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Class 2 Values and Issues

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Ryerson University
PSY 808
Kosha Bramesfeld

Class 2: Jan 17, 2013 Values, Issues & Principles A community is where everyone has something in common A value is considered something that is worthwhile or valuable In the 1960’s, community psychology was acknowledged for the first time a discipline. In the 1980’s, community psychology became officially a sub-discipline within the Canadian Psychological Association. As a discipline we haven’t existed for very long but the questions that we ask within psychology have been around for a very long time. To understand psychology as a discipline, we need to look at the U.S where community psychology gained its momentum. The YMCA, Scouts programs started to originate in the 1890-1920’s in the U.S where huge labour movements began and the values that existed back then still exist today. US Labour and Social Movement Values: education, labour union, compassion, rights of workers, equality community involvement Issues: low income, employment, poverty, healthcare, racial barriers, access to childcare, language barriers, early education Principles/Interventions: kindergarten classes, open/public access, employment bureau, mixed income neighbourhoods In the 1960’s, in addition to the social movement, there was also a healthcare movement where there was this recognition where people may suffer from mental illness and we need to approach this problem in different ways. Called the Consumer-ex-patient-movement where there were self-help organizations developed such as Alcoholics Anonymous.  Rest of information on video There was a lot of institutionalized where people were put into asylums because mental illness was not understood and there was also deinstitutionalized where the patients were let out of mental hospitals. Mental Health movement of the 1960’s Values: intolerance, conformity, intent on helping Issues: inst. mental health care (overcrowding, lack of funding), lack of autonomy, stigma, mental health and how we define it Principles: harm reduction (addictions and drug use), prevention (getting to people before they get addicted through education), self-help groups, criminalization, regulation Survivor’s Movement: values were of power, autonomy, respect where the survivor’s of the
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