Knowing where you are walking: the benefits and hazards of using theoretical roadmaps and research to guide community consultation practice

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Pretty, Grace. 2006. "Knowing where you are walking: the benefits and hazards of using theoretical roadmaps and research to guide community consultation practice." Gridley, Heather (ed.) 10th Trans-Tasman Conference in Community Psychology. Sydney, Australia 20 - 23 Apr 2006 Melbourne, Australia.
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Knowing where you are walking: the benefits and hazards of using theoretical roadmaps and research to guide community consultation practice

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AuthorPretty, Grace
EditorsGridley, Heather
Journal or Proceedings TitleAustralian Community Psychologist
Journal Citation18 (3), pp. 58-67
Number of Pages9
Year2006
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISSN1835-7393
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.groups.psychology.org.au/Assets/Files/ACP-Issue1-2014.pdf
Conference/Event10th Trans-Tasman Conference in Community Psychology
Event Details
10th Trans-Tasman Conference in Community Psychology
Event Date
20 to end of 23 Apr 2006
Event Location
Sydney, Australia
Abstract

This paper progresses the 2006 Trans-Tasman Conference theme by considering 'do you know where you are walking?' and more importantly 'do you know how to get there?'. The
community psychologist’s aspirations for the 'common good' anticipate outcomes such as social justice, sense of community and empowerment, and prescribe congruent values-based praxis to accomplish it. Such concepts and visions compel us to act for social change; they also enlighten the challenging decisions and processes we encounter in our personal every day walk of life. This journey can be complex as the 'doing' of community psychology often involves an emotive personal as well as professional commitment, sometimes associated with a particular political agenda. This paper considers how mapping the psychological landscape of a community, along with its history and geography, can help guide the practitioner through difficult terrain. Some of the author’s experiences are considered from theoretical perspectives including sense of community, community consultation processes, social ecology, community readiness and capacity building. These narratives illustrate how such theoretical maps can help the community psychologist to avoid walking in circles, down dead-end streets and up one-way streets while 'walking the walk'.

Keywordssocial ecology; community consultation
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020441004. Social change
520599. Social and personality psychology not elsewhere classified
520399. Clinical and health psychology not elsewhere classified
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