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The
Community
Psychologist

Volume 49 Number 1 
Winter 2016

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Edited by Regina Langhout
Regional Network Coordinator
University of California at Santa Cruz
(langhout@ucsc.edu)

Every quarter, there are coordinators to thank and to welcome. Welcome to Rachel Jantke at DePaul University, who is a new regional coordinator for the Midwest, and to Angela Nguyen at the University of California at Santa Cruz, who is a new Student Regional Coordinator. Additionally, thank you to Judy Lovett, who has been the International Regional Liaison in the UK and Northern Ireland, and welcome to Dr. Ronni Greenwood, at the University of Limerick, who is taking over this position. Also, the Northeast Region has been busy and I am delighted to welcome Andrew Martinez, at DePaul University (but currently living in the Northeast) and undergraduate, Emily Stecker, from Washington College as new Student Regional Coordinators. I want to thank Suzanne Wasileski from White Mountains Community College in New Hampshire for her long-time work with the Northeast region. Finally, there are some changes in the Southeast region. Thanks to Natalie Kivell, from University of Miami, who has been an amazing Student Regional Coordinator for some time. Welcome to Susie Paterson (University of Miami) and Douglas Archie (University of South Carolina), two new Regional Student Coordinators!

AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND AND THE PACIFIC

International Regional Liaison
Katie Thomas (mothercarematters@gmail.com), Antony Street Specialist Centre

Student Regional Liaison
Rahman Gray (rahman.gray@live.vu.edu.au), Victoria University


AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND AND THE PACIFIC REGIONAL UPDATE
Written by Katie Thomas

Australasian Barn Raising: Radicalising Resource Access

Community Events:

In conjunction with Fork Films, SCRA Australia/New Zealand and the Pacific (ANZP), is proud to be presenting Community Screenings of Voices from the Frontline of Peacebuilding. The film series focuses on female activists in situations of oppression with an emphasis on women countering violent extremism (CVE). The screenings are part of a conscientización process to advocate for inclusion of women peace-builders in peace processes. A new report by the International Peace Institute shows that women’s meaningful participation in consultations like CVE means peace agreements are more likely to last. Women and women-led organizations have effective solutions to address the challenge of violent extremism, and their meaningful participation is key to building lasting peace. At the current time, screenings are scheduled for Western Australia and New South Wales. Each screening will be followed by community discussion, and in New South Wales, with a question and answer session with a panel of international experts. This will be a professional development activity eligible for Community Psychologists to maintain obligations under the new Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the Psychology Board of Australia. If there are other regional members who would like to host a film screening or organize a Community Psychology PD activity, please contact Katie Thomas at (08) 9339 3333.

Membership Drive:

All members in the ANZP region are invited to participate in the annual Membership Drive. This year there will be an award of $100 to the member whose enthusiasm and passion for Community Research and Action generates the most new members! Student electronic membership is at the low amount of $10AUD per annum and graduate students can access a free year of membership.

The list of membership benefits can be found at www.scra27.org/members1/. If you would like some cards and flyers to give to prospective members and/or to advise new members, please send an email to mothercarematters@gmail.com with the name of the new member you have generated. The membership drive will end on March 1, 2016, and the winner will be contacted after this date.

Australasian Barn Raising:

At the completion of the Membership Drive, we will be holding a one-day symposium. Similar to the concept of community barn raising, the symposium will provide new members with a concentrated structure of resources and support to do in a day what would take months or years to be achieved alone. Established members are invited to prepare a concise folio or short presentation or the most powerful techniques or resources for community activism they have identified over their career. A core component of the symposium will be the establishment of network, mentoring, and support links for new members. If you are willing to develop a collegial support system in your region for members and/or would like to offer a new resource to new members please forward your name, contact details, and 50 words outlining your proposed resource/technique to either Rahman Gray or Katie Thomas. The forum may be in teleseminar format to enable the inclusion of as many SCRA representatives as possible across the Australian, New Zealand, and Pacific region.

EUROPE/MIDDLE EAST/AFRICA

International Regional Liaisons
Sedar Degirmencioglu (sedardegirmencioglu@gmail.com), Cumhuriyet University, Turkey
José Ornelas (jornelas@ispa.pt), Instituto Universitário, Lisboa, Portugal
Caterina Arcidiacono (caterina.arcidiacono@unina.it), Federico II University, Naples, Italy
Julia Halamova (julia.halamova@gmail.com), Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia
Ronni Greenwood (Ronni.Greenwood@ul.ie), University of Limerick, Ireland

Student Regional Liaison
Hana Shahin (hshahin@aucegypt.edu), The American University in Cairo, Egypt


NEWS FROM EGYPT
Written by Hana Shahin

The 1st MENA Region Conference on Community Psychology will take place March 24-26, 2016 at the AUC Tahir campus. The theme of the conference is “Collaboration for Community Change: Insight, Innovation, and Impact.” The primary objective of the conference is to bring together academics and practitioners across the region to network and share effective practices for community change. As community psychology is a nascent field in the region, interactions among attendees will be structured to promote a deeper understanding of the synergies between community psychology research and community change efforts.

The opening ceremony on Thursday night will showcase a panel of speakers along with cultural entertainment. The main conference sessions will be on Friday and Saturday. Each day will begin with a talk from a keynote speaker, followed by panel sessions and workshops. Panel sessions will include short presentations in line with the conference theme. Workshops are longer skills-building trainings. Additionally, the conference will include smaller workgroups for community psychologists to develop recommendations for the field on key issues such as theory/epistemology, training competencies, ethical challenges, and research methods. There will be a final closing session to reflect on what was accomplished in the conference and lay the framework for moving the field forward.

In line with the overall theme, the conference sessions will revolve around three threads:

1. Establishing effective partnerships, including between organizations and stakeholders, such as coalition-building and collaborative networks, as well as between organizations and community members, such as use of participatory and empowerment approaches.

2. Finding creative practices and new solutions to tackle systemic issues.

3. Using empirical research and evaluation to design and assess the outcomes and impact of community-based initiatives.

These major emphases were determined based on a needs assessment conducted with NGOs by the Gerhart Center, as well as current literature and observations regarding key areas of growth needed for improving community interventions in the region. The presenters are likely to be tackling diverse and timely issues related to refugees, behavioral health and health (e.g., hepatitis, pneumonia, traumatic stress), social issues (e.g., sexual harassment), marginalized groups (e.g., orphans, street children), and long-standing issues (e.g., poverty).

The anticipated audience is 75, not including the organizing committee. Of these, about a third are expected to be AUC alumni, graduate students, undergraduate students, and faculty. About two-thirds are expected to be community practitioners and public health specialists. This will include primarily staff from NGO’s and also potentially representatives from social enterprises, multilateral organizations like WHO/UN, foundations, CSR offices, and ministries. Additionally, the opening ceremony will be open to the public and we hope will attract an audience of about 200.

  • Benefits to the community: “giving back” to the community by sharing knowledge; raising capacity of nonprofit organizations through training workshops; introducing community psychology as an alternative model for effective community intervention; identifying and documenting effective practices for community change.
  • Benefits to the discipline: explicitly discussing the formulation of a regional community psychology; identifying training competencies and priorities for the field; allowing the opportunity for networking among the community psychologists in the region.

 A call for proposals will be publicized to solicit proposals for workshops, panels, and symposia. Anyone (including students, NGO staff, university faculty, etc.) is welcome to submit a proposal. A multidisciplinary and international review committee will evaluate the potential proposals and make the final selections.

SOUTHEAST REGION, U.S.

Regional Coordinators
Sarah Desmarais (sdesmarais@ncsu.edu), North Carolina State University
Winnie Chan (wchatn1@gsu.edu), Georgia State University
Pam Imm (pamimm@windstream.net), Community Psychologist, Independent Practice, Lexington SC

Student Regional Coordinators
Candalyn Rade (cbrade@ncsu.edu), North Carolina State University
Jaimelee Mihalski (Jmihalsk@uncc.edu), University of North Carolina-Charlotte
Dominique Thomas (dthomas60@student.gsu.edu), Georgia State University
Susie Paterson, University of Miami
Douglas Archie


SOUTHEAST UPDATE
Written by Candalyn Rade

The Southeast region would like to thank Natalie Kivell for her years of service as a regional student representative. We are pleased to announce that Susie Paterson and Douglas Archie have joined the southeast region as new regional student representatives.

We are entering the third year in our work toward building a strong and connected community within the across programs of the Southeast Region (SE) of SCRA. Based in conversations around the campfire during previous SE ECO conferences, we are continuing to focus on ways to build community within and between the wonderful and diverse community psychology programs in our region. As one way to strengthen our community and promote collaboration, the SE SCRA student representatives would like to ‘map the region’ by creating an accessible list of the community psychologists in our region.

To get this initiative started, we ask that you please follow the link to complete the short survey about you, your work, and your research interests: http://ncsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eKFR4PseJdN9nHD

If you would like more information, have ideas on how we can keep the momentum going, or would like to become more involved, please contact Candalyn Rade (cbrade@ncsu.edu).

Update from North Carolina State University

The Applied Social and Community Psychology graduate program at North Carolina State University is pleased to welcome Drs. Elan Hope and Laura Widman as new faculty members who joined the program in Fall 2015. The Applied Social and Community Psychology program is a research-intensive doctoral program that trains students to produce knowledge and solutions that serve the public interest through the application of psychological science. Students learn how to use psychological, as well as social science theory and research methodology to examine societal issues from individual, community, organizational, and policy perspectives. Faculty and students participate in collaborative research with both public and private organizations in local, national, and international communities. 

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Regional Coordinators
Rachel Jantke (rjantke@depaul.edu), DePaul University
Olya Glantsman (oglantsman@gmail.com), DePaul University
August Hoffman (august.hoffman@metrostate.edu), Metropolitan State University

Student Regional Coordinators
Jaclyn Houston (jhoust12@depaul.edu), DePaul University
Abigail Brown (abrown57@depaul.edu), DePaul University


NEWS FROM THE MIDWEST
Written by Olya Glantsman

The 2015 Midwest ECO Regional Conference, Forwarding Inquiry and Action for Social Change, was held October 23-24, 2015, by the University of Wisconsin’s Civil Society and Community Studies Department and the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (CommNS). The conference overlapped with a day-long event for UW’s CommNS, which included a panel discussion on mass incarceration, a methodological workshop, an arts and community change workshop, and the shared Midwest ECO and CommNS keynote with Veronica Terriquez. The conference included formal and informal gatherings, a reception, a campfire, and myriad other events and activities.

Upcoming Events:

The annual MPA conference is just around the corner (May 5-7, 2016). The SCRA meeting at the Midwestern Psychological Association will be held Friday, May 6, 2016 in Chicago. For more information about the MPA conference (e.g., lodging, fees, etc.) please visit the MPA website at http://midwesternpsych.org. Also, plan to join us for the annual dinner, which will include the poster award ceremony, following the Conference on Friday night (dinner location will be announced shortly via SCRA’s listserv).  See you in Chicago!

Announcements and information for inclusion in future Midwest updates should be sent to Rachel Jantke (rjantke@depaul.edu).

NORTHEAST REGION, U.S.

Regional Coordinators
Bronwyn Hunter, (bronwyn.hunter@yale,edu), University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Christopher Beasley, (cbeasley2@washcoll.edu), Washington College
Melissa Whitson, (mwhitson@newhaven.edu), University of New Haven

Graduate Student Coordinator
Andrew Martinez, (andrewmartinez78@yahoo.com), DePaul University

Undergraduate Student Coordinator
Emily Stecker, (estecker2@washcoll.edu), Washington College

NEWS FROM THE NORTHEAST
Written by Bronwyn Hunter

We are looking forward to the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in New York on March 3-5. We are excited that we will be having a social event Saturday evening (more details to follow). We are also starting a student poster award competition. We look forward to meeting and networking with regional community psychologists from the northeast!

Our regional team is growing! We are excited to welcome Melissa Whitson from the University of New Haven as a regional coordinator, Andrew Martinez from DePaul University as a graduate students coordinator (Andrew is living in the Northeast currently), and Emily Stecker from Washington College as an undergraduate student coordinator. If you are interested in serving as a student-level coordinator, please email Bronwyn Hunter at bhunter@umbc.edu. Coordinators serve three-year terms and provide regional leadership and guidance to the processes of membership development, activities, and communication.

We are also grateful for the leadership that Suzanna Wasileski (White Mountains Community College in NH) has provided to the Northeast Regional Coordinators over several years. She is officially off the committee, but continues to help as we grow and develop our regional network. THANK YOU, Suzanne!

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