2014 Video Contest

The deadline for submissions to the 2014 SCRA Video Contest was December 1, 2014. The full SCRA membership voted for the award winners via email ballot in December 2014.

Enter the 2014 SCRA Video Contest

Submit your video to the annual SCRA video contest by posting the video to YouTube or Vimeo, then filling out an application and emailing it to video@scra27.org. Access the video contest application and flyer via the links below.

The contest deadline was December 1, 2014. There are cash prizes for the winners!

SCRA members please view and share these videos throughout the year. We will vote on the contest winners together at the end of the year.

Video Contest Things to Know!

Do you Know Your Sexual Rights?

Creators: Dr. Alessio Vieno and the students of the Community Psych classes, University of Padova-Department of Developmental and Social Psychology 

Location:  University of Padova

Date:  2013, June

Participants: University students of Community Psychology supervised by Alessio Vieno.

Improving university students’ level of knowledge about sexual rights (right proposed by the WHO). 

Tags: Participation, Sexual Rights, Health Promotion, University Students

  • Test

Take Heart

Creators:  Alessandra Cecala 

Location: UMass Lowell/The City of Lowell Massachusetts

Date:  April 2013

Participants: Members of UMass Lowell PRIDE, UML TWLOHA, UML SRT Program, UML Graduate students/former President of TWLOHA UML, CEO of Take Heart (501(c)3 nonprofit)

Every day 74 people receive transplants, but on that same day 18 people die waiting for one. An organ donor can save 8 lives and improve up to 50. Take Heart is dedicated to spreading awareness of organ donation and keeping families together, one donor at a time.

Website: www.takeheartinc.net

Facebook: www.facebook.com/takeheartinc

Twitter: @takeheartinc

Tags: Take Heart, Organ Donation, Donation, Donate, Nonprofit, Save Lives, Save 8, UMass Lowell, Lowell

  • Test

Maywood Water Workshop

Creator: Shannon Noble

Location: City of Maywood, CA - Union de Vecinos

Date: September 17, 2011

Participants: Community members from Maywood, CA, Union de Vecinos Staff, Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency, Watershed Health Council, Army Core of Engineers, Water Companies #1, #2, and #3, Maywood Mayor and City Council Members

The video focuses on water issues in the City of Maywood, CA and the community activist organization Union de Vecinos in dealing with the problems of water pollution and other issues related to water in the city. Maywood has the fifth largest superfund clean up site in the United States. 

Philosophically they take an approach related to Liberation Psychology, Liberation Theology, Latin American based Community Social Psychology, and the ideas of Paulo Freire.


Tags: Union de Vecinos, Liberation Psychology, Liberation Theology, Paulo Freire, Maywood, CA

  • Test

Ecological Community Psychology: A Video Photovoice Project

Creator: Brad Olson and Students from National Louis University Cohort 4

Location: Millenium Park, Chicago, IL

Date: June 17, 2014

Participants: Community members from Chicago, Illinois; students and professors from National Louis University Community Psychology PhD Program

Exploring "Ecological Community Psychology," talking about green issues and community psychology, photovoice process.



Tags: Ecological, Community Psychology, Influencing Policy, Advocacy or Change, Photovoice

  • Test

Don’t Be Scared: Parenting in Times of Sociopolitical Turmoil and/or Violence

Creators: Alaa AlDoh, Farrah Helwa, Haidy Abd Rabou, Karen Fanous, Nevin Defrawy, Sherin Mikhail, Zeinab Kabie

Directed and shot by: Gina Mokbel

Edited by: Wassim Ghaly


Location:  Home of a middle-class family in Cairo

Date: Spring 2014

Participants (Actors): Ramez Emad, Karen Fanous, Freddie Emad

Voiceover: Adham Abdel Salam

The short film takes place in Egypt and includes several shots that show the challenges that parents might face when raising their children who are/have been exposed to community/political violence, and provides support to parents regarding what action they might take to build resilience in their children and buffer for emotional and psychological problems that might arise. The film represents some of the acts of violence and stress faced by Egyptians after the popular uprisings of January 25th, including violence at street protests and hearing gunshots. The language is in Arabic (English subtitles available). The video comes with a detailed guide for NGO workers and mental health professionals called “Parenting in Times of Turmoil”.

The film and guidebook were disseminated and presented in a conference that was attended by representatives from non governmental organizations and government offices focused on women and children. Following the conference, the project has successfully achieved media coverage on popular talk shows, magazines, and newspapers. More information can be found here: http://www.aucegypt.edu/huss/sape/psyc/Pages/Parenting-in-Times-of-Turmoil.aspx


A link to the guide can be found here.

Tags: Building Resilience, Cultural Competence, Advocacy or Change, Needs and Resource Assessment, Awareness and Prevention, Parenting, Child Development, Egypt, Violence, Revolution

  • Test

Social action: A fundamental value of community psychology

Creators: Leonard A. Jason and Sarah Callahan

Location: In streets and towns across the country and wherever there is a cause that needs a protest

Date: 11/5/2014; the day after elections in the US

Participants: Leaders of major social change movements as well as citizens and community groups.

Pictures of Protest - Images of protest can stir the imagination to action.

After the recent Nov. 4th elections, we were drawn to express our feelings by assembling these images of social activism, which is now needed more than ever.

YouTube Channel of Dr. Leonard Jason here

Tags: Protest, Social Action, Second order change, Community Coalitions, Social Policy, Advocacy

  • Test

Proyecto HEROES (Honor, Educación, Respeto, Oportunidad, Esperanza, y Soluciones)Youth Photovoice

Creator: Maryam Kia-Keating, Ph.D.

Location: Community

Date: Photovoice project took place from January-June 2014 and the video was created August 2014

Participants: Photographs and narratives by the Latino adolescent youth

This video features photographs and narratives of 22 Latino/a adolescents who participated in a photovoice project aimed at increasing their empowerment, and providing them with a voice and means for impacting positive change in their community.  The project is part of a larger community-based participatory research program, an approach emphasizing equity, collaboration, building on each other’s unique strengths, combining knowledge with action, and achieving social change to improve health outcomes and eliminate disparities.  The result was powerful, giving a space for the youth to describe significant experiences of violence and trauma, and highlighting the central importance of these issues for the community to address.  Exposure to traumatic and adverse events often leads to stigma, isolation, fear, mistrust, and ultimately, disenfranchisement.  The video suggests how powerful a tool this photovoice project was for addressing a critical social issue, by engaging youth towards social action, and also impacting the youth at profound and personal levels.

http://heroessb.wordpress.com/ is the larger Proyecto HEROES collaborative website which includes information about partners involved in this community-based participatory research (CBPR) project.

http://www.kiakeating.com is Dr. Kia-Keating’s website which features some of the other photography by the youth participants

Tags: Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), Photovoice, Youth Social Action, Participatory Photography, Latino/a Community Engagement and Empowerment, School-Community-Academic Partnership

  • Test

Edúcame Primero Colombia. Reducing Child Labor in Barranquilla

Creator: Isidro Maya-Jariego

Location: Universidad del Norte, Biblioteca Departamental del Centro de Barranquilla, Fundación Mi Hogar and Institución Educativa Pinar del Río - Barranquilla (Colombia)

Date: Lessons learned meetings of the Edúcame Primero Colombia program in Barranquilla (Colombia) and Sevilla (Spain), September to November 2014.

Participants: Facilitators of the Spaces to Grow and “Baúl de Juegos”, school principals, teachers and parents of child workers.

The Edúcame Primero Colombia program is a psycho-educational activity that aims to reduce child labor and ensure universal access to education. It is an evidence-based practice, which obtained positive results in Colombia and several Central American countries.

Three lessons learned by facilitators and teachers who collaborated in the program are summarized in this video. Namely, (1) the need to adjust the program to the characteristics of neighborhoods and specific community settings, (2) the importance of the engagement of families in the educational context, and (3) competition between time spent working and time spent studying.

After the intervention in Barranquilla (Colombia), We have planned to move the program to Lima (Peru). The material has been designed through formative assessment meetings with the facilitators of the program in Colombia; and presents "best practices" in an organized manner, so that serve as recommendations for future applications of the intervention in Peru.

The video is divided in three parts, with a summary of each lesson in a brief text, to be used as part of group dynamics with prospective Peruvian facilitators.

Blog with updates on the program and other contents on social and community intervention: http://evoluntas.wordpress.com

Catalogue of the program [pdf]

Twitter: @facpsi

Tags: Child Labor, Community Fit, Universal Education, International Labor Organization, Prevention, Family Engagement, Colombia, Peru, Implementation, Program Evaluation, Lessons learned, Best Practices, Transference

  • Test

Bringing Community Voice to Marginalized Sexualities: The Kink Representation Outreach Project (KROP)

The Kink Representation Outreach Project from KROP on Vimeo.

Creator: Benjamin Graham

Location: Chicago, IL & San Francisco, CA (USA)

Date: September 2013-February 2014

Participants: Richard Sprott, Executive Director, Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS)

Beatrice Stonebanks, editor, Society of Janus (a BDSM community organization)

Sarah Butler, co-investigator, The Sage Colleges

Benjamin Graham, principal investigator, DePaul University

Throughout its history, community psychology has pursued innovative methods to ask bold questions about how we understand the individual and society, adopting at times a critical psychology perspective on how psychology itself can play a role in furthering marginalization.  This video shares results from a community-based, critical community psychology research project aimed at bringing community voice to descriptions of alternative sexuality in human sexuality textbooks.

Bondage/discipline, Dominance/submission, and sadomasochism (BDSM) is an often marginalized and misrepresented experience within society.  Psychological sense of community has been widely researched and suggests that communities play an important role in well-being.  For some individuals and partnerships that identify with BDSM, organized communities may provide social contexts where interests can be explored, challenged, and cultivated (Sisson, 2007). 

This video explains in non-research language the Kink Representation Outreach Project (KROP), a two-year study involving 7 workshops with 48 BDSM community members. Nominal Group Technique was used to answer the question, “What role does the BDSM community play in your life?”  Findings were multifaceted and overwhelmingly positive, suggesting that research which provides community voice may serve as an “antidote for arrogance” (Kelly, 1970) regarding pathology-based theories of BDSM present in much of the history of psychiatry and psychology. 

The Kink Representation Outreach Projecthttp://kinkrepresentation.wordpress.com

The Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities: https://carasresearch.org/

The Society of Janus: http://soj.org/

Tags: Critical community psychology, Community voice, Cultural competence, Nominal group technique, Alternative sexuality

  • Test

What is Community Psychology?

CREATORS:  Sarah Callahan, Lindsey Zimmerman, Olya Glantsman, Carlos Louis, Cheryl Ramos, Bret Kloos, Taylor Scott, and Dawn Henderson

Location: Photos were used from multiple communities and organizations

Date: Video Created August 25th 2014

Slide show with voice over information from Community Psychologists from various locations.

Overview of what Community Psychology is, where Community Psychologists work, and educational programs in Community Psychology.


Tags: Community psychology, social change, social justice, research, SCRA, society for community research and action, policy change, advocacy

  • Test

Family Safety Planning

CREATORS: Katie Gregory, Dr. Cris Sullivan, Sara Dobbyn

Directed & Shot by: Dan Hartley

Location: Interviews with community partners and demonstration of family safety planning were done at Turning Point, Inc. of Macomb County in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Interviews with Katie Gregory & Dr. Cris Sullivan were conducted at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

Date: June 2014

Participants: Community partners from Turning Point, Inc. of Macomb County, Michigan (Sara Dobbyn, Debbie McPeek, Adrienne Gasperoni, Dominica Tokarski) and university partners (student Katie Gregory and professor Cris Sullivan) of Michigan State University.

Each year, millions of women and children are affected by intimate partner violence. Turning Point, Inc. of Macomb County partnered with researchers at Michigan State University to develop a counseling intervention and corresponding study to help facilitate communication between survivors and their children about safety. This intervention combines traditional safety planning and family counseling in order to help rebuild the bond between survivors and their children while focusing on each of the family member’s strengths.

This video highlights the collaborative process between community and research partners during the development of the family safety planning program and the study conducted in order to help improve the program. Community and research partners were dedicated to creating a space of mutual respect and understanding which allowed for open communication throughout the entire project, from the study design to analysis and dissemination. This video includes interviews with community and research partners as well as a mini-demonstration of a family safety planning session.

Turning Point, Inc. of Macomb County: http://www.turningpointmacomb.org/

Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence: http://vaw.msu.edu/

Tags: Family Safety Planning, Intimate Partner Violence, Domestic Violence, Community-University Partnership, Community Collaboration, Turning Point Macomb, Michigan State University

  • Test