Climate Change is part of the BC curriculum and yet it is a challenging topic to teach, because of the rising level of climate emotions (anxiety, grief, despair, shame) that it often heightens in students. Drawing on insights from somatic, narrative, and existential therapy, as well as knowledge of classroom dynamics, this workshop will resource teachers with tools to account for the emotional well-being of students as they teach about climate change. Material and activities will be offered that teachers can take and use in their classrooms that will help ground students in a sense of agency and hope.
Please have some paper and a pen with you for the workshop.
We will be going through a slide show, feel free to print the slides beforehand to take notes yourself.
This session is full.
Roxy Humphrey works as a school counsellor in SD61 as well as a therapist in private practice. For over a decade, she has been interested in the emotional impact that learning about ecological destruction has on learners. This has led her into jobs such as outdoor sustainability education and experiential environmental stewardship. In all of her roles, including as a classroom teacher, Roxy has been interested in the impact that climate emotions have on a person's sense of agency. Roxy is currently involved in researching and developing therapeutic practices to support young people navigating distressing emotions related to climate change and she is an active member of the Climate Psychology Alliance of North America.