Specific areas of practice
Community psychologists specialise 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 psychosocial 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 of community psychologists
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, organizations and communities.