Community psychology focuses on people that have been oppressed in one way or another. "Oppression is described as a state of domination where the oppressed suffer the consequences of deprivation, exclusion, discrimination, exploitation, control of culture, and sometimes even violence" (Prilleltensky & Nelson). Community psychologist want people to understand the injustices brought upon disadvantaged people. Social change deals with adjustments in behavior over a period of time, which include change in social institutions, social behavior, social relations, and changes in nature. Disadvantage people do have an understanding of the psychological and socio-political circumstances oppressing them (Prilleltensky & Nelson). The book did point out some inspirational parts to the story of disadvantaged people. There were examples of resistance and courageous people that stood up for social change in their communities. Some of the people that fought for social change were Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks. African Americans have resisted slavery and racism for many years because they stood in solidarity. Community psychologist said that you have to listen to the stories of the suffrage of disadvantage people because at that point is when things become real and evident. The oppressors job is to make them feel worthless. After hearing the stories it makes some people want to get up and be a part of the cause to help disadvantaged people gain their dignity and respect on their quest for liberation. Values come from ones spiritual and personal belief. Community psychologist want to move toward a more utopian society were things are viewed as to what should be and not what is. Those values consist of holism, health, compassion, self-determination, respect for diversity, accountability, and support of community structures and social justice. I think we all needs to come together in the communities that we live in. We all have to stand for something community psychology teaches us how to get involved and make a change by being proactive.
Community psychologist put together some videos to showcase what their values are. "The Genesis of Community Psychology at Curry College," was a video that showcased the formation of a community psychology class. The professor wanted the students to be involved by doing community work so that they could make the connections of community psychology. The video was set around building a course on community psychology. The professor worked closely with community leaders, churches, schools, and hospitals to educate victims and provide them with a place where they can go and get help. He trained his students to work with the program called close to home. This program dealt with people that were victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. These students worked close to home which gave them a better outlook on what goes on in their community. They brought in experts to help them gain specific skills needed in this line of work. In doing so they were exposed to other groups that were doing work in the community.
Prilleltensky & Nelson The Project of Community Psychology: Issues, Values, and Tools for Liberation and Well-Being
Video: The Genesis of Community Psychology at Curry College