CLIMATE JOURNEYS: FROM ANXIETY TO INVOLVEMENT
By Rosemary Randall
Wednesday 20th May 2020 @ 7pm
Central Halls, 2 West Tollcross, Edinburgh EH3 9BP
PLEASE NOTE: BECAUSE OF THE COVID – 19 PANDEMIC THIS LECTURE HAS NOW BEEN POSTPONED. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BOUGHT A TICKET YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A REFUND.
In this talk Rosemary will discuss the emergence of the term ‘climate anxiety’ to describe the complex feelings which people experience when they allow themselves to fully understand what climate change means. Since knowledge of climate change first emerged 30+ years ago, many people have preferred not to know about it, protecting themselves with a variety of psychological defences – echoed in and reinforced by political discourse – to keep the uncomfortable truths at a distance. As the urgency of climate change mounts these collective and individual defences cease to be viable and underlying feelings of fear, powerlessness, anger and grief emerge in ways that can be hard to manage.
Drawing both on her own research and on her experience of working within the climate movement over the last sixteen years, Rosemary will contrast the experiences of young people coming fresh to an understanding of the issue, and the experiences of older people who may have ignored or protected themselves from knowledge and now find themselves struggling with guilt, shame and a sense of complicity. She will discuss the importance of civil society creating spaces for people to explore these complex emotions, tell their stories and find a place of agency from which to act on what they now know, emphasising the contribution that psychotherapists can make to this.”
Rosemary Randall is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist who has written widely on the psychological dimensions of climate change. She is the originator and author (with Andy Brown) of the award winning Carbon Conversations project and a founder member of the Climate Psychology Alliance.
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To Be Met as a Person at Work. Is it Possible?
Presented by Nicola Neath
Thursday 31 October 2019: 6.30pm for 7pm lecture
Central Halls, 2 West Tollcross, Edinburgh EH3 9BP
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Tickets: Full Price: £15; Concession, Students or Friends of Sutherland Trust: £7:50
Refreshments (included in ticket price) will be available from 6:30 pm.
The mental health genie is out of the bottle –it is now widely accepted that mental health is the biggest health issue affecting UK employers and employees. Following the pioneering work of Una McCluskey, this talk will offer a detailed description of a particular application of Attachment Theory, operationalised as a model of training and staff support, aimed at formal and informal organisational leaders and managers. The intervention supported better ways of working to ameliorate against burn out, unnecessary or unprocessed interpersonal conflict and support ways of working that nourish self-esteem, creativity and collaborative working. The intervention covers these questions: Can you talk about careseeking and caregiving at work? Can you change how you go about it? Can you talk about fear? Can you talk about sex? Can you notice what helps keep us secure, creative? Can you talk about the interplay between our inner and our outer environments? Can you talk about emotional literacy, which helps us understand how our history and attachments affect our professional relationships?
The published findings covered these areas and can be applied to any organisation, therefore I will be describing a coherent system, which offers new ideas to support managers and leaders to help them navigate the landscape of humans at work. I will herald attachment theory again as the next pioneering landscape for leadership.
About Nicola Neath, BA (Hons), Grad. Dip. in Counselling. MBACP accredited. Chair BACP Workplace Division (2016-19). Member of the National Council for Work and Health.
Nicola is an Integrative Psychotherapist and trainer, working in the Staff Counselling and Psychological support Service at the University of Leeds. She began her career in environmental campaigning and training in the voluntary sector over twenty years ago, she has worked in the public and private and sectors in a variety of roles. She has published on Relational Ethics; offers parliamentary briefings when asked; written several articles for BACP journals; delivered a paper for OPUS London. Following a pioneering and successful organisational application of the Attachment based McCluskey Model at the University of Leeds, she and Una have now published an account of the application and the model in the book titled To be Met as a Person at Work. This March, she was also one of the speakers at the national Health and Wellbeing at Work conference held the NEC. She has a small private practice, which is mainly for collaborative training. She is passionate about bringing different psychological perspectives into the workplace.
The forthcoming autumn Sutherland Trust lecture will be given by Emeritus Professor Colwyn Trevarthan on Wednesday evening, 2nd October in Edinburgh.
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