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‘Climate-Aware’ Therapy to Navigate Climate and Ecological Crisis with Caroline Hickman
October 31 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm PDTCost: Sliding Scale
About the Event
Online, October 31, 5-6:30 pm Pacific Time (convert to your time zone here)
Encounters with the climate and ecological crisis in the therapeutic space may be seen as overt, subtle, symbolic; personal, collective, social and global experiences. Caroline Hickman will discuss developing a climate & bio-diversity crisis lens through which therapy can respond to these emerging concerns as well as how dreams and the imaginal are increasingly revealing what is under the surface of people’s climate distress.
We will examine a range of approaches we can use in the therapy room, at home, in school and outdoors to support clients to explore their thoughts, feelings and dreams about the climate and biodiversity crisis. We will look at a range of practical and imaginal approaches including art, storytelling, play and personification, and explore climate-aware therapy including the move from therapeutic dyad (between therapist & client) to the therapeutic triad (between therapist, client, and the planet).
About Caroline Hickman
Caroline Hickman is a psychotherapist and lecturer at the University of Bath researching children and young people’s emotional responses to climate change in the UK, Brazil, The Maldives, Nigeria & USA for 10 years examining eco-anxiety & distress, eco-empathy, trauma, moral injury and the impact of climate anxiety on relationships. She is co- lead author on a 2021 quantitative global study into 10,000 children & young people’s emotions & thoughts about climate change published in The Lancet Planetary Health.
A practicing psychotherapist and board member of the Climate Psychology Alliance, Hickman has been developing a range of therapeutic approaches to ecological distress including a psychological assessment model for eco-anxiety, and delivered workshops in climate psychology, emotional resilience and mental health internationally.