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Division of Clinical Psychology

The Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) exists to promote the professional interests of Clinical Psychologists across the UK.

The DCP works closely with a number of organisations including the NHS, the government, and multiple professional bodies and groups in the voluntary sector, to promote and develop clinical psychology as a body of knowledge and skills.

For any queries regarding the work of the Division of Clinical Psychology please contact the Member Networks Team

Climate change

The urgency of the Climate and Ecological Emergency was highlighted by Anthony Guterres, Secretary-General of the UN at the launch of the IPCC Working Group II:

"Now is the time to turn rage into action. Every fraction of a degree matters. Every voice can make a difference. And every second counts." (February 2022)

He described the report as "an atlas of human suffering". As psychologists we have a moral and ethical responsibility to play our part, along with others, to mitigate that suffering.

Public engagement with the Climate and Ecological Emergency is ever more vital.

Following the pivotal yet ultimately disappointing international climate Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow in November 2021, and anticipating the next in Egypt in 2022, we are witnessing the horrors of war and the suffering associated with rises in the cost of living.

Government and business leaders need a strong public mandate to support them into taking the urgent actions that are needed to limit global heating, and to mitigate the harmful effects that are already underway.

As respected health professionals, who have expertise in human change, we can add our voices and influence to show how climate and environmental actions are consistent with our responsibility to promote health, wellbeing, inclusivity and diversity.

With Ryan Kemp taking on the role of DCP Executive's climate and environmental champion, we are engaging with BPS, ACP-UK and DCP Faculties to explore how clinical psychologists (along with other psychologists and citizens)can take action on behalf of, and with, our particular client groups.

If you would like to get in touch with any further thoughts, ideas or resources, please email Tony Wainwright or Annie Mitchell or Ryan Kemp.

You can also read our previous special edition of CPF on "Psychology and the climate and environmental crisis".

What can practitioner psychologists do about the climate & environmental crisis?

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