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Conference Clinical Psychology, Climate, and Wellbeing: Joining the dots


This virtual webinar is to help us make connections between our understandings (and our puzzlements, dismays and hopes) regarding the climate and ecological emergency.

We will explore what we can bring to environmental care through our everyday practice as clinical psychologists informed by values of social justice, inclusivity, dignity and human rights, along with our concern for future generations.

We will consider scientific evidence from climate scientists and from relevant psychological research, and explore what actions we can take as health professionals, as psychologists, and as local and global citizens, to promote wellbeing along with environmental care and living in harmony with nature.

We will try to put environmental concerns in context in various ways: including hearing a young person’s voice, learning from colleagues who are working with psychologists’ professional bodies to promote social change, and considering the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

There will be short talks from a range of practising clinical psychologists who are making links between their values of environmental care and their practice, along with time for questions, discussion and shared reflective time, including a facilitated Schwartz Round: No Wellbeing without Planetary Wellbeing.

Threaded throughout the day will be brief poems and short stories, inspired by narrative approaches and ideas of enchantivism. We want some breathing space and inspiration to be creative at this time of huge change and uncertainty. There are no simple answers to the emergencies we face, but by coming together we hope to open up an informed pluralism in exploring the complexities.

Learning Outcomes

  • Awareness of the relevance of psychological knowledge, skills and values in addressing, along with others, the climate and ecological emergency.
  • Confidence in speaking with colleagues and friends about climate and ecological concerns, and how they relate to individual and collective wellbeing.
  • Sensitivity in considering how to understand clients’ (and our own) existential concerns about the future.
  • Readiness to take actions, large or small, individual and systemic, to promote planetary health and wellbeing.

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