Co-Organiser. UKRAINE FUNDRAISER: Emergency Summit Contributing to Global Peace & Justice

Activity: Public engagement and outreachOther


The School of Psychology co-hosted a large international online 'Emergency Summit' focusing on what counsellors and psychotherapists could do to contribute to social change and social justice.

Speakers came from all over the world, including Ukraine, with many of the leading figures in the international community.

The event raised over £30,000 for the UN Crisis Relief appeal to support the people of Ukraine. In terms of further impact, the event stimulated reflection and a call to action to look at how mental health practitioners can contribute towards positive social change. A network has begun to evolve as a result of the Summit.

Event Summary:
We live in terrifying times. The war in Ukraine has broken apart any semblance of global peace and security we might have had.

Many of us, as counsellors, psychotherapists, and psychologists, are asking what we can do—if anything? This Emergency Summit will bring together globally-leading theorists, researchers, and clinicians in the psychotherapy and counselling field to discuss the potential role that we can have in creating a more just and peaceful world: one in which all members of the global community have the opportunity to live full and satisfying lives.

Our talks will cover both the practical things that therapists can do, for instance working with war traumatised clients; challenging racism and a Eurocentric view of the world; and more theoretical explorations of the links between therapeutic ideas and conflict resolution practices.

Estimated audience numbers (if applicable)

1,000 registrants
Period26 Mar 2022
Event titleUKRAINE FUNDRAISER: Emergency Summit Contributing to Global Peace & Justice
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Ukraine
  • social justice
  • social change
  • peace
  • psychotherapy