What about agreeing to endorse it as 'The UK Comunity Psychology Network'?
a) I'd suggest setting a deadline for objections.
b) Set an arbitrary threshold of 10 unequivocal objections (based on
guess as to how many people are likely to bother to write - as against the
larger number of people signed up on the list (by the way, when will we be
able to get a listing of who we are writing to on these posts?)
c) Make it very clear to the French comrades that we are a network rather
than a formally constituted organisation.
That way they can demonstrate international support for their event (which
might help people get funds for example to get there), and we overcome our
customary inertia and disorganisation without having to rapidly congeal
the network into a body with officers and constitutions (and eventually no
doubt a qualification test for who can come in? - although I'd want to
reserve the right to set up a formal organisation if that will be
instrumental in serving social justice in any way).
> Hi David,
> Thanks for asking us about this.
> I disagree with your proposal to say that we cannot act as partner . But
> am open to being persuaded otherwise in case I have missed something
> here. I agree that this procedural stuff does seem trivial compared to
> the issues of life and death and torture that Miriam and others have been
> so eloquent about - but that unless we get ourselves sorted around this
> we will never get to the point where we can march together in the streets
> as community psychologists along with other activists around issues of
> social injustice.
> , Although I was only around on the margins of the Edinburgh conference, I
> gained the impression ( and maybe I gained the impression because it is
> the impression I wanted to gain!) that there was a hope that we could
> somehow more actively collectivise ourselves as a UK community psychology
> network; a network/ collective that would be participatory and inclusive,
> independent of whether or not potential participants were "psychologists"
> in any " official" sense - indeed actively welcoming non-psychologists who
> shared a commitment to critiquing psychology in relation to promoting
> social justice) ( which would act as a powerful counterbalance to and
> influencer of the proposed new British Psychology Society (BPS)
> community psychology section which, because of the BPS rules, could not
> (yet?) be inclusive in the ways that we would prefer) But that we were
> struggling to find a way to form a collective - and that in the meantime
> this discussion list is the nearest we have got, imperfect though that is,
> to a collective identity/ organisation of UK community psychology.
> In so far as this list is the only current means for our rather quiet and
> not powerful collective voice, I would like, as a member of it, to say
> that I would be keen to offer to partner our European comrades in the next
> European Congress.
> Annie Mitchell
> Clinical Director,
> Doctorate in Clinical Psychology,
> School of Applied Psychosocial Studies,
> Faculty of Health and Social Work,
> University of Plymouth,
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> From: The UK Community Psychology Discussion List
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of David Fryer
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> Subject: [COMMUNITYPSYCHUK] European community psychology conference,
> Paris 2009
> Dear everyone,
> as mentioned at the Edinburgh UK CP Conference, the ECPA (European
> Community Psychology Association) will be convening a conference of
> European Community Psychology in Paris late in 2009. (I am on the
> organising committee). The local organiser is Thomas Sais of the French
> Community Psychology Association (Assoc. Franšaise de Psychologie
> Communautaire). Thomas has emailed me as follows:
> "In order to be legitimated to the eyes of the potential financers, could
> you please tell me if your national CP associations (or psychologists'
> association) would like to be mentioned as "partners" of the congress,
> without necessarily financing it ? That would be very helpful right now
> (I'm asking for sponsorships everywhere)."
> We in the UK do not have a national CP association ... the closest we come
> to it is the UK CP Network.
> I am assuming that previous discussion regarding 2iccp at Lisbon has set a
> precedent for us - as a network or list or whatever - not becoming
> 'partners' or 'endorsers' but thought I would bring this request to the
> list anyway, even though it is a trivial matter compared to some issues on
> which many of us would like to be able to have a collective voice.
> Anyone disagree that I should reply to Thomas and say that we do not have
> a body such as national CP association which could legitimately be a
> Of course whether or not a UK CP association were a partner, CPs from the
> UK will be very welcome at the conference and I will keep you posted re
> further details as they emerge
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