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.

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New Open Access Community Psychology Textbook

Posted in: History of Community Psychology | Tags: ,
Students and community members may access a free introduction to the field, the methods and theories, frameworks for understanding communities, intervention and prevention strategies used by community psychologists, tools for creating change on multiple levels, and guidance on the various paths one can take as a community psychologist

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Community Advocacy: A Psychologist’s Toolkit for State and Local Advocacy

Posted in: Public Policy | Tags: ,
The Community Advocacy Toolkit is a result of a joint effort between four divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA): Division 17, the Society of Counseling Psychology; Division 27, the Society for Community Research and Action; Division 35, the Society for the Psychology of Women; and Division 45, the Society for the Psychological Study of […]

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Impact of Community Violence on Youth

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Mental Health, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status
Community violence impacts all youth, not just youth who are directly exposed to the violence.

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Addressing Classism in the University

Posted in: Marginalized Groups, Sense of Community | Tags:
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Financial stress can have a significant impact on well-being. Colleges and universities can create opportunities for students to build empathy around social class.

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The Psychological Value of Activism

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Marginalized Groups | Tags:
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LGBTQ & GNC youth experience economic hardships and social stress in ways that continue to pose a threat to their health and well-being. Engaging in activist efforts can potentially improve their health in addition to furthering social change.

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How Universal Approaches Can Maximize Prevention Efforts

Posted in: Prevention Science, Public Policy
Universal services prevent stigma, normalize help seeking, and often have higher rates of service acceptance.

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Improving After-School Programming

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Sense of Community | Tags:
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We can improve the effectiveness of afterschool programs by setting high expectations for youth, encouraging staff teamwork and engagement, and providing opportunities for staff to personally identify with youth they are serving.

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Time Well Spent (in communities)

Posted in: Prevention Science, Sense of Community | Tags:
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Advance beyond traditional methods of psychology by recording the contexts in which they are embedded.

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What is Decolonialization and Where did it Come From?

Posted in: Marginalized Groups
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Colonization is the exploitation of resources and imposition of European cultures and geopolitical powers upon Indigenous (native) cultures. Learn more about its impact today.

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Leonard Jason, director of the Center for Community Research

How and Why Community Psychology Focuses on Prevention

Posted in: History of Community Psychology | Tags: ,
Lenny Jason explains that Psychology is more than therapy by examining the field of community psychology.

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