As I am sitting her preparing a new program proposal for a Community Psychology program, I am coming across so much timely literature its giving me chills! With all that is going on in our communities there is a demand for relvolutionary education and community empowerment. Liberation Psychology is that.
“Liberation psychology involves the application of psychology in a participatory manner for the purposes of undertaking transformative action and advancing social justice…involves participatory practices that aim to avoid reproducing oppression. Such practices must firstly be critical and reflexive, that is, involve a critical reflection of power and privilege and an awareness of their role in contexts of practice. An analysis of power and oppression is thus central, and many practitioners of liberation psychology adopt a structural analysis, that is, an analysis that focuses on economic and political structures associated with inequality (Society for Community Research and Action (2015). Liberation Psychology. Retrieved from http://www.scra27.org/what-we-do/what-community-psychology/liberation-psychology/#YRFI4jG0sHi767dt.99 ).”
We MUST teach the students in our program to reflect CRITICALLY about power and privilege. This is the only way we can make the differences we seek in the next generation of mental health professionals.
Please watch this video clip below, if you are interested in learning more about Liberation Psychology.
-Respectfully, Dr. Bree