Reflections and Challenges: Community Psychology in the European Context
Wednesday 18th October to Friday 20th October 2017 at CastleGate, Newcastle
The European Community Psychology Association (ECPA) brings together researchers, academics, community activists, as well as national and international networks and associations involved in community psychology. ECPA’s interests are deeply concerned with social change in our globalized world proposing a multi-level approach to social and psychological knowledge and interventions, focusing on the interactions among people in context.
European Community Psychologists have made significant contributions to the development of Community Psychology (CP) with stronger theoretical underpinning; have developed innovative theory driven intervention strategies to promote multilevel empowerment; and achieved a high level of networking creating in 1996 the ENCP and then the European Community Psychology Association. The ECPA recently became a member of the EFPA (European Federation of Psychologists’ Association) to strengthen our relationship with other European Associations.
The overall theme is Reflections and Challenges: Community Psychology in the European Context, and within this, there are four themes:
1) Community Psychology interventions in Europe – celebrate the diversity and reflect on interventions
2) What contribution does European Community Psychology make to issues like – inequality, migration, violence and censure?
3) Protection of the ‘most vulnerable’ – children, young people growing up in ‘austerity’ older people, migrants, etc.
4) Poverty & Inequality – Feminist responses to ‘austerity’ and neo-liberalism, critiques and interventions
15-16 September 2017, Arnolfini, Bristol
The festival is a celebration of the work of psychologists as well as community organisations, which will showcase initiatives that support well-being and promote social justice and community cohesion. Some of the key features that will mark this creative event include workshops, participatory action research, films, debate, drama and music, as well as ‘The Ideas Wall’.
After London and Manchester, the Festival will be coming to Bristol on September 15 and 16 2017 at the prestigious Arnolfini Centre for Contemporary Arts. The theme of the festival is ‘Falling apart, pulling together: Collaboration in times of division’.
Festival contributions will be loosely organized around four streams:
– Housing, mental health and well being
– Supporting those who work in communities
– What’s art got to do with it?
– What does it mean to be critical?