The Self-Imposed Atrocity of
Climate Change:

The Human Factor

6-8 September 2024 Online

2-6 September 2024
Thessaloniki, Greece

earth and red tree

PCCA – Partners in Confronting Collective Atrocities
invites you to participate in its 2024 Experiential Conference Online

Over the past 30 years, PCCA has offered various “learning from experience” events to explore individual and societal processes in the occurrence of atrocities. Our learning from COVID19 and from so many other environmental and ecological catastrophes, is that continuous denial will just bring us closer to a self-imposed atrocity. Have we given up on taking ownership of these problems? Could the human factor still play a preventative and constructive role in the emerging climate crisis?

This 2024 PCCA conference in Thessaloniki aims to provide experiential learning opportunities and the setting within which these questions can be examined.

If there’s no one around in the forest to hear it, does it make a sound?

It seems that the tree of climate change has fallen in the forest, and its sound was clearly heard, but unconscious and systemic processes still prevent us from really listening and acknowledging the threat and its fatal consequences.

In March 2023 the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published a harsh evidence-based report that accused humans of causing global warming and warned that its consequences threaten them and the planet unless a rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure sustainability is taken.

Although human beings play a key factor in the climate change drama, their voices are rarely heard. They remain silent and helpless in their role of prevention. The UN and other world powers that have taken charge of this challenge have focused mainly on corporations, organisations and nations, that so far, have been incompetent in their efforts to reduce or eliminate the threat.

The history of wars and atrocities teaches us that where people remain bystanders, they are doomed. Given this contemporary issue, this is the self-imposed atrocity of climate change.

PCCA – Partners in Confronting Collective Atrocities is an organisation that works towards developing strategies to engage with the legacy of past and present atrocities so as to open up possibilities for a more hopeful future.

If you are:

  • Concerned about global warming and the climate crisis
  • Wondering why most people are passive as bystanders in our self-fulfilling prophecy of climate destruction
  • Curious and excited about exploring the psychological processes and group relations dynamics that are inherent in this process

then you should participate in this PCCA experiential conference on climate change!



Staff will be drawn from the list below.

They are collectively responsible for managing the conference
and will take up consultant roles in the different events.

Oren Kaplan | PhD

Professor of Psychology (PhD) | MBA, Economist | Clinical Psychologist, Private clinic | Researcher in trauma and resilience | Chair, Positive Psychology Program; Chair, Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) Management Program, LAHAV, Tel Aviv University | Former President, College of Management, Israel | PCCA Board Member | Israel

Olya Khaleelee 
Associate Director

Is a corporate psychologist and organisational consultant with a particular interest in leadership, and organisational transition and transformation. She is currently Chairwoman of OPUS: an Organisation for Promoting Understanding of Society, is a professional partner of the Tavistock Institute and was the first female director of the Leicester Conference on the theme of Authority Leadership and Organisation. She has published extensively in the areas of leadership and system psychodynamics in organisations, and beyond, into society. She has co-authored two books with Halina Brunning, the first entitled: “Danse Macabre and other stories – A psychoanalytic perspective on global dynamics”, published in 2021, and last year, they co-edited a second book entitled “The Covid Trail – Psychodynamic Explorations”, both published by Phoenix, now Karnac. A third book, Sitting on a Suitcase, is in preparation. | United Kingdom


Leila Djemal | MA
Associate Director for
Pre-Conference Administration

Organization Development Consultant and Executive Coach | Founder, past Co-Director and Instructor, TouchOFEK Professional Development Courses | Graduate, William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute Organizational Dynamics Program, New York | Directed and staffed Group Relations Conferences in Israel and abroad. | Held senior positions in advertising and marketing. | Associate, A.K. Rice Institute, USA | Member, Past Board Member, OFEK, Israel | Israel

Galia Schutz | MBA

Psychodynamic Therapist | Partner, Director of Impact, Marketing & Sales, MOLET – Sustainable Design | Alumna, Heschel Center for Sustainability’s Fellows Program | Galia has extensive experience in entrepreneurship, as well as in the development and management of cross-organizational projects. This includes fostering collaborations with academic institutions, businesses, and civil society organizations | Israel

Leslie Brissett JP | PhD, FRSA

Board Secretary to the International Psychoanalytical Association. Group Relations Programme Director (2018-2023), Company Secretary and Principal Consultant Researcher (2013- 2023) at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, London. Director of 7 Leicester Conferences, directed the first Tavistock Conferences in China and the Caribbean. Member of UK Judiciary. | UK, USA

Louisa Diana Brunner | PhD

Leadership and Management Consultant | Executive Coach | Visiting Lecturer and Advance Practice Lead, Tavistock and Portman Professional Doctorate (D10D) and Certificate (D10C) in Consultation and the Organisation | Founding Member, PCCA (Partners for Confronting Collective Atrocities) | Member, OFEK; OPUS; ISPSO | Honorary Member, Il Nodo Group | Fellow, FFI (Family Firm Institute) | Italy

Shmuel Erlich | PhD

Training and Supervising Analyst and former President of the Israel Psychoanalytic Society. | Was Sigmund Freud Professor of Psychoanalysis and Director of the Sigmund Freud Center at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. | Founding Member of OFEK and PCCA and has directed many of their conferences. | Has published on group and organizational dynamics and authored two books: The Couch in the Marketplace: Psychoanalysis and Social Reality, and Fed with Tears, Poisoned with Milk: The German-Israeli Group Relations Conferences. | Israel

Mira Erlich-Ginor | MA

Training and Supervising Analyst, Israel Psychoanalytic Society | Founding Member and past-Chairperson, OFEK | Initiated and participated in the “Nazareth Project”, working with trans-generational transmission of trauma in Israelis and Germans | Founding Member and Secretary, PCCA | Co-author of “Fed with Tears, Poisoned with Milk”. | Directed conferences on behalf of OFEK in Israel and on behalf of PCCA. Past European Representative, IPA Board | Chair, Steering Committee, IPA in the Community and the World | Israel

Christoph Freytag

Economist, Banker, Impact Investor | Managing Director, Finance in Motion, an impact asset management company. | Lives and works in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. | Over twenty-five years of experience in building and managing financial institutions in Eastern Europe, South-Eastern Europe and Germany. | Treasurer and Management Board Member of PCCA | Germany

Zahid Hoosein Gangjee | MSc

BSc (Psychology), MSc (Applied Psychology), Fellow, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad | Chief Executive, “Zahid Gangjee and Associates: Organisation and HR Consultancy”, helping organisations, groups & individuals manage change | Since 1977, directed / staffed Group Relations Conferences in India and abroad | Taught behavioural science at two institutions in India and been a senior manager with two large Indian organisations | Fellow, Coaching Foundation of India | Associate Member, Group Relations India | India

Nadine Tchelebi | PhD

Systems-Psychodynamics of Organisations and Groups | Organisational Development Consultant | Expertise: group decision-making processes in organisations | Former Senior Lecturer Bristol Business School, INSEAD Fontainebleau | Former Editor “Organisational & Social Dynamics” | Former Tavistock group relations consultant | Former member of ISPSO (International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organisations), DGGO (German Society for Group and Organisational Dynamics). | Germany

Dorothee von Tippelskirch-Eissing | Dr. phil., Dipl. Psych. 

Psychoanalyst in private practice, Supervisor and Training Analyst (DPV/IPA) | Incoming president of the German Psychoanalytic Association (DPV / IPA) | Member of the Karl-Abraham-Institute, Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute (BPI), and its former chairperson | Member of the Board of Partners in Confronting Collective Atrocities (PCCA), and its former Chairperson | Germany


PARTNERS IN CONFRONTING COLLECTIVE ATROCITIES works towards developing strategies to engage with the legacy of past atrocities that can contribute to opening up the possibility of a more hopeful future.
The aim of the organization is to work through the effects of the Holocaust and of past and present national and international conflicts that lead to destructive escalation, in the service of a better understanding among national groups worldwide.

PCCA was the recipient of the 2019 Sigourney award for its work in pioneering community-based psychoanalytic/social interventions to address the residual effects of trauma and atrocities, which was recognized as an outstanding contribution to psychoanalysis and its ability to reduce human suffering and understand human affairs.



The conference will be held online and will take place on Zoom.
Details will be sent to registered participants in advance of the conference.


The conference will begin on Friday, 6 September 2024 
and end on Sunday, 8 September. 
Events will take place from 13:00-19:00 BST (UK Time) each day.
A detailed timetable will be available at the beginning of the conference.

How to Register

To register for the conference, please fill out the online Registration Form.
Registration will take effect once payment has been made.


Last date for registration: Friday, 30 August 2024

Note: Early registration is advised as the number of spaces is limited.


Until 15.07.24   |   € 320

16.07.24 – 30.08.24  |   € 400

A bursary of € 75 can be requested by participants from Eastern Europe and Developing Countries.

A reduced fee of € 100 is available for students until 15.07.24. 

Methods of Payment

Payment can be made:

By credit card online
By credit card over the telephone

Cancellation Policy

Notice of cancellation will incur cancellation charges as detailed below:

Until 15.07.2024 – € 75

16.07.24 – 30.08.24 – € 150

After 30.08.24 – € 225

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