This unit is the capstone unit for the program. This unit examines and evaluates the multiple roles of the community psychologist as a practitioner. These roles include provider of psychological services as a generalist psychologist and roles such as participant-observer, evaluator, consultant, researcher, change agent, networker, trainer, negotiator, facilitator. Students reflect upon and identify their existing capabilities, competencies and skills, and then identify their gaps in competencies. From this self-reflection, a learning contract will be developed to formulate a professional practice plan in preparation for their future workplace.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review professional issues relevant to psychological practice;  
  2. Integrate and evaluate the learning acquired in academic course work and on placement;  
  3. Enhance the capacity for self-reflection and reflective practice as a psychologist;  
  4. Clarify values in relation to working as a community psychologist, in the light of Course and Practicum experience, with particular emphasis on culture, gender, ability and minority group identification; and  
  5. Devise plans for enhancing competencies as community psychologists in future work settings.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Seminar presentation and report (1500 words) 30%
Project Professional practice plan including self-evaluation and aims for continuing education and professional practice (2500 words) 70%

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