Anxiety, Guilt and Melancholia: The Clinical Hour Related to Climate Change | 9/29/2018


Class size is limited.
Registration closes on Thursday, September 27, 2018.

NON-STUDENT (Licensed): $125

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Rosalyn Benitez-Bloch, DSW
LAISPS Guest Instructor

Saturday, September 29, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(Lunch Break:  12:00 – 1:00 p.m.)

LAISPS classroom
12011 San Vicente Blvd., Suite 520
Los Angeles, CA  90049

This Course is Approved for 6 CE/CME’s

Elizabeth E. Berlese, Ph.D.
Extension Program Chair


Freud defined anxiety, guilt and melancholia as defenses that maintain the denial of unconscious feelings. In treatment these are explored within the transference and countertransference that reveal present and past feelings that help us connect to our internal states and our relationships. A contemporary term called, “environmental unconscious” refers specifically to a defense against climate threats and the relationship with the Environment. Sometimes these two threats interact, and may even collide; one can be unconscious on both levels. Three disguised case studies will illustrate the projections and connections of such collisions and offer examples of how we can respond to them in the clinical hour. Freud understood the concept of energy in an individual; he saw libidinal energy as the force that propelled movement from id to ego or super-ego. Through free association he could understand their functions and interaction. Society’s energy source is technology, which results in formation of a tool like a car or computer, that adapts to need and in turn influences the natural external environment, sometimes becoming a source of harm. Technological energy is a kind of external libidinal interactive force that also affects our internal neurological environment and even changes the human brain over time. We will explore some of these intersections and their history, both personal and environmental within a framework of Contemporary Object Relations Theory. Climate change is surrounded by controversy in all areas – politics, fear, economics, gender, and medicine – almost every area of human life as well as emotional life. It can feel discouraging to consider but there are areas of positive planning to help, including Psychoanalytic involvement in planning and solutions. A bibliography will be available to class members.

Target Audience

This program meets the needs of all mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, psychologists, social workers, and marriage and family therapists


Upon completion of this activity participants should be able to:

  • Learn climate change history and how it impacts us now as individuals.
  • Utilize the transference and counter-transference to identify and respond to feelings about climate change defended by denial and related to one’s emotional history.
  • Apply psychoanalytic knowledge to deepen understanding of our relationship with the environment.


Important Disclosure: None of the planners or presenters of this CME/CE program has any relevant financial relationship to disclose.

Accreditation and Credit Designation Statement

Accreditation Statement: LAISPS is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. LAISPS takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

Physicians: LAISPS designates this educational activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certificate in Continuing Medical Education.
Psychologists: LAISPS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LAISPS maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists: The Board of Behavioral Sciences no longer approves CE providers. However, LAISPS is approved by the APA to provide CE hours and the BBS will accept these hours for CE credit.

Please Note:

  • Participants must complete an online evaluation within 2 weeks of completing this CE/CME activity in order to receive credit.
  • According to APA guidelines, CE credit can only be awarded to psychologists for full attendance

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