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Michelle Heyland, Courtney Emery, &
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.Read more...
Joseph O. Prewitt Diaz
Research Center on Psychosocial Support in Disasters
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.Read more...
Pacifica Graduate Institute
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.Read more...
Samantha Flores, Leonard A. Jason, Samuel B. Adeoye, Meredyth Evans, Abigail Brown, Olya Belyaev-Glantsman
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.Read more...
Melissa Tiessen and Julie Beaulac
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.Read more...
Susana Helm, Charlene Baker, Nayda E. Morales Díaz, Vivian Rodríguez Del Toro, & Milagros Colón-Castillo
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).Read more...
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.
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.Watch the video
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.Watch the video
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.Watch the video