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Community Psychology - Tools for Action

Learn about the key concepts and principles of community psychology with this free online course.

Free Course
This free online Community Psychology course discusses the tools for action. In this course you will learn that social problems are viewed by community psychologists as the result of unequal distribution of resources causing poverty, homelessness, unemployment, and crime. You will also learn about how community psychology attempts to change and disrupt harmful dynamics in an attempt to improve community wellbeing.
  • Duration

    1.5-3 Hours
  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • Responsive






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This free online course Community Psychology - Tools for Action will teach you about the work and development of community psychologists, who view social problems as a result of unequal distribution of resources, and their work for social justice, and community empowerment. The course starts off by introducing you to the field of community psychology, its purpose and how it started. Then it delves into a key part of community psychology, namely, the tools and techniques used by community psychologists.

You will learn about social justice and how it’s a goal of community psychology. You will learn about theories behind community psychology, as well as the research methods and practice competencies for those practicing community psychology. You will then learn about the presence of diversity in communities, and how community psychologists’ work involves taking action against systems of oppression and power.

Finally, you will learn about community intervention and prevention strategies for dealing with social problems. You will also learn about public policies and how to create partnerships within your community. This course will of great interest to those already working in the field of community psychology or social care, and for those interested in pursuing a career in community psychology. So, why wait? Start learning about how community psychology can be an effective tool for action today!

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The Role of Community Psychology in Public Policy

Community Organizing, Partnerships and Coalitions

Behavioral Community Approaches

Social and Political Change

Dissemination and Implementation

Looking Into Your Future

Course assessment

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Identify the diverse reasons and areas community psychologists work and research in
  • Recognize how an international context differs from at-home Community Psychology
  • Describe and discuss the main theories and research methods
  • Recognize the community psychologies practice competencies and their importance
  • Recognize cultural humility and the dimensions of diversity in a community
  • Discuss the concepts, theories, and intersection of oppression and power
  • Discuss the aspects and processes of empowerment to make changes in communities
  • Identify what is involved in a community intervention and measuring its effectiveness
  • Discuss the key aspect of prevention, prevention programs and evaluation
  • Discuss community psychologists work with public policy, and community organizing


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