The Theory, Research, and Practice of Community Psychology

Learn about community psychology theories and research methods with this free online course.

Free Course
With this free online course you will learn about the theories, community psychologists use, the methods of research and the ethics involved, and the competencies for practicing community psychology. Learn about community psychologists, who view social problems as being due to the unequal distribution of resources, which causes poverty, homelessness, unemployment, and crime.
  • Duration

    2-3 Hours
  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • Responsive






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This free online course Theory, Research, and Practice of Community Psychology will teach you about the theories and research methods used by community psychologists, who often view social problems as being due to the unequal distribution of resources, which usually results poverty, homelessness, crime, etc.

The course starts off by explaining the role and importance of theories, and then explores some of the main theories such as the James Kelly's Ecological Theory, Sarason's Sense of Community Theory and Rudolf Moos's Social Climate Theory, and briefly discusses the concept of liberation psychology. The course then teaches you about the research methods used by community psychologists such as the elements of research design, qualitative and quantitative research, and the ethics of going about your research. The final module in the course will take your through the competencies of practicing community psychology, starting off with the role of competencies in community psychology, the competencies themselves and how to strengthen these competencies.

This course will be of great interest to community leaders, people studying psychology, or anyone looking to learn about how they can help empower their community. So start this course today and learn valuable skills in the areas of theory, research, and practice related to community psychology.

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Explain the role of theory in Community Psychology
  • Describe the main foundational theories of Community Psychology
  • Illustrate how community psychologists use theory in their work
  • Identify how to use an ecological lens in guiding community research
  • Identify the role of ethics in Community Psychology research
  • Differentiate between qualitative versus quantitative methods
  • Discuss the utility of mixed methods research
  • Recognize what Community Psychology practice competencies are
  • Discuss why Community Psychology practice competencies are important
  • Identify how to develop your own Community Psychology competencies


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