Community Research and Action in the West Conference

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Community Research and Action in the West (CRA-W) Conference

Breaking Boundaries through Community Engaged Social Justice Work

October 16, 2015
UW Bothell

Students, faculty, staff, community members and organizations, and other Community Research and Action enthusiasts from the West participated in a day of invigorating conversation and networking in an informal and welcoming environment. 

CRA-W (previously the Northwest ECO Conference) is an annual event that provides an opportunity to share ideas, practices, and learning from recent completed or ongoing community-based work. Although founded by community psychologists, CRA-W is a multi-disciplinary gathering. All are welcome to join the conversation!

Keynote Address by Brad Olson
Insularity, Injustice, and the Necessity of Interdisciplinarity to Socially-Just ‘Disciplines’: The Case of the APA, Interrogations, Torture, and the Hoffman Report

Keynote speaker Dr. Brad Olson is one of six dissidents who campaigned against the complicity of professional psychologists in US government-sanctioned interrogations and alleged torture. He co-directs the Community Psychology PhD Program at National Louis University, and is past president and current treasurer of Psychologists for Social Responsibility.

For over ten years, the American Psychological Association (APA) found itself in a battle around psychological ethics and the direction of the field itself. The Hoffman report, released this year, concluded that key APA staff members and the Department of Defense colluded to loosen the APA code of ethics in the service of the "global war on terror,” ultimately allowing psychologists to use their skills to harm others.

This talk will describe events with particular attention to a community psychology (and interdisciplinary) critique of APA actions and ways in which Psychology has been "misdirected" (Sarason, 1981). Specifically, what aspects of APA's/Psychology's mission and organizational culture contributed to some of these tragic outcomes? How might insularity and selective interdisciplinarity lead to deep conflicts of interest? What are the ways in which a stronger future embrace of ethics, interdisciplinarity, and ecological thinking can play more mmmmmmnprotective roles for individuals, society, science, and practice?

The full conference schedule is downloadable here.

CRA-W 2015 is sponsored by:
Schoof of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science, UW Bothell
University of Washington Center for Human Rights
Society for Community Research and Action (APA Division 27)

Questions? Please email Conference Co-chairs Dr. Lauren Lichty and Charlie Collins or Assistant Conference Coordinator Ashleigh Lamken at

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For visitors, see local hotel options here:

A room block for CRA-W guests has been reserved at the Country Inn and Suites in Bothell. The rates are: the king bed at $107.00 and The Exec King (king bed and sleeper sofa) at $120.00 per night plus tax.

Rates include breakfast and internet.  The hotel also features a Lounge onsite.

Guests can make reservations as follows:

1)    Toll-free at 800-456-4000, specify Bothell WA and reference the block name, 2015 Community Research & Action.

2)    Online at, select arrival and departure dates, click on more search options, then type in the code CRA.

UW Bothell does not endorse or favor any particular hotel.

For transportation options and directions please see here:

For information for parking see here:

Parking permits can be purchased at the pay stations located in each of the parking garages.

3 or more hours costs $6.
Less than three hours costs $3