Issues

Issues

Issues

We define community broadly and engage in communities of many kinds. Pieces are arranged topically and the list of issue topics is continually expanding.

Prioritizing the Local in an Era of Globalization – Urmitapa Dutta

Posted in: Marginalized Groups | Tags:
On this episode of RadioActive you hear an interview with Urmitapa Dutta during the 2017 Society for Community Research and Action conference held in Ottawa Canada. Urmi discusses the role of knowledge construction in the margins as discussed in her paper “Prioritizing the Local in an Era of Globalization: A Proposal for Decentering Community Psychology” […]

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Photograph of student activists in front of a university library

Community Psychologists on Campus: Mini-Case Studies in University Activism

Posted in: Education
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Students in the Community Psychology Program at Wichita State University (WSU) are at the forefront of organizing, advocacy, and research on their campus. This past year, students mobilized others on campus using community psychology principles. By collaborating on campus, we were successful in bringing together graduate community psychology students and undergraduates wanting to create positive […]

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Technology in Our Pockets: Can You Ever Get Too Much?

Posted in: Mental Health | Tags:
Have you felt tired at the end of a day and wondered what you actually “did?” Do you find “unplugging” and turning your phone off leaves you feeling anxious even when you are not expecting important calls or texts?

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African American and Latino Children and Adolescents Experience Race-Related Trauma in the Public Education System

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Education, Marginalized Groups | Tags:
Race-related trauma is both generational and present for many African American and Latino children and adolescents in the United States. From law enforcement to the public education system, policies continue to support the devaluing of students through punitive discipline and discretionary practices. Among other negative impacts, these practices limit opportunities to gifted and college preparatory […]

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How Specific Police Biases Influence Criminal Investigations of Rape

Posted in: Criminal Justice, Marginalized Groups
In 2009, about 11,000 sexual assault evidence collection kits were found in a police storage facility in a large, predominately Black Midwestern city. The majority of these kits had never been tested by a crime laboratory, meaning the potential evidence therein could not be used to investigate and prosecute the sexual assault. This begs the […]

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Oxford House Shows Promise in Maintaining Sobriety

Posted in: Housing, Mental Health, Substance Use | Tags:
When an individual struggling with a substance abuse disorder has been discharged from inpatient treatment, they usually leave with an aftercare plan. Aftercare can include many options such as attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, coming in once a week to see a therapist, or moving into a recovery home.

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En los Orígenes de la Psicología Positive

Posted in: Blog, History of Community Psychology | Tags:
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Re-published with author’s permission in e-voluntas Historias de psicología comunitaria Marie Jahoda es conocida por su estudio sobre el impacto psicológico del desempleo en una pequeña comunidad en la década de 1930. El trabajo de investigación que llevó a cabo en Marienthal, en los alrededores de Viena, mostró que el paro afecta a la estructuración del tiempo […]

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Family Detention of Undocumented Immigrants: We Can Do Better

Posted in: Immigrant Justice, Marginalized Groups, Public Policy
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A summary of the Incarceration of Undocumented Families: A Policy Statement by the Society for Community Research and Action: Division 27 of the American Psychological Association  from Rachel Storace “The current U.S. immigration policies and their enforcement have detrimental effects on migrant adults, children, families, and communities” In March of 2016, the Society for Community Research […]

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What is Swampscott and Why is it Important?

Posted in: History of Community Psychology
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“It was an exciting time… They [Swampscott conference participants] wanted to intervene in social problems that were not explicitly mental health in nature, and that’s why they talked about becoming “social change agents” – a vision that was a sea change for American psychology.”

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Creating a Student Veteran Resource Center

Posted in: Education, Veterans | Tags: ,
In this participatory action research study, student veterans at a small midwestern community college collaborated to develop engaging programs and resources for veterans transitioning from soldier to student. Most notably, the veteran group worked with college administration as well as veteran organizations and community partners to develop a Veterans Resource Center (VRC) on campus.

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