Workshop: Acknowledging our grief about climate change - on zoom
Saturday Feb 27th 2021 2pm to 5pm - on Zoom

For those working on climate change as activists, researchers, scientists or policy makers and advocates.


The work so many are doing means thinking about the realities of climate change every day. It can mean living with the here and now implications of climate change impacts. This workshop will provide a space for participants to reflect on and express the emotional burden of working on climate change, especially the many faces of grief. There will also be a segment on self care.


Feeling the fires, a year on: Climate grief and storytelling

Throughout 2019/2020, bushfires and chronic smoke ravaged much of Australia. Just as the recovery work was beginning, Covid-19 sent us all into isolation, right when we needed to connect and reflect.

This public workshop, part of the 2021 National Sustainable Living Festival, will provide a safe space for people to reflect on and express their feelings about the bushfires and climate change more broadly.


The workshop will focus on fostering emotional awareness and self-care in response to the variety of intense feelings and experiences these events can generate. It will also include a storytelling activity, and participants will have the opportunity to publish their story online at FireFeels (


Facing the Climate Crisis in the Therapeutic Space

This seminar is designed as an introduction to some of the ideas and practices that Psychology for a Safe Climate have been working with over the last ten years, including eco-anxiety, climate grief and burnout. The seminar will offer the opportunity for participants to explore their own emotional response, and to consider how this is reflected in their engagement with clients around the climate crisis, as well as in life beyond therapy.

This is not designed as a comprehensive training on these topics, rather it is an introductory seminar for those who might be interested in beginning or deepening their engagement with climate change as it shows up in their practice and lives. It is also a chance to learn more about PSC, the work we do, and how you can get involved in our organisation.

It will be followed on September 5th by a Climate Grief Workshop, so that participants from the seminar can experience the work we do, and deepen in their own exploration of this topic in an experiential way.

Meeting the emotional challenges of facing the climate emergency

Tuesday 18 February, 7-9pm, at YBF, Level 2, 520 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Margaret Klein Salamon, author of Facing the Climate Emergency: How to transform yourself with climate truth, and founding director of The Climate Mobilization in the US, will lead a panel discussion with Dr Sally Gillespie, Dr Charles Le Feuvre and Dr Susie Burke that explores the emotional challenges of facing the climate emergency.

For more information and to RSVP click here

How to talk with children about climate crisis

Tuesday 25 February, 6.15-7.45pm at the Reservoir Learning and Community Centre, 23 Edwardes Street, Reservoir

Children are worried about their future — they see and hear scary stories about climate change. How can we best respond to their fears? Should we try to shield them from reality? Should we support them joining the school strike? Join child psychologist, Professor Ann Sanson, and two local school students for a lively discussion on how we can best support children in these uncertain times.


AGM and Presentation by Dr Charles Le Feuvre

Saturday November 18th, 2017 @11am at Northcote Town Hall.

Join us for a brief AGM followed by a stimulating paper titled:

"Deep Listening to the Heart of the Planet: Denial and care in relation to Indigenous Australia, the natural environment and climate change – psychoanalytic perspectives”.


This is the paper Charles recently presented at RANZCP Faculty of Psychotherapy Conference in Uluru.

Dr Charles Le Feuvre is a Melbourne psychiatrist and psychotherapist working in private practice and at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He is a member of Psychology for a Safe Climate. He is interested in the psychological importance of the natural environment, our need to accept our dependence on it and in trying to understand climate change denial.


All are welcome to both events. Booking is not necessary. We look forward to your attendance.

Morning tea will be served at 11am.

The report on the AGM and Charles' talk is here

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AGM and The psychological impact of experiencing bushfires in an era of climate change: 

Charles Le Feuvre and Beth Hill in conversation.


Wednesday October 31st

Kathleen Syme Centre

251 Faraday St, Carlton


6.30pm: Our AGM 

7.00pm: Finger food 


7.30pm: Talk with Charles and Beth

You can listen to a recording of this event here.


Dr  Charles Le Feuvre is a psychiatrist psychotherapist working in Melbourne. Charles has an interest in psychological aspects of our relationship to nature and climate change. He has worked with PSC for a number of years, and was involved with the Christmas Day 2015 bushfire in Wye River.

Dr Beth Hill completed her PhD in Anthropology at the University of Sydney in 2017. Beth's research looks at how people in Australia make sense of, and are being impacted by climate change in their daily lives. She is interested in how people relate to ‘nature’ and the cultural constructions of vulnerability which contribute to climate change denial. 

Care, compassion and connection

Psychology for a Safe Climate has arranged a second follow up workshop to the Climate Grief workshop held in August. This is in response to the requests for more opportunity for people to have time together with like minded others, where feelings can be openly expressed, and where time can be given to care for oneself as a climate activist.


Venue: Kathleen Syme Centre, in Carlton, corner of Cardigan and Faraday  Sts. 

Time: Saturday November 26th, 2.45pm for 3pm start to 5.30pm.

Please be there on time as it is difficult to integrate people in once the workshop has started.

Bookings here essential.

Cost: PSC asks for a donation of $3 to $5 to help cover rent expenses please.

Who can come: These workshops are open to any other members of the climate movement, whether or not you have attended previous workshops. We can take 30 participants however so it is important to make sure you book a place here.


Climate Grief Workshop next year: PSC plans to run another Climate Grief workshop in the new year, following a number of requests. 

Let us know here if you want to be included. 

Stories of hope, healing and meaning


Lighter Footprints Meeting: 26 October 2016

7.00 pm for 7.30 start, Guide Hall, 1 Faversham Rd., Canterbury


You are warmly invited to join us for this meeting at 7.00 pm to share a glass of wine,

tea coffee and plenty of nibbles and to meet new faces, find out who we are and what we do.


Panel: Stories of hope, healing and meaning


Faith, literature and psychology all deal with what it is to be human and find meaning in our world.

How can we tap into this wisdom in the context of dealing with climate change? 


Panel of three speakers: 


Cath James is Campaigns and Communications OfficerCommission for Mission 

Cath James is the Campaigns and Communications Officer for the Uniting Church's social justice unit in Victoria and Tasmania. She has spent the last twenty years working on climate change and is particularly interested in how stories inform how we understand the world and then how we act as a result.  She spends her spare time writing fiction and re-imagining how the world could be.

Carol Ride is a psychologist and couple psychotherapist, who is well known in the climate movement in Melbourne for the last several years. Carol Ride is President of Psychology for a Safe Climate (PSC) a group of  psychologists and helping professionals working together to contribute psychological understanding within the community to support and facilitate strong and urgent action on climate change. 

Nivy Balachandran is Regional Coordinator, United Religions Initiative (URI) Southeast Asia and the Pacific - Pacific Zone. She has been involved in local and international interfaith work for several years. Nivy has extensive experience in government and the nonprofit sector where she was involved in project planning, community organizing, and developing public policy. Through her leadership with InterAction, Nivy has experience in developing in interfaith leadership training, manages communications strategies, and fostering mutually trusting relationships across religious and ethnic barriers. 

Reflecting on climate change and our work as psychologists and psychotherapists.


Psychology for a Safe Climate is holding an event for psychologists and psychotherapists to reflect on climate change on Saturday June 17, 2.30 - till 5pm in Carlton. Details below.


We are using the model of the group Climate for Change to hold a gathering for up to 10 people at which we will present information and discuss the problem of climate change, the solutions, and how each of us can contribute.


We will particularly focus in the discussion on the experience of psychologists and psychotherapists in working with the inner world of clients in a climate troubled outer world.






















Our PSC event, Reflecting on climate change and our work as psychologists and psychotherapists will be held in a public place, and Libby Skeels will be the host, and the trained facilitator will be Carol Ride.


Saturday June 17, 2.30 - till 5pm.



Meeting Room 3

Kathleen Syme Centre

251 Faraday St, Carlton


Afternoon tea will be provided.



Please let us know asap if you can come by booking here. The event is free but we will ask for donations to support the work of Climate for Change.  You are welcome to invite a psychotherapist colleague to join you, but please make sure you book a place.


Can't come?

If you are keen to attend an event like this, but can't come on June 17, please let us know of your interest and the time of the week that generally suits you. We have plans to hold more gatherings during the year for psychologists and psychotherapists. Email us here 

                          About Climate for Change: 


Most Australians are concerned about climate change, but are confused and overwhelmed - they don't know how Australia should respond or what they personally can do.


Social research shows that we make sense of confusing information and decide what to do about it through conversations with people we know and trust.


So Climate for Change have taken the party-plan model and adapted it to allow meaningful conversations about climate change to happen at scale.


We start with a host, who invites friends to their home. We send a trained facilitator to present information, answer questions and facilitate a conversation about climate change.


At the end of the conversation, we invite guests to join us in taking regular action. We also invite guests to host their own gatherings with their friends, so we can grow exponentially! 

A workshop for climate campaigners to give acknowledgement and expression to their climate grief. Working in small groups and the whole group - facilitated by psychologists / psychiatrists from Psychology for a Safe Climate, the workshop offers a nurturing environment for expression, reflection and peace.

This workshop is similar to the one of the same title held in August last year. You are welcome to come again.

A limit of 36 participants, so please let us know if you book and then find you are unable to attend, so that others take your place. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. 

It is important to be on time as the activities do not lend themselves to late entry.

We would appreciate a donation to help cover room hire costs if you can.



SLF Festival event: Friday 10 Feb 2017. 4pm

Under the Gum, Birrarung Marr

Feelings rather than facts move us to act. What's a rational response?

We are all regularly exposed to the dire predictions that climate change offers for our planet - some of them downright terrifying and bleak. And yet change doesn’t necessarily follow. If it’s not ignorance then what in our psychology prevents us from responding? Are we burying our heads in the sand in the hope it will go away? 


Theo Kitchener's life work is all about social and environmental transformation. She's particularly interested to show what's possible in terms of self-actualisation, collective self-organisation, sustainable low-tech lifestyles, egalitarian economics, climate drawdown, community building and transformative justice. She is the founder of Livelyhood, Doing It Ourselves and previously the Sharehood. Over the last few years she has been researching, experimenting and developing self-help strategies in order to learn to live, and to share the good life. 

Claire Dunn is a writer, educator, journalist and barefoot explorer. Claire worked for many years as an environmental campaigner with organisations such as The Wilderness Society, before turning her attention to the human-nature connection, studying Deep Ecology with Joanna Macy, eco-psychology, and wilderness survival skills.
In 2010, Claire embarked on a year of bush living, completing the ‘Guunuwa Independent Wilderness Studies Program’. Her recent book “My Year Without Matches: Escaping the the City in Search of the Wild” is a memoir of that journey. Claire is a passionate advocate for ‘rewilding’ our inner and outer landscapes, and facilitates nature-based reconnection retreats and contemporary wilderness rites of passage.

Carol Ride is a psychologist and founder of Psychology for a Safe Climate. This group of psychologists and helping professionals build awareness of how people emotionally deal with climate change, as well as support people to face the issue. Carol has worked as a therapist and trainer for more than 30 years in the field of couples and their relationships. She has been involved in the climate movement since 2006, and was founder of community group Darebin Climate Action Now.

Part of the National Sustainable Living Festival - Big Weekend

Psychology for a Safe Climate Conference 2015




What helps and what hinders engagement with climate change?


Presentations, discussion and debate – for the heart and the mind.


Involves a keynote presentation by Susan Murphy titled Vulnerability and Resilience: ‘not-knowing is most intimate’, 5 minute presentations by a variety of speakers, the launch of Psychology for a Safe Climate's publication "Launch of Facing the Heat: Conversations on Climate Change" and discussion of papers by:

  • Andrea Bunting: Using Moral Framing of Climate Change to Enhance Engagement

  • Don McArthur: Communicating about climate change when “the facts are not enough”

  • Sally Gillespie: Sun Ripening: What can happen when we engage with climate change

  • Charles LeFeuvre: Brains for a Safe Climate?

    See full program with times, abstracts and presenter notes (PDF 295kb)


Post-Conference Workshops for Climate Wellbeing

Sunday 22nd March 2015


Workshop 1

Zen and the Art of Planetary Crisis 

Leader: Dr Susan Murphy gave the keynote at the conference, and is a writer, authorized Zen teacher, film-maker and author of Minding the Earth, Mending the World.


Workshop 2

Care for the heart and soul using creative methods – to support and nourish, and foster reflection

Leader: Dr Sally Gillespie is a practised Jungian psychotherapist and has recently completed a PhD on Climate Change and Psyche


Workshop 3

Beating Burnout: A workshop for discovering your own resources to prevent burn out

Leaders: Ben Nisenbaum, Rosemary Crettenden and Carol Ride are experienced psychologists and psychotherapists, all actively involved in the work of Psychology for a Safe Climate.


Workshop 4

Let’s talk! The art of conversation around climate change

2pm – 3.30pm. (max 40 participants). Repeated in workshop 6.

Leaders: Sue Pratt and Dr Bronwyn Wauchope are experienced psychologists and psychotherapists, both actively involved in the work of Psychology for a Safe Climate.