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Featured Articles from Around the Globe

The Living Room, a Community Crisis Respite Program: Offering People in Crisis an Alternative to Emergency Departments The Living Room, a Community Crisis Respite Program: Offering People in Crisis an Alternative to Emergency Departments

Michelle Heyland, Courtney Emery, &
Mona Shattell

Peer Reviewed

People in crisis, whether or not they have a diagnosed mental illness, are often faced with a dilemma at the height of their distress: do they stay at home and hope the intense emotions dissipate or do they go to a hospital’s emergency department (ED)? Unfortunately, due to a lack of service alternatives in the community, many clients decide to go to local EDs. Once in the ED, individuals with mental illness are often met with frustration, disregard or minimization of symptoms (Shattell, 2011). This paper describes an approach that addresses these issues.

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Recovery: Re-establishing place and community resilience Recovery: Re-establishing place and community resilience

Joseph O. Prewitt Diaz
Research Center on Psychosocial Support in Disasters

Peer Reviewed

The purpose of this review is to suggest steps in the recovery process to help victims re-establish place and build community resilience via an on-going, adaptive resilience assessment. The methodology consists of a review of the literature, case studies from recent disasters in the United States, and the authors’ prior experiences. The article demonstrates place and adaptive resilience as two integrated concepts that represent the desire of disaster-affected people to achieve their recovery.

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Heroes and Martyrs Against Alienation: Growing up as Puer and Puella in Postmodern Society Heroes and Martyrs Against Alienation: Growing up as Puer and Puella in Postmodern Society

Nuria Ciofalo
Pacifica Graduate Institute

Peer Reviewed

This article is about an innovative art intervention program named Art Works was offered to 47 Latino youths (ages 12-18) who were coping with chemical dependency and/or mental health illness. Art Works provided youth with a creative outlet to use art as a means for self-expression, self-awareness, and community involvement.

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The Evolution and Growth of the Eco-Community Psychology Conferences The Evolution and Growth of the Eco-Community Psychology Conferences

Samantha Flores, Leonard A. Jason, Samuel B. Adeoye, Meredyth Evans, Abigail Brown, Olya Belyaev-Glantsman

Peer Reviewed

In the 1960s and 1970s, community psychologists argued for shifting traditional approaches of treating mental illness (e.g. institutionalization, psychotherapy, etc.) toward prevention and more active involvement through community interventions (Bennett et al., 1966). This paper describes the annual Ecological Community Psychology Conference (Eco), which was created by professors and students in 1978, as a vehicle to promote exchanges of ideas and support among community psychology graduate students, community activists, and academics.

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Implications of Community-Based Research for Professional Psychology Training: Reflections from Two Early Career Psychologists Implications of Community-Based Research for Professional Psychology Training: Reflections from Two Early Career Psychologists

Melissa Tiessen and Julie Beaulac

Peer Reviewed

In this paper, we discuss the professional psychology training implications of CBR approaches, highlighting potential changes to the existing training structure that could facilitate wider access to training in CBR, and thereby enhance the competencies of professional psychologists. We also critically reflect on our experiences conducting our own CBR dissertation projects while becoming trained as clinical psychologists.

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International Perspectives on Intimate Partner Violence International Perspectives on Intimate Partner Violence

Susana Helm, Charlene Baker, Nayda E. Morales Díaz, Vivian Rodríguez Del Toro, & Milagros Colón-Castillo

Peer Reviewed

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious global public health concern. The goal of this paper is to provide, side-by-side, international perspectives on the problem(s) of IPV and solution(s), with a particular emphasis on community psychology research and practice. Three perspectives are shared spanning the globe from the Pacific (Hawai'i) to the Atlantic (Puerto Rico).

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SCRA Mini Grant Spotlight

Community and Cultural Responsivity: Climate Change Research in Tuvalu

The Community Mini-Grant was founded in 2010 with the intention of supporting small, time-sensitive community-based projects that are consistent with SCRA’s mission, principles, and goals. We are happy to support the great work being done by SCRA members and their community partners, and even happier to be able to highlight examples of this work and share them with the GJCPP readership.  Below, Dr. Laura Kati Corlew provides us with insight into research on the community and cultural impacts of climate change in Tuvalu, as well as a description of the impact that Community Mini-Grant funding had on implementing a culturally responsive research and dissemination process.

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Editorial

Overview of this Issue

This issue of the Global Journal contains several very interesting articles on issues that are incredibly current. The first article is especially important in light of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the USA, and community responses to health care access. A second article relates to community resilience in light of disaster relief efforts. A third is about themes of heroism and honor in a multicultural environment.

The fourth article focuses on the Eco-Community conferences, popular with graduate students throughout the United States. The fifth article in the list is a critical and thoughtful reflection on community based research and graduate training. The final article in this issue is the summary of a symposium held at the 4th International Community Psychology Conference in Barcelona in 2012 and discusses several international perspectives on intimate partner violence.

In addition, there are two submissions that feature the work of SCRA mini grantees. One of them focuses on issues of rape and response on college campuses. The second mini-grant presentation focuses on a community psychology approach to climate change on the island of Tuvalu in the South Pacific, and its affect on the residents there.

We present three videos from the interviews conducted by Jim Kelly in the mid-1990's.

We hope you enjoy this rich and diverse issue!

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SCRA Mini Grant Spotlight

On Being Open and Vulnerable

The Community Mini-Grant was founded in 2010 with the intention of supporting small, time-sensitive community-based projects that are consistent with SCRA’s mission, principles, and goals. We are happy to support the great work being done by SCRA members and their community partners, and even happier to be able to highlight examples of this work and share them with the GJCPP readership.  This Spotlight features a project about issues associated with rape and recovery on college campuses.

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featured video

Femist Panel of Community Psychologists - 1996

Femist Panel of Community Psychologists - 1996

This is one of a series of panels and interviews conducted by Jim Kelly and students in the history of community psychology course when he was a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. This video contains a panel of faculty and students sharing their perspectives as feminists and community researchers.

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Edward Wellin

Edward Wellin

This is one of a series of panels and interviews conducted by Jim Kelly and students in the history of community psychology course when he was a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. This video contains an interview of Ed Wellin sharing his perspective as a community researcher.

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Social Contexts of SCRA Symposium 1997

Social Contexts of SCRA Symposium 1997

This is a video from the Society for Community Research and Action Biennial Conference in 1997. It includes the reflections of a number of leaders of the field of community psychology. It is part of a series created by Dr James Kelly on the History of Community Psychology.

The 1997 APA panel focused on the history of SCRA, and was chaired by Irwin Sandler. Charles Spielberger, first AJCP editor, and Ira Iscoe were among the panelists, as well as newer members of the field (Meg Bond, Mo Elias, Rod Watts) and an intellectual historian on the development of new disciplines and the challenges for the development of Community Psychology.

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