What is Community Psychology?

WHAT DO COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGISTS DO?

Depending on one’s training, experiences, and preferences, community psychologists can work as educators, professors,  program directors, consultants, policy developers, evaluators; and researchers in community organizations, universities, or government agencies to promote mental health and community well-being.

  • We seek to expand “helping” beyond traditional psychotherapy to promote wellness.
  • We engage in action-oriented research to develop, implement, and evaluate programs.
  • We base our work on a scientific foundation to better understand the multiple influences of the social environment on health and wellness
  • We build collaborative relationships with community members, groups, and organizations to solve social problems.
  • We consult with and provide tools to organizations to build capacity to address social problems such as exploitation and victimization.
  • We analyze government, civic life, and workplace settings in order to understand and improve fair and diverse participation.
  • We fight oppression, work to reduce social inequalities, and work with marginalized people toward their empowerment.

 

WHERE DO COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGISTS WORK?

  • Academic settings such as community colleges, small undergraduate colleges, and larger universities
  • Health and human service agencies of: city, county, state, and federal governments
  • Schools, community-based organizations, advocacy groups, religious institutions, and neighborhood groups.
  • Public policy organizations and nonprofits.
  • Research centers, independent or consulting groups, evaluation firms, and private practice.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES IN COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY

UNDERGRADUATE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

  • Inquire at your undergraduate institution about courses, research, and experiential learning opportunities. Get involved in research, conferences, SCRA activities, service learning, and your community!

GRADUATE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

  • Graduate degrees are offered in Community Psychology, Clinical-Community Psychology, and interdisciplinary programs.
  • Master’s programs focus on theory, research, and practical skills in community psychology, often with a significant practice focus.
  • Doctoral programs include advanced theory, practice, and comprehensive research skills, and prepare students for many career options.

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