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Project Groups

The Network has established Project Groups that work on certain topics and can give advice to international bodies and authorities on matters relevant to the particular area of social responsibility.

Currently there are five Project Groups:

  1. Peace Psychology Curriculum
  2. Peace Psychology Internships
  3. Peace Psychology Research
  4. Building Cultures of Peace
  5. Ethical Oversight
  1. Peace Psychology Curriculum
  2. Contact: Dan Christie (e-mail)

    The purpose of this Project Group is to encourage the development of peace psychology courses that can be housed in psychology departments or in peace studies programs.

    The literature on the psychology of peace and social justice (i.e., peace psychology) is growing rapidly worldwide. Beginning in 1995, the visibility of peace psychology was greatly enhanced with the launching of Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, a publication of the American Psychological Association. More recently, the field has added the Peace Psychology Book Series and Encyclopedia of Peace Psychology.

    Introductions to peace psychology are also available in textbooks, including Peace Psychology: A Comprehensive Introduction by Blumberg, Hare, and Costin (2006), The Psychology of Peace: An Introduction by MacNair (2011), and Peace, Conflict, and Violence: Peace Psychology for the 21st Century by Christie, Winter, and Wagner (2001), which is available for downloading at no cost.

    A list of syllabi and Powerpoints can be found at the following site: http://www.peacepsych.org/peace-education.htm.

    If you have interest in developing courses, curricula, or programs in peace psychology or the transdisciplinary field of Peace and Conflict Studies, contact Dan Christie.

  3. Peace Psychology Internships
  4. Contact: Christopher Cohrs (e-mail) & Miriam Schroer (e-mail)

    This Project Group goes back to an initiative of the German Forum Peace Psychology. So far we have developed a list for internship possibilities in German language as well as a list for internship possibilities in English language, covering areas such as development, non-violence, antimilitarism, refugee work, peace work in general, and peace and conflict research.

    We seek to expand our lists (which cover organisations in Germany, Northern Ireland, England, the United States, Palestine, Switzerland, and Belgium) in two ways. First, we are looking for additional organisations where students who speak German or English can do internships. Second, we are extending the list by organisations from other countries (e.g. in the French or the Spanish speaking world).

    To make the list more comprehensive (and this project really successful), we need your help! If you know of any organisations who might be added to the list, please contact the German Forum Friedenspsychologie.

    In summary, we are establishing a database for

    • Students who wish to do an internship in the field of Peace Psychology
    • Professionals who wish to invite an intern to their organization
    • Funding opportunities for international internships for people from various countries.

    Please contact us if you want to join us and help establish contacts for the database. Please also forward the link to our qeustionnaire to relevant mailing lists in your countries or world regions.

  5. Peace Psychology Research
  6. Contact: Johanna Kirchhoff (e-mail) & Christopher Cohrs (e-mail)

    This Project Group came into being after the European Congress of Psychology in Oslo in July 2009. It provides people who are interested in research in the area of peace and social responsibility (both academics and practitioners) with a platform (using an email listserv) to exchange information on publications, conferences, research projects etc. and to discuss recent research-related developments, in particular with a view towards reducing the gap between theory and practice. In addition, the Project Group aims to enhance the footing and reach of psychological peace research on an international level, for example through the preparation of meetings at large conferences or the organization of own small conferences.

    We see "peace", broadly defined, as including the absence of direct, structural, and cultural violence as well as the promotion of non-violence, social justice, and social-psychological health.

  7. Building Cultures of Peace
  8. Contact: Paul Kimmel (e-mail)

    How can we begin a movement toward UNESCO’s culture of peace? Creating a culture of peace is like planting a seed and nurturing it. A culture of peace could begin with the visions and emotions that the arts provide for all of us. Creativity is basic to peace building. Working together imparts a feeling of what living in a culture of peace would be like. Gaining new insights into our selfish and unsatisfying consumer activities will be an immediate benefit. Directly experiencing the wonders that nature and other people provide when we leave the shopping malls for service abroad or domestic rebuilding programs will be a refreshing change for all of us. Creative activities will enable us to regain trust in our fellow human beings and the bounty of nature. This increased trust plus a renewed respect for human dignity are key components of a culture of peace.

    We are enthusiastic about the possibilities of working proactively to build cultures of peace and learning about different programs and initiatives on this topic from other regions. If you are interested, please get in touch!

  9. Ethical Oversight
  10. Contact: Jancis Long (e-mail)

    This group is open to people interested in Jean Maria Arrigo's Case Book team, and a proposal to establish an International Health Professions Ethics Oversight Committee led by Kenneth Agar Newman in the U.S. An interesting suggestion from this group is that Europeans interested in psychological and mental health ethics in their countries should investigate the conditions under which refugees and undocumented immigrants are held in camps across Europe.

    At present this group has only three names, and no activity. But as the PsySR involved Coalition for Health Professionals Ethical Oversight takes shape, I shall keep INPsySR representatives, and names gathered from the 2008 and 2009 General Meetings, informed of issues and plans around which interested parties can form an active working group.

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