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Wed, 04 May


What can CAT do for the climate crisis?

Climate and Ecological Emergency CAT SIG Wednesday May 4th 8.00-10.00am

Fourth meeting of the CAT Special Interest Group (SIG) for the Climate and Ecological Emergency (CEE)

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Climate and Ecological Emergency CAT SIG Wednesday May 4th 8.00-10.00am
Climate and Ecological Emergency CAT SIG Wednesday May 4th 8.00-10.00am

Time & Location

04 May 2022, 08:00 – 10:00 BST

What can CAT do for the climate crisis?

About the event

Dear Colleagues

We are writing to update you about what’s been happening in the SIG, and let you know about the next meeting on:

Wednesday 4th May, 8 – 10am UK time.

Everyone is welcome, whether you have attended a previous meeting or not. To book a free place and receive the zoom link please book and register.

Over the past few meetings of the SIG and the organising committee, the following themes have been evolving:

  • looking at the emotional challenges of engaging with the CEE - anxiety / grief / guilt / anger / despair etc.
  • mapping different reciprocal roles, between ourselves, politicians, fossil fuel companies, our various communities, nature, the earth - each might highlight something different.
  • how we might create a presentation / teaching plan to help roll out the work Matt is doing on mapping the CEE with clinical psychology trainees

·The Climate Psychology Alliance (CPA) has expressed interest in us offering an introduction to CAT mapping and writing in relation to the CEE. We wondered about how to develop an ongoing dialogue with them - what we can learn from each other.

  • work towards developing a Psychotherapy File for the CEE, as a bridge between between writing and maps, and as a live tool, rather than a 'fossil' set in stone
  • how do we think about mapping climate denial and lack of concern
  • blocks and enablers of dialogue
  • how do we share our developing thinking - bulletin / special issue of journal
  • ideas of calls to action
  • healthy procedures / move towards active hope

At the next meeting on 4th May, we are planning to have:

  • A brief presentation by Tim Sheard about the work he has done to evolve a Psychotherapy File and diagrams for self harm, to help us think about how we might evolve similarly focused tools for the CEE.
  • Small group work to work on to writing out procedures in the form of Traps, Dilemmas and Snags,  the diagrams & prose we have previously shared, and other experiences of engaging, or not, with the CEE.

The second part of the meeting will include work on how we can continue to develop various strands of work on CAT for the CEE:

  • Ideas for action suggested in previous meetings, e.g. developing a presentation & teaching plan for members to take out into the world, creating a CAT SIG bulletin, developing a CAT CEE Psychotherapy File
  • Developing a workshop for the Climate Psychology Alliance to share our work beyond the CAT community.
  • formulating healthy procedures, active hope, blocks and enablers to dialogue about the SIG 


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