Planning Behaviour Change Programmes
Full course description
Health and social psychologists in the field apply state-of-the-art theories and research to health, ecology, discrimination and safety problems in real-life settings. This course introduces a process for creating behaviour change programmes (Intervention Mapping) for these problems. Students are guided through a series of steps that will assist them in applying psychological theories and evidence in developing behaviour change interventions. Steps include: a needs assessment and identification of the programme goals; selecting intervention methods and translating methods into applications and programmes; and planning for implementation and evaluation of the programme. Participants study the theoretical background of each step and work in small groups to create a (fictive) behaviour change program for a health or social problem. Lectures introduce the various steps and provide illustrative examples of Intervention Mapping applications. The practical training ‘Applying Theories’ is integrated into this Planning Behaviour Change course.
- explain the rationale for a systematic approach to intervention development;
- describe an ecological approach to intervention development;
- explain and apply the types of logic models that can be used to conceptualise various phases of programme development;
- list and apply the steps and processes of Intervention Mapping;
- explain and apply core processes for developing theory- and evidence-based interventions;
- demonstrate understanding of the Intervention Mapping protocol and its application to solving public health and safety problems.