Online Events

SCRA offers a number of online events including webinars and Twitter chats. Please see below for more information.

Webinars

SCRA runs a series of webinars on topics relevant to community psychology and related disciplines. Click here to watch recordings from past webinars.

Please refer to the information provided below to join a webinar unless specified otherwise. We recommend, if possible, that you join the webinar through the web access link so you can see presenter materials and to better help with the discussion.

Upcoming Webinars

Web Access: https://zoom.us/j/375758797 
Phone Number: 1-408-638-0968 
Meeting ID: 375 758 797

May 17th at 1pm (Eastern) 

Revisiting the Definition of Community Psychology Practice w/ Dave Julian, Nicole Freund & Tom Wolff

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This discussion will be kicked off by a special issue of the Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice - so we'd like your thoughts on the definition of Community Psychology Practice

The original definition of community psychology practice was efforts “to strengthen the capacity of communities to meet the needs of constituents and help them to realize their dreams in order to promote well-being, social justice, economic equity and self-determination through systems, organizational and/or individual change” (Julian, 2006)

In the intervening years much has emerged that requires the field to revisit this definition. This includes:

  1. The development of the Community Psychology Practices Competencies with books, and journals addressing their use.
  2. Increased focus on systems and policy change in CP Practice -including extensive writing on institutional and structural racism (see Gina Langhout on anti-racism, anti-sexism approaches and the need for self examination); inclusion of policy work in CP graduate training (See Ken Maton’s work) and most recently the focus on decolonialization from Pacifica (Nuria Ciofalo and others)
  3. New areas of community research that enhance and inform practice. If we are to rely on evidence based – what are we calling evidence? Are the lessons learned by practitioners considered evidence?
  4. Community engagement and community power in our CP Practice work with communities – see collaborating for equity and justice (below)
    1. Explicitly address issues of social and economic injustice and structural racism.
    2. Employ a community development approach in which residents have equal power in determining the coalition or collaborative’s agenda and resource allocation.
    3. Employ community organizing as an intentional strategy and as part of the process. Work to build resident leadership and power.
    4. Focus on policy, systems, and structural change.
    5. Build on the extensive community-engaged scholarship and research that show what works, that acknowledge the complexities, and that evaluate appropriately. From Wolff, Minkler, Wolfe, Berkowitz, Bowen, Butterfoss, Christens, Francisco and Lee (2017) Six principles for collaborating for equity and justice (NPQ 2016)

Click here to watch recordings of past conversations.

 

Twitter chats

CLICK HERE to review past #CommPsychChat Twitter chats.

New to Twitter or Twitter Chats? 

Just search for #CommPsychChat to follow the conversation and join by including #CommPsychChat in all of your tweets and replies. That will help to ensure that your tweets get through to the live feed for the chat, so that everyone can see them.

Open dialogue is what we are aiming for! In order to guide the conversation, Twitter chats follow a Q1/A1 format. So, tweets and replies in response to Q1 should start with A1, responses to Q2 should start with A2, and so on. 

Resources:

See how Twitter can act as a useful tool for information exchange among professional communities!

See why scientists should tweet (Barncard, 2014Bonetta, 2009), and how Twitter can aid our goals for social change (Rachel West; Taylor Scott & J’Vonnah Maryman (PDF file download).

To get oriented to Twitter use, check out Twitter as a Tool for Social Change (PDF file download).

You can find a handy Twitter Chat FAQs.