A small group of concerned psychologist call a meeting. The conference, "to delineate the education of psychologists for a role in community mental health" "Forrest Tyler created the phrase "participant conceptualizer" ....the psychologist as a problem solver. At this conference it became clear that it was important to inquire into the impact of social innovation, community development, and other social factors on mental health as well as mental illness.
They encompassed a broader conception of social intervention. "The founders agreed community psychologists would serve as proponents of the concept of community in community mental health work, advocates for the poor and minorities, and active participants in and contributors to social and political life."
James Kelley, one of the thirty nine Swampscott attendees and a founder of Community Psychology, published an article on the ecological perspective in the American Psychologist. He has trained a large number of community psychologist.
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