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New Haven Region Workshop: "Necessary Derangement: Living and Working in a Time When the Familiar is Dying", with Steffi Bednarek, MA

  • 15 May 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • via Zoom


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The New Haven Region of CSPP cordially invites you to a workshop addressing the territory of climate change to which mental health professionals must adapt while also identifying and helping their clients do the same.

"Necessary Derangement: Living and Working in a Time When the Familiar is Dying"

May 15, 2021

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Presenter: Steffi Bednarek, MA

Senior member of the British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and associate member of the Climate Psychology Alliance.

Covid-19 has confronted us with how quickly we can enter uncharted territory and how vulnerable we are despite our technological advances. Climate science predicts that pandemics, extreme weather events and global challenges, will only increase in our lifetime. Many of us feel the pull to continue to practice business as usual, but it has become increasingly evident that our collective future is radically uncertain. For future generations to survive and even thrive, our sense of reality demands a radical revisioning, a “necessary derangement” of how we have understood our world and our living within it.


What is the role of psychotherapists in a time of death of the collective familiar, a time when we cant rely on old habits to get us out of trouble? How might we draw upon our personal and professional skills to rise to the enormity that lies ahead and be of service to something larger than our Self? 

Drawing on the existing resources and therapeutic skills we already have, the workshop will explore what a process of adaptation to an unknown future may ask of us. Ms Bednarek will guide participants to ways of attending  to their own responses and visions of the future. Together we will examine how we also participate in the collective amnesia and anesthesia of our time.

This is a virtual event and is free of charge. 

A Zoom link will be emailed to you upon registration and again the day before the event.

For Steffi Bednarek’s biographical information click: HERE

Recommended readings: HERE

Contact person: Rita McCleary

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