In his 1985 article ‘From Mirror to Window’, James Hillman urged analysts to stop gazing at the mirror’s reflection and instead look through the window at the world outside. In response to a growing call for support in working with climate change distress, bewilderment and trauma, we feel it is time for psychotherapy and the related professions to go a step further – to walk through the door and engage more directly with what we find, in settings which may be unfamiliar and with people who find psychotherapeutic norms a novelty. With this in mind we are running a series of workshops aimed at developing a practice for applying psychotherapeutic skills outside the confines and safety of the consulting room.
Although some of us may still offer groups and individual support in the familiar therapeutic settings we believe there is a need for a practice that goes well beyond this. We need to manage the absence of our usual authority and the vulnerability which comes from letting go of it. In the workshops we will draw on the rich and deep resources of the CPA community and hope to explore issues such as what happens when:
- symptoms such as resentment, helplessness, grief and anxiety derive from culture;
- the articulation, witnessing and validation of such feelings are a primary goal;
- we no longer have the safety of the consulting room;
- boundaries and permissions are ambiguous;
- interventions may be brief;
- participants may have little understanding of therapeutic norms.
In this workshop we hope to:
- create an open, fertile group space that is still contained and safe-enough for sharing;
- explore how we can offer enabling interventions that are attuned to the shared concerns of the ‘commons’;
- draw on the creative imagination of the group to face the challenges of deep adaptation.
About the Trainers
Chris Robertson, CPA Chair, has been a psychotherapist and trainer since 1978 and is co-founder of Re•Vision, a psychotherapy training centre. He is co-editor of the anthology Transformation in Troubled Times (Transpersonal Press 2018), the Psychotherapist (2016: 63) on Climate Change, Despair and Radical Hope and contributed the chapter ‘Dangerous Margins’ to the anthology Vital Signs (Karnac, 2012). See culture-crisis.net
Rebecca Nestor is a climate activist and executive committee member of the Climate Psychology Alliance. She is a facilitator and leadership developer, a graduate of the Tavistock Centre masters in consultation and the organisation, and a doctoral researcher at the Tavistock on leadership in organisations that engage the public on climate change. See www.learning-for-good.co.uk
Venue: The Berne Institute, Berne House, 29 Derby Road, Kegworth DE74 2EN, England.
Times: 10.00am to 5.00pm
Fees: £95 Members of The Berne Institute £120 Non-members of The Berne Institute
Full payment required to a secure place.
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