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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Community Psychology in the Cloud: How One CP Practitioner Uses the Practice Competencies to Work in Everyone’s Community

Posted in: Inspiration, Sense of Community | Tags:
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Community Psychologists work in online communities too! Nicole Freund interviews Jessica Drum about how her degree in Community Psychology enriches Facebook communities.

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Effectos de la Deportación y la Separación Forzada

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Marginalized Groups, Public Policy
Declaración sobre los efectos de la deportación y la separación forzada en los inmigrantes, sus familias y las comunidades Declaración de Pólítica de la Sociedad para la Investigación y Acción Comunitaria: División 27 de la Asociación Americana de Psicología Preparada por: Regina Day Langhout, Sara L. Buckingham, Ashmeet K. Oberoi, Nóe R. Chavez, Dana Rusch, Francesca […]

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Introducing Alternatives to Suicide: An Interview with Caroline Mazel-Carlton about a New Approach to Crisis

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Emily Cutler (EC): How would you describe Alternatives to Suicide? Caroline Mazel-Carlton (CMC): Alternatives to Suicide” (Alt2Su) describes an approach to suicide that focuses on connection and relationship-building among those who are struggling. This approach was informed by “Alternatives to Suicide” peer support groups where people can share openly and authentically about their suicidal thoughts and feelings. Groups originated in the Western Mass Recovery […]

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Teach the Children Well: Social Justice in College Predicts Preference for Socially Responsible Jobs

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Taking a social justice focused course or participating in extracurricular volunteering made it more likely for students to want to work for a socially responsible company.

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With Racism Everywhere, What makes Youth “Engage Against the Machine?”

Posted in: Coalition Building, Marginalized Groups
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Activism is a crucial part of the democratic process. Social action can be helpful in combating the exhaustion of daily inequality.

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How to Use Feedback Loops to Engage your Community

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Involving marginalized voices in the community can be difficult. The Feedback Loop process is one way to more authentically engage more folks.

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Just Living is Not Enough: Community Gardens Promote Life and Connection to Others

Posted in: Environment, Sense of Community | Tags:
In an increasingly fractured world, we search for visceral places to make human contact. Working together on a shared goal increases a sense of community by way of enhancing a person’s individual happiness. It’s a classic win-win! Sure, community gardens promote “feel good” spaces detoxing us from traffic and urban sprawl by enticing our spirits […]

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Demystifying Decolonialization: A Practical Example from the Classroom

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Decolonization is a process of examining and undoing unearned privilege resulting from historical and present day injustice. As a process, decolonization can push students from apathy to develop a sense of activism.

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Making Empirically Based Knowledge Cool Again #MEBKCA-Holly Angelique, Candalyn Rade, Traci Weinstein

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RadioActive goes on tour to Harrisburg, PA! Guest this week include Dr. Candalyn Rade, Dr. Holly Angelique and Dr. Traci Weinstein who make up the Community Psychology and Social Change Program at Penn State Harrisburg. Together we not only created what is most certainly a viral hashtag (or bumper sticker motto!) #MEBKCA – Make Empirically Based […]

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Early to Bed, More Organized to Rise? Preliminary Evidence Shows that an Earlier Bedtime may be Beneficial for Teens’ Cognitive Functioning

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Mental Health
Most teenagers do not get enough sleep. We know that teens have many competing demands for their time and attention (e.g., school, family, peers), and many reasons to want to stay up late. Their evenings may be filled with school activities, homework, and hanging out or talking online with friends. Many teens also experience a […]

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