Trauma to the Earth and Unearthed Trauma: An Eco-Psychoanalytic Engagement with Climate Distress

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This workshop will focus on how psychoanalytic clinicians can begin to engage with the enormity of the human-caused, Earth-based trauma of the Climate and Environmental Emergency (CEE).

This trauma has been increasingly resulting in high levels of climate distress and grief or, conversely, the disavowal or “unthought known” of the impacts. We will trace some of the ways psychoanalysis has engaged this subject, beginning with Searles (1960) in his writings on the nonhuman world to most recently the broader-based ideas of Weintrobe (2013; 2021) and others. The workshop will examine some of the embedded individual, intergenerational and communal trauma, as well as the amplifying psychosocial factors of systemic racism and other forms of dominance and marginalization. We will include exercises to help clinicians engage with their own emotional reactions to the CEE and reflect on ways early attachments and defenses may be at play. We will provide clinical examples of working with climate distress, including how to explore the interweaving of personal, societal, and Earth-based traumas, as well as ways to engage the topic for those not yet bringing these concerns to the consulting room. Finally, we will discuss ways to foster emotional resilience and a process of “re-earthing” in the face of this all-encompassing problem.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to name two emotions and a possible defense against those emotions that they have experienced in relation to the climate crisis.
  2. Participants will identify two clinical interventions which are useful in engaging clinically with the topic of the CEE.
  3. Participants will name two methods of building psychological resilience during times of increasing environmental degradation and climate dysregulation.

Workshop Information:


September 18, 2022


10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


Online, live via Zoom


3 CEUs available for New York State Psychologists, Social Workers LMFT and LMHC


$75.00 – General Admission
$50.00 – Derner Alum, Adelphi faculty/clinical supervisor, Non-Adelphi psychoanalytic Candidate/student
$25.00 – Derner student/Postgraduate candidate

Registration will close 48 hours prior to the start of the event.


Elizabeth Allured, Ph.D.

Dr Allured is the Co-President, Secretary & Board of Directors of the Climate Psychology Alliance of North America. She is a psychologist/psychoanalyst practicing in Port Washington, New York. She is on the teaching faculty at the Suffolk Institute, and at Adelphi University’s postgraduate programs in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. She has published papers on the relationship between mental health and the nonhuman environment, and has been presenting ideas about this relationship at international conferences since 2007.

Wendy Greenspun, Ph.D.

Dr. Greenspun is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Climate Psychology Alliance- North America and is a consultant at the Climate School of Columbia University. She is faculty and supervisor at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, at the Adelphi University Postgraduate Program in Marriage and Couples Therapy and on faculty at the William Alanson White Couple Therapy Training and Education Program. She has presented papers and workshops nationally and internationally on climate psychology and provides workshops and courses for mental health professionals on ways to work with climate distress and grief. She also provides workshops on building emotional resilience for climate activists and university students and has run group forums (climate cafes) for processing climate distress. She is in private practice and specializes in couples therapy and in climate-aware therapy in New York City.

Credentialing Information:

Adelphi University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Adelphi University maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Adelphi University, Derner School of Psychology, is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0024 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0607 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0185 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0083.

Disclaimer Statement:

This continuing education seminar, seminar instructor/s, and the Postgraduate Programs as the seminar’s sponsor, receive no commercial support for the content of instruction (e.g., research grants funding research findings etc.), or benefit for endorsement of products (e.g., books, training, drugs, etc.) that are known to present a conflict of interest.

Cancellation Policy:

Full refunds are issued for cancellations made up to 7 working days before the event. Cancellations of less than 7 days for any reason, or no-shows are not refunded. Credit towards a future event/workshop are issued for cancellations less than 7 days and up to 24 hours before the event. No credit is issued for cancellations less than 24 hours before the events or no-shows.

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