Half term Report 2017-2019

Half term Report 2017-2019

Standing Committee on Community Psychology

Convenor meeting Brussels 07.12.2018



This 2 year period is the third after the group was established as a SC in Stockholm 2013. We have focused more on the main goals from the work plan from 2015-17. Our focus of attention is always a long term strategy to increase the awareness and use of Community Psychology in all fields of psychology and in society in general.  The Knowledge Alliance Project between 6 Universities and Institutions will be one strategy to spread CP in Europe.  The KA group has delivered its 3rd application for an European Erasmus Grant. We are working in close collaboration with established teachers and researchers who are developing the Knowledge Alliance based on their professional positions and background.

There has been a strong collaboration between Ecpa (Associate member of  EFPA )with SC members being on the board of Ecpa. This has manifested itself in a joint Action Plan with common goals, and confirmed at ECPA General Assembly 03.12.18

This large CP network helps promoting CP in Europe, but also implies awareness regarding the different roles and mandates.  The 20 year established network of CP colleagues in European Countries(more than 1000 professionals) represents central CP environments and people within research and practice.



This report covers the activities of SC on Community Psychology as performed during the period July 2017 – December 18.  The Task Force was launched as the result of a proposal from the French Association of Psychology (Thomas Saias) at the GA of ECP2011 in Istanbul. The idea came from the Norwegian President of NPA during the 7th European Congress of CP in Paris, 2009.

Our Survey has mapped the European field of CP teaching and research, and shows a  wide diversity in traditions and scope. A preliminary report will be published on our EFPA web site.

The SC has followed its work plan, but also seeks to practice that we are critical to our own practice and the power structures that are working in the system we act.  To link academic/scientific knowledge and tacit community based knowing on community building and social innovation is a strategy to empower the Community.

CP is becoming an emerging discipline in many nations, and EFPA member Associations are working to integrate CP in basic training, and as a discipline or specialization. Community psychology is influencing the dominant fields of European Psychology as an enrichment and supplement.

Our strategy is to foster use of CP competencies both among psychologists and other disciplines. Addressing societies greatest challenges  CP will seek to enhance community building, to develop a common sense of community, to contribute to social and psychological well-being and, by doing so, improve and foster social innovation.



  1. Develop a competence model for CP as a basis for training at institutions and universities teaching CP at graduate and postgraduate levels

The Survey report outlines the basic CP competencies and gives an overview of the existing models for training in Europe today. The Survey is an ongoing activity monitoring data coming in from established contact persons on the national level. The latest contributions are coming from Spain with a range of different master degrees. This example shows the diversity within different CP master degrees;


  •        Psychology of Social and Community Intervention (USE)
  •        Psychosocial and Community Intervention (UAM)
  •       Psychology of Social Intervention (UGR, UM, Deusto)

Psychosocial Research and Intervention (UAB)

  •        Inter-University Master's Degree in Psychosocial Intervention (UBA-UDG)

Psychological Intervention in Social Environment (UV)

  •         Social Psychology (UCM)
  •         Organizational Psychology and Psychosocial Intervention (EHU)
  •         Social and Community Research and Intervention (UMA)
  •        Intervention and Mediation and Family, Social and Community Mediation (ULL)


Results are coming in from Eastern European countries; Romania and Slovakia, making the picture even more complicated.  A lot still remains to develop a consensus based model for training at institutions, but some advice is expected to come in the next period.


1. Increase the knowledge base and tools on community building and social innovation for communities. Establish a Knowledge Alliance between Partner Universities, Organizations and social enterprises

We have completed the needs analysis for linking community based and academic knowledge on community building and social innovation(Report 2013-2015). This has been followed up according to the Erasmus+ Application goals and results.

We prepared a second application for 2017 which was not successful in terms of funding. We therefore re-submitted an application for 2018, including the changes proposed by the committe who evaluated the previous appication. In the process of planning the alliance, many contacts have been established, colleagual relations developed and these are expected to be lasting collaborations independant of the funding. This result is part of an ongoing process.


2. To develop cooperation with other Boards on common issues, identify overlapping fields of interest, develop cross -over knowledge, groups or projects. 

 We have consulted other Boards and Associations within Prevention, Health Psychology, Environmental Psychology, Critical- and Political Psychology, and SC on Human Rights.

Meetings with the Board of Prevention and Intervention, and contacts with the TF on Cultural and Ethnic Diversity. Networking with other relevant Boards and Committees to note areas of common interest and discuss joint work plans. 

For the ECP in Moscow the SC is planning for a joint meeting with boards with overlapping interests. This will follow up on issues from the first cross board meeting in Amsterdam.

 The overlap between activities of EFPA Associate member Ecpa and EFPA SC has been discussed. This given the fact that some parts of our working plans have similar goals.  The Ecpa corresponding member will collaborate towards the Ecpa president, and facilitate coordinated activities were this is relevant. The Bratislava event 03- 04 December 2018 was a successful collaboration, and an important step to include eastern European Efpa member countries in the activities of the SC, and vice versa.


3. Develop and strengthen the position and role of Community Psychology Research in Europe. 

The SC has networked with universities travelling to Eastern Europe, to attend National Conferences as invited guests. As guest lecturer at the Kairo International University, a member has actively supported colleagues who lost their jobs in Turkey, and been a major advocate to promote human rights in his homeland.  He has received a Grant from the Rosa Luxembourg Institute and will be working at German University.

Others will continue to network internationally and keep in touch with colleagues who are interested in Co- organizing CP events and University Summer schools.

 The SC has participated in publishing a special issue of the Journal Community Psychology in global perspective; CP in Europe; emerging themes and challenges.


4. Raise the awareness of psychologists, policy-makers, other professions and the general public about community psychology.

 We have Issued Press releases, position statements and position papers on  community psychology and related fields. Members have also participated at business meetings and conferences to present and discuss Community Psychology issues.

 EFPA EMC 27/2018: November 25: International Day for the Elimination of Gender Violence against women and girls


 Joined statement of EFPA and ECPA (European Community Psychologists Association)

 One member is now a full professor of CP at the University of Naples, and in this position acting as coordinator for the KA project.

We have contacted editorial boards of European Journals to offer being member of these boards.  Members have published articles in International Journals of CP. Published comments, distributed news by the official CP list serve and newsletters. Some have given interviews, engaged in CP activities in their respective countries on behalf of the SC with purpose to inform about our activities.


 5.       Meetings ; also videoconferences, or skype meetings.

 We decided to set up Skype meetings on a monthly basis, to increase communications. This has worked well, and included more participation than before. The first Wednesday(usually) of every month we had Skype meetings.

 On average there were 5-7  participants attending the meetings.

Minutes were passed around by the Convenor, and comments included.


Comments from the Convenor


  1. Today the SC is a group of 9 active members with delegated tasks, but only 7 have committed to participate at regular activities. We need to compensate for this loss in some way, and work closely with EFPA as the nominated members are not responding to calls. Some members need to be replaced.
  2. We ask for opportunity to consult the EFPA Board on resources for advice

on how to include new members from eastern European countries for the next period. Some members are doing a lot of volunteer work, and others are not able to join meetings due to lack of funding.


Members of the group: (name and country)






Tor Levin Hofgaard




Zina Paidonomou


Bernd Röhrle


Charalampos Pischos


Caterina Arcidiacono


Nicholas Carr ©


Borrik Schjodt


Janusz Grzelak


José Henrique Pinheiro Ornelas


Amalia Hodisan


Isabel Herrera Sancez


Johann Krempels


Serdar Degirmencioglu

United Kingdom

Rebecca Lawthom



     Mara Vidnere

     Olga Pletka


Wolfgang  Stark

© = convenor


Italic = Corresponding member




TOTAL Active


Total Corresponding