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Community psychologists: Agents of change

Leonard Jason, a professor of clinical and community psychology and director of the Center for Community Research at DePaul University.

Newswise — CHICAGO — For decades, community psychologists have used their psychology training to identify solutions to challenging problems like neighborhood violence and undiagnosed illnesses across large populations. At the forefront of this field is Leonard Jason, a professor of clinical and community psychology and director of the Center for Community Research at DePaul University.

“I was around during the Vietnam War, and it was a time filled with social change movements like the civil rights and women’s movements. At that time, most psychologists were trained to deliver what is called a traditional medical model treatment with one-on-one psychotherapy, which involves waiting for clients to visit their offices,” said Jason, who’s been on faculty at DePaul since 1975.

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He and other community psychologists noticed several problems with this model. “Most people were being treated at a time when their disorders were more entrenched and long-standing, and these might be the times when it was most difficult to bring about change. This was also a passive model and did not attempt to prevent the problem in the first place,” he said.

“Early in my […]

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