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Becoming EcologicalAn Expedition Into Community Psychology$
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James G. Kelly

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173796

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173796.001.0001

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Qualities for the Community Psychologist

Qualities for the Community Psychologist

(p.100) 6 Qualities for the Community Psychologist
Becoming Ecological

G. Kelly James

Oxford University Press

This chapter comments on those qualities that can make a difference to how the community psychologist behaves in carrying out community work. It is hoped that by making these qualities explicit, the power of the ecological analogy is affirmed more clearly. For the chapter, adopting the ecological perspective means shifting the focus in our communities away from our personal aspirations, our sponsoring institutions, and even the visible persons or institutions in town, and, instead, making the local conditions and the local events the forum for its work. To carry out such an expedition means doing new and different things; it means grasping the intricacies of the total community so as to identify talents and resources that are hidden yet present. It means locating the persons who care about their town.

Keywords:   community psychologist, ecological analogy, local conditions, events, community work, community

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