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Community Psychology History and Theory as Resources for Transformative Change in Community Mental Health

Bret Kloos, José Ornelas and Geoffrey Nelson

in Community Psychology and Community Mental Health

Published in print September 2014 | ISBN: 9780199362424
Published online October 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780199362448 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199362424.003.0002
Community Psychology History and Theory as Resources for Transformative Change in Community Mental Health

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This chapter presents community psychology history and theory as resources for transformative change in community mental health (CMH). It reviews the historical relationship between community psychology and CMH in different national contexts. As part of this review, it provides several examples of innovations that illustrate the promise of using community psychology principles to advance transformative change. In a section on community psychology theory as a resource, the theories and concepts are organized into two sections: (a) those that can change how we view our work and (b) those that can change how we do our work. The chapter closes with a comparison of four historical examples in different national contexts while drawing lessons from these comparisons to guide new efforts.

Keywords: community psychology; mental health; history; theory; transformative change

Chapter.  12998 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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