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The use of study abroad program to increase international developments in community psychology research and action

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The growth of community psychology is not limited to the US. Three successful international conferences on community psychology provide evidence of a promising picture of community psychology growing around the world. The possibilities for international collaboration are more available today than ever before. Community psychologists around the world are able to collaborate on research and action with academics and practitioners from different countries and cultures. This new world-wide connectedness makes the field of community psychology a global entity working for the improvement of human experience. Therefore, the creation of international dialog, exchange, and collaboration is considered to be of great importance by the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA; Aber, 2010). This round table presentation aims to contribute to community psychology’s global endeavor by encouraging us to think about transnational perspectives on our work and stimulate dialog on international collaboration. Round table coordinators will share their experiences with two study abroad programs: (1) a program on Human Rights issues in Argentina and (2) a program on the psychology of skin bleaching in Tanzania. After briefly describing the study abroad programs and their contexts, we share our experience of dialog and initiating collaboration with South American and East African academics on topics relevant to community psychology. Further discussion will center on common values, similarities and dissimilarities, and complementarities. Study abroad programs not only expose students to new and different cultures, but also immerse undergraduate and graduate students into the history and the present actions of community psychology. We invite interested researchers and practitioners to join this round table which hope to serve as a forum to present on international experiences and discuss the use of study abroad programs to incentivize the progress of community psychology interventions around the world.
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Berardi, Luciano., Kuperminc, Gabriel. and Lewis, Kelly. "The use of study abroad program to increase international developments in community psychology research and action" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SCRA Biennial Meeting, Roosevelt University/Harold Washington Library, Chicago, IL, Jun 15, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p514734_index.html>

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Berardi, L. , Kuperminc, G. and Lewis, K. , 2011-06-15 "The use of study abroad program to increase international developments in community psychology research and action" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SCRA Biennial Meeting, Roosevelt University/Harold Washington Library, Chicago, IL <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p514734_index.html

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Abstract: The growth of community psychology is not limited to the US. Three successful international conferences on community psychology provide evidence of a promising picture of community psychology growing around the world. The possibilities for international collaboration are more available today than ever before. Community psychologists around the world are able to collaborate on research and action with academics and practitioners from different countries and cultures. This new world-wide connectedness makes the field of community psychology a global entity working for the improvement of human experience. Therefore, the creation of international dialog, exchange, and collaboration is considered to be of great importance by the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA; Aber, 2010). This round table presentation aims to contribute to community psychology’s global endeavor by encouraging us to think about transnational perspectives on our work and stimulate dialog on international collaboration. Round table coordinators will share their experiences with two study abroad programs: (1) a program on Human Rights issues in Argentina and (2) a program on the psychology of skin bleaching in Tanzania. After briefly describing the study abroad programs and their contexts, we share our experience of dialog and initiating collaboration with South American and East African academics on topics relevant to community psychology. Further discussion will center on common values, similarities and dissimilarities, and complementarities. Study abroad programs not only expose students to new and different cultures, but also immerse undergraduate and graduate students into the history and the present actions of community psychology. We invite interested researchers and practitioners to join this round table which hope to serve as a forum to present on international experiences and discuss the use of study abroad programs to incentivize the progress of community psychology interventions around the world.


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