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									                               Call for Proposals for the
                           12th Biennial Conference of the
                     Society for Community Research and Action
                                   June 18-21, 2009
The Society for Community Research and Action (Division 27 of the American Psychological
Association) invites you to its 12th Biennial Conference.

Host:                 Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ USA

Co-Sponsor(s):        Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ USA

Theme:                Realizing Our New Vision: Values and Principles for
                      Practice, Research, and Policy

Beginning in 2005, SCRA initiated an extensive re-visioning process that examined the
development of the field of community psychology over its 40 year history in the United States
since Swampscott. The new vision statement, which was developed by the Community Practice
Working Group, recommended by SCRA’s Executive Committee, and approved by the
membership, reads as follows:

        The Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) will have a strong,
        global impact on enhancing well-being and promoting social justice for all people
        by fostering collaboration where there is division and empowerment where there
        is oppression.

The new vision is intended to help set the direction of the field over the next 40 years. As
discussed by the Community Practice Working Group1 (Wolfe, 2006), the community
psychology of the future will be guided by four key principles: global in nature; use of multi-
sectoral, interdisciplinary partnerships and approaches; a focus on creating policies informed by
community psychology and social justice values; and research and action that promote social
justice. Each of these priority areas is described in more detail below.

   1. Global in Nature: We seek proposals reflecting inquiry and action that are international
      in scope and respect cultural differences and honor human rights.

   2. Use of Multi-Sectoral, Interdisciplinary Partnerships and Approaches: We seek
      proposals reflecting the work of partnerships that incorporate the strengths from multiple
      perspectives, are interdisciplinary in nature, and that take place in communities that are

   3. Influencing Policies Based Upon Community Psychology and Social Justice Values: We
      seek proposals that address national, regional, and international associations of
      community psychologists’ capacity to take policy stands as a group, as well as
      influencing policy as individuals. We seek to highlight examples of how community
       psychology has helped to prepare groups to act as advocates in policy arenas, especially
       around social policies that promote social justice.

    4. Research and Action that Promote Social Justice: We seek proposals that identify and
       discuss conditions that promote equitable distribution of resources, equal opportunity for
       all, non-exploitation, prevention of violence, and active citizenry. We particularly
       encourage proposals that explicitly address social changes that promote social justice and
       greater inclusion for historically marginalized groups.
  Adapted from Wolfe, T. (2006). SCRA Proposes New Core Principles Including Vision
Statement. The Community Psychologist, 39 (4), 76-78.

The 12th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action provides a
forum for presentations of exciting new work from professionals and community members.
Proposals related to Practice, Research, and Policy should reflect the theme of the Biennial by
addressing the implications of our new vision and its related guiding concepts. Proposals that
showcase local initiatives are highly encouraged, especially new approaches, innovative
programs, and policies dealing with poverty, homelessness, and crime.

While proposals pertaining to the overall conference theme will be given priority, we invite
submissions that represent all areas of community research and action, including, but not limited
       - new contributions to theory, methodology, and practice;
       - reflections about ethics;
       - contributions toward the implementation and dissemination of innovative programs;
       - human diversity and social ecology;
       - multi-cultural approaches;
       - prevention of problems in living;
       - promotion of competence and health;
       - empowerment of historically disenfranchised groups;
       - evaluation of community-based programs and services;
       - collective social action;
       - self and mutual help;
       - community-based interventions, advocacy, consultation, and training;
       - interdisciplinary collaboration; international developments and contributions;
       - partnerships with community groups;
       - interactions of groups in the larger community;
       - institutional and organizational change.

A major goal of the conference is to foster constructive discussion, interaction, creativity, and the
exchange of ideas involving community research and action in a variety of cultural contexts.
Program proposals that emphasize active interaction among presenters and the audience, and
integration of diverse perspectives will be given particular priority. The SCRA Listserv can be
used to develop collaborative proposals. Collaborative proposals with members from other
organizations are most welcome.
For more on the re-visioning process, proposers are referred to the following reports published in
The Community Psychologist between 2005 and 2007:

Hazel, K., Meissen, G., Snell-Johns, J., & Wolff, T. (2006). Without community practice, where
       art thou, community psychology? The Community Psychologist, 39, 42-51.

SCRA's Executive Committee (2007). SCRA's Vision Statement Clarified. The Community
      Psychologist, 40 (3), 48.

Wolff, T. (2006). SCRA Proposes New Core Principles Including Vision Statement. The
       Community Psychologist, 39 (4), 76-78.

Wolff, T. & Snell-Johns, J. (Eds.). (2005). Creating a vision for the future of community
       Psychology. The Community Psychologist, 38, 36-49.


To submit a proposal, please visit and select the biennial conference
link. The system will be ready to accept proposals on or about October 13, 2008. The deadline
for receipt of program proposals is: 5 PM (EST), November 17, 2008. Proposal submission
guidelines will be available online.


Poster Presentations should emphasize substantive research results. Posters will be organized in
thematic groups.

Symposia provide a forum for discussion, debate, and explication of diverse perspectives as they
pertain to significant issues in the field. Symposia may be used to present practice, research,
and/or practice themes. Proposers should allow significant time for discussion and audience
participation. A symposium should be composed of no fewer than three separate presentations. A
discussant may be included as one of the three, but is not required.

Roundtable Discussions provide an alternative forum for discussion and debate of a specific
issue. This format is especially appropriate for sessions in which the presenters’ role is to
facilitate the audience’s exploration of the issue. A roundtable discussion may be led by one or
more facilitators.

Town Meetings feature discussion of critical issues pertaining to community research and action.
This format is most appropriate for exploring the broad issues that cut across various topics in
the field. A town meeting may be led by one or more facilitators.

Workshops provide a means to teach new skills of relevance to the field. A workshop may be
taught by one or more instructors.
Innovative Sessions may incorporate the arts, technology, literature, athletics, politics, leisure,
humor, religion, etc., to address issues of relevance to community psychology in an innovative
and exciting way. They may include simulations, experiential sessions, or activities that promote
interaction and exchange.


The conference will take place at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ

The conference will begin on Thursday afternoon, June 18, and conclude on Sunday afternoon,
June 21, 2009. Conference registration includes admission to all sessions, continental breakfast,
lunch on the full conference days (Friday and Saturday), and a cocktail social on Friday night.

Further details about conference registration, including travel arrangements and information
about conference accessibility, will be provided on the web site and in the Preliminary
Conference Program which will be available in March 2009. All presenters must register for
the conference and pay full registration fees. No one-day fees will be available.

Lodging: Conference participants may choose from among area hotels and Montclair State
University residence halls. Detailed information on accommodations may be found on the
conference website. Please visit and select the biennial conference link.

Conference Fees: Information about registration fees will be posted on the conference website
by October 1, 2008. Please visit and select the biennial conference link.


Questions related to the program, can be directed to the Program Chairs, Andrew Peterson
( or 732-932-8003, x18) and Maurice Elias

Persons needing additional information about the Biennial or special consideration should

Milton A. Fuentes, Psy.D., Conference Co-Chair       Sandra Lewis, Psy.D., Conference Co-Chair
Associate Professor of Psychology                    Professor of Psychology
Psychology Department                                Psychology Department
Montclair State University                           Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043                 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043
973-655-7967 (voice)                                 973-655-7378 (voice)
973-655-5121(fax)                                    973-655-5121(fax)
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