From the SCRA President
In my waning days as SCRA President, I thought I would share some thoughts about ways to improve our organization and some of the ways that the Executive Committee (EC) and I have been working to set lasting change in motion. This is not an "official" position statement, just a personal one. I welcome all comments and feel a broad dialogue on how SCRA works would be valuable at this time of transition and opportunity.
During my Presidency, I have been working on transforming the mission, leadership, and participatory culture of SCRA. A combination of increased SCRA resources, increased competition for people’s professional attention, the revolution in communications technology, and my renewed sense that SCRA has something special to offer the public have been my motivators. While I have not accomplished everything I had planned, I learned a lot along the way. I want to share my observations,…Read More »
I am writing this after a most successful 12th Biennial Conference at Montclair State University, moving toward the close of my tenure as SCRA President. As I said at the Biennial, SCRA is at a crossroads. We have become a resourced organization and we are facing the challenge of how, as an organization, we will walk the talk of our mission statement and live up to the aspirations of our Value Proposition. I am devoting this column to articulating some background and, more importantly, some plans that ha
Becoming a Resourced Organization
The source of our increased resources is AJCP. As we have become aware of the value of AJCP as a scholarly and a financial resource, the Executive Committee (EC), under Anne Bogat’s leadership, pursued acquiring ownership of the journal for SCRA and a more favorable contract. While the new contract was executed just prior to the biennial and we are gearing up to receive revenues, as a result of the AJCP contract renegotiation, SCRA will increase…
Please read below to learn about a survey for all community psychologists regarding the value proposition and future directions for our CP education programs, our career paths, early career opportunities, and employment possibilities. You will find the survey thought provoking, I am sure. Please encourage your colleagues to take the survey as well. This is an essential initiative that is broadly supported within SCRA and an example of how we can turn research into action promptly and effectively. Thank
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PLEASE HELP DEFINE THE COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY VALUE PROPOSITION
In the most recent issue of The Community Psychologist, I described the need for a Community Psychology Value Proposition (see also http://www.scra27.org/blogs/presidents/creatingav for a draft). A Value Proposition is: "A business or marketing statement that summarizes why a consumer should buy a product or use a service. This statement should convince a potential consumer that one particular product or service will add…
Many of you may know what value propositions are, but the term was new to me until recently. A value proposition is a statement that can be given to people who do not know much or anything about community psychologists to indicate why it might be in their interest, and in the interest of their organization, to hire a community psychologist, give a community psychologist an internship, appoint a community psychologist to their board, bring a community psychologist into their (non-community psychology) acade
Employability and Community Psychology: Why We Need a Value Proposition
Maurice (Mo) J. Elias, Ph.D.
Do you know what a Value Proposition is? I had no clue until long-time SCRA member Bill Neigher introduced the term to me a year or so ago. Technically, it is described as:
“A business or marketing statement that summarizes why a consumer should buy a product or use a service. This statement should convince a potential consumer that one particular…
In my Fall 2008 column (which I posted previously at this web site), I issued a call for action. I heard from many who resonated with that call and agreed that it was time for action, but I am under no illusion that such a call generated lots of action. What accounts for the action-intention gap? This article, which is my column in the Winter 2009 TCP, explores the barriers that keep us from following up on our good intentions and suggests how we might do better, especially where SCRA and the issues we car
We Need to Address the Action-Intention Gap
Maurice (Mo) J. Elias, Ph.D.
In my Fall 2008 column (which I posted on the SCRA President’s blog at the web site), I issued a call for action. I heard from many who resonated with that call and agreed that it was time for action, but I am under no illusion that such a call generated lots of action. What accounts for the action-intention gap?
Take a Stand, with Support: An Example from Special Olympics
I have received several emails about my first presidential column so I thought it might be a good thing to post it here, to encourage a wider dialogue. I call your attention to my last paragraph, where I ask, in essence, not what you can do for SCRA but what SCRA can do for you, and I also ask you to strongly consider coming to the biennial conference in NJ in June. We need to gather as a community, especially at a time when so many communities are feeling threatened by the global economic and socio-polit
There are no guarantees in life and waiting and hoping are not my favorite strategies. In May 2007, my older daughter, Sara Elizabeth, got married. She was privileged to have both of her parents and her spouse’s parents attend, and on our side of the family, she watched all four of her grandparents walking down the aisle. It’s hard to describe what a gift this was. A year later, May 2008, my father had passed away unexpectedly, my wife’s parents were in an assisted living facility,…Read More »