Psychoanalysis & the Youth Movement in the Climate Emergency

Finally, amid devastating floods, fires, storms, and other climate changes that are apocalyptic in intensity and scope, psychoanalysts are considering how to engage the rapidly worsening climate emergency.

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Saturday, April 9, 2022

9:30 am EST Lecture & Discussion
This event will be Live-streamed via Zoom.
Online registration is required for this program. All registrants will receive a Zoom Meeting Link.
A limited number of in-person seats will be offered to BPSI Students in a separate registration.

To receive Continuing Education, registration must be completed by Friday, April 8, 2022 at 10:00 am EST.


Psychoanalysis & the Youth Movement in the Climate Emergency

Finally, amid devastating floods, fires, storms, and other climate changes that are apocalyptic in intensity and scope, psychoanalysts are considering how to engage the rapidly worsening climate emergency. Belatedly to be sure, we recognize that this is a crisis that threatens to sink us all and that is already displacing, starving, and drowning ever more vulnerable people in our neighborhoods and around the world. Exploring our history and complicity of enslaving and colonizing others may challenge us to respond better to those suffering now and take up our responsibilities as clinicians and citizens.
In recent years, psychoanalysis has increasingly attended to the transgenerational transmission of trauma. Now, the young people tell us that we are creating and transmitting trauma that threatens to leave them an unlivable future. If psychoanalysts are tempted to work quietly as we traditionally and faithfully have, the young activists will face and confront our ethical indifference. We must care for their sakes and learn from them. Ethics in this emergency includes both repairing the past and responsibility for the future.
Dr. Donna Orange, the renowned psychoanalyst, climate activist, and author, will engage with Jeremy Ornstein, a youth leader for climate action in the Sunrise Movement. They will discuss the climate emergency, our history, and our ethical responsibility as psychoanalysts in concert with the youth movement. They will then engage all attendees in an in-depth dialogue on the ethics of climate change and our responsibility for action beyond our place behind the couch.


Donna Orange, PhD, PsyD (Presenter)

is educated in philosophy, clinical psychology and psychoanalysis. She teaches at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis - Relational Track; IPSS (the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity), New York and ISIPSé (Instituto di Specializzazione in Psicologia Psicoanalitica del Sé e Psicoanalisi Relazionale, Roma e Milano). She offers clinical consultation in these Institutes and others and teaches in humanistic psychotherapeutic settings worldwide and in private study groups. Dr. Orange was the 2020 Visiting Professor of Phenomenology at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. Her most recent books include Climate Crisis, Psychoanalysis, and Radical Ethics (2016) and, Psychoanalysis, History, and Radical Ethics: Learning to Hear (2020). 

Jeremy Ornstein (Discussant)

is a Sophomore at Harvard University who has worked for the past three years for the Sunrise Movement towards a Green New Deal, a plan to create millions of good jobs to stop climate change. He has spent those years helping people become voters, participating in direct actions, traveling the country to recruit new movement members, and mentoring new leaders to shine bright. Much of his work has focused on training leaders to use narrative to move others to action. He is a practitioner of the public narrative practice taught by Prof. Marshall Ganz of the Kennedy School and a student of the race-class messaging created by the WeMakeTheFuture messaging team. Stories remind us what matters and remind us we can choose to protect and embrace what matters. 

Jack Foehl, PhD (Moderator
is President and a Training and Supervising Analyst at BPSI, is Associate Professor at the NYU Postdoc Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis, and is Joint Editor in Chief of Psychoanalytic Dialogues. Dr. Foehl is the author of numerous articles on contemporary perspectives in psychoanalytic theory of technique and new ways of thinking about psychoanalytic process. He is in private practice in Cambridge, MA.


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The target audience for this program is mental health clinicians at all levels of training and members of the community.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify three assumptions contributing to psychoanalytic complicity in a passive response to the climate emergency.
  2. Discuss the ethics of responding to the climate emergency that confronts such passivity.
  3. Describe three points of convergence between the aims of the youth movement in response to the climate and a more active stance as psychoanalytic clinicians and citizens. 
  4. Identify one specific personal action to take in the week following this presentation that addresses our climate emergency.


9:30 AM – 9:40 Introduction by Host & Moderator; 9:40 – 10:30 Presentation by Donna Orange; 10:30 – 11:00 Presentation by Jeremy Ornstein; 11:00 – 11:30 Small Group Discussion; 11:30 – 12:00 PM General Discussion

Scholarships are available for BPSI programs.
$85 Lecture Fee
$75 Early Bird Special (available until 03/28/2022) Use Code at Checkout: EB2022CE
Sunrise Movement Activists, please use code at checkout: SUNRISE
*The fee is waived for Early Career Clinicians, BPSI Members and Partners, Trainees, and Youth involved with the Sunrise Movement.
Continuing Education
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