In this course you will explore the history, development and practical applications of positive psychology for enhancing the wellbeing and resilience of individuals, groups, communities and organisations. This exploration, combined with contemporary theory, will provide you with an understanding of the multidimensional nature of wellbeing with relation to individual and collective flourishing. The course will draw from a range of positive psychology models, together with other elements of wellbeing such as resilience and optimism, and environmental, physical and ecological considerations. You will examine and evaluate system and behavioural change drivers and tools used to initiate, motivate, and sustain positive change. Drawing on evidence-based theories, tools, and approaches, you will research, design and develop positive psychology interventions suitable for a range of settings.
It is expected that graduates of positive psychology from CQUniversity will have access to a range of career options. Graduates will be equipped to develop and implement positive interventions aimed at improving the mental health of the population in a range of settings including:
· Clinical settings
· Teaching and education
· Health care settings
|Duration||0.5 years full-time or 1 years part-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||24|
|Number of Units Required||CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).|
|Expected Hours of Study||One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.|
|Course Type||Postgraduate Award|
|Qualification (post nominal)||GradCertPosPsych|
|AQF Level||Level 8: Graduate Certificate|
Indicative Year - 2023
Indicative Year - 2022
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must hold one of the following:
*Relevant employment experience can include employment within health care, teaching and education, coaching, social work, counselling, community services.
Employment experience must be shown in a letter of employment which is presented on a company letterhead as well as signed and dated by a delegated authority. The letter must contain your full name, position title, duties performed and length of service.
English Language Proficiency Requirements:
If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:
Completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.
If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:
English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.
International Students should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.
Each student will be assessed individually.
No recommended study.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||Not applicable|
No Residential School for this course.
|Year||Number of Students|
Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.
If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.
|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have specialised knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area|
|2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review,analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas|
|4. SKILLS Have specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice|
|5. SKILLS Have communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts|
|6. SKILLS Have communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences|
|7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts|
|9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters|
|10. FOUNDATIONAL KNOWLEDGE sufficient to undertake qualifications|
|11. ACQUISITION AND APPLICATION of knowledge in new or existing disciplines or professional areas drawn from higher education units|
|12. FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS sufficient to undertake qualifications|
|13. ACQUISITION AND APPLICATION of skills in new or existing disciplines or professional areas drawn from higher education units|
|14. Course content drawn from higher education units|
|Number of units: 4||Total credit points: 24|
The Graduate Certificate in Positive Psychology comprises four units, chosen from the options below.
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|PSYC20037||Introduction to Positive Psychology: Perspectives on Wellbeing|
|Students must complete 1 from the following units:|
|PSYC29003||Coaching Individuals for Positive Change|
|PSYC29001||Applied Positive Psychology|
Students may complete either Applied Positive Psychology or Coaching Individuals for Positive Change, but cannot complete both units as part of the Graduate Certificate.
|Students must complete 2 from the following units:|
|PSYC20041||Group Facilitation Skills|
|PSYC20042||Building Wellbeing and Resilience: Interconnected Factors|
|PSYC20039||Inter-disciplinary and Cross-cultural Approaches to Wellbeing|
|PSYC20038||Positive Psychology: Research Methods|
|PSYC20040||Wellbeing Initiatives: Local and Global Scales|