Jaclyn D. Houston, Charlynn Odahl-Ruan, Mona Shattell (Chicago, IL, USA)
Research on community organizations suggests there are a variety of factors related to the success of an organization’s mission. This study identifies general facilitators and challenges advocates working against human trafficking experience and the strategies utilized to overcome these barriers.Read more...
Anna R. Smith (Hawaii and South Carolina, USA)
This paper explores the benefits of taking a community psychology approach to designing and implementing a program for female juvenile offenders (FJOs). It expounds on some of the gaps in FJO programming and argues that a community psychology approach is useful in addressing these gaps. The highlighted work demonstrates the value of a community psychology approach by describing the process of developing a community-based arts intervention for FJOs participating in a community arbitration program.Read more...
W. LaVome Robinson, Jocelyn R. Droege*, Mary H. Case*, Leonard A. Jason (Chicago, IL, USA)
Evidenced-based and culturally adapted stress-reduction interventions for urban African American adolescents who are at risk for anxiety and other problems related to stress are needed. This study presents intervention components and preliminary outcome findings of a culturally adapted stress-reduction intervention for urban African American adolescents.Read more...
Ashley E. Anglin (Morristown, NJ, USA)
This article aims to contribute to the discussion of holistic community development models by presenting and evaluating the Community Capitals Framework (CCF; Flora & Flora, 2004) within the field of community psychology and within a Georgia community. The CCF is a conceptual framework from the field of sociology that includes seven forms of community capital, which can be used to better understand how communities work and thrive.Read more...
The recent SCRA conference, “Celebrating 50 Years of Community Psychology: Bridging Past and Future” was both refreshing and motivating. It was great to see the diversity of posters and presentations highlighting the work of community psychologists, and the articles in this issue of GJCPP reflect a similar enthusiasm for the practice of community psychology.
Edited by Kyrah K. Brown & Jasmine A. Douglas, Editors, SCRA Mini Grants Team
Founded in 2010, the SCRA Community Mini-Grants program supports small, time-sensitive community-based projects that are consistent with SCRA’s mission, principles and goals. We are excited to support the great work being done by SCRA members and their community partners; and we are happy to be able to highlight examples of this work to share with the GJCPP readership. In this spotlight, Chloe Greenbaum shares preliminary findings from an evaluation of a six week writing-based intervention that was piloted in youth detention facilities in New York.
The Bulletins, initiated by the SCRA Practice Council and produced monthly, are intended to tell the story of community practice. They are typically short pieces devoted to both the experiences, techniques, and reflections of practice. They might include programs addressing a particular issue, an interview with a practitioner, a new tool or technique available, the role of community psychologists in practice, or any number of topics related to our work with communities. Each Bulletin is reviewed and edited by a group of writers within the field of community practice. Please feel free to contact Tabitha Underwood at email@example.com if you are interested in submitting a piece for the Bulletin.
Evaluation is necessary not only for assessing the impact of programs and interventions, but also for gathering actionable feedback on the ways in which organizations work together. Continuous evaluation of collaboratives themselves can help to address common issues, such as getting the right people at the table, balancing multiple stakeholder priorities, avoiding tokenism, and perhaps most importantly, encouraging participation and maintaining it over time. With the growing interest in collaborative processes over the past several years—and with collaboration and coalition development as a key practice competency identified by the Society for Community Research and Action (2012)—it is necessary to identify new tools that can be used to evaluate coalition processes, promote participation, and to ensure that these groups function in a way that promotes working toward collective goals. This article presents a tool and supporting strategies for tracking and encouraging participation in collaborative processes, as well as a case example illustrating how this tool has been utilized within the North Jersey Health Collaborative.