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The
Community
Psychologist

Volume 49 Number 1 
Winter 2016

Pres_john_moritsugu.jpgFrom the President

John Moritsugu
Pacific Lutheran University

Moving into our fiftieth year following Swampscott, we address the questions of where we are and where we want to go. Strategic planning for the Society is one of the activities which occupy us at this time. As we deal with this process, I am reminded of the transactional nature of development and maturation. We certainly have grown and matured as an organization. Yet there are the new challenges to face given our changing contexts societally and in our science and profession. We confront new developmental tasks and recognize that our world has changed as well. Similar to Sameroff’s (2010) transactional developmental model, where the individual and the individual’s environment influence each other, the society and the society’s present day contexts influence each other. We are aware of the need for considering these transactions and the society’s needs to be better aware of where it stands at present and where it needs to go.

I am reminded of the recent work on wisdom during these times. Working with both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, researchers believe they have distilled qualities which are found in wise decisions. Among these qualities are the inclusion and consideration of multiple perspectives, a recognition of the inevitability of change, an understanding of more than one possible course of outcomes, and accepting the limits of what we know and of the uncertainty of the future (Grossman, Na, Varnum, Kitayama, & Nisbett, 2013). Such qualities of consideration are emblematic to a community psychology (SCRA Vision, Mission and Principles). In the coming year we will be engaged in following through on this strategic planning and efforts to implement the outcomes of this planning.

You may start to see changes coming in the months ahead, but the changes have been in the organization’s planning and process for some time and are the outcome of transactional developmental progression. As to the specifics, they are yet to be finally determined. It is an exciting time to be here as President.

 

Grossman, I., Na, J., Varnum, M. E., Kitayama, S., & Nisbett, R. E. (2013). A route to well-being—Intelligence versus wise reasoning. Journal of Experimental Psychology-General, 142(3), 944-953. doi-10.1037/a0029560

Sameroff, A. (2010). A unified theory of development: A dialectic integration of nature and nurture. Child Development, 81, 6-22.