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Tools and Skills for Psychosocial and Community Intervention

Code: 42590 ECTS Credits: 9
Degree Type Year Semester
4313402 Psychosocial Research and Intervention OT 0 1


José Luis Lalueza Sazatornil

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Juan Pujol Tarres
Marisela Montenegro Martinez
Silvia Camps Orfila


There are no prerequisites for enrolling for this subject. It is recommended to enrol for the other subjects of the Master’s degree (speak with the coordinator of the Master’s degree in case of not enrolling for all subjects).

Objectives and Contextualisation

  • Identify and analyse different comprehension frameworks that guide psychological-social and community intervention.
  • Know the main tools for planning and evaluating intervention processes.
  • Develop skills for information gathering, interpretation and negotiation of demand.
  • Develop communicative processes adapted to different moments of the life span and to the different areas of intervention.


  • Continue the learning process, to a large extent autonomously.
  • Establish operational objectives substantiated theoretically and socially relevant to take into account the complexity of the psychosocial reality.
  • Selecting and applying necessary for collection, analysis and presentation of empirical material qualitative techniques.
  • Solve problems in new or little-known situations within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to the field of study.
  • Teamwork, creating synergies in working environments that involve different people working in a coordinated and collaborative.
  • Theoretically guide the definition of objectives, design and analysis in understanding the psychosocial phenomena.
  • Using information technology and communication in the collection, processing and transmission of knowledge.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Continue the learning process, to a large extent autonomously.
  2. Describe the theoretical frameworks involved in a social problem and derive implications for psychosocial intervention.
  3. Develop an evaluation plan based on qualitative empirical material
  4. Solve problems in new or little-known situations within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to the field of study.
  5. Specify and evaluate the operational objectives of an intervention plan according to specific situations
  6. Teamwork, creating synergies in working environments that involve different people working in a coordinated and collaborative.
  7. Using information technology and communication in the collection, processing and transmission of knowledge.


  • Ecological and participatory perspectives in the field of psychological-social and community intervention.
  • Main tools for collecting and interpreting information for the intervention.
  • Interpretation and negotiation of social demands. Analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, network analysis, community mediation tools.
  • Communicative processes: interviews, ethnographies, audiovisual techniques, participatory work groups. Adaptation of the techniques to different moments in the life span and different areas of intervention.
  •  Reflection on the professional practice of the intervention.


This module is aimed at training participants in the design of psychological-social intervention projects.

The module is organised in three parts:

1.  Bases for carrying out projects. Throughout the first four classes, the aspects prior to the design of an intervention are analysed: analysis of the demand, study of needs, choice of the type of intervention and the planning process for it. The project design task begins during part of the second session, in which groups of three or four members will be formed who will choose a topic by describing an environment in which a social need susceptible to generating an intervention can be detected. This environment must be real (a neighborhood, an institution, a population group in a territory, etc.), although all of its characteristics and data do not necessarily need to be known.

2,  Tools and communication processes. In the next four sessions, practical classes on these techniques will be carried out: social networks, interviews, narratives and focus groups.

3.  Preparation of intervention projects. In the last two classes the planning, execution and evaluation of psychological-social intervention projects will be studied.

  •     Lectures
  •     Seminars and workshops
  •     Tutorials
  •     Preparation of tasks
  •     Reading articles/reports of interest
  •     Personal study
  •     Project elaboration

Annotation: Within the schedule set by the centre or degree programme, 15 minutes of one class will be reserved for students to evaluate their lecturers and their courses or modules through questionnaires.


Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Master classes and seminars 56.25 2.25 2, 5, 4, 1
Type: Supervised      
Tutorials 56.25 2.25 3, 5, 4, 1, 6, 7
Type: Autonomous      
Elaboration of works, readings, personal study, project design 112.5 4.5 2, 3, 5, 4, 1, 6, 7


EV1. Design of an intervention project.

EV2. Participation in workshops on intervention techniques (communicative processes)

EV3. Module learning report for the Master’s degree Final Project (TFM). Report on the application of the module to the TFM process, corrected by the tutor of the student following the guidelines of the person who coordinates the module.



Passed: The module will be considered passed if the student gets an average grade greater than 5 in all the assessment tests.

Assessable: Students who have presented assessments with a weighting equal to 40% of the total module will be considered Assessable.

Non-assessable: Students who have presented several assessments, where the total weight in relation to the module as a whole is less than 40%, will be considered non-assessable (NA).

Reassessment: There are no resit assessments.

Single assessment: All the contents of the module will be assessed on the delivery date of Evidence 1. On that day, there will be an examination on the intervention tools (Ev2: 40%), as long as it can be proven to have attended the four corresponding practical sessions; the written work of evidence 1 will be delivered in the Moodle classroom (Ev1: 40%) and the report on the use of the module by the TFM process will be delivered (Ev3: 20%).

Assessment Guidelines of the Faculty of Psychology: http://www.uab.cat/doc/DOC_avaluaciotitulacions1819

Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Evidence 1: Design of the intervention project 40% 0 0 2, 3, 5, 4, 1, 6, 7
Evidence 2a: Tools for intervention (technique 1) 10% 0 0 5, 4, 6, 7
Evidence 2b: Tools for intervention (technique 2) 10% 0 0 5, 4, 6, 7
Evidence 2c: Tools for intervention (technique 3) 10% 0 0 5, 4, 6, 7
Evidence 2d: Tools for intervention (technique 4) 10% 0 0 5, 4, 6, 7
Evidence 3. Module learning report for the Master's degree Final Project (TFM) 20% 0 0 1


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