Reflection Upon The First Chapter

875 WordsAug 30, 20164 Pages
Reflection upon the first chapter of Kloos et al. (2012) and the articles by Dohrenwend (1978), Wellin (1955), and McCarty (1955), reveals that one overarching theme appears to unite all three: community psychology’s expansion of what is acceptable for psychological study, which also helps distinguish this branch of psychology from clinical psychology (Kloos et al., 2012, p. 3). The resulting shift in perspective is the crux of the distinction between the two fields. Moreover, Dohrenwend (1978) uses her model of psychosocial stress to highlight how community psychology should push back the intervention plan to the origin of the stress process, not at later stages (p. 12). Community psychology, therefore, is about prevention, not intervention. Once this realization is reached, it becomes possible, even necessary, for psychologists to look at macro-level forces influencing an individual’s life. The distinction between clinical and community psychology raises my first question: how do community psychologists grapple with internal psychodynamics that cannot be alleviated solely through external forces? While there is a strong focus to distinguish community psychology from clinical psychology, the readings also contribute to my understanding of community psychology’s distinctiveness from other academic disciplines. To understand the unique perspective of community psychology, one only needs to look at the two-fold mission of community psychology: conducting empirical scholarship
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