American Journal of Community Psychology

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 389–411 | Cite as

Community psychology values and the culture of graduate training: A self-study

  • Judit Alcalde
  • Richard Walsh-Bowers


In this self-study of an M.A. program in community psychology, the authors focused on evaluation of training goals related to the values of collaboration, empowerment, and diversity. Employing quantitative and qualitative methods, the evaluator, a thesis student in the program, cooperated with a stakeholder committee and other student, staff, and faculty members of the program to construct the methods and interpret the findings. Although the converging sources of data showed that the program was meeting its process goals to some extent, several key issues in the culture of training, such as the status of women, the psychological sense of community, and a supportive learning environment, needed improvement. The authors interpret the findings in terms of the impact of the university system and patriarchal norms on training in community psychology.

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graduate training community psychology values 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Judit Alcalde
    • 1
  • Richard Walsh-Bowers
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWilfrid Laurier UniversityWaterlooCanada

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