This presentation summarizes what was produced and learned through the process of developing a Value Proposition for Community Psychology. A summary of the process, the findings, and next steps is provided.
Following the success of the 2009 World Café at the SCRA biennial in New Jersey (Berkowitz et al., 2010), where community psychologists gathered to discuss ways to tackle the unprecedented challenges of our times, members of the community psychology practice group decided to host a similar innovative session at the 2011 biennial in Chicago. Like the World Café, this event was aimed at finding ways to apply the wealth of skills and knowledge in the community psychology community to tackle important social issues. However, where the World Café brought people together for broad discussion, this next effort was aimed at unearthing promising ideas and taking concrete steps toward implementing them.
This article reports on the innovative session held at the 2011 SCRA Biennial conference in Chicago, IL titled “Countering Silencing with Dialogue and Deliberation” that was hosted Friday June 17th, 10:45-11:30 am (Dello Stritto, Loomis, Shpungin, & Allen, 2011). Below we provide the purpose and relevance of the session and the history leading up to the development of proposing a dialogue session. Then summary comments of the dialogue are reported and reflected upon before closing with future recommendations.
William D. Neigher, Ph.D. (Atlantic Health System, Morristown New Jersey)
Community Psychology V4.0, Invited Address to the 2011 SCRA Biennial Conference accepting the award for
Distinguished Contribution to Practice in Community Psychology