called Thomas Doherty “the most prominent American advocate of a growing discipline known as ‘ecopsychology’.”
Dr. Thomas Joseph Doherty provides an overview of psychological perspectives on the natural environment and sustainability, including stories of his work in ecopsychology and the development of the Ecopsychology journal.
His talk focuses on moving beyond either-or conceptions of environmental identity toward an appreciation of a diversity of environmental world views, and how this can help us understand vulnerabilities to the psychological impacts of issues like global climate change and inform the design of pragmatic and innovative sustainability initiatives.
Presenter Bio: Thomas Doherty provides consultation on environmental identity and behavior change and specializes in working with people and organizations with ecological values He draws on his training in clinical and health psychology and his background as a wilderness therapist and professional whitewater rafting guide. In addition to his consultation practice in Portland, Thomas trains counselors at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School and is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Ecopsychology. Thomas helped author the American Psychological Association’s Climate Change Task Force Report in 2009 and his paper on the psychological impacts of global climate change will be published in the American Psychologist this June. Thomas has provided talks and workshops for organizations such as the American Psychological Association, Psychologists for Social Responsibility, Natural Step USA, New Season’s Markets, the Bioneers, the Association of Oregon Recyclers, and the Oregon Counseling Association.
In addition to mentions in the NY Times, Thomas’s work has also been featured in the Oregonian, New Hampshire Public Radio, the Detroit Metro Times, Sustainability: The Journal of Record, Alternative and Complementary Therapies, the Monitor on Psychology, and in the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.