1 PSYC 222L-111 - Community Psychology(CP) Spring 2012

PSYC 222L-111 - Community Psychology(CP)
Robin Diller Torres, M. A., L.M.H.C.
Telephone: Extension 2317
Office Hours: Mon- Fri., 8:30-5:00; RO 385
Spring 2012
Course Time: Wed 8:00-9:15a & Fri. 11:00-12:15p
Course Location: Student Center 349
E-Mail: [email protected]
Scileppi, J., Teed, E., & Torres, R. D. (2000)
Community Psychology: A Common Sense Approach to Mental Health.
NJ: Prentice Hall
Note: Students are expected to present a final paper written in APA style. If you do not
have an APA style guide, you may wish to purchase one at the beginning of the
semester. The APA guide is also available as a reference in the Library, the Academic
Learning Center and the Writing Center.
PSYC 101 - Introductory Psychology.
Note: CP can be used to satisfy one of the two required CORE courses in Social and
Behavioral Science. It can also fulfill one of the two required courses under the “Human
Values and Choice” category for the minor in Public Praxis. Psychology students can
count this course as a general psychology elective.
Participants will be introduced to the applied discipline of CP. Initially, we will study the nature of the field,
highlighting the socio-historical context in which it developed and the major principles and perspectives. We will
also experience how this unique approach can influence a wide variety of social settings. Finally, we will
actively examine the problems of change and the scientific, political and ethical considerations of CP
This course is conducted in a discussion and lecture format. Our class is, in fact, a small community; therefore,
you are ex pected to come to class prepared to discuss the assigned readings. To insure that everyone is
ready to participate and to call the major themes from each chapter into consciousness, a short essay m ay be
assigned during the first 10 minutes of class. These essays, which demonstrate knowledge of broad themes
and preparedness for class will be worth 10% of your final grade.
At the conclusion of the semester, students will be able to:
• Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental theories and concepts in community psychology as measured
by performance on two exams and through the final project.
• Gain further academic experience in critical thinking through developing community psychology based
solutions to current social and agency problems as measured by the final course paper.
• Strengthen skills in written and oral expression through weekly essays, a final APA style paper, an oral
presentation, and classroom participation.
• Develop an appreciation of interpersonal/cultural/socio-economic differences among people and the ethical
dilemma of labeling, through classroom discussion and exercises, required reading, and consideration of the
populations served through the applied experience as measured by the final presentation and paper.
Class meets Wednesday from 8:00a.m. to 9:15 & Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. You are ex pected to
attend all classes on tim e ready to participate. Part of your grade will be based on active discussion and
on the quality of your weekly essays. You cannot be successful in this course if you are not present or if you
are chronically late. You are being counted upon to be an active member of our classroom community.
Therefore, lateness will be counted as one half of an absence. More than five absences without official medical
documentation will be grounds for failure. This is not a “budget,” it is important grading information that you
are being given up front and in writing so that you can assess your own attendance patterns to determine your
ability to comply with this requirement. The lectures will not be a strict rehashing of the readings. If you are
not in class, you will miss key concepts that will appear on exams. All students are responsible for adherence to
this policy and for making up material that was presented in any and all missed classes. Please be aware that
575-5500 is the College’s weather/cancellation hotline. The attendance policy is generous enough to afford
students the flexibility to exercise their own good judgment in inclement weather.
Marist’s Special Services Program utilizes a “self-advocacy” policy for students who require educational
accommodations based on a diagnosed disability. To optimize your experience in this class, you are warmly
encouraged to discuss any special needs you might have at the beginning of the semester so that we can
develop appropriate strategies for your success (please note my contact information on page one).
Your grade in this course will be measured based upon the outcome of your performance. The amount of effort
each student puts into a course to achieve a desired outcome varies greatly. Therefore, you are encouraged to
structure yourself accordingly throughout the semester. Extra-credit projects may be extended to the class –
they will not be given on an individual basis. Additionally, grade changes will not be made unless there is a
legitimate error in calculation.
Short Essays – to strengthen critical
reading, writing skills, and
Midterm Exam – to demonstrate
knowledge of theories and concepts.
Final Exam - to demonstrate
knowledge of theories and concepts.
Term Project – to demonstrate
understanding of diverse populations
and solutions while improving critical
thinking and writing skills.
Oral Presentation of Project – to
strengthen skills in oral expression.
Overall Participation –to aid in the
development of critical thinking, oral
expression and the ability to apply
new knowledge.
10% -- Must demonstrate that readings were completed, and that some thought
has been given to the most relevant themes in the chapters.
25% -- 30 Multiple Choice/Short Answer & 2 Essays
25% -- 30 Multiple Choice/Short Answer & 2 Essays
30% -- Measured by content, which includes a complete description of
agency/problem & demonstration of applied community psychological principles;
writing style, which includes appropriate documentation and attention to APA
guidelines; & thoroughness in completing all aspects of the assignment and turning it
5% -- Grade based on preparedness, ability to stay within time guidelines, and
ability to express main ideas – and answer questions – for the benefit of others.
5% -- Based on attendance, preparedness, substantive and appropriate class
participation & turning in completed assignments on time.
NOTE TO STUDENTS REGARDING MIDTERM GRADES: midterm grades will be based on ½ of the grade for short essays, the
midterm exam, and ½ of the grade for overall participation, or 32.5% of your total grade. Given this, your midterm & final
grades may look very different. You are encouraged to keep this in mind as you make academic choices.
It is the responsibility of all Marist students to familiarize themselves with the Student Handbook and the
College’s expectations for academic honesty. Academic Honesty is an absolute expectation of all students for all
assignments under any circumstance! It applies to every course element --written, verbal, attendance, etc.
Violation of these guidelines will, at minimum, result in an automatic failure of the course.
Cell phones are not welcomed in class. All phones and electronic media must be switched off and packed
away out of site. If there is a specific issue on a given day that requires you to be accessible by phone,
please see me before class to discuss an exception.
95-100 A 4.0
84-86 B 3.0
90-94 A- 3.7
80-83 B- 2.7
87-89 B+ 3.3
77-79 C+ 2.3
74-76 C 2.0
70-73 C- 1.7
67-69 D+ 1.3
64-66 D 1.0
63 & below F 0
Term Project:
The final project provides an opportunity for students to synthesize the theoretical format built from readings
and discussions into a hands-on experience that will benefit our immediate and local community. The paper
must be written in APA style and any source materials must be appropriately documented (this includes
information taken from electronic sources and all forms of media). Papers must be between ten and
twelve pages in length, double-spaced, with margins set at 1 ½’’ and font size set at either 11 or
12. You will be expected to do quality work, as the paper will be worth 30% of your final grade.
All papers are due, collated, stapled and in duplicate copy, at the beginning of class on April 25 th .
Final projects will be presented to your colleagues; therefore, no late papers will be accepted!!!
Students can choose either of the following projects:
Option A: Analyze an agency in terms of its application of community psychology. Become involved either as
a participant or as an observer in a human services agency in the community (e.g. soup kitchen, Big
Brothers/Big Sisters, a local community center, Headstart, Daytop, a children’s home, activities sponsored
through Dutchess/Ulster County Mental Health, an organization in which you are presently volunteering, etc.)
and describe the agency’s activities in terms of the concepts, values and orientations discussed in the course.
Your paper must include:
1. A description of the agency’s program. Please include your source of information (director, staff, clients,
observation and/or print sources), size of the agency (number of staff and number of clients served),
comprehensive description of the population served, types of services provided, age of the program, and
the extent of your interaction (i.e. visitor, volunteer, etc).
A comprehensive description of the community psychological principles utilized and how the agency applies
Your recommendation as a “community psychologist.” Please describe how, in your opinion, the agency
might gain by utilizing additional community psychological principles.
Your reflections on this experience. What did you learn? How did your experience change your perception
of the population, course material, etc?
You will be required to give a five-seven minute presentation to your colleagues that describes the agency you
selected and discusses your findings.
Option B: Agency Problem Statement. Interview a local agency administrator, requesting that s/he describe a
problem that is presently occurring within the agency (the best programs can identify at least one area that
might be improved). The problem should be associated with providing client services and should be one for
which the administrator is searching for new alternative solutions. Through your paper, you must apply
community psychological principles to the problem and attempt to devise possible strategies for solving it. Your
report will be submitted not only to me, but also to the agency head and the class. Your project will be
evaluated on the completeness of the program description and on the quantity and quality of the community
psychology based solutions.
You will be required to give a five-seven minute presentation to your colleagues that describes the agency’s
problem and details your suggestions for improvement. This will provide you with an opportunity to combine
the benefits of “group-think” into your recommendations.
Papers must be typewritten, grammatically correct and logically structured utilizing APA format. You are
encouraged to use the free proofreading service available at the Academic Learning Center, Cannavino Library,
Room 331 to check your work. If you need more intensive writing help, you are encouraged to utilize the
Writing Center, which also provides services free of charge and is located across from The Academic Learning
Center on the Third Floor of the Library. This assignment is given on the first day of class to afford students an
opportunity to experience community psychology and to present a quality project. Students are encouraged to
begin their projects early in the semester and to discuss their progress and seek assistance as necessary.
Course Calendar:
Week One: Wednesday,
January 18th & Friday, January
Preface & Chapter 1
Week Two: Wednesday,
January 25 & Friday, January
Chapter 2
Week Three: February 1 &
Friday, February 3
Chapters 2 & 3
Week Four: Feb. 8 & 10
Chapter 3
Week Five: Feb. 15 & 17
Chapters 4 & 5
Begin Reviewing For
Your Exam
Ψ Introductions – Getting To Know
Ψ Review of Course Objectives
Ψ What is Community Psychology?
Ψ The Numbers Game:
Understanding Problems in Living
Ψ Philosophical Frameworks that
Influenced the Development of
Ψ Socio-Historic factors Leading to
The Development of CPSYC
Ψ The Dohrenwend model
Ψ Person-Environment Fit (Lewin)
Ψ Key Concepts and Theorists From
the Ecological Approach: Barker,
Moos & Kelly
Ψ Ecological Perspective Applied to
Human Development: Urie
Ψ Ecological “Clean-up”
Ψ Prevention: Primary, Secondary
and Tertiary Classic & Modern
Ψ The Individual as “Change Agent:”
Citizen Participation
Ψ Crisis Theory
Ψ Coping Techniques
Ψ Holmes & Rahe: Stress Detectives
Ψ The Concept of Hardiness
Ψ Social Support: Caplan’s Ideal
Family; Peer Counseling: Self
Week Six: Feb. 22 & 24
Chapters 4 & 5
Week Seven: Feb. 29 & March 2
Midterm Exam on 3/2 Ψ Test on Chapters 1-5 & all material
covered in class.
Ψ Deinstitutionalization
Write your topic
Ψ Sarbin’s Social Role Theory
Week Eight: March7 & 9 (Give
serious consideration to your choice
for your final project. Topics due in
writing, after break on 3/21.) No
class 3/10 -18 – Spring Break)
Ψ Do We Dare to Differ: Thomas
Ψ Labeling Theory
Ψ Midterm Exercise
Week Nine: March 21 & 23
Topic Proposal Due on 3/21
Chapter 6
Ψ Consultation: Caplan’s Types, the
Consultation Process
Ψ Giving Psychology Away Politics of
Problem Definition
Week Ten: March 28 & 30 (3/30
Chapter 8
Ψ Systems Analysis & Societal
Change: Ryan, Adams, Watzlawick
Ψ Employment Settings for
Community Psychologists
Week Eleven: April 4
& 8 (No Marist Classes Held on 4/6)
Chapter 9 & 10
Work On Final
Ψ Strategies For Change: Alinsky,
Johnson, et al
Ψ Problems in Community
Ψ Community Psychology in the
Information Age
Week Twelve: April 11 & 13.
Finish Writing Final
Paper & Leave Time
For Proofreading,
Printing, Collating,
Ψ Review of Major Themes in Light
of Modern resources
Ψ The future of Community
is the deadline to withdraw from a
course without academic penalty …
please talk to me before making this
Week Thirteen: April 18 & 20
(Papers due in duplicate on
Week Fourteen: April 25 & 27
Week Fifteen: May 2 & 4 (May 4
is the last class before the Final.
Final Ex am on 5/ 9 at
8:00 a.m . in SC 349
Ψ Community Psychological
Principles on Film
Ψ Oral Presentations
Ψ Final Exam Exercise
Ψ Course Evaluations
**NOTE: The calendar is a basic guideline. I reserve the right to alter these dates, assignments and
topics as dictated by our learning. I may invite outside speakers who are working in the field of
community psychology to discuss their roles as change agents…this may alter the order in which
topics are covered.
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understand what all that is expected of me in this course. I agree to
adhere to all policies and procedures described in the syllabus.
Name (Print): ___________________________________________________________