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ECPA 10th European Congress of Community Psychology

Reflections and Challenges: Community Psychology in the European Context

Wednesday 18th October to Friday 20th October 2017 at CastleGate, Newcastle

Congress Programme

We are very please to announce the ECPA Congress Programme has now been released with a wide range of presenters and exciting topics. Full abstract and author details can be found in the Congress Abstract Documents at the bottom of this page.

The European Community Psychology Association (ECPA) brings together researchers, academics, community activists, as well as national and international networks and associations involved in community psychology. ECPA’s interests are deeply concerned with social change in our globalized world proposing a multi-level approach to social and psychological knowledge and interventions, focussing on the interactions among people in context.

European Community Psychologists have made significant contributions to the development of Community Psychology (CP) with stronger theoretical underpinning; have developed innovative theory driven intervention strategies to promote multilevel empowerment; and achieved a high level of networking creating in 1996 the ENCP and then the European Community Psychology Association (ECPA). The ECPA recently became a member of the EFPA (European Federation of Psychologists’ Association) to strengthen our relationship with other European Associations.

The overall theme is Reflections and Challenges: Community Psychology in the European Context, and within this, there are four themes:
1) Community Psychology interventions in Europe – celebrate the diversity and reflect on interventions
2) What contribution does European Community Psychology make to issues like – inequality, migration, violence and censure?
3) Protection of the ‘most vulnerable’ - children, young people growing up in ‘austerity’ older people, migrants, etc.
4) Poverty & Inequality – Feminist responses to ‘austerity’ and neo-liberalism, critiques and interventions

Updates will be posted on this webpage, emailed to booked delegates and shown on the ECPA Facebook page.

Pre-Conference Workshop - Wednesday 18th October - Afternoon Session

Prof Dr Wolfgang Stark, Universities for Social Responsibility, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Community-oriented Patterns and Pattern Languages – implicit and tacit knowing for community psychology

This creative and experience-based workshop will present a card deck tool that will be useful for students, teachers and community actors interested in: experiential learning; community psychology; community development and community-university partnerships. The tool is based on the pattern language concept developed by Alexander, Ishikawa and Silverman (1977) used in many disciplines such as architecture, urban planning, software design and organisational development.

The workshop facilitator will introduce the tool, which is borne out of a ten year trans-disciplinary campus-community partnership processes for social innovation. Within the workshop we will discuss the research concept designed to develop competence models for experiential learning. The aim is to develop a competence model as a pattern language for experiential learning and research based upon competencies developed for students, teachers, and community actors.

Full details on this exciting workshop can be found here.

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to confirm our following speakers:

  • Overall Keynote: Professor Peter Beresford - author of ‘All Our Welfare Towards participatory social policy’. Peter is Professor of Citizen Participation at the University of Essex, Co-Chair of Shaping Our Lives, the disabled people's and service users' organization, network and think tank. He has a longstanding involvement in issues of participation as service user, writer, researcher, campaigner, and educator.
  • Thematic Keynote: Professor Rebecca Lawthom - Feminist Psychology
  • Thematic Keynotes: Professor Donata Francescato and Professor Bruna Zani - Community Psychology Interventions

Who should attend

The two day congress will be of interest to psychologists and post-graduate students of community and clinical psychology, applied and social psychologists, health professionals and psychologists, and any practitioners with an interest in health/mental health and inequality.

Transport and Location

Newcastle has excellent transport links, details on The Metro link from Newcastle International Airport can be found here..

A useful map of Newcastle & Gateshead can be found here.

On behalf of the ECPA 2017 Scientific Committee we look forward to welcoming you to Newcastle,

Liz Cunningham
Chair of the Organising Committee
President of the ECPA

The event is supported by the Standing Committee on Community Psychology of EFPA

Please note, We are no longer holding any accommodation. If you required accommodation, please book this direct with the Jurys Inn NewcastleGateshead Quays or hotel of your choice.

Registration for this event is now open, delegate fees can be found on the event booking page. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 947070.

Speakers and Facilitators

Professor Peter Beresford

Keynote Speaker
Professor Peter Beresford is the author of ‘All Our Welfare Towards participatory social policy’. Peter is Professor of Citizen Participation at the University of Essex, Co-Chair of Shaping Our Lives, the disabled people’s and service users’ organization, network and think tank and highly influential in Mad Studies in the UK. He has a longstanding involvement in issues of participation as service user, writer, researcher, campaigner, and educator. His areas of particular interest are disability, mental health, palliative care, social work and social care, welfare reform, social work education and participatory research.

Professor Rebecca Lawthom

Keynote Speaker
Rebecca is Professor of Community Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is a feminist and community psychologist and has published widely in areas such as disability and psychology, life history methods, community psychology and feminism. She has carried out some joint work funded by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills with the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak in Malaysia on culturally sensitive disability studies and co-edited Community Psychology: Critical Action and Social Change (with Kagan, Burton, Siddiquee and Duckett, 2011).

Professor Donata Francescato

Keynote Speaker
Donata was the first Italian Full Professor of Community Psychology at Rome Sapienza University retiring in 2014. She was instrumental in introducing Community Psychology in Italy and was a founder member of the European Network of Community Psychology; the European Network of Affective Education and the ECPA. She has authored more than twenty books on social, environmental, political and community psychology, most recently focusing on the ‘political activist’ model of critical community psychology.

Professor Bruna Zani

Keynote Speaker
Bruna is a Professor of Social and Community Psychology at the University of Bologna. From 2008-2012 she was President of the Italian Community Psychology Society. Since 2006, she has been a member of the Executive Committee of the European Community Psychology Association (ECPA), and since July 2015 she has been a member of the Executive Council of EFPA (European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations). Her research interests are on risk and healthy behaviours in adolescence; risk perception and risk communication; service learning; wellbeing promotion; community development; civic engagement and political participation of adolescents and young people. On this latter topic, she has edited a book with M. Barrett, Political and civic engagement. Multidisciplinary perspectives, Routledge, London, 2015.


The CastleGate

Melbourne Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2JQ •  Directions

The CastleGate is a uniquely historic and impressive venue located in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne and within easy reach of all transport links.