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OfflineBlair Coleman

Biennial Wrap-up

By Blair Coleman

Reflecting on the recently passed SCRA Biennial, it is very exciting to see all of the wonderful progress we have made in policy! We have received word from SCRA President, Mo Elias, that in the upcoming three years the Executive Committee is making Public Policy and policy impact a top priority within SCRA. This is very exciting news and positions the Public Policy Committee in a central role within SCRA. This makes our efforts at gathering policy brief templates and development of a…

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Interconnectedness and the Individual

By Blair Coleman

Our chair, Nicole Porter, has written a new book on policy for community psychology. She wrote "Interconnectedness and the Individual" with Nancy Bothne, & Leonard Jason and in it they address manifestations and consequences of not taking a community perspective to public policy. Taking an historical perspective, an attempt is made to offer a dynamic systems perspective, and to describe an alternative utilizing examples from: Social Darwinism, genetics, fetal development, brain plasticity,…

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OfflineBlair Coleman

Since the policy arena is unfamiliar to a large portion of our membership, it comes as no surprise that many of the activities of our committee have focused on the first portion of our committee’s three-part mission which is to create policy training opportunities for division members and encourage the development of their policy skills and knowledge (Howe, 2004). However, I would like to briefly describe an ongoing task of the committee that is primarily intended to fulfill the second…

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OfflineBlair Coleman

Social Policy Committee Name Change

By Blair Coleman

We've had some important decisions to make about our structure. We are a novel hybrid organization within SCRA. We have valuable committee status and a valued body of working members who want a close involvement with our policy work. We also have a large group of folks who desire a deeper policy involvement in the form of updates on committee activities and information on internal and external policy opportunities. It is the job of the Committee to provide resources and serve the interests of…

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The SCRA Public Policy Committee needs your help

By SCRA Web Admin

From Judah J. Viola

We will be developing resources made available through the SCRA website’s policy link  for members to use in their policy and advocacy work  If you have written a white paper or policy brief on a topic related in some way to community psychology please send it to  Judah.viola@nl.edu, bcolema6@depaul.edu, nporter@depaul.edu

The committee will select a number of example papers (or paper excerpts) on a variety of topics to make available to the membership.We may also develop some…

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