Community Psychology differs from other disciplines in psychology due to its approach to examining problems in a social context. Community Psychology considers the issues and problems of a community not a specific individual, the vision and values give direction, and the principles and conceptual tools are used to address the designated problem. Values are established to define what should be, not what is. As stated in chapter 2, the recommended values should focus on holism; health; caring, compassion and support for community structures; self-determination; participation, and social justice; respect for diversity;, and accountability to oppressed groups. Community psychology focuses on social change through defining problems, researching through the interaction with the afflicted, and making the problem visible. Since, this approach defers to personal, relational, and social levels, values are important to give clear direction for goals and the acceptable ways to attain these goals. Values help to explain the reason for involvement and the direction taken for action to promote social change.
The Genesis video gave many examples that Community Psychology can benefit communities in addressing the prevention against domestic violence and eating disorders while partnering with institutions such as the VA Hospital. The CU Expo video showed how social change can be attained through the partnerships of community leaders and university leaders by an approach using academics and cultural awareness to overcome social issues. Community Psychology is more interested in social change to better an individual's well-being compared to focusing on a specific individual.