Anxiety, Guilt & Melancholia: The Clinical Hour Related to Climate Change | 3/10/2018


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Rosalyn Benitez-Bloch, D.S.W.
LAISPS Guest Instructor

March 10, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(Lunch Break:  12:00 – 1:00 p.m.)

Course will be held in the 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 called denial the main unconscious defense of an individual against guilt, anxiety and melancholia. The newly coined term “Environmental Unconscious” describes similar defenses throughout the population in response to environmental threats. In treatment, transference and countertransference provide access to the understanding of personal meanings of threats. Responding to what threatens a general population requires other methods.

However, psychoanalytic knowledge can be useful in comprehending the impact of environmental dangers and their reality and in predicting crises and exploring solutions. Three case examples will be presented to illustrate where personal projections and the environment intersect. Contemporary Object Relations Theory will be the framework for discussion of both the case material and the relationship of humans with the Environment. Course participants may find examples from their own practice or themselves. Some environmental history and definitions will be presented in order to understand the issues. Climate change is surrounded by controversy, politics, fear, economics, medicine, – almost every area of human life. It can feel discouraging but there are areas of positive planning.


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
edu cation 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 4 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
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: LAISPS is approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences to grant continuing education
credit to those holding LCSW and MFT licenses. (Provider #PCE311) This activity is designated for 6 credit hours.

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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