Facing the Hard Truths About Our Climate Disaster - Psychiatry's Role in Preparing Society to Accept a Necessary Shift in the Cultural Paradigm
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Expires on Nov 04, 2025
Credit Offered
1.5 CME Credits
1.5 COP Credits

Available: 11/04/2022 - 11/04/2025


FREE - $0

Over the past 100 + years, America has suffered through multiple extreme disasters and has emerged unscathed with the belief that no matter what, Americans will rise above the destruction and rebuild, in much the same way as they always have. America’s culture of individuality and its relentless drive to obtain the American dream has seen to this.

We have now reached the point, not just in this country but throughout the world, where continuing on our current path is going to result in planetary destruction. We no longer have the luxury of denial that the worst will not occur. Even more pointedly, its clear we can not fix doing what we have always done. Out culture's shadow side - greed, narcissism, grandiosity, exclusion, and denial which, while feeding the dream, are the very things fueling the climate disaster.

In this presentation, we will review America’s greatest disasters because, if we don’t remember them, then we can’t learn from them. It is critical that we see the hard truths that have created today’s climate crisis. We must see ourselves as having ignored the lessons learned only to repeat them with increasingly destructive outcomes. However, we have run out of time to continue to ignore the truths. We can and must face our shadows.

Learning Objectives


  • Identify options for addressing mental health challenges arising from this crisis.
  • Employ options for enhanced quality of life.
  • Apply a more empathic paradigm for us to live together on this planet.
  • List ways psychiatry can help people and communities be more resilient and creative.
  • Develop strategies that foster social cohesion and public morale.


Target Audience

Psychiatrists, residents/fellows

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Event Date: November 4th, 2022
Credit Claim Date: November 4th, 2025

How to Earn Credit

After evaluating the program, participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the event date and hours earned.

Continuing Education Credit

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The APA designates this enduring CME activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Planning Committee and Faculty Disclosures

The American Psychiatric Association adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity — including faculty, planners, reviewers or others — are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.
Faculty Disclosures:
  • Saundra Maass-Robinson, MD, Principal Investigator, iResearch Atlanta, LLC has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • Ken Thompson, MD, Public Service Psychiatry and Public Health, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • Benjamin Buchholz, MPH, Instructional Designer, APA, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • Violet Moloney, Instructional Designer, APA, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • Elizabeth Haase, MD, Medical Director, Behavioral Health, Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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Technical Requirements

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  • Internet Explorer 11+

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