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Diploma in Community Psychology

Learn about community psychology, and how it views social problems in this free online psychology course.

Free Course
This free online community psychology diploma course will teach you about how social problems are viewed by community psychologists, and how they attempt to solve them. Social problems are seen by community psychologists as the result of unequal distribution of resources causing poverty, homelessness, unemployment, and crime. 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 Diploma in Community Psychology starts off with 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, prevention and the fundamental role it plays. After which you will learn about social justice and how it’s a key goal of community psychology.

The course will take you through the history and development of community psychology from its foundations in the 1960s all the way up to modern times. Following the history, you will learn about who community psychologists are and the different roles they work in. The role of community psychology in an international setting will also be discussed. In the following section the theories behind community psychology will be discussed and described.

Then the course will teach you about understanding communities through the various dimensions of diversity that make up different communities. Next, you will learn about community intervention and prevention strategies, and about how communities cope with stress. Following that you will learn how community psychology influences public policies, as well as bringing about social and political change. So start this course today and learn in depth about community psychology, how it views social problems, and how it helps communities.


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Introduction to The Field of Community Psychology

Community Psychology History

Who We Are

International Perspectives

Diploma in Community Psychology - First Assessment


Research Methods

Practice Competencies

Diploma in Community Psychology - Second Assessment

Respect for Diversity

Oppression and Power


Diploma in Community Psychology - Third Assessment

Community Interventions

Prevention and Promotion

Stress and Coping

Diploma in Community Psychology - Fourth Assessment

Public Policy

Community Organizing, Partnerships and Coalitions

Behavioral Community Approaches

Social and Political Change

Dissemination and Implementation

Looking Into Your Future

Diploma in Community Psychology - Fifth Assessment

Course assessment

Learning Outcomes

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

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


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