Practice

Areas of practice
Community psychologists are experts in:

  • Needs analysis for communities at risk, such as immigrant groups and rural and remote communities.
  • Community asset mapping of social capital and related resources.
  • Community-generated problem-solving based on collaboration and social justice.
  • Community capacity building to manage change and address risks and threats.
  • Evaluation of psycho-social environments with respect to sense of community, quality of life, social support networks, resilience, etc.
  • Social impact assessment related to environmental issues such as drought and climate change.
Skills
Community psychologists have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Conduct community-focused psychosocial research.
  • Assess the psychosocial needs of individuals, groups, organisations and residential communities.
  • Conduct community consultation to inform public policy development.
  • Enhance engagement and collaboration within a diverse community.
  • Evaluate the processes and outcomes of community programs that address psychosocial needs.
  • Coordinate systems to manage projects.
  • Educate staff in community consultation skills.
  • Provide counselling and advocacy for individuals and groups.
  • Negotiate and mediate to manage and resolve conflict.
  • Develop, facilitate and evaluate group-based intervention and education programs.
  • Develop and conduct health promotion and education programs.
  • Promote and manage attitudinal and behavioural social change in individuals, systems, organisations and communities.

For information about the IPS’s activities on behalf of practice at the federal level, please contact Dr. Karen Cohen, Chief Executive Officer, IPS, via email (executiveoffice@ipsworld.org) .