Here you will find details concerning the professional association for psychologists in Australia - the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Under the umbrella of APS, are specialist colleges in psychology, which include the APS College of Community Psychologists.

We would encourage you to become involved in the College of Community Psychologists. So we can warmly welcome you, it might be an idea to contact a committee member from your state, letting us know you will be attending. We do know it is sometimes hard to turn up to a new group for the first time, and it is helpful for someone to look out for you, and welcome you. Here you can view some photos from a meeting of the Victorian College of Community Psychologists so you can put some 'names to faces'.


APS College of Community Psychologists

Visit the official web site of the APS College of Community Psychology at http://www.groups.psychology.org.au/ccom/

The following statements, and the set of Objectives come from the College's web site.

The role of the APS College of Community Psychologists is focused on community psychology as a specialised area of practice within psychology. There are 95 members in the APS College of Community Psychologists. The College has sections in Victoria, Western Australia and New South Wales. Community psychologists have specific training and experience in understanding and supporting the needs of people in their communities. They focus less on ‘problems’ and more on the strengths and competencies of community members. They value human differences and are committed to core principles of flexibility, equity and respect for cultural diversity in meeting the needs of different communities

The objectives of the APS College of Community Psychologists, is to,

  1. Encourage the development of theory, research and practice relevant to understanding people in the contexts of their social systems and settings
  2. Maintain practice standards and quality assurance in the field of community psychology
  3. Adhere to community psychology principals of flexibility, equity and respect for diversity across theoretical models to meet the needs of different populations
  4. Encourage and support the education and continuing professional development of community psychology
  5. Serve as a medium for exploration and discussion of issues relevant to research and practice within the field of community psychology
  6. Work collaboratively with other associations, organisations or community groups with similar interests.

The Australian Community Psychologist Journal

The official publication of the College of Community Psychologists is “The Australian Community Psychologist”. We applaud the journal Editor, Dr Lauren Breen, for ensuring this unique Australian journal remains 'open source', and can be accessed by everyone, at no cost. Electronic editions can be found at the following address. http://www.groups.psychology.org.au/GroupContent.aspx?ID=4395

How do you join the APS College of Community Psychology?

For details about the benefits of membership, and how to join, go to this web address. http://www.psychology.org.au/membership/benefits/


Committee Membership



Professor Jenny Sharples

Deputy Chair

Ms Helen Killmier


Dr. Dawn Darlaston-Jones


Dr. Julie Morsillo  

Membership Secretary

Pam Loughnan

Committee Members


Ms Heather Gridley

Dr. Renzo Vittorino