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Refugees in Europe: How are community psychologists responding?

Refugees in Europe: How are community psychologists responding?

Webinar with Serdar M. Değirmencioğlu, October 27, 2020, 5 pm CET

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About the webinar

Mainstream psychology suffers from a number of biases (e.g., Eurocentrism, colonial approaches, individualistic assumptions, militarism) which make it difficult to relate to and work with the increasing number of refugees arriving in Europe. Moreover, the dominant service model in mainstream psychology focuses on preexisting expertise and competences. If the experts are lacking, then it is acceptable to say “Unable to offer services”.

Psychology students, for instance, are considered incapable of proper engagement and are, therefore, not asked to contribute. These biases need to be considered to grasp why mainstream approaches are not compatible with meeting the needs of the refugees. Community psychology appears to be uniquely well-situated to respond to refugees. An informal survey of community psychologists in 2019 indicated a willingness to work with refugees but a discussion of the existing barriers is needed.

About the presenter

Serdar M. Değirmencioğlu is a visiting Scholar at FernUniversität in Hagen, LG Community Psychology.


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How systems get unstuck from within: perceiving interdependency in community and nature.

How systems get unstuck from within: perceiving interdependency in community and nature.

Webinar with Nora Bateson, July 9, 2020.

About the presenter

Nora Bateson is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and educator, as well as President of the International Bateson Institute, based in Sweden. Her work asks the question “How we can improve our perception of the complexity we live within, so we may improve our interaction with the world?”. An international lecturer, researcher and writer, Nora wrote, directed and produced the award-winning documentary, An Ecology of Mind, a portrait of her father, Gregory Bateson. Her work brings the fields of biology, cognition, art, anthropology, psychology, and information technology together into a study of the patterns in ecology of living systems. Her book, Small Arcs of Larger Circles, released by Triarchy Press, UK, 2016 is a revolutionary personal approach to the study of systems and complexity.

As an educator she has developed curricula for schools in Northern California and produced and directed award winning multimedia projects on intercultural and ecological understanding. Her work, which has been presented at the world’s top universities, is described as “offering audiences a lens through which to see the world that effects not only the way we see, but also the way we think”. Nora’s work in facilitating cross-disciplinary discussions is part of her research into what she calls “the ecology of the conversation”. Her speaking engagements include keynote addresses and lectures at international conferences and universities on a wide range of topics that span the fields of anti-fascism, ecology, education, the arts, family therapy, leadership, and many more aspects of advocacy for living systems — she travels between conversations in different fields bringing multiple perspectives into view to reveal larger patterns.

Memberships and awards: Chairman International Bateson Institute, Associate of The Taos Institute, Board Member: Human Systems Journal of Systemic Practice, Tallberg Foundation, Fellow of Lindsifarne Foundation, Bateson Idea Group (BIG), Club of Rome, Great Transition Foundation, Human Potential Foundation, Awards: Sustainable Thompkins Ecology Award, Winner Spokane Film Festival, Winner Santa Cruz Film Festival, Media Ecology Award.

The source: https://batesoninstitute.org/nora-bateson/

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Community psychology and Covid-19: Towards an environmental justice?

Community psychology and Covid-19: Towards an environmental justice?

Webinar with Donata Francescato, June 11, 2020

About the webinar

Covid 19, health and climate change are not distant cousins! Let’s not get back to normal after coronavirus! The old normal has polluted our Earth, created vulnerabilities and oppressions, and now is the time to create new futures.

Community psychology and environmental justice

For many decades, community psychology has been fighting oppression, violence, poverty, inequalities, and discrimination while environmental problems have been neglected in our research and practice.

  • Will the coronavirus make community psychologists more interested in climate justice?
  • Should fighting environmental injustice be the top priority for community psychologists?
  • What attitudes do you think most community psychologists have toward climate change?  
  • What can community psychologists do as professionals and activists to increase environmental justice?  
  • Should community psychologists promote a planetary sense of community?
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Rethinking our approach

The burden of climate change is extremely high, and it is already negatively impacting the health and well-being of our communities.

  • What are the most urgent environmental problems?
  • Do you want to save the planet you live in?  
  • Is there a “real world” or is everything socially constructed? 
  • Can we reach sustainable development by 2030?
  • Would you invest in a green bond?
Picture by Pax Ahimsa Gethen

About the presenter

Donata Francescato: is an Italian former Professor of Community Psychology and currently scientific director of ASPIC, in Rome,  she co-founded the feminist magazine “Effe” in the 70s and created an online archive in 2015 (www.efferivistafemminista.it). She received an Award from the European Community Psychology Association in 2013 for advancing CP both in Italy and in Europe, and for developing specific intervention and research methods involving community profiles and organizational analysis. In 2019, she was selected for the Award for Special Contributions to Community Psychology from the Division 27 of the American Psychological Association, for her contributions to theory, research, methodologies and training and her dissemination to the general public through mass media intervention (www.donatafrancescato.it). She introduced the Participatory Multidimensional Organizational Analysis (PMOA) model, Socio-Political Empowerment Training Labs, and innovative online collaborative learning models for conducting integrative, interdisciplinary, and empowering community practice. Since 2019 she has been  an activist in the Parents group of the movement promoted by Greta Thurnberg, Fridays for the Future (FFF).

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