Community Psychology

In Pursuit of Liberation and Well-Being

by Geoffrey Nelson and Isaac Prilleltensky

Chapter 3: The Values of Community Psychology

Box 3.a

10 Threats to Value-Based Practice

  1. Confusing personal preferences with values
  2. Failing to translate values into action
  3. Replacing need for personal change with self-acceptance
  4. Distorting values to coincide with narrow personal interests
  5. Engaging in token consultative processes that do not afford the community meaningful input
  6. Using power to silence people with different values
  7. Failing to confront people or structures abusing power
  8. Forgetting that power and interests interfere with the enactment of values
  9. Applying the same set of values regardless of context
  10. Confusing amelioration with transformation