Discovering Community Psychology is a brand new podcast hoping to make community psychology ideas and practice more accessible. In our first mini series we will be having conversations with numerous psychological professionals, activists and community leaders about their work within and alongside communities, highlighting the variety and impact of this collaborative and transformative approach.
A conversation with Nina Browne, a clinical and community psychologist who co-founded Owls (https://www.owls.org.uk), a social enterprise that works with communities to develop new solutions to social issues. She also brings these ideas into the NHS with excluded young people in the criminal justice system. She has also researched clinical psychology's role in influencing policy and is passionate about implementing these ideas within clinical psychology to bring about change in practice and training.
Some links and references from Nina to allow you to dig deeper into the topics she discussed:
Richard Bentall (2003). Madness explained: Psychosis and human nature. UK.
Chris Barker - I wish I had mentioned him as he's one of the people who has inspired and supported my ideas and work in this field. He was a founding member of Comm Psych in the UK and pioneered ideas on peer support and non-professional helping.
Sue Holland is an inspiration: http://communitypsychologyuk.ning.com/events/sue-holland-free-talk-community-psychology-and-social-action#:~:text=Sue%20Holland%20carried%20out%20seminal,and%20eventually%20collective%20social%20action.
Seminal paper: From private symptoms to public action https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0959353591011007
Society for Community Research and Action - for a global perspective: https://www.scra27.org/what-we-do/what-community-psychology/
PSC (outsider approaches to policy change) http://www.psychchange.org
Practice to Policy is the paper that the foundations of this are built on and include a guide for DClinPsy courses: Browne, N., Zlotowitz, S., Alcock, K., & Barker, C. (2020). Practice to policy: Clinical psychologists’ experiences of macrolevel work. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2020-10238-001
Here is me trying to explain the same ideas with Jazz! https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-32/june-2019/dont-fear-jazz
Problem Solving Booths: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/magazine-40657446
Camerados is a social movement who I worked with - they are on twitter and an example of a collaboration https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-2018/february/creating-space-mutual-support
Surviving Clinical Psychology: Navigating Personal, Professional and Political Selves on the Journey to Qualification, Ch 7 is about bringing social justice values into practice.
Listen to dialogue with the wonderful Sally Zlotowitz as she talks about her work with MAC-UK charity and Nesta, her activism role and her personal and professional identities. Sally describes how she brings community psychology values into her practice with examples from her work at MAC-UK with marginalised young people; the barriers resulting in distrust of statutory bodies and the redesign of services through co-production. She also shares examples of communities and groups that Nesta UK has supported to build social movements to challenge health inequalities. A helpful link: https://www.nesta.org.uk/blog/healthmovers-tackling-inequalities/. Sally has now left Nesta, taking up a new post as CEO of Art Against Knives - Congrats Sally!
Sally discusses the influence of her sabbatical in South Africa, the issue of community wealth building and co-operatives and incorporating collective wellbeing into practice. She also considers the role of psychology post COVID-19 and speaks about Degrowth Economy - she recommends the work of @carolynkagan and @MarkBurton to learn more about this. Some interesting work, linked to this, can be found here: https://steadystatemanchester.net/about/
Sally contributes currently to BPS Official Community Resilience and Community Action Working Group, thinking about community level responses and intersectional, decolonised ways of supporting people. Links to work being done by the group here: https://bit.ly/38NSXFk and https://bit.ly/3bNKnIo. Details for their upcoming webinar is here: https://www.bps.org.uk/events/developing-community-resilience-and-social-justice-practices-young-people-covid-19-era.
Sally ends by talking about embedding community psychology values into practice, highlighting importance of working in partnership with others, support of like-minded people, needing to be a little disruptive and creating opportunities to consider services in a strategic way.
A conversation with Angela Byrne, a clinical psychologist working in the NHS who has worked within the Black & Minority Ethnic access service and with the marginalised religious and cultural communities of East London. Angela shares her journey with community psychology ideas, values and practice and her reflections on the Covid-19 pandemic.
Some relevant links and resources below:
Recipes of Life: https://dulwichcentre.com.au/recipes-for-life-by-natale-rudland-wood/
Social Kitchen: This facebook page (now inactive) provides an overview of the project: https://www.facebook.com/SocialKitchenCIC
A video here: https://www.facebook.com/SocialKitchenCIC/videos/713765132038765
Mamma’s to market: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/154177987219143897/?fb_ref=154178124651696859%3A95b4ea46532c6ba7763e&fbclid=IwAR2O4lz9k2xDqHwu-8x-AqiBBfkRJCDXRNsV7_TtIKkA4ZmWi3eLd9Wcszg
Regarding Collective Narrative Practices/Tree of Life:
Founder of the Tree of Life - Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo - Original paper here: http://inee-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/resources/Tree_of_LIfe,_child_therapy_in_South_Africa.pdf
Read about the Tree of Life methodology being used cross-culturally: https://dulwichcentre.com.au/the-tree-of-life/
Ncazelo now runs Phola.org: https://phola.org/tree-of-life/
Angela’s work with the Trailblazer’s Project:
Angela Byrne et al's work written up in Context, Issue 117: “A powerful piece of work”: African and Caribbean men talking about the ‘tree of life’ (contact us for a copy).
Working with religious, spiritual, cultural communities
Byrne et al., 2017 Working together to break the ‘circles of fear’ between Muslim communities and mental health services
Work within Kurdish/Turkish Community: http://derman.org.uk/en/
Trailer for episode 1 of a brand new podcast Discovering Community Psychology. A conversation with Angela Byrne, a clinical psychologist working in the NHS who has worked within the Black & Minority Ethnic access service and with the marginalised religious and cultural communities of East London. Angela shares her journey with community psychology ideas, values and practice and her reflections on the Covid-19 pandemic.
A taster for episode 3, a conversation with Nina Browne, a clinical and community psychologist who co-founded Owls (https://www.owls.org.uk), a social enterprise that works with communities to develop new solutions to social issues. She also brings these ideas into the NHS with excluded young people in the criminal justice system. She has also researched clinical psychology's role in influencing policy and is passionate about implementing these ideas within clinical psychology to bring about change in practice and training.
A taster for episode 4, a conversation with Bea Herbert, founder and director of States of Mind, an organisation creating a better future for mental health by involving young people in the process of change.