Public Policy

Issues

Public Policy

Community Psychologists want to ensure that their findings and success positively impact larger communities. As such, Community Psychologists collaborate with policy makers and other groups to work on policy activities. These activities may impact contemporary policy debates at the state and federal levels, create opportunities for training, and encourage those working in communities who lack policy experiences to familiarize themselves with the policy process and understand ways in which their voices can be heard.

photograph of a young boy

What is Trauma-Informed Care: An Example

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Mental Health, Prevention Science, Public Policy | Tags:
Childhood trauma and adversity are associated with chronic health and behavioral health problems. In a systems-wide approach to trauma, all individuals within the organization play a role in helping treat a child.

Read More
Photograph of a young girl

Trauma-Informed Responses to Immigration Policies and Practices

Posted in: Immigrant Justice, Public Policy | Tags:
We call for an end to all traumatic policies, echoing U.S. Congressional calls to address the root of harm to children and recommendations to shift toward trauma-based systems of care for immigrant children and families.

Read More
Image of the word "freedom"

How to Move Policy on Human Trafficking

Posted in: Marginalized Groups, Public Policy | Tags:
Published in:
Proposed human trafficking laws may be most successful in using research to guide the use of trauma-informed practice.

Read More
Photograph of a food bank

More than Filling Empty Bellies: How Food Banks are Evolving to Nourish Community Health

Posted in: Marginalized Groups, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status, Public Policy | Tags:
Food insecurity is related to poor nutrition and many other negative health outcomes. Food banks can and should implement nutrition policies.

Read More
Photograph of hardware tools

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 […]

Read More
Photograph of children playing in a fountain

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.

Read More
Photograph of rural Australia

Residential Mobility as a Community Organizing Concern in Rural Australia

Posted in: Public Policy, Rural Communities
Published in:
Lack of attention to the contexts for mobility has led to contradictions in public discourse. Over-generalization risks losing the necessary complexity to develop appropriate policy.

Read More
Photograph of Ponte Galeria Train Station

What is Life Like in an Immigrant Detention Center?

Posted in: Immigrant Justice, Marginalized Groups, Public Policy, Sense of Community | Tags:
The inhumanity of detention has far reaching effects on communities outside of the detention facility.

Read More

Infograph: Effects of Deportation and Forced Separation on Immigrants, their Families, and Communities

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Immigrant Justice, Marginalized Groups, Public Policy
A companion to our policy statement, this infographic is useful for immigration-related advocacy.

Read More

Effectos de la Deportación y la Separación Forzada

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Marginalized Groups, Public Policy
La deportación tiene numerosos impactos perjudiciales no solo en las personas que son deportadas, sino también en las familias y en las comunidades a las que estas se ven obligadas a dejar atrás. Los cambios en las políticas de los Estados Unidos sobre inmigración y deportación afectan a los individuos, las familias y las comunidades en las que ocurren las […]

Read More