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With the growing awareness that we face a climate crisis that threatens ecological and social collapse, how as a species can we adapt to the new world of the Anthropocene?

While the nature of the climate crisis is complex and climate psychology is a developing framework, we have four current priorities in response to the madness of our times.

Developing and publishing research

A number of CPA members are involved in research - see Climate Psychology: On Indifference to Disaster editor Paul Hoggett Palgrave. Contributions cover new methods for exploring lived experience and thinking the unthinkable, including emotional work, reflexivity, social dreaming and collaborative narratives.

Therapeutic Support Network

A network of therapists able to offer support to groups and individuals is now operating in several parts of the country and growing rapidly. One-off sessions are sometimes available at no cost. See our Therapeutic Support List and Map

Through the Door Workshops

We believe there is a need for developing a shared practice that moves beyond the consulting room. Throughout 2019 and continuring online in 2020 we are running workshops for psychotherapists, counsellors and other psychology professionals who want to offer their skills to the wider climate movement. See our Events page for details

Stepping through the door from the consulting room to the world outside means managing the absence of our usual authority and the vulnerability that comes from letting go of it. When going through this the door therapists bring with them critical skills of holding anxiety, bearing what is feared to be unbearable and thinking, or naming, the unthinkable. Following participation in these workshops members are running Climate Cafés, workshops on better communication, support groups for parents and scientists, training and support for activists and are generally reporting greater confidence in speaking about climate change.

Handbook of Climate Psychology

The Handbook of Climate Psychology is a collective project organised along the lines of Wikipedia – a work of ‘the commons’ that will unfold over time and will act as a vehicle for deepening our shared understanding of what we mean by climate psychology and provide a valuable online resource for users of our website.

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The science can seem daunting and is an aspect of the 'difficult truths' we face.

Our grappling with this is made more difficult to face by doubt and confusion actively sown by climate change denialists, many of whom are funded by the oil industry, large corporations and donors with vested interests, the media coverage adding to the confusion.

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The Climate Psychology Alliance (CPA) came into being during 2009-12, following a number of conferences and meetings at the University of the West of England’s Centre for Psycho-Social Studies (CPSS). These events helped to bring together and mobilise a network of people who combined a background in psychotherapy and associated academic work with a concern about increasing evidence of climate and ecological destabilisation resulting from human activities.

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As we face the climate crisis, we are aware that those least responsible, especially in the Global South, are suffering first and worst. However, a growing number of us worldwide are being affected physically, materially, psychologically and emotionally – directly through experiences of climate related disasters, in our reactions to the latest news, in our private thoughts, in our sense of loss, anger and despair, and for an increasing number of us, in our dreams.

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