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Emerging Topics in Psychiatry

APA presents the Emerging Topics Webinar Series—learning opportunities analyzing the critical challenges faced in the profession and offering practical solutions from subject matter experts.

New APA learning opportunities dedicated to keeping members up-to-date on important topics and the latest trends and information impacting the profession. Interact with your peers and subject matter experts. Topics are diverse, covering clinical practice updates, emerging psychedelic use, burnout and physician well-being, new legislation impacting your practice and patients, innovative technology and more.

Upcoming Webinar

What's Climate Got To Do With It? How Climate Change Affects Mental Health & How You Can Help

  •  Thursday, March 7
  •  3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET
  •  1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ **
  •  Jacob Lee, M.D.; Joshua Wortzel, M.D., MPhil, MS(Ed); Steve Sugden, M.D., MPH

This webinar will explore the intricate relationship between climate change and mental health in psychiatry. Gain insights into the direct impact of climate-induced factors on psychiatric patients, including heat-related effects on the brain. Discover indirect influences such as air-borne pollution, zoonotic illnesses, and nutritional changes in crops, all affecting neuropsychiatric well-being. Delve into the psychological ramifications stemming from natural disasters and existential distress amid the climate crisis. Real-world case studies and actionable guidance will be provided to support patients and address medicine's own role in contributing to global warming.

Learning Objectives

  • Investigate the correlation between temperature fluctuations and the prevalence of mental health disorders
  • Explain the increased vulnerability of psychiatric patients to temperature regulation issues (i.e., thermodysregulation)
  • Detail the neuropsychiatric sequelae of nutritional deficiencies, pollution exposure, and vector-borne illnesses resulting from climate change
  • Evaluate the psychological effects of natural disasters and existential climate-related distress on mental health
  • Develop strategies for psychiatrists to actively promote and safeguard the mental well-being of their patients amidst the challenges posed by climate change

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Previous Webinars

Watch the following webinars on demand in the APA Learning Center:

For past emerging topics webinars and other educational content, visit the APA Learning Center at

Other past topics include:

  • What Happens When the Public Health Emergency Ends? Telepsychiatry and Hybrid Practice Post-PHE
  • Evaluation, Management, Coding, and Documentation – What All Psychiatrists in Clinical Practice Need to Know
  • Facing the Hard Truths About Our Climate Disaster– Psychiatry's Role in Preparing society to accept a necessary shift in the Cultural Paradigm
  • The Covid-19 Pandemic and the Child Mental Health Crisis: What We Can Do Now
  • Heat Waves and Wildfires for the Practicing Psychiatrist: What you need to know to protect your patients and community
  • Denial: Nuclear Trauma and the Cold War Psychiatry in Hiroshima
  • Psychedelics as Therapeutics for Substance Use Disorders


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

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

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