Implementation of Psycholytic Therapy (Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy) for Treatment of Climate Activist Burnout
Bersot, Owen C.P.
The past decades have made it abundantly clear that the current nature and behavior of human society has disrupted the sustainable existence of life on Earth. The arrival of new technologies and the enactment of pro-environmental public policy may be promising, but these external changes will be insufficient unless internal transformations in consciousness in the form of human cultural attitudes, personal worldviews, values, and empathic concern are achieved in parallel. Many are drawn to activism out of just such an empathic concern, but the intense burdens of this work have led to high rates of burnout among climate activists. This text proposes the implementation of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and a psychedelic therapy integration paradigm as a means of treating burnout among climate activists. In doing so, the text performs the dual role of creating a novel treatment paradigm for climate activist burnout, as well as integrating transformations in consciousness into the conversation of climate change remediation as a whole, with the aim of addressing the epistemological crisis beneath the climate crisis. Integral Metatheory and Integral Ecology are utilized to provide a framework capable of organizing the information needed in fulfilling these proposals. Ultimately, the implementation of a psychedelic paradigm for burnout treatment and the broader instantiation of an Integral climate activism is a significant step in achieving ecosystem-level climate remediation.
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