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Working therapeutically with eco-anxiety and environmental trauma

Working therapeutically with eco-anxiety and environmental trauma

Date(s) - Tuesday, April 19th, 2022
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Working therapeutically with eco-anxiety and environmental trauma
The CEE is the biggest threat to human life on Earth. The devastating impact of the CEE
induces hopelessness, denial apathy, extreme anxiety states, anger, rage, multi-layered
trauma (personal, racial, environmental) and above all, devastating loss. How do we
respond to the mental health issues that are arising from the CEE, and work with clients to
help them process their thoughts and feelings and cope with them?
In this course we will also explore the CEE as a social justice issue, and work to develop an
understanding of its complexity. The CEE confronts us with our unconscious and conscious
destructive forces (ego centrism and narcissism) and invites us to think about how these
dynamics are played out in personal relationships and how they are embedded in the
social values and political structures in which we all play a part. This will include
examining the roots of the CEE and how in particular racism, colonialism and imperialism
are key components need to be acknowledged and explored within the consulting room.
In addition, the course will prompt us to examine our human-centric psychotherapeutic
theories and practices, and work to develop awareness of the more-than-human world.
How can we move to understand the momentous changes we all face and help our clients
to develop resilience and a capacity for ‘active hope’, in the face of all these changes to
our planet?
The course will be double-staffed and take place on a Tuesday evening 6-9pm.
The course will be on zoom, starting April 19, 2022, for 6 weeks, ending May 24.
Maximum number of participants: 16
Weekly readings will be circulated in advance.
The course will count as 18 hours CPD
Course fees:
Full members: £175
Student members/Concession: £150
Students are welcome to join provided they have relevant clinical material to bring to the course.

Staff biographies

 Jan Baker is a psychotherapist and counsellor, supervisor and organisational consultant. For many years she taught on the MSC in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Birkbeck College, where she developed a particular interest and expertise in working experientially and developing Group Relations Conferences, focusing on power, authority and leadership. She is an active member of the Transition Town movement and the Climate Psychology Alliance,

both of which seek to help people face difficult truths and to enable them to build resilience. She has also supported some of those XR activities which highlight the perilous nature of our planet. She believes strongly in the power of people working together to help build community, whilst recognising this is an ongoing and difficult process.


Brigitta Mowat is a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer at the Minster Centre where she runs training supervision groups and teaches personal and clinical integration on the MA in integrative psychotherapy. She provides psychological support to XR activists. She recently published an article: Mowat, B. (2021). How Integrative Psychotherapy can address the Anthropocene crisis. Self & Society No 6 Winter 2021, and very recently has published an IPA study: Climate change on the couch, which looked at how environmentally aware counsellors and psychotherapists perceive and clinically engage with the Climate and Ecological Emergency (CEE). She is an active member of the Climate Psychology Alliance and runs climate cafes.

Terms and conditions:

We cannot give refunds to delegates who fail to attend for whatever reason. If you book for an online event, please make sure you are able to access the event, including that you have access to a suitable device that is able to run the relevant software and that you have stable Wi-Fi connection.  BCA will not make any refunds due to you being unable to attend the event for reasons either within or outside of your control.   We will only issue a certificate to those who attend the full event. Where the event is a multi-part event (for example a short course), such certificate will only be issued following attendance of all parts of the event

Confidentiality: Any and all discussions within workshops, lectures, courses or other CPD event are confidential.  Participants agree not to disclose any information shared.



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