You might be a community psychologist if…

I am still searching for a good elevator speech to use when people ask the inevitable question – “What do you do?” I usually reply: “I am a community psychologist.”  What follows my answer is the inevitable quizzical look as the inquirer struggles to put my answer into their predetermined notion of what psychologists do --- therapy.   I used to do therapy. I specialized in adolescent addiction and although I loved working with teens, working with parents who refused to address their own addictions was not so much fun. Watching kids get discharged when their insurance ran out was a lot less fun.  I guess you could say I have come full circle because I worked in community programs early in my career. My Community Psychology graduate program at Georgia State University … [Read more...]