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    Facing the future: Leadership In Times of Global Ecological Crisis with PsychSoc and UCD Eco

    • 15 Oct 2020, 05:30 pm to 15 Oct 2020
    • Event Description

      The recent appearance of terms like ‘eco-anxiety’ into our psychological vocabulary can be taken as a sign of increasing ecological awareness. Through initiatives like climate strikes, many young people are directly expressing their fear for their future and the future of our planet, and if we needed concrete evidence of how precarious our current situation (and your future) is, we need look no further than the COVID-19 pandemic. As you transition into adulthood and work towards beginning your careers as the next generation of leaders, this workshop invites you to engage with the question of what it means to be a leader in these anxious and uncertain times. What are your hopes, fears and aspirations for your future?  How might you keep yourself grounded when feeling overwhelmed? How might you promote sustainable psycho-socio-political change? In this largely experiential workshop, we will explore these questions through an eco-psychological lens. About Matthew - Matthew Henson is an existential psychotherapist (IAHIP and UKCP registered), ecopsychologist, group facilitator and psychotherapy trainer. He runs private psychotherapy, ecopsychology and freelance training practices based in Kinsale, working both indoors and outside. His practice draws on close to 30 years’ experience of voluntary, statutory and private community service development, provision and oversight across social, mental health, drug and criminal justice services in the UK and, more recently, Ireland. Within the context of a long-standing commitment to ethical service provision, his current interests include the development of existential psychotherapy as a challenge to anthropocentrism, the promotion of responses to climate change which are based on established psychotherapeutic wisdom, the reciprocal therapeutic potential of being-with-the-other-than-human and the (re)location of psychotherapy within the other-than-human (natural) world. Further information and resources: Register for this event at