2013 Video Contest

The following videos were submitted to the 2013 SCRA video contest and show community psychology in action all around the world.

Many of the videos featured here were submitted to the annual SCRA video contest. Videos can be submitted to the 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 on the left below. The contest deadline is December 1, 2014. There are cash prizes for the winners!

For more information download the documents below. If you have questions please email scravideos@scra27.org

Making It Sane: The Story of a Nonprofit Operated by People with Mental Health Problems

Creator: Louis Brown

Location: Wellington, Kansas, USA

Date: 2005

Participants: Members of the P.S. Club, including Bill Fleming, Bruce Palmer, Kenny Anderson, and Terry Bean.

This documentary chronicles the lives of four people with mental health problems, their recovery journeys, and their collaborative operation of a nonprofit called the P.S. Club. Short for P.S. I love you, the P.S. Club provides a supportive atmosphere where people with mental help problems can socialize, make lasting friendships, and work towards improving the lives of all people with mental health problems. In addition to organizing recreational activities, the club makes presentations in the community about mental health problems and works to reform mental health policy.  Providing a backdrop for their current work is an exploration of the experiences these four people have had with schizophrenia, major depression, social isolation, psychiatric medications, and hospitalization.  The documentary provides insight into both the challenges people with mental health problems face and their ability to collectively overcome these challenges.



Tags: Making It Sane, Consumer-Run Organizations, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Recovery, Self-Help, Mutual Help, Mutual Support, Empowerment

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Planting Healthy Roots: A Look at the Right Choice Fresh Start Farmers’ Market

Creators: Darcy Freedman, Heather Brandt, Laura Kissel, Trey Murphy, & Timothy Jacobs

Location: Filming was completed in Orangeburg, a rural, majority minority county in South Carolina. Filming was conducted at the farmers’ market, which is located at Family Health Centers, Inc., as well as at the farms of participating market vendors.

Date: The film was released in October 2011. We conducted two different dissemination and evaluation activities related to the film. First, from October 2011 to January 2012, we conducted three public screenings of the film in the local community. Pre- and post-film surveys were completed by attendees to assess their perspectives on the quality and content of the film and the influence of the film on igniting personal and collective action. Second, from December 2011 to March 2012, we made the film available for free through advertisements on a variety of public health, community psychology, social work, food security, and community-based participatory research listservs. This resulted in over 400 requests for the documentary from people throughout the United States and several other countries. We conducted an evaluation of the wide-scale dissemination process to understand the types of people interested in the film, their views on the quality and content of the film, and to gain feedback about how they planned to use the film. Currently, the film is available for public consumption through YouTube.

Participants: Participants include leaders and organizers of the federally qualified health center-based farmers’ markets, participating farmers, and consumers.

The film includes live footage with a variety of actors involved with forming the federally qualified health center-based farmers’ market (e.g., farmers, health center staff, customers, and academic researchers). The film was produced using the coalition model of filmmaking in which filmmakers and stakeholders work together through each stage of a documentary’s evolution, starting with conceptualization and concluding with evaluation.

This project is a partnership among the following partners:

University of South Carolina Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network


 University of South Carolina College of Social Work


 University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health


University of South Carolina, Film and Media Studies Program


Family Health Centers, Inc.


Tags: Intervention Development, Participation and Membership, Food Security, Obesity Prevention

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Demand a Respectful Campaign

Creator: Soélix M. Rodríguez-Medina [in representation of the the PR Psychology Association (PRPA) Respectful Campaign Committee] 

Location: University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus 

Date: Script: January 2012

Video creation: February 2012

Publication (only in Spanish): March 2012 

Participants: Actors, actresses and community people. 

An ad for a respectful campaign: Actor, actresses and community members mention several of Puerto Rico’s social problems and the need for the electoral campaign and candidates to focus on ideas to deal with these problems. We exhort the citizenry to demands a positive and respectful campaign and seek information of the different candidates. 

This video is part of an initiative of the Puerto Rico Psychology Association to impact the electoral process during the election campaign of 2012. We carried out several activities to educate people in the community, politicians and the media. Our committee consisted of seven psychologists and one graduate student and had very little resources. However, thanks to the skills, commitment and teamwork we achieved impact. We hosted a press conference, emitted various press releases and participated in various radio and television programs. In some of the TV programs the video was shown. We also attended assemblies of various organizations to present the video. In addition, several newspapers published articles about our initiative. We were able to meet with most of the gubernatorial candidates or with their aides to present 10 ethical principles for a respectful and positive campaign which all but one endorsed. We requested that they put the video in their web pages to which they agreed. This effort was endorsed by more than 20 non profits, professional and private institutions. We also used the 10 principles to evaluate the gubernatorial candidates’ participation in televised debates. The video was evaluated in a short questionnaire by 99 people. Of the respondents 89.9% (n=89) said they had liked it and 84.8% (n=84) thought it would influence voters’ behavior. We definitely contributed to a break with the traditional way electoral campaigns occur in Puerto Rico. 




Tags: Respectful Campaign, Influencing Electoral Campaigns, Education for Peace in Electoral Campaigns

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Live Oak Stories: The Making of a Mural

Creators: Regina Langhout, for the Change 4 Good after-school program at Live Oak Elementary School and the Community Psychology Research & Action Team at UC Santa Cruz

Location: Live Oak Elementary School, Santa Cruz, CA

Date: Mural research and preparation (6/2010-6/2012); Mural painting: Summer, 2012
Participants: Students in the Change 4 Good after-school yPAR program

Elementary school students document their mural making process, as part of a yPAR project.





Psychology for a Better World

Creators: Charlotte Blythe, Graeme Bibby, Lucy Yu, Niki Harre

Location: Talk filmed at a university

Date: August 2011

Participants: Talk by Niki Harre – includes animations

Using psychology to inspire positive social change


Tags: Psychology, Sustainability, Environmental Psychology, Social Change, Advocacy, Positive Emotions, Positive Psychology, Community Psychology, Imitation, Modeling, Morality, e-Book, Identity, Social Marketing

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Working Together: Collaboration of Eight Community-Based Arts-Informed Research Projects on Homelessness

Creators: Izumi Sakamoto, Matthew Chin

Editing: Matthew Chin

Interviewer: MJ Rwigema, Matthew Chin

Technical Assistance: Jim Moore

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date: October 2008 (Event); Fall 2008 (Interviews); February 2009 (Video creation)


Izumi Sakamoto (Principal Investigator), Associate Professor, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto
Cyndy Baskin, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Ryerson University
Aisha Chapra, Research Co-Coordinator, Collaborative Arts Research Project,Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto
Matthew Chin, Research Co-Coordinator, Collaborative Arts Research Project,Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto
Nancy Viva Davis Halifax, Assistant Professor, Critical Disability Studies, York University
Tekla Hendrickson, former Provincial Director, Ontario Women’s Health Network
Erika Khandor, Research and Evaluation Coordinator, Street Health
Julie Maher, Provincial Director, Ontario Women’s Health Network
Kate Mason, Street Health Survey Coordinator, Street Health
Jim Meeks, Peer Researcher, The Street Health Report 2007, a day in the life and asleep in Toronto
Nadya Melanson, Peer Researcher, Exploring Food Security with Young Aboriginal Moms
Catherine Moravac, Clinical Research Coordinator, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, St. Michael’s Hospital
Brandi Nashkewa, Peer Researcher, Coming Together and The Street Health Report 2007
Grace Piekielko, Coordinator, Grant and Office Administration, Wellesley Institute
Josie Ricciardi, Coordinator of Community Health Workers, Regent Park Community Health Centre
Brenda Roche, Director of Community-Based Research, Wellesley Institute
Sheila Samuels, Peer Researcher, Coming Together
Natalie Wood, Independent Visual Artist & CED Coordinator at Inspirations Studio, Sistering - A Woman’s Place
Billie Allan, Research Assistant, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

Collaboration of diverse stakeholders working toward social change; collaboration of eight community-based, arts-informed research projects on homelessness

Project website:


Partner Organization Websites:

University of Toronto Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work -http://www.socialwork.utoronto.ca/home.htm

Regent Park Community Health Centre -  http://www.regentparkchc.org/

Street Health - http://www.streethealth.ca/home.htm

Ontario Women’s Health Network - http://www.owhn.on.ca/

St. Michael’s Hospital - http://www.stmichaelshospital.com/

Wellesley Institute - http://wellesleyinstitute.com/

Ryerson University School of Social Work - http://www.ryerson.ca/socialwork/

York University Critical Disability Studies - http://www.yorku.ca/web/index.htm

Sistering: A Woman’s Place - http://www.sistering.org/

 Research project websites:


Tags: Coalitions and Partnerships, Influencing Policy, Community-based Research, Arts-based Research, Knowledge Mobilization, Peer Research, Capacity Building, Conflict Resolution, Addressing Diversity

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Promoting Social Change through Research: The DePaul-Oxford House Collaboration

Creators: Leonard Jason, Sarah Callahan, Madison Sunnquist

Location: DePaul University and the Oxford House Organization

Date: Video Created January-February 2013 

Participants: DePaul University Center for Community Research Team and the Oxford House Organization

The Oxford House Organization, Recovery from alcohol/substance use disorders



Tags: Oxford House, DePaul Center for Community Research, Substance Use Recovery, Recovery Homes, Second-Order Change, Evaluation

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Mobile Voice Project

Mobile Voice Project from Amanda Matson on Vimeo.

Creators: Amanda Matson, Sally Highsmith, Mary Churchill

Location: Photographs are taken throughout the greater Raleigh, North Carolina area by participants of the Mobile Voice Project who are clients of the Women’s Center of Wake County, a day shelter for women experiencing homelessness.  Group discussions take place at the Women’s Center.

Date: Content was generated in December of 2012, and the video was compiled in January-February of 2013. 

Participants: (1) a NCSU graduate student Project Coordinator, (2) a team of NCSU undergraduate research assistants, (3) clients of the Women’s Center of Wake County, and (4) staff of the Women’s Center of Wake County. 

The video provides an overview of the Mobile Voice Project (MVP) and the problem of transportation inequality that MVP seeks to affect.  MVP involves the implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of an intervention to empower women experiencing homelessness and increase the ease and efficiency of their day-to-day travel.  MVP seeks to affect these outcomes via participatory photo-documentation and small group discussions of day-to-day travel experiences followed by change strategies implemented at the individual, service provider, and local community levels.

MVP Blog:  http://mobilevoiceproject.blogspot.com/

MVP Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/MobileVoiceProject

Women’s Center of Wake County:  www.wcwc.org

Tags: Transportation Equity, Homelessness, Women/Gender, Intervention Development, Advocacy or Change, Influencing Policy, Evaluation, Community Awareness, Photovoice, Participatory Action Research

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Creators: Matthew Salanoa is the student filmmaker.  The filmmaker is a recent graduate of O’Connell High School now attending film school.  This application is being submitted with the approval of Matthew Salanoa by Emily Ozer of UC-Berkeley, who is a SCRA member and was the academic partner on the project. 

Location: John O’Connell High School, San Francisco

Date: Project in 2009-2011 (video editing completed in 2012)

Participants: Students at O’Connell High School, Gary Cruz (teacher), San Francisco Peer Resources, Emily Ozer of UC-Berkeley and research team, Greg Peters of SFCess

This video tells the story of urban youth engaging in participatory action research, in partnership with their teachers, to improve teaching and learning at a low-achieving public high school in San Francisco.  It provides a powerful and innovative model for other schools and communities for engaging in joint student-teacher inquiry to strengthen learning and educational outcomes.  It provides a meaningful example of community psychology’s focus on strengthening of existing resources: here, immigrant students who are often considered a “problem” to be solved in terms of educational outcomes are trained to serve as expert consultants to their teachers so that they can work together to improve learning. 

SF Peer Resources non-profit


Emily Ozer, academic partner/evaluator/trainer on research methods


San Francisco Coalition of Essential Small Schools – Gregory Peters, consultant/trainer on culturally responsive teaching and teacher best practices observations


John O’Connell HS (site)


William T. Grant Foundation (funder to the project in form of Scholars’ Award to Emily Ozer)


Tags: Youth Research, Youth-led Research, Uouth-led Evaluation, Participatory Action Research, School Improvement, Culturally-responsive Teaching, Teacher-student Partnerships, Teachers’ Best Practices, Reducing Achievement Gap, School Reform

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Sort It Out

Creator: Charlotte Blythe, Graeme Bibby

Date: The film was shot in October 2009. Its debut screening was in a community evening in December 2009 which showcased all our work from the year on waste management. In March 2010 it was shown in several school assemblies at the time the waste stations were launched, accompanied by waste sorting trivia and games.

Participants: Over 25 Western Springs College students were involved in singing, dancing, acting and costume design. The deputy principal provided voice-over for part of the song. The film crew were students from the University of Auckland (including the applicants). Several other students helped with dance choreography, costume design, on-set photography and documentary footage, makeup and prosthetics.

Sort It Out was made to inform the Western Springs College community about the launch of a new waste management system in the school grounds. It was created in the context of a sustainability-themed action research project involving a research team from the School of Psychology at The University of Auckland and staff and students from Western Springs College.


Tags: University-community Collaborations, Environment, Sustainability, Sustainable Schools, Youth Leadership, Digital Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Cultural Change, Systems Change, Intervention Development, Participatory Action Research

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What Housing Means to Me: The Voices of People Living with Mental Illness

What housing means to me: The voices of people living with mental illness from CAMH Education Network on Vimeo.

Creators: Reena Sirohi, Susan Eckerle Curwood, Nick Kerman

Location: Filmed in Toronto at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Date: Filming occurred in 2011, and video completed November 2012

Participants: People living with mental illness who have experienced homelessness

Housing with Supports for People with Mental Illness

This video was filmed as a part of the knowledge exchange activities for the Turning the Key study:


More information on the team that created the video:


Full interviews used to create this summary video are here:


Tags: Mental Illness, Mental Health, Housing, Homelessness, Supportive Housing, Supported Housing, Housing First, Housing with Supports, Mental Health Housing, Peer Support, Recovery, Mental Health Recovery, Voices of Lived Experience

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Western Springs College Sustainability Showreel 2009

Creators: Charlotte Blythe, Graeme Bibby

Location: Western Springs College, Auckland, New Zealand

Date: The video was created in September 2009 from footage taken at various events earlier in the year. It was first screened on September 23 as part of an “Eco Day” expo.

Participants: Students and staff from Western Springs College and The University of Auckland

This video was made in the context of a sustainability-themed action research project involving a research team from the School of Psychology at The University of Auckland and a local high school called Western Springs College (WSC). It was made to showcase some initiatives that were part of a wider campaign to improve the school’s waste management systems.

The showreel begins with a snippet from Gumby the Fairy and his Merry Band of Eco Pixies in The Quest for Sustainability (another video we are submitting to this contest). It then shows footage from:

  • A waste audit that was attended by 18 WSC students and our research team.
  • A painting bee in which 37 WSC students and staff came into school on a Sunday to paint murals on 12 new waste stations (bins with different compartments for recycling, landfill and compostable waste).
  • Two workshops facilitated by our research team and attended by 31 WSC students. These included viewing and discussing video clips about recycling and environmental protection, learning about the psychology of littering, and taking creative photos of waste for a competition. Students also planned out locations for the new waste stations, and presented their recommendations to the workshop.

This link shows a page on the school’s website dedicated to their waste systems: http://www.westernsprings.school.nz/Notices/WasteManagement/WSC_Waste_Management.html These were installed in 2012 as a result of the work we did in 2009-2010 towards waste management. 

Tags: University-community Collaborations, Environment, Sustainability, Sustainable Schools, Youth Participation, Digital Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Cultural Change, Systems Change, Intervention Development, Participatory Action Research

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Gumby the Fairy and his Merry Band of Eco Pixies in The Quest for Sustainability

Creators: Charlotte Blythe, Graeme Bibby

Location: Western Springs College, Auckland, New Zealand

Date: The film was shot on June 7 2009, and was screened in a WSC full school assembly on June 23 before the waste management campaign was launched. 

Participants: The core cast members were two student environmental leaders and a teacher from WSC, and the film was narrated by the school’s deputy principal. The film crew was made up of students from the University of Auckland (including the applicants).

Gumby the Fairy and his Merry Band of Eco-Pixies, who live in Western Springs park, become very distressed when rubbish floats their way from Western Springs College. They enthusiastically tackle the problem by doing a waste audit and building waste stations. Then make a documentary to spread the word! But fairy power is not all it's cracked up to be. They need some serious help.

Gumby is a recruitment video we made to encourage Western Springs College (WSC) students in Auckland, New Zealand, to participate in a campaign to improve their school’s waste management systems.  It was created in the context of a sustainability-themed action research project involving a research team from the School of Psychology at The University of Auckland and staff and students from WSC.

Tags: Cultural Change, Systems Change, Youth Participation, Digital Citizenship, Strengths-based, Arts, Painting, e-PAR, Trash

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