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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.

Chapter 2: Guiding Principles and Competencies for Community Psychology Practice

Guiding Principles and Competencies for Community Psychology Practice
Guiding principles and competencies for community psychology practice
Maurice J. EliasWilliam D. NeigherSharon Johnson-Hakim

Is there a paying customer out there for those who practice community psychology? Not unique to other specialties within psychology, this fundamental question informs the process of defining the professional field of community psychology practice.

Our intention in this chapter is to take a long-distance look at the direction we believe the profession of community psychology practice should take for its sustained viability and relevance. We will first revisit earlier considerations about the marketability of psychology in general, as well as look at continuing discussions within the field about how to define a community psychology “practitioner.” Next, we will summarize the important efforts taken to ...

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