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As Community Psychologists, we all at some time act in a consulting capacity. This might include delivering the results of an evaluation, facilitating the development of a coalition, or service obligations as part of a university faculty role. This session will provide tips for successful consulting in any role, as well as tips for those who want to pursue a full-time consulting practice. It will include discussion of skills and strategies that have worked well to enhance this presenter’s private practice as well as her performance in roles when she worked for health care, government, education, and other organizations.
In this conversation we are highlighting community psychology practitioner Ramy Barhouche’s work on peace-building and conflict transformation in Lebanon. For the last 8 years, Ramy has worked with several local and international non-profit organizations focused on community empowerment and peace-building through strategic planning and action. Most recently, Ramy began his work in Lebanon as Project Director at Search for Common Ground, an international organization that focuses on peace-building by bringing different groups of people in conflict to work towards a unified solution. To meet this goal, Ramy’s project focuses on three things: conflict and power dynamics analysis, strategic communication, and community-led initiatives and dialogue. Through the conflict and power dynamics analysis, the project aims to better understand the situation and tension between communities in Lebanon, and see where it's most likely to make a change. Through the strategic communication initiatives, the focus is on utilizing different forms of media (e.g., film, radio programs, music videos) to spread awareness of issues and elicit discussions about overcoming differences. Lastly, through community-led initiatives and dialogue, the project identifies community influencers, referred to as champions, and trains them in conflict resolution and dialogue facilitation, and funds them to implement initiatives in their communities.
Robinson is a Senior Advisor, Consultant, and President of Stillwaters Consultation. She has worked for decades designing, implementing, and evaluating systems and policies that enhance outcomes for historically marginalized communities. Robinson has consulted with numerous foundations, federal, state, and local governments, and nonprofit organizations. Her work consistently engages Christine community voice, systems, and policies, and builds upon individual, organizational, and systemic assets. During this call, Robinson will discuss her most recent project, focusing on postsecondary persistence and completion by men and boys of color. Through a community psychology lens, Robinson will outline a national demonstration project which examines how municipalities, nonprofits, and postsecondary education stakeholders in five metropolitan areas, Detroit, Newark, Los Angeles, and Oakland, have worked in distinctive ways and with unique populations of male students of color.
Download the Lumina reports from the demonstration project below
with National Louis University Community Psychology PhD Program Co-faculty Tiffeny R. Jimenez & Bradley D. Olson, and former student Ericka Mingo
This session will set out challenges and look for input on a unique Community Psychology PhD program that emphasizes a research-based educational experience with students who come into the program and will leave as practitioners. As co-faculty colleagues of this program, we will discuss our challenges as we grapple with the practice-research divide when it comes to the classroom and a pedagogy intended to be useful outside the classroom. We seek guidance on how to work to resolve these stated challenges, particularly in ways that can bring new, practical, and liberating knowledge exchange to the forefront, challenging our existing assumptions about the usefulness of the doctorate degree with the hope of advancing community practice pedagogy across the field.
Melodi Wynne (sqelixw, Spokane Tribe of Indians (STOI)) is a community psychologist working with the Spokane Tribal Network (a nonprofit on the STOI reservation). Melodi also works on various other projects in Spokane country where she tries to answer every invitation with action. Wynne earned a BA in psychology at Eastern Washington University, and an MA and Ph.D. in community and cultural psychology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM). She also holds a graduate certificate in conflict resolution from UHM. Melodi will talk about her journey to where she is, working within her own community, and the unique characteristics of that experience.
This discussion will be kicked off by a special issue of the Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice - so we'd like your thoughts on the definition of Community Psychology Practice
The original definition of community psychology practice was efforts “to strengthen the capacity of communities to meet the needs of constituents and help them to realize their dreams in order to promote well-being, social justice, economic equity and self-determination through systems, organizational and/or individual change” (Julian, 2006)
In the intervening years much has emerged that requires the field to revisit this definition. This includes:
Nuria Ciofalo, a community psychologist who has been devoted to co-constructing Indigenous Psychologies in collaboration with various communities from Mexico, will present her collaborative community project in the Mayan Lacandon Rainforest in the state of Chiapas that resulted in a book entitled, “Indigenous Psychologies in an Era of Decolonization” published by Springer Nature. Mayan Lacandon youths and adults co-authored this book sharing their knowledge on environmental management, ecotourism, education, mythologies, legends, poems, and photography. Nuria is Professor in the Community, Liberation, Indigenous, and Eco-Psychologies Specialization at Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Kien Lee is Principal Associate and Vice President at Community Science. She has expertise in designing and implementing capacity building and evaluation strategies that support progress toward equity. She has consulted with foundations, federal and local governments, and nonprofit organizations. She believes that doing this important work as a research, evaluator, and strategic advisor requires a deep analysis of structural racism, systems, and community, as well as the commitment to go beyond the call of duty.
During this call, Kien will:
Kien will also pose these questions to the group:
Our first conversation was on Friday September 28 with Chris Sadeler, this year’s winner of the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Practice in Community Psychology.
Chris’ work in crime prevention from a community psychology perspective is innovative, successful, and it’s being replicated across Canada.