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"Practice is where we learn how our theories or ideas are implemented. Practice is where we improve our skills by adapting to the ever-changing environment."
"We are similar to archeologists, we try to understand the customs, norms and values within different contexts; we search for understanding by listening to people's lived experiences."
"We added a voice to communicate our field to an international audience, included new voices, and considered the cultural variables that would make the effort fair and impactful."
"The global journal helped define CP practice, and create an outlet for the contributions of practitioners that otherwise would never have told the stories of their projects."
"We try to understand collaborations with communities, and we have sought vehicles that value opportunities to take risks and are open to our unorthodox storytelling."

Featured Articles from Around the Globe

Re-Examining the Definition of Community Psychology Practice Re-Examining the Definition of Community Psychology Practice

Author(s): David A. Julian, Tom Wolff, Brian Bishop (not pictured), Kyrah Brown,  Jose Ornales, Megan Renner, and Victoria Scott 

 

Since the definition of community psychology practice was developed over a decade ago, much has changed. This special issue was conceived as a means for the field to consider the definition of Community Psychology practice in light of these changes and other advances in our thinking. The special issue editorial team invites the field to ponder proposed changes and new definitions of community psychology practice.

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Definition Revisited: Human Dignity and Co-creation, the Heart of Community Psychology Practice Definition Revisited: Human Dignity and Co-creation, the Heart of Community Psychology Practice

Author(s): Christine Robinson

 

Peer Reviewed

 

Manifestation of the power of human dignity, the value of civil society, civic discourse, the salience of collective efficacy, and community wellbeing are at the heart of community psychology. Collective efficacy is "a group's shared belief in its conjoint capabilities to organize and execute the courses of action required to produce given levels of attainments" (Bandura, 1997, p. 477). This moment in time prompts a reexamination of paradigms, theories, and definitions alongside aligned practices and values that transcend the field.

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Towards an Emergent Conceptualization of Decolonial Praxis and Competencies in Community Psychology Towards an Emergent Conceptualization of Decolonial Praxis and Competencies in Community Psychology

Author(s): Nuria Ciofalo and Mary Watkins

 

Peer Reviewed

 

The epistemologies of the Global South teach that co-creating alternatives to modernity requires a commitment to delink from colonial ideologies and practices that have been normalized by many institutions and venues, including the academy itself. Looking from “the South” allows us to move UStatesian approaches to community psychology from the center, a privileged position “above” other approaches, as though to the edge of a circle alongside other approaches from different cultural contexts. Learning from the Global South, we propose a definition of a decolonial community psychology praxis that reflects pluriversality within a relational ontology that promotes the values of sentipensar/feeling-thinking with the Earth, affective conviviality, conscientization and annunciation, decolonial solidarity, ecopsychosocial accompaniment, and buen vivir (collective well-being).

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Is there Room for More?: Considering the Need for a Decoloniality Community Psychology Core Competency Is there Room for More?: Considering the Need for a Decoloniality Community Psychology Core Competency

Author(s): Jesica Siham Fernández and Janelle M. Silva

 

Peer Reviewed

 

From a decolonizing standpoint, as proposed by Cruz and Sonn (2011), the current community psychology competencies seem insufficient because these often leave power structures intact. Consequently, we propose a decolonizing, decolonial and anti-colonial competency in community psychology practice to facilitate the practitioner’s process toward decoloniality, specifically decolonizing language, discourses, relationships and research processes with communities. A decolonial competency in community psychology practice is characterized by an iterative process of critical ethical reflexivity that aims to de-link community psychology practice from hegemonic Western Eurocentric perspectives in order to foster and center community voice, knowledge and power.

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Community Social Psychology Practice: Reflections from Experiences in Brazil Community Social Psychology Practice: Reflections from Experiences in Brazil

Author(s): Bernardo Parodi Svartman, Antonio Euzébios Filho, Gustavo Martineli Massola, Mariana Prioli Cordeiro, & Alessandro de Oliveira dos Santos

 

Peer Reviewed

 

The current definition of community psychology practice has the merit of recognizing that the struggle against inequality characterizes community practice in general. However, by proposing a definition that encompasses all psychological practices within communities, one runs the risk of falling into an abstract definition that disregards history. A more accurate definition must consider the meaning of community in different social realities and, consequently, different practices.

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There is no community practice that is neutral with respect to justice: A call for activist community praxis There is no community practice that is neutral with respect to justice: A call for activist community praxis

Author(s): Scotney D. Evans

 

Peer Reviewed

 

Our community research and action either contributes to social justice or it serves to maintain the prevailing power structure. In the ongoing fight for racial justice, our practice either contributes to racial equity or sustains racial inequity. There is no community practice that is apolitical or neutral with respect to justice.

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Foundations for Relational Ethics:  Introducing a Continuum of Community Psychology Praxis Foundations for Relational Ethics: Introducing a Continuum of Community Psychology Praxis

Author(s): Tiffeny R. Jiménez, Ericka Mingo, Judah Viola, Bradley Olson, & Christopher Balthazar (not pictured)

 

Peer Reviewed

 

This article introduces a continuum of CP praxis emphasizing the need for an increasing awareness of the history of oppression, the need for epistemic justice, and ways in which power is built into the sciences from which our field has grown. We hope that such a continuum will help us better frame our practice, as it provides a framework for holding multiple worldviews toward a more ethical, relational praxis.

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Issue Commentary

A Clarion Call for Change: A Commentary on the Special Issue

Author(s): Dawn Henderson and Tom Wolff

 

Over a decade ago, when the Community Psychology Practice Competencies were created by the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA), both authors of this commentary were part of the creation process. We now write this piece hoping that understanding the context behind the creation of the competencies and their evolution along with the definition of community psychology practice may prove informative in revisiting them and considering anti-racism and decoloniality.

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