Bringing Society To Psychology
Deadline for Proposals (30 June) is approaching fast!
The BPS Community Psychology Section & UWE Bristol present:
The 3rd Community Psychology Festival
‘Falling apart; Pulling together: Collaboration in times of division’
15th -16th September 2017
The Arnolfini, Bristol (UK)
Community Psychology is a recently reinvigorated branch of applied psychology that highlights the detrimental effects of structural inequality and competitive individualism on mental health and wellbeing. Community psychologists are typically clinical, counselling, health, organisational, and educational psychologists, who work in diverse settings such as the NHS, third sector, social enterprises, local councils, academia, and policy making. Community psychology believes that healthy individuals are the product of healthy societies, as it seeks to create ways of living and working that adhere to social justice, and to advocate for those that have been marginalised, excluded, and/or oppressed.
The Festival is a friendly and accessible educational alternative to an academic conference with public participation at its heart. It is a celebration of the work of psychologists as well as community organisations, and showcases initiatives that fit with our ethos and themes. Feedback from past Festivals has extolled the atmosphere of solidarity and ‘coming together’, which we value above any single individual contribution. Past contributions have included talks by prominent European scholars; ‘walk and talk’ sessions; dancing workshops; research papers; an ‘Ideas Wall’; activist groups; Theatre of the Oppressed; prospective reflection through ‘letters from the future’; and photography workshops. The Festival has an international outlook and has hosted participants from Europe, Israel, the Americas, India and New Zealand. It can be attended by anybody with an interest in psychology or community work. We welcome contributions from related disciplines and opportunities to collaborate with people from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Call for Contributions
Proposals are invited in relation to four thematic strands:
(1) Housing, mental health, and wellbeing
(2) Supporting those who work in communities
(3) What’s art got to do with it?
(4) What does it mean to be critical?
We are aiming to host imaginative and interactive programmed activities for Festival participants.
Come along and take part in what promises to be an enjoyable, inspiring and thought-provoking event!
To submit a proposal, please go to: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/hls/research/socialscienceresearchgroup/communitypsychologyfestival/callforcontributions.aspx
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