The Applied Community Psychology Specialization provides students in both the clinical and nonclinical programs opportunities to develop community practice skills. The specialization may also be completed as a free-standing Certificate in Applied Community Psychology. Through projects conducted in collaboration with community-based organizations, Applied Community Psychology students develop real-world skills in the areas of program development and evaluation, prevention and promotion, and professional consultation and collaboration. Students also learn how to develop and implement psycho-educational groups and in-service training workshops.
Some of the organizations that our students have collaborated with include:
- Los Angeles Mayor’s Crisis Response Team
- Village Health Foundation
- The Relational Center
- Catholic Charities
- Westside Regional Center
- Well Baby Center
- Make a Wish Foundation-Los Angeles
- Ocean Park Community Center
- Center for Non-Violent Parenting
- The Usual Suspects
The Applied Community Psychology program emphasizes academic excellence and real-world applications of community practice skills, combined with individualized attention to the professional development needs of specialization students. The specialization employs a professional development model that provides students ongoing support and career development opportunities. These efforts have been recognized by the largest member organization of community psychologists, the Society for Community Research and Action (Division 27 of the American Psychological Association), honoring the Applied Community Psychology Specialization with the 2010 Outstanding Program Award and its director, Dr. Sylvie Taylor, with the 2008 Outstanding Educator Award.
If you would like to learn more about Applied Community Psychology, please visit Applied Community Psychology in Depth.