2015 Video Contest

The 2015 SCRA Video Contest is now complete. The videos are available here and on the SCRA YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/scra27org

Chicagoland Add Us In initiative's The Learning Garden


Location: This video takes place at the Youth Connection Charter School (YCCS) Urban Agriculture and Aquaponics Internship program that took place at their Community Christian Alternative (CCA) Academy campus.

Date: Summer 2012

Participants: Video takes place at the Youth Connection Charter School (YCCS) Urban Agriculture and Aquaponics Internship program that took place at their Community Christian Alternative (CCA) Academy campus.

Description: Intervention program to help minority high school students with disabilities acquire gainful employment through an internship program model. The program is through the Chicagoland Add Us In (AUI) Initiative at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). 





Tags: Coalitions and Partnership, interagency collaboration, intervention development, advocacy and empowerment, internship program, students with disabilities, Chicagoland Add Us In Initiative, the learning garden.

Mental Health Impacts of Climate Change: A case study of Toronto, Canada

CREATOR(S):  Brandon Hey, M.A.

Locations: MaRS Discovery District, Studio Y Fellowship. Toronto, Canada and Centre for Community Research, Learning and Action (CCRLA). Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada. 

Date: Video was published to Youtube July 30th, 2015. This research project was conducted between September 2014 and May 2015. All aspects of video creation, storyboarding, designing images, script and audio files were done between March and July 2015.

Participants: Content is based upon comprehensive literature review, as well as expert interviews (N=17). All interviews were semi-structured, including professionals from: Toronto Public Health, Canadian Red Cross, Ministry of Long-term Care (Ontario), Office of Emergency Management (Ontario), The Wellesley Institute, Dalla Lana School of Public Health (University of Toronto)

Description: This film explores the growing link between global environmental change, psychological and mental health challenges. In a true community psychology fashion, this film pays special attention to the connection between marginalized social status and increased vulnerability to environmental perturbations. Grounded in his research in the "think and do" tank, MaRS Discovery District-Brandon Hey also examines the current state of institutional framings and responses to emerging (climate-induced) psychosocial threats in the city of Toronto, Canada.

All research presented is grounded in an exhaustive literature review, as well as in-depth interviews with 17 practitioners throughout the city of Toronto. Organizations interviewed include:

  • Toronto Public Health
  • Office of Emergency Management
  • The Canadian Red Cross
  • The Wellesley Institute
  • Dalla Lana School of Public Health (University of Toronto)
  • Ministry of Health and Long-term Care (Ontario)

Tags: Coalitions and Partnership, interagency collaboration, intervention development, advocacy and empowerment, internship program, students with disabilities, Chicagoland Add Us In Initiative, the learning garden, Climate change adaptation, mental health impacts of climate change, social equity, human rights .

Membership and Social Integration: Our Voices

CREATOR(S):  Nicolina Bosco, Camillo Donati, Mattia Mazzarese, Patrizia Meringolo

Locations: Communities at University of Florence, Italy. 

Date: December 2014.

Participants: Students at the University of Florence, Italy.

Description: This video explores the Photovoice pictures and work of students at the University of Florence, Italy, in their communities.


Tags: Social integration, membership, youth,  sense of community.

What is Community Psychology?

CREATOR(S):  Caroline Nowell

Locations: The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Charlotte area community. 

Date: November 30, 2015.

Participants: Chelsi Kithcart, Katty Jurado, Lisa Christ, Carrie Nowell, Dr. Victoria Scott.

Description: This video, which explores the essence of community psychology, was created for an undergraduate “Intro to Community Psychology” course taught by Dr. Victoria Scott at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


Tags: Psychology, community psychology, empowerment, social justice, community participation, macrosystems, microsystems, localities, ecological levels of analysis, human diversity.

The Community Tool Box – Tools to Change our World

CREATOR(S):  Christina Holt

Locations: Examples and places of community efforts include water sanitation in a Kenyan resettlement village, growing rooftop community gardens in New York City, and empowerment of girls in India. 

Date: Created in 2014.

Participants: This motiongraphic video was created by students at the University of Kansas, with support from the Community Tool Box Team (Bill Berkowitz, Stephen Fawcett, Vincent Francisco, Christina Holt, Jerry Schultz, Tom Wolff). But the main “participant” in the video is those seeking to take action on community-determined issues and goals.

Description: This video communicates that problems in our communities and in our world can seem overwhelming. However, change is possible. The Community Tool Box is a global online resource that supports people with free tools and resources for their community change efforts. This video seeks to share an empowering message to help people continue – or start – their community change efforts, wherever they may be.


Tags: Change Tools, Community Change, Building Coalitions and Partnerships, Community Needs Assessments, Analyzing Problems and Goal Setting, Developing Change Models, Strategic and Action Planning, Building Leadership, Intervention development, Participation and Membership, Cultural Competence, Advocacy for Change, Influencing Policy, Evaluation, Social Marketing, Grantwriting, Capacity-Building Resources.

Finding a “Sense of Community” for Waughtown

CREATOR(S):  Dawn X. Henderson, Ph.D.

Locations: Waughtown, Winston-Salem, NC, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC. 

Date: April 2015.

Participants: Waughtown residents, undergraduate students from Winston-Salem State University, local leaders, and community organizers.

Description: This video is a combined piece of videos from a group of undergraduate students in the PSY 3321: Introduction to Community Psychology course at Winston-Salem State University. The course project, “Sense of Community,” required to students to enter the Waughtown residential area, interview residents, leaders, etc. and identify the four elements of SOC and a projected vision for the region. This project was shared to community residents at a residential forum to engage residents in forming action teams to develop an implementation plan to address issues within their neighborhood.

Piedmont Triad Regional Council, Waughtown Revitalization Project:

S. G. Atkins Community Development Center:

Tags: Sense of Community, Waughtown, Introduction to Community Psychology, Community Psychology, Winston-Salem.

Involving Students in Social Action Research

CREATOR(S):  Cris Sullivan

Location(s): Michigan State University, and community partners (DASH) in Washington, D.C. 

Date: July 6, 2015.

Participants: Cris Sullivan, Heather Bomsta, LaToya Young (DASH), Suzanne Marcus (DASH), Megan Drake (MSU student), Beth Ann Hamilton (MSU student), Emily Cozort (MSU student), Kelsi Smith (MSU student).

Description: Michigan State University’s partnership with a Washington D.C.-based domestic violence and safe housing program (DASH - District Alliance for Safe Housing) to evaluate a pilot program call the Survivor Resilience Fund (SRF). The SRF provides emergency financial assistance to help survivors address needs which might threaten their permanent housing, help them achieve safety, and gain the support they need to move forward with their lives. The SRF can cover a number of expenses including home security measures, moving costs, legal fees and repairs to damaged property. Providing survivors with financial support such as this can mean the difference between housing stability and life on the streets.

The video examines the evaluation of the SRF and looks at the role that MSU undergraduates were able to play in the research and what that came to mean to them and their future trajectories.


MSU Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence

Tags: Social Action Research, Involving Students in Research, Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence, Dash, Domestic Violence, Preventing Homelessness.

The Swampscott Conference in Context: Video Recollections

CREATOR(S):  James H. Dalton, Jr.

Location(s): Interviews were conducted in Chicago, Illinois, USA and London, United Kingdom.

Date: June 25, 2015.

Participants: Producer of original interview videos: James Kelly. Editors of this video: James Dalton, Maurice Elias. Psychologists interviewed in this video: George Albee, Marie Jahoda, James Kelly, Ira Iscoe, Seymour Sarason, Emory Cowen, Don Klein, John Glidewell, G.W. Fairweather, Don Klein, Gershen Rosenblum, J.R. Newbrough.

Description: This video concerns the 1965 Swampscott and 1975 Austin conferences that marked the emergence of the field of community psychology in the U.S. It contains video clips from interviews with 11 early community psychologists and others, describing the development of the field in the US. The video also contains excerpts from a keynote address at the Swampscott conference, and material on the sociopolitical context of US society in the early 1960s. The video content includes interviews with early community psychologists, most videotaped during graduate seminars led by Jim Kelly at the University of Illinois, Chicago. There is an additional interview of Marie Jahoda in London. Additional slides were developed by video editors Jim Dalton and Mo Elia. This video also contains excerpts from Robert Reiff’s keynote address at the Swampscott conference.

The video was presented at the 2015 SCRA Biennial, at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, as part of the Opening Plenary: Reflections on the Swampscott Conference (Meg Bond and John Moritsugu, Chairs).

The full original interviews with early U.S. community psychologists and other scholars whose work influenced the emergence of the field are available on the Vimeo.com channel for GJCPP, the Global Channel for Community Psychology Practice. Also available on this Vimeo.com channel are two overview videos with excerpts from these interviews:  Examplars of Community Psychology, produced by James Kelly.


Tags: Swampscott Conference, Community Psychology, History of Community Psychology, Early Community Psychologists, Exemplars of Community Psychology.