Renee Lertzman, PhD, is a practicing environmental psychological researcher, writer and consultant. She works across governmental, private, pubic and educational sectors on engagement strategies, communications, climate change psychology and branding. She has been focused on the intersection of analytic and psychodynamic psychology and our environmental crises for over twenty years, and is an internationally recognized thought leader and speaker. Renee's work has been featured in the New York Times, Time, Grist, Orion, The Guardian, ClimateAccess, Sustainable Brands, BBC and numerous media outlets and blogs. She teaches courses in the psychology of environmental issues and communications at University of San Francisco, Royal Roads University in British Columbia, and offers workshops around the world. Her book, Environmental Melancholia: Psychoanalytic Dimensions of Engagement, will be published by Routledge in June 2015.
Anxiety, Ambivalence and Aspiration: Analytic Psychology's Unique Contributions to our Ecological Crises
What does psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychology have to offer our urgent ecological crises? Bridging these disciplines and fields is far more than helping people face and cope with their pain about the world. This presentation focuses on the highly specific and unique contributions these fields bring to virtually every aspect of environmental and climate change advocacy and research. We will explore how the analytic attitude can support our capacities to navigate highly contradictory, complex, ambiguous and paradoxical dilemmas, and provide tangible tools for facilitating reparation and engagement.