Community involvement

The School of Psychology and Counselling aims to make important contributions to the improvement of human health and to the development of Australia’s healthcare policy and services through our teaching, collaboration, research and community service activities. Here we provide examples of community collaboration, engagement, and research happening within the School.

QUT Health Clinics

Our Health Clinics provide the community with quality and affordable health services. The Psychology and Counselling Clinic's main function is to provide affordable psychological services to the local community and to act as a training facility for postgraduate psychology students. These facilities keep the school engaged with the community while also providing students with valuable real world experience.

Industry partnerships and community research

CARRS-Q (Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - Queensland) is an established research centre situated within the Faculty of Health comprised of over 80 multidisciplinary researchers and postgraduate students. The Centre has successfully developed and maintained a strong research and consultancy profile, collaborative research linkages with government, other universities, commercial organisations and cooperatives.

We are committed to participating nationally, as well as internationally, in the promotion of road safety and injury prevention to reduce road trauma. We do this through participation in organisations and conferences, collaboration with international partners, and by building road safety capacity through the training of professionals, practitioners and postgraduates.

Contact: Andrea McCrindle, Research Manager: or +61 7 3138 4873

Resourceful Adolescent Program (RAP)

Another strong area of community engagement is work with health and education departments in the prevention of mental health problems in children and adolescents. We carry out this work with programs like the Resourceful Adolescent Program (RAP).  RAP is a strength focused school-based resilience building program. The program consists of a suite of interventions for adolescents (RAP-A), Parents ( RAP-P ) and Teachers (RAP-T).  Building on this suite of interventions, the RAP team have also developed programs to build resilience with adult populations.  The RAP team at QUT coordinates the dissemination and training for these programs. Psychology Masters Students have the opportunity to be trained in the RAP Program and deliver the program in their placements or at the QUT Health Clinic.  RAP has over 7 000 trained facilitators and estimate that over 100 000 adolescents have been through the program in 18 countries.

Community evaluation and impact

The School, in collaboration with other disciplines in the Faculty of Health, are committed to authentic engagement with community partners to ensure mutual benefit in the sharing of knowledge, technology, methods and resources. We have a strong history of partnership with community and industry partners to support program evaluation of existing community programs and in the development of new programs to support community-identified needs through the application of evidence-based practice. The goal of this group is to bring together academic staff, HDR students, and post-docs to be responsive to community program evaluation needs. For community groups interested in partnering with us, please contact us at

Community engagement and real world education

The Faculty of Health is constantly engaging with external partners in its teaching and learning and research activities to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. The school's staff seeks out projects and creates partnerships with industry to improve the health of the community both locally and globally.

Student research

Within the School of Psychology and Counselling students are engaged in research projects at the Honour’s, Master’s, and Doctoral levels. Under the supervision of academic staff, our students engage with a variety of external partners in the development, implementation, and feedback processes for their research. These research projects range in their scope, duration, and topics. Further information on each of the courses can be found here:

Student Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

Psychology in the Community (PYB301) is a final year elective for undergraduate students that provides an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to ‘real world’ contexts and to explore potential career interests. The capstone unit involves a 50 hour work placement that is completed over the course of a semester (or summer school). A wide range of pre-negotiated placement options are available with organisations that QUT has ongoing arrangements with, but students may also organise a placement of their choice with approval from the unit coordinator.  Students are well supported during the program with workshops and activities that prepare them for placement and that promote critical reflection on the workplace experience. The unit is generally offered in semesters one, two, and summer school. A recent student, Rebekah, reflects on the value of the unit and her placement experience:

“The PYB301 Psychology in the Community Placement opened my eyes and solidified my interest and determination for working in the field of assisting others. It is through this incredible experience that I met some amazing people who encouraged me to continue on past my placement hours as a volunteer. There were confronting challenges to overcome and it was clear that this work is not for everyone. I gained invaluable hands on experience which prepared me to branch out and apply for paid work in this field. With the huge support of my supervisors I was able to secure a position as a Youth Support Worker and can proudly say I am exactly where I need to be. PYB301 will always be one of my favourite subjects offered at QUT as it allows you to shape your experience to fit you and your passions. I encourage all students to push out of their comfort zones and give PYB301 a go! I'm so glad I did”

Upcoming Community Events

  • Research Showcase: 23 August 2018, 3 – 5 pm in IHBI Seminar Room at QUT Kelvin Grove (60 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove)


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