The SCRA, which is a division of the American Psychological Association, strives to promote health and empowerment to prevent issues pertaining to groups, individuals, and communities. It also seeks to have a strong global influence and promote social justice.
During the year, members of the SCRA attend industry-sponsored conferences scattered throughout the country. The Ecological-Community Psychology (ECO) conferences are regional events, typically established by graduate students that let area psychologists working in academic or applied settings to meet. One 2015 event, which occurred in the Southeast region from October 23 and 25 at the University of North Carolina’s Uptown Center City Campus in Charlotte, included keynote speaker Laura Clark, who is the executive director of the Renaissance West Initiative. The conference, entitled “Community Psychology Then and Now: From the ‘Swamp’ to the City,” also featured networking opportunities and symposiums.