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John Jamir Benzon R. Aruta,
Ph.D. Patricia D. Simon, Ph.D.,
RPsy Karmia A. Pakingan, RPsy De La Salle University-Manila


Climate change does not only bring detrimental consequences to people’s health and livelihood but also poses a threat to human’s (and all other species’) survival. Psychology has been taking an active part in addressing the mental health impacts of climate change, with climate anxiety (i.e., the psychological distress attributable to global climate change) as one of the emerging issues being explored. This learning session consists of three presentations (45 minutes to one hour each) with a common theme of climate anxiety. The presentations are designed to introduce undergraduate students in psychology to environmental psychology in general and climate anxiety in particular. The presentations also aim to equip the students with skills in translating climate anxiety into climate action and managing severe levels of climate anxiety. About the Facilitators: Dr. Aruta received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from De La Salle University￾Manila in 2019, where he also currently works as a lecturer. He ranked 8th in the 2014 Board examinations for Guidance Counselors. He is a private clinical practitioner handling children, adolescents, and adults with mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, and trauma. In terms of research, he is actively developing a research program in the following areas: 1) the cultural aspect of mental health, and 2) the application of psychological principles in promoting environmental sustainability. Tracy Simon is a Registered Psychologist (8th place in the 2016 Professional Regulation Commission board examination for Psychologists). She earned her undergraduate degree in BS Psychology from UP Diliman and her MS and PhD in Clinical Psychology degree from DLSU Manila. She is now an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology in DLSU. She has been selected as a participant to the International Congress of Psychology Emerging Psychologists’ Program in 2020, and is in the process of completing two intervention research projects. She has a small independent practice on the side of her teaching and research involvements. Mia Pakingan is an assistant professorial lecturer at the Psychology Department of De La Salle University and is a practicing psychologist. She has experience in handling children, adolescents, and young adults who are experiencing mood problems, anxiety, and behavioral issues, among others. She obtained her MS in Psychology major in Clinical Psychology at De La Salle University and is currently completing her PhD in Counseling Psychology in the same university. Her research interests include mental health, evidence-based digital psychological interventions, and environmental psychology.

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