Conferences / Professional development

Te Ipu Taiao – The Climate Crucible

6, 13, 20 and 27 March 2021, 9am-12pm via Zoom

Registration opens 26 October

NZAP Climate Crucible panui (PDF)

“This is a time of great reckoning. Privately, locally, globally. The question is no longer “when will this change?” but “how far am I willing to go to meet the changes and bring them about in myself?” Kae Tempest

Nau mai, haere mai.

This is a time of great reckoning as our planet heats and the biosphere is gravely threatened. Many understand the dangers, even to our own survival, but disconnect, unable to bear that profound grief. Some feel hopeless and powerless to act, a disavowal of our capacity to contribute to change. Without connection to the Earth, we retreat to numbness or the joyless seductions of technology and consumerism.

As psychotherapists can we find ways to think and speak about the unconscious processes involved in disavowal of our true place in the web of life and our destructive use of the planet? Detached, disembodied and omnipotent, we have used our ecosystems and other life-forms as objects for our perverse and unfettered enjoyment. We deny our utter dependence on and indebtedness to the intricate web of life of which we are a part and which we surely need to protect.

How can we bear to hold future generations in mind, given the extraordinary burden we are passing on to them? We hope that in coming together we may find strength to face some of the reality of the climate crisis, and bear feelings of grief, rage and guilt in the service of mourning and the discovery of a pathway towards rapprochement, reparation and repair. We have invited thought leaders from home and abroad, in fields of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, ecotherapy and climate science to join us in the Climate Crucible.

He waka eke noa.

Key Presenters

Sally Weintrobe, Dr Robert Romanshyn, and Dr Michael Melmed.

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Professor James Renwick, Professor Huhana Smith, Dr Paris Williams, and Rick Williment.

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Mātauranga Māori

Speakers from Te Ao Maori.

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Social Dreaming Matrix

Louise de Lambert, Claudia Gross, Jayne Hubble, and Richard O’Neill-Dean.

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Call for Papers and Pounamu Iti

We invite submission of abstracts for papers. These will be due by 12 October 2020.

We also invite submissions for Pounamu Iti (short creative items from NZAP members). These will be due by 22 January 2021.

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