Community Psychology in Europe

The activity of Community Psychology in Europe can be traced back to the institution of the ENP (European Network on Community Psychology), which was founded in 1994 by the European Community Psychologists who were summoned in Naples on the occasion of the congress on Social Empowermentorganised by Caterina Arcidiacono and Bianca Gelli and promoted by Donata Francescato.

Jagd Bergold (DE) David Fryer (Scotland), Jim Orford (UK), Josè Ornelas (Portugal), Arvid Skutle (No) Wolfgang Stark (DE) adhered to it ever since its institution.

This network has collaborated to set up ECPA (European Community Psychology Association).


See www.ecpa-online.eu; facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/669670793084058/


Community Psychology in Italy

SIPCO (Italian Society of Community Psychology) has been operating since 1990’s. It was founded, among others, by Caterina Arcidiacono.  See: SIPCO (facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/SIPCO-Societ%C3%A0-Italiana-di-Psicologia-di-Comunit%C3%A0/386718894794479)  andwww.sipco.it) more



Community Psychology in Naples

There many groups operating in Community Psychology both around Europe and Italy. The Neapolitan group of  Federico II University (INCOPARDE), in particular, manages the website www.communitypsychology.eu with the purpose of providing information and documents related to the initiatives and principles of Community Psychology; it promotes interventions, participatory action research, mediation and negotiation skills among various local social actors with aim of setting  up and improving shared decision-making processes.
The Incoparde laboratory of study and research, set up in December 2008 by the Department of Relational Sciences, University of Naples, Federico II, has local, national and international links with practice, research groups and political bodies. It further develops activities that its members already were carrying on for a long time: the publication of “Napoli: diagnosi di una città (1999), the realization of civic exhibitions in the historical centre of Florence, Naples and Berlin (2000-2001).

It tackle the emerging of continuous social transformations that affect cities and human relationships in local and virtual contexts, using participatory approach; pursuits intercultural dialogue and interactions for community well-being at individual, relational and organizational level; improve a dialogue among different professionals that work to promote local development and to increase the connection between citizens.

Participatory procedures in community building constitute its specific approach. Competences in bottom up research and intervention are its main peculiarity.

Novel multimedia experimental forms of didactic – through the use of facebook and video making, for example – are tested with the aim of sharing and further discussing the material developed in our classrooms.

Incoparde promotes interventions, participatory action-research, mediation and negotiation skills among various local social actors, with aim of setting up and improving shared decision-making processes. Developing its activities, during the time, interweaved local, national and international links with research groups, political and social institutions.

INCOPARDE has organised on request of ECPA (European Community Psychological Association) the 9th Congress of European Psychology (see the files attached) and many other events, among which we would like to mention the followings:

Psychology loves Portacapuana together with I love Portacapuana Committee (see: activities)

Qualitative workshop for community-minded psychologists, (keynote speaker Anne Broadsky, University of Baltimora) INC0PARDE Lab.Biblioteca BRAU, University of Naples Federico II, 1st-2ndMarch, 2012.

Migranti ed esperienze locali: pregiudizi, diritti, cittadinanza.(Migrants and local experiences: prejudices, human rights and citizenship).  Keynote speakers I. Prilleltensky, O.Prilleltensky,(Università di Miami), INCOPARDE LAb, Dipartimento di Scienze Relazionali, 26thMay, 2009:”

We also would like to highlight the two Postgraduate  course  “master” in Community Psychology directed by Caterina Arcidiacono for Fondazione Laboratorio Mediterraneo. Fortuna Procentese, Immacolata Di Napoli, Heiner Legewie, Piero Amerio, Vittorio Cigoli, have actively collaborated to the project. Following on from these experiences  the  “citizen exhibitionon the Historical Centre of Naples” has been undertaken: http://www.ztg.tu-berlin.de/buergerausstellungen/Berlin-Firenze-Napoli.html;  the online text: Learning communities and sustainable social-economic city development in:  http://psydok.sulb.uni-saarland.de/volltexte/2006/756.(Eds C. Arcidiacono, H. Legewie); see also: Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, Vol 9, No 2 (2008)The Citizens’ Exhibition: A Combination of Socio-scientific, Participative and Artistic Elements.