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Community Psychology

Community Psychology
Foundations for Practice

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December 2014 | 520 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Drawing upon the wisdom of experts in the field, this reader-friendly volume explores both foundational competencies and the technical how-to skills needed for engaging in community psychology practice. Each chapter explores a core competency and its application in preventing or amending community problems and issues. With case examples throughout, this text offers a practical introduction to community outreach and intervention in community psychology.

James G. Kelly
Susan M. Wolfe and Victoria C. Scott
Tom Wolff, Carolyn Swift, and Sharon Johnson-Hakim
Chapter 1: The History of Community Psychology Practice in the United States
Maurice J. Elias, William D. Neigher, and Sharon Johnson-Hakim
Chapter 2: Guiding Principles and Competencies for Community Psychology Practice
Stephen P. Stelzner and Richard M. Wielkiewicz
Chapter 3: Understanding Ecological Systems
Kien S. Lee
Chapter 4: Effecting Social Change in Diverse Contexts: The Role of Cross-Cultural Competency
Michael Morris
Chapter 5: Professional Judgment and Ethics
Jomella Watson-Thompson, Vicki Collie-Akers, Nikki Keene Woods, Kaston D. Anderson-Carpenter, Marvia D. Jones, and Erica L. Taylor
Chapter 6: Participatory Approaches for Conducting Community Needs and Resources Assessments
Scotney Evans, Catherine Raymond, and Douglas D. Perkins
Chapter 7: Organizational and Community Capacity Building
Paul W. Speer and Brian D. Christens
Chapter 8: Community Organizing
Judah J. Viola, Bradley D. Olson, Suzette Fromm Reed, Tiffeny R. Jimenez and Christina M. Smith
Chapter 9: Building and Strengthening Collaborative Community Partnerships
Leonard A. Jason, Christopher R. Beasley and Bronwyn A. Hunter
Chapter 10: Advocacy and Social Justice
Richard A. Jenkins
Chapter 11: Planning, Implementing, and Developing Evidence-Based Interventions in the Context of Federally Funded Programs
David M. Fetterman
Chapter 12: Empowerment Evaluation and Community Psychology: An Alignment of Values and Principles Designed to Improve the Human Condition
Susan M. Wolfe, Louis G. Tornatzky, and Benjamin C. Graham
Chapter 13: Dissemination and Sustainability: Changing the World and Making It Stick
Susan D. McMahon, Tiffeny R. Jimenez, Meg A. Bond, Susan M. Wolfe, and Allen W. Ratcliffe
Chapter 14: Community Psychology Education and Practice Careers in the 21st Century
Bill Berkowitz and Victoria C. Scott
Chapter 15: A Vision for Community Psychology Practice

The book provides a comprehensive overview of community psychology. It addresses the core principles, ethical guidelines and practical aspects of community psychology. It also addresses contextual issues encountered in in the field them applying community psychology in practice. The book is easy to navigate and apply.

Ms Cindy Melanie Swartbooi
Psychology, Cornerstone Institute
February 17, 2016

This book provides some useful insights into community psychological theory and practice.

Dr Michael Richards
Applied Health and Social Care , Edge Hill University
May 8, 2016
Key features



  • For the first time, key information on core competencies for community practice is presented in a single edited volume, eliminating the need for faculty or practitioners to cobble together a list of readings.
  • The core competencies presented include both foundational competencies (cross-cultural competence, reflective practice, and ecological systems perspective), as well as more technical how-to skills (needs and resource assessment, community organization, building collaborations, and more).
  • Coverage of each competency includes a conceptual definition, a discussion of opportunities and means for developing the competency, and applications of the competency.
  • Case examples throughout the book help readers understand how the core competencies are applied in real-world practice.
  • In every chapter, practice examples and resources help readers develop skills in each competency.
  • Chapters are organized by competency, allowing maximum flexibility of use.

Sample Materials & Chapters

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