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Taking Power Away and “Giving” Power Back: Understanding and Facilitating Empowerment in First Nations

Taking Power Away and “Giving” Power Back: Understanding and Facilitating Empowerment in First Nations

This presentation discusses systemic dis-empowerment and empowerment in the context of First Nations in Canada. It details a number of the oppressive and unjust regulations that have been put in place by the Canadian government  over history to systematically take power away from First Nations people, in an effort to forcibly assimilate them into Euro-Canadian culture.


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The Development of Disability in Community Psychology Research

The current study aimed to capture the historic inclusion of disability groups over the first 35 years of community psychology research.


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Paper Presentations from the 2011 SCRA Biennial Conference

This section contains several very innovative paper presentations. One is in the form of a slide presentation that contains text to explain the slides. The others contain a narrated PowerPoint slide presentation about work within indigenous communities in Canada. Please be sure to review all the materials here. There are important implications for those of us doing community research.


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Taming the flame: Reaching transformation while preventing domestic violence

This roundtable discussion aims to:

  • Discuss the utility in expanding our current understanding of anger management in preventing domestic violence.
  • Examine and formulate a response to results from community needs assessment and focused interviews with persons in current mandated anger management programs.
  • Reflect on the importance of addressing issues of culture, gender, group practice and power in domestic violence prevention programming.

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Chicago Conference and Transnationalism: Turning resources into capacities

This piece presents the perspectives of two community practitioners who attended last month SCRA´s Biennial Conference in Chicago. They wrote their contributions based on their mutual interests and conversations surrounding transnationalism, a phenomenon that reaches beyond or transcends national boundaries. This phenomenon, they believe, remains a tacit resource to be exploited within the global context in which community psychology is practised.


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Emergency Youth Shelters: Agents of Positive Change

This study examines positive development experiences within emergency youth shelters. Findings suggest that brief shelter stays may improve mood and life outlook. Longer stays may facilitate change in more stable characteristics associated with reduced risk and increased thriving over time.


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