Fw: Master's Program in Human and Community Development

H. C. Covington (ach1@sprynet.com)
Sat, 13 Jun 1998 05:40:18 -0500

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From: Restore Hope in America <poverty@mtolympus.ari.net>
To: ach1@sprynet.com <ach1@sprynet.com>
Date: Friday, June 12, 1998 5:13 PM
Subject: Re: Master's Program in Human and Community Development

What a welcome refresh in all the other news and announcements about what
the government is going to fund, and how to participate in the funding.
This is precisely what should have been done at the very beginning of the
Model Cities project; yet given President Clinton's commitment in his
first inaugural address, to put People First, it seems years late and
considerably less than what this country should be doing for the poor -
who are also people, after all. Let's see the entire industry follow this
lead, and begin today to work to revitalize the poor, and let them take
care of their own nest.

David R. Quammen
Restore Hope In America

the Sticky Wicket: Poverty's Home Page

On Fri, 12 Jun 1998, Patty Mullen wrote:

> Dear List Members,
> We at the California School of Professional Psychology would like to
> inform you of our masters program in human and community
> development;  we hope you would share the information provided below
> with anyone who might be interested.
> Thanks very much.
> Patty Mullen
> California School of Professional Psychology
> 2749 Hyde Street
> San Francisco CA 94109
> e-mail:  pmullen@mail.cspp.edu
> phone:  800/457-1273
>  Fresno, CA--The California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) in
> Fresno has launched a new interdisciplinary Master's degree program in
> human and community  development, and will enroll the program's first
> students this spring, announced Mary Beth  Kenkel, PhD, chancellor.
> Structured for accessibility to working adults, the new program  is based
> on the philosophy that community and human development must go hand
> in hand.
>  "Communities are made up of people," added Kenkel. "If the individuals
> within a  community are struggling with challenges due to trauma, fear,
> addictions, physical or sexual abuse, or just a lack of opportunity, the
> whole community is held back. Many community  development efforts fail
> because they do not deal with the personal challenges that
> Tthere is a need for simultaneous community and  human development,"
> says Michael Bopp, PhD, a specialist in participatory change and
> development. "We will teach people how to facilitate an organic change
> process that   draws on the strengths and resources already present in
> a community," he says.
>  Bopp was tapped to create the curriculum and direct the program
> because of his years of  experience directing the Four Worlds Centre for
> Development Learning,one of several organizations that comprise Four
> Worlds International, a non-profit human and community  development
> organization that has become known for its culturally-based approach to
> development work, which it has carried out in urban and rural settings,
> and in many  different locations throughout North America and around
> the world. Four Worlds was  founded in the early 1980s by international
> coordinator Phil Lane Jr. along with Bopp and  other colleagues, based
> on principles and direction received through consultation with   elders
> and leaders from Native American and Canadian indigenous
> communities.Their  work has been generously supported by the W. K.
> Kellogg Foundation, which provided    the funding to engage indigenous
> communities in consultation and program piloting activities.
>  "Through our early work with Native American tribes in the 1980s, we
> established some  principles that seem to hold true for all communities,
> from the reservation to the inner city," Bopp explained. "We have seen
> that development comes from within, and rarely works when it is
> imposed from the outside. Healing is a necessary part of development,
> and  involves helping people close old wounds, learn healthy habits of
> thought and action, and replace dysfunctional thinking and disruptive
> patterns. Our students will be taught to draw forth a community's unique
> vision, because if people can't see a condition other than the  one
> in, they have nothing to move towards. And finally, authentic
> development is  culturally based. You can't go into a Vietnamese
> community and offer suggestions that  worked in a Hispanic setting.
> Healing and development must be rooted in the wisdom,
> knowledge, and living processes of a people's culture."
>  The new Master's Degree program in Human and Community
> Development at  CSPP-Fresno takes two years to complete, and is
> organized in three and four-day intensive workshops six times per year
> (generally running from Thursday evenings through Sunday afternoons),
> so that people with other full-time commitments can participate.
> e-mail, bulletin boards, and telephone conference calls will be used to
> connect the learners with one another and to the faculty.
>  "This training can prepare people for work in health promotion,
> prevention,   youth development, women's development, urban planning,
> community and adult  education, economic development, child protective
> services, race and ethnic relations,  physical and sexual abuse
> prevention, and community housing--to name a few," says Kenkel.
> The program is now accepting applications for the first class, which will
> begin in the Fall 1998.   For further information, contact Naomi
> Schoenholz at 800/457-1273 or by e-mail at admissions@mail.cspp.edu