Community Psychology Interventions

Unit code: APM7003 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Nicholson


This unit examines community psychology interventions in multiple levels of analysis, from small groups, to organisational contexts to broader community settings.  Prevention strategies are critically explored, including primary prevention programs, secondary prevention strategies, tertiary prevention strategies and the notion of 'at-risk.  The emphasis is on evidence-based interventions, and the capacity to critically evaluate existing community-based interventions.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the multiple levels requiring analysis for community problem-solving ; from individual to broader contexts, including cultural factors and notions of empowerment;
  2. Explain and apply the philosophy and principles for successful and sustainable community interventions;
  3. Examine the range of prevention strategies, including individual and larger group interventions, in light of local and international practices; and
  4. Critically reflect on community intervention approaches and/or frameworks.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Report
Grade: 20%
Agency report on community intervention strategies (800 words)
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 30%
Critical reflection on community psychology intervention strategy frameworks (1000 words)
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 50%
Community psychology intervention plan (3000 words)

Required reading

Selected readings to be uploaded into VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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