Children and the Climate Crisis
Friday 1 (eve) and Saturday 2 May 2020 - London
Working with Young People their Anger, Fear, Grief and Hope
With chair Judith Anderson and contributors Amrita Bhohi, Beth Collier, Sarah Deco, Jay Griffiths, Anna Harvey, Caroline Hickman, Katharine Lewis, Zion Lights, Jo McAndrews, Catriona Mellor, Isobel Pick, Jocelyne Quennell, Verity Sharp, Sonia Shomalzadeh, Tree Staunton, Steve Thorp, Sally Weintrobe and youth activists.READ MORE...
This conference focuses on life for children and adolescents in the era of climate chaos and the Sixth Mass Extinction. As young people hear daily reports of environmental disasters, how can the complexity of their feelings – their anger, fear and sense of abandonment – be heard, understood and fully responded to? How is the current ecological crisis showing up in their behaviour, preoccupations, dreams, and sense of future? How do they navigate the tension between hope and despair; action and nihilism? And what insights can psychotherapy offer, when we perhaps feel just as lost?
This conference brings together psychoanalytic, interdisciplinary and young peoples’ perspectives to examine how the widespread adult denial and disavowal of the climate emergency impacts on the burden carried by our children. We can see that they are often the most clear-sighted, outspoken and alive to the pain of the non-human other. What are they carrying for us? Do they feel and express the pain of the world for many? Why do adults find it so hard to hear their perspective and to tolerate their distress? To take the action they are asking for?
Asking difficult questions and facing the moral, practical and spiritual journey that is needed to transform our behaviour for the sake of all living species, we will ask how adults – who ourselves have to face our own grief, loss and anxiety – can be most effective in containing and responding to children’s needs in this era. Together we will consider the importance of keeping their interests at the centre of our hearts and minds – in climate emergency conversations, at home, at school and in the clinical setting. Perhaps most importantly, we will look at where hope and resilience reside. Bringing many voices and some rich creativity into our programme, we hope these conversations will provide therapists, teachers and parents with some structure, vocabulary and insight that provides a meaningful difference to our young people.
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A psychotherapy trainee is someone undertaking a therapy training course of at least 8 hours study per week.