These questions are those suggested for guiding the proposed collegial conversations. The holding of the conversations are more important that the questions considered, so we imagine that some groups might talk about something far more locally or immediately relevant to them in the climate/ecological crisis context.
~ How do you directly experience the relationship between ecology and psychology, and how does this shape your view of human nature?
~ How do you respond to the suggestion that the climate crisis is directly influenced by a widespread sense of identity as being separate from the rest of the world systems, and therefore presents us with an identity crisis that is existential?
~ How effectively does your professional training align with your personal understanding of the the existential nature of the climate crisis in shaping your response to your clients' issues?
~ What effect does the anthropogenic aspect of the crisis have on how you see your role as a mental health provider, and the ethical guidelines that apply to your relationship with clients?
~ Given the increased awareness about the climate crisis and its potential to diminish any viable future, how do you track and support a client's process around this in a highly individuated social context and where psychological displacement is a workable short-term defence?
~ How are YOU coping with the overwhelm of living and providing mental health services during this unique time in human history, when there is increasing clarity that our present sense of identity in meeting our needs is destructive to systems on which individuals, societies, cultures and ecology depend?
~ How useful might an ongoing collegial conversation be to you and your own life, as well as to your professional and community work, and would you want to meet again in the future?