Become a Climate Aware Practitioner

What is the Climate Aware Practitioner Network?

PSC Members who undertake Professional Development with PSC have the option to be part of PSC’s Climate Aware Practitioner (CAP) Network.

Being a member of the CAP Network means you are not alone! You will be part of a network of like-minded people across Australia who are taking action on climate change by supporting people in their communities who are distressed about the reality of the climate crisis.

PSC’s goal is to build a national network of professionals who engage proactively in advocating and building the psychosocial support and resilience of individuals and communities in systemic, connected and culturally appropriate ways. 

The CAP Network is a multi-disciplinary network that will include people of diverse backgrounds including: 

  • Mental Health Practitioners
  • General Practitioners
  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Workers
  • Workshop Facilitators
  • Speakers and Presenters on issues relating to climate psychology

Professional Development for CAPs

The CAP Professional development is a series of 3 workshops which involves 6 hours of learning. 

  • Engaging with climate change and eco-distress – 2 hour Introductory Webinar 
  • Reflections and responses to the climate reality – 3 hour Experiential Workshop
  • Being present with climate distress: Applications to professional practice – 3 hour Professional Practice Workshop

Being part of the CAP Network

Being part of the CAP Network enables CAPs to develop their knowledge and skills to provide effective services for people who are distressed by the climate reality.

We provide opportunities for CAPs to practice self-care so that they can sustain their involvement in this challenging work, supporting people in their local communities.

As a CAP, you will be able to participate in professional development and peer support activities with others in the network who share your concerns about the impact climate change is having on individuals and communities. 

How to become a CAP

PSC has developed a simple process to become a Climate Aware Practitioner. The process is set out in the CAP Network Application Guidelines

We have also developed a Code of Conduct to guide the work of CAPs to support people who are experiencing climate distress.

CAPs are encouraged to complete a Practitioner Profile for the Climate Aware Practitioner Directory so that members of the public can select the CAP that can best support them.

CAPS are also encouraged to list any events they are running on the Events page at the PSC website.  This is a resource for members of the public to find out about group workshops and seminars.