Members of ECPA received funds for RURAL 3.0: Service Learning for Rural Development

Cinzia Albanesi, and Elvira Cicognani, Alma Mater Studiorum (Italy), and Wolfgang Stark, Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (Germany) are involved in a Erasmus+ project that is aimed at establishing partnerships (knowledge alliances) between different European Higher Education Institutions and rural partners, with the aim to develop resources to implement Service Learning and support the development of  social entrepreneurship in the rural communities.

The KoM of the project took place in Zagreb last March. Nives Mikelic Preradovic University of Zagreb, was a nice host, and welcomed the consortium and its coordinator Anabela Correia – Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, who finally had the chance to meet in person and start planning in detail the activities of the consortium which involves eight Higher Education Institutions (Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo (ESE) (Portugal); University College of Teacher Education Vienna (Austria); FFZG) (Croatia); Rotterdam School of Management – Erasmus University (The Netherlands); Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (Germany); Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain); Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania); University of Bologna (Italy) and eight rural partners (AJDeão (Portugal); LAG*5 (Croatia); LAG Ammersee (Germany); Kaunas district LAG (Lithuania); Galsinma (Spain); Stichting Schutsluis Alblasserdam (The Netherlands); Plenum (Austria); LAG L’Altra Romagna (Italy).

The next meeting of the consortium will be in Wien, September 9-10. If you want to know more on the project have a look at the project website or our Facebook and Instagram pages: Rural 3.0

HOME_EU – Homelessness as unfairness

The global aim of HOME_EU is to provide a comprehensive understanding on how the Europeans stakeholders perceive, tolerate and confront the inequality.

We aim to understand how persistent Homelessness disrupts individuals, basic liberties and equality aspirations, and to find the best solution to tackle this phenomenon.

The Capabilities Approach provides a framework that will be used to generate data and practical guidelines to promote social justice with a focus on service effectiveness and policy guidance for innovation.

The project will examine how the experiences of homeless services users (both current and past; both Housing First and other services) are shaped by the homelessness-related values, beliefs, priorities, and practices service providers that support them, by national public policies that direct services, and by the citizens who shape public policy.

To achieve this aim, HOME_EU will compile data from diversified sources: citizens, service users and providers and policy actors to understand how this phenomenon is accepted or not across partner member states, and to highlight effective solutions.

Maria Vargas-Moniz and José Ornelas of ISPA – Instituto Universitário, are involved in the HOME_EU project.

5th Conference in Community Psychology in Slovakia

The goal of the conference and workshop is to provide time and space for both researchers and practitioners from various areas of community psychology in Europe so they can meet, present their work and research, inspire each other, and enjoy socializing together.

Organisation

Institute of Applied Psychology at Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, European Community Psychology Association (ECPA), and The Society for Community and Action Research (SCRA) Division 27 Americal Psychological Association.

Program

Conference: December 3 – 4, 2018 (9.00 – 16.00)

ECPA general assembly: December 3, 2018 (16.00 – 17.30)

Workshop on Community Service Design: December 4, 2018 (14.00 – 18.00) and 5, 2018 (9.00 – 13.00) by Prof. Alessandra Talamo from University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy

The Service Design Thinking workshop will provide a practical experience of some of the most popular techniques for the design of innovative services in real contexts. These participatory techniques are aimed at creating new services connecting the needs and wants of stakeholders with objectives and potential boundaries from service providers.

Conference language: English

Conference fee: No fee (free access)

Workshop language: English

Workshop fee: 50 €

Deadline for active participation in the conference

Please send an email to CommunityPsychologySlovakia@gmail.com with the following information:

  • Name and surname of the presenters
  • Workplace address
  • Title of the presentation
  • Research based abstract (max 250 words) until September 16, 2018.

The proceedings from the conference will be published in electronic form with ISBN. The deadline for the submission of the conference papers is November 1, 2018 ( CommunityPsychologySlovakia@gmail.com ) in order to be reviewed and published prior the conference.

To participate in the workshop: Please send an email until November 15, 2018 to caterina.arcidiacono@unina.it

More information

Komunitná psychológia na Slovensku (Community Psychology in Slovenia)

Contact person: Júlia Halamová, 00421908604141

julia.halamova@gmail.com

Looking forward to see you in Bratislava in Slovakia!

Workshop – Service Design Thinking

Program

December 4, Tuesday 2018 (14.00 – 18.00) and 5, Wednesday (9.00 – 13.00)

Fee: 50 euro

For inscription and information: caterina.arcidiacono@unina.it

The Service Design Thinking is a holistic approach that helps to innovate (create new) or improve existing services to make them more useful, usable, desirable for users and efficient as well effective existing services to make them more useful, usable, desirable for users and efficient as well effective for providers ( Moritz, 2005; UK Design Council, 2010).

Designing a service requires the consideration of the whole experience of people using it, and that it becomes tangible and usable through a sequence of actions (Moritz, 2005; Stickdorn & Schneider, 2012).

During the workshop participants will get chance of exploring use some most commonly used DST tools.

Read the full program here.

Service learning in higher education

Service Learning and Campus Community Partnerships are well known in some places; elsewhere it will be a relatively new approach to teaching in Higher Education.

Service Learning facilitates academic teaching in collaboration with civil society – teaching that is practically oriented, linked to research, connected to real societal challenges, and aims to develop innovative solutions.

Based on the experience of more than 50 universities and colleges in Germany and Europe, this card deck represents the tacit knowledge and collective wisdom of how to implement successfully Service Learning and Campus Community Partnerships in Higher Education.

For more information visit here.

Community Psychology in higher education in Europe: Results of a survey and discussion of the basic competency approach

Bernd Roehrle 
Jacqui Akhurst 
Nicholas Carr 
Isabel M. Herrera Sánchez 
Caterina Arcidiacono 
Rebecca Lawthom 
Wolfgang Stark 
EFPA Standing Committee on Community Psychology

This report from the Standing Committee on Community Psychology of the European Federation of Psychological Association provides an overview of higher education in Community Psychology (CP) in 14 European countries. Our findings show that 10 countries have some kind of CP teaching in their educational system. Twenty European universities offer a CP‐oriented Master degree, two universities at the Bachelor level and 16 universities also have CP‐oriented Ph.D. programmes. The profiles of the universities focus on two areas: Community psychology in a pure form and a combination of social psychology and community psychology. The other universities vary between clinical, organisational psychology, and a pedagogical focus. Within a certain European emphasis, these universities are analysing and changing the social conditions of community life and mental health. The responding universities failed to report adequately on comprehensive core competences and key elements in CP. To compensate for this deficit, the Standing Committee on Community Psychology proposes to develop a primer of basic CP competences for inclusion in programmes like EuroPsy.

The paper can be read here.

Community Psychology in Global Perspective

Community Psychology in Global Perspective publishes work that is of relevance to community psychologists as well as scholars and professionals from a diverse array of other backgrounds with shared interested in community-focused work. 

Community Psychology in Global Perspective is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to research, theory and intervention, and review articles exploring human interactions in community settings across the globe. Its special focus is on making explicit the ways in which culture acts as a framework organizing and guiding our experiences, utilizing ecological perspectives to enhance our understanding and promotion of individual and community well-being, and advancing work aimed at the creation of positive social change and social justice. 

The journal is international in scope, reflecting the main concerns of social scientists and community practitioners worldwide. Community Psychology in Global Perspective welcomes contributions from a variety of theoretical approaches across disciplines (psychology, sociology, political sciences, urban planning, social work and others), although it especially encourages submissions of field-based, culturally situated research and intervention.

The content of the journal includes:

  • Research articles that report empirical qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods studies relevant to community psychology theory, method, and practice. The focus on qualitative research within a psychological frame will be a specific innovative contribution to the social science research. 
  • Review articles that survey theoretical developments or topics of major interest. 
  • Practice issues that present brief reports by practitioners or action researchers, which describe interesting developments and interventions or which address matters of professional and public relevance.

Contributions are invited on all aspects of Community Psychology, including, but not limited to: Community research methods · Participatory action research · Prevention & Wellbeing · Community program evaluation · Community development · Power & Empowerment · Active citizenship & Collective action · Minorities & Social inclusion · Gender · Migration & Intercultural relations · Social justice · Critical community psychology · Ecological clinical intervention

Community Psychology is an open access journal, free of charge to authors, and published online twice per year.

Indexing & Abstracting

Community Psychology in Global Perspective is covered by following indexing and abstracting databases:

SCOPUS; PsycINFO; PsycArticles-ProQuest Psychology Journals collection-DOAJ: Directory of OPEN ACCESS Journal; GOOGLE Scholar; ULRICH’S: International Database

ECPA 10th European Congress of Community Psychology

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

Visit the congress website.

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