1. Congress Tracks
The Congress discuss visions and innovative interventions to confront inequality, unfairness, and their social effects, as well as the lack of democracy in the globalized world. Central topics were community psychology approaches to building social capabilities and new critical visions to tackle unemployment, environmental degradation and capitalistic consumerism. Special concerns were the effects of cultural colonization and the need for civic togetherness. Innovative solutions to social problems through creative expressions were also proposed. The congress explored the concept of ‘community’ in psychology, by emphasizing analyses and interventions at different levels, which go beyond individuals and their immediate microsystems. Community ‘psychology’ focuses on people’s experiences: their feelings, thoughts, and actions as they interact to resist oppression and strive to create a better world. The general aim was to deepen transversal knowledge and specific community psychology competencies to contribute to social change.
1. Beyond the crisis: New critical visions for social change and wellbeing
Globalization, unemployment, poverty and intensive use of technological communication are some of the distinctive hallmarks of our society. A Community and ecological perspective allows us to consider their effects upon individuals, the environment and social organizations. Therefore, this track will focus on the challenge of the third millennium to promote wellbeing, equity and communal values, tackling inequalities and environmental exploitation as well as proposing interventions aimed towards wellness and fairness.
2. Beyond the crisis: Intercultural approaches and Decolonization
Critical views on human settings give us the opportunity to increase our awareness of the current effects of colonization and migration and also to understand how to develop welfare policies from an intercultural perspective. This track aims to specific theoretical approaches and to share best practices.
3. Beyond the crisis: Equity in Gender Relations
Gender discrimination is a global issue, directly related to social hierarchical power and associated with poverty and poor health. In that sense, Critical Community psychology and Feminism do not focus on an individual level of analysis. This track concerns gender power asymmetry, sexism and homophobia affecting gender relations and promotes goals of liberation for women and LGBT communities, within research as well as prevention and intervention.
4. Beyond the crisis: Togetherness, Community Trust and Building Coalitions
The relationship with the “other” and the building of shared decisional processes are important dimensions of any community life promoting social awareness, mutual trust and well-being, as well as capabilities generating shared knowledge. Therefore there is the need to enhance shared sense-making processes, negotiating communal norms and to overcome the lack of generativity in local communities. This track aims to understand and improve the cultural changes necessary to promote responsible co-living.
5. Beyond the crisis: Education, Health and Employment
Poor education and (un-) employment are producing negative effects on health, well-being, and life expectancy. Hence Community Health psychology and Organizational psychology carry out interventions in school and workplaces to foster liberation and well-being. How might Community Psychologists promote both melioration and transformation. How might good education, wellbeing and employment be solutions? This track will attempt to answer these questions.
6. Beyond the crisis: Research Methods for transformative goals
New frontiers of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies are playing an increasing role in Community psychology. Reflexivity, discursive and ethnographic approaches as well as community-based tools are used to enable people’s voice to be heard. This track is focused on their peculiarity, specificity and on their innovative contributions to pursue the goals of Community psychology.
7. Beyond the crisis: Innovative and creative approaches to community building
Arts, drama, photos, and web-tools are cutting edge approaches in Community psychology, facilitating togetherness, social awareness and community building. This track will welcome approaches and strategies used by Community psychologists, which pursue transformative goals.