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The Palgrave Handbook of Innovative Community and Clinical Psychologies

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Documents the radical changes occurring in the fields of critical community and clinical psychology

  • Demonstrates how to integrate critical theory with psychological practice

  • Offers a cutting-edge resource to researchers and scholars in the fields of social policy, psychology and allied health fields

  • Examines social justice in the field of mental wellbeing

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Table of contents (32 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction

    • Sally Zlotowitz, Carl Walker, Anna Zoli
    Pages 1-16
  3. Part I

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 17-18
    2. Building Alliances with Marginalised Communities to Challenge London’s Unjust and Distressing Housing System

      • Nina Carey, Sally Zlotowitz, Samantha James, Aysen Dennis, Thomas Gillespie, Kate Hardy on behalf of The Housing & Mental Health Network
      Pages 19-29
    3. Growing a Movement: Psychologists for Social Change

      • Psychologists for Social Change
      Pages 31-50
    4. Taking a Position Within Powerful Systems

      • James Randall, Sarah Gunn, Steven Coles, With thanks to Gary H.
      Pages 69-99
    5. Supporting Activists and Progressive Social Movements

      • Tod Sloan, John Brush
      Pages 101-120
  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 139-140
    2. Reflexively Interrogating (De)colonial Praxes in Critical Community Psychologies

      • Nick Malherbe, Shahnaaz Suffla, Mohamed Seedat
      Pages 141-157
    3. Options: Conversation in Collaboration

      • Hannah Denton, Mark Haydon-Laurelut, Duncan Moss, Angela Paterson Foster, Jan Shepherd
      Pages 159-177
    4. The Evolution of the Community Psychology Festival

      • Miltos Hadjiosif, Meera Desai
      Pages 223-238
    5. The Define Normal Project

      • Danny Taggart, Cheryl Nye, Jessica Taylor, Jacob Solstice, Matthew Harrison, Rebecca Bryant et al.
      Pages 239-257
    6. Rewriting the Space Between a University and a Healthcare Provider: The Model of Converge

      • Emma Anderson, Adam Bell, Paul Birch, Lucy Coleman, Paul Gowland, Matt Harper-Hardcastle et al.
      Pages 259-276

About this book

This handbook highlights a range of ground breaking, radical and liberatory clinical and critical community psychology projects from around the world. The disciplines of critical community psychology and clinical psychology are currently experiencing radical innovations that in this book are characterised as moving from the individualising practice realm toward an altogether more contextualising orientation. Both fields are responding to an array of political, social and economic injustices and a global political context. Community and clinical psychologists have found themselves reorienting their practice to confront, resist and subvert the structures that are so damaging to the lives of the vulnerable people they work with. This text posits that these approaches refute and resist the psychologising that has strengthened oppressive structures. Such practices are starting to engage in the political character of power-knowledge relationships that demand a more ‘action-oriented’ and less ‘clinical’ psychology praxis and there is a growing interest in, and commitment to, social justice in the field of mental wellbeing. 

Using examples of scholar, activist and practitioner work from around the world, this collection explores and documents those practices where the traditional remits of community and clinical psychology have been subverted, altered, stretched, changed and reworked in order to reframe practice around human rights, creativity, political activism, social change, space and place, systemic violence, community transformation, resource allocation and radical practices of disruption and direct action. 

Carl Walker is a community psychologist at the University of Brighton and a borough councillor in Worthing, UK. He is on the British Psychological Society's Community Psychology section committee. 

Sally Zlotowitz is a clinical and community psychologist working in various roles including as Director of Public Health and Prevention at MAC-UK. She is past chair of the British Psychological Society's Community Psychology section and a co-founder of Psychologists for Social Change.

Anna Zoli is a senior lecturer in Psychology, and course leader of the MA Community Psychology at the University of Brighton, UK. She is on the British Psychological Society's Community Psychology section committee, and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Keywords

  • social justice
  • mental health services
  • therapy
  • wellbeing
  • human rights
  • creativity studies
  • political activism in psychology
  • community transformation
  • Public Health
  • Psychologists for Social Change
  • Political Psychology
  • critical community psychology
  • decolonial praxes
  • social work
  • social inclusion
  • liberation psychology

Reviews

"This clear, accessible, manual, written by authors overwhelmingly committed to transparency about how their work was done, will appeal to clinical psychologists keen to engage in reformist community activism and, as an inscription of an increasingly dominant ‘humanist community psychology’ thesis, will stimulate engagement with its critical antithesis."
(David Fryer, University of Queensland, Australia)


 “This book will be essential reading for all those who want to put into practice community psychological ideas and who want to work differently to enhance social and psychological wellbeing. It gives us hope that other ways of working to build better worlds are possible.”
(Carolyn Kagan, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)


“If you are looking for inspiration about how psychology can be used to address structural inequalities and injustices, then this book is for you. You will not find here the kind of psychology that favours quantification and experiment; traditional psychology and mental health practice are seen as too often colluding with and failing to ameliorate distress and disadvantage. What you will discover are many examples of creative ideas and ways of collaborating with community groups drawn from around the world, including from African and Asian countries. At the same time, chapter authors do not flinch from acknowledging and reflecting on the struggles and challenges involved in practising psychology in this new way.”
(Jim Orford, Emeritus Professor of Clinical and Community Psychology, the University of Birmingham, England)

Editors and Affiliations

  • School of Applied Social Science, University of Brighton School of Applied Social Science, Brighton, UK

    Carl Walker, Anna Zoli

  • MAC-UK & Art Against Knives, London, UK

    Sally Zlotowitz

About the editors

Carl Walker is a community psychologist at the University of Brighton and a borough councillor in Worthing, UK. He is on the British Psychological Society's Community Psychology section committee. 

Sally Zlotowitz is a clinical and community psychologist working in various roles including as Director of Public Health and Prevention at MAC-UK. She is past chair of the British Psychological Society's Community Psychology section and a co-founder of Psychologists for Social Change.

Anna Zoli is a senior lecturer in Psychology, and course leader of the MA Community Psychology at the University of Brighton, UK. She is on the British Psychological Society's Community Psychology section committee, and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).


Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 119.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-71190-0
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)