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 1: The History of Community Psychology Practice in the United States
The History of Community Psychology Practice in the United States
Community psychology practice encompasses all of the activities that bring the field's vision for a better world to life. Thus, we start this history of community psychology practice with a definition and vision of the field:
The sub discipline of psychology that is concerned with understanding people in context of their communities, the prevention of the problems of living, the celebration of human diversity and the pursuit of social justice through social action. (Nelson & Prilleltensky, 2010, p. 23)
The vision for the field of community psychology as adopted by the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA), the American professional association, is “to ...