CH84 - Graduate Certificate in Positive Psychology

Overview

Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

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 models including Seligman’s (2011) PERMA model: Positive emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment, 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 catalyse, 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 and age groups.

Career Information

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

· Coaching

· Consulting

· Health care settings

· Communities

· Organisations

Course Details
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

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 2 - 2019

All units are delivered in distance mode, with many including tutorials by videoconference. Some units require students to attend residential school.
Online

Term 1 - 2019

All units are delivered in distance mode, with many including tutorials by videoconference. Some units require students to attend residential school.
Online

Term 2 - 2018

Distance

Term 1 - 2018

Distance

Term 2 - 2017

Please note that this course is only available for part time study.
Distance

Term 1 - 2017

Distance
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International Availability

Term 2 - 2019

All units are delivered in distance mode, with many including tutorials by videoconference. Some units require students to attend residential school.
Online

Term 1 - 2019

All units are delivered in distance mode, with many including tutorials by videoconference. Some units require students to attend residential school.
Online

Term 2 - 2018

Distance

Term 1 - 2018

Distance

Term 2 - 2017

Please note that this course is only available for part time study.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2017

Sorry, no international availabilities found.
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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Requirements

Entry requirement:

  • a completed bachelor degree in any discipline from an Australian university or college.

English 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:

  • a secondary qualification (Year 11 or 12, or equivalent), or
  • tertiary diploma level qualification, or
  • bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

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.

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall & minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components; or
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - Score of 180 or above; or
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - Score of 200 or above; or
  • Combined Universities Language Test (CULT) - 70% with no individual component score of less than 15.

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.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

No recommended study.

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation
Learned Society Accreditiation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School PSYC20041: Group Facilitation and Coaching Skills includes a compulsory Residential School.
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Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2018 33
2017 32
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Explain the history and development of wellbeing and resilience theories and interventions, from positive psychology and multi-discipline perspectives
  • 2. Utilise evidence-based theories and approaches to plan, deliver and evaluate wellbeing and resilience interventions for individuals and/or groups
  • 3. Design and conduct wellbeing and resilience interventions within a culturally sensitive, ethical, and inclusive framework
  • 4. Evaluate and reflect on your development as a professional practitioner in the positive psychology, wellbeing and resilience domain.
  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
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete electives
Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

The Group Facilitation and Coaching Skills unit includes a compulsory 5-day Residential School and compulsory online evening workshops. Coaching Individuals for Positive Change includes a compulsory online evening workshop each week of term. The other units in the course will feature regular online evening sessions that are recommended, but optional.


The Graduate Certificate in Positive Psychology comprises four units, chosen from the options below.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PSYC20037 Introduction to Positive Psychology: Perspectives on Wellbeing
Available units
Students must complete 1 from the following units:
PSYC20041 Group Facilitation and Coaching Skills
PSYC20043 Coaching Individuals for Positive Change

Students are able to choose PSYC20041 or PSYC20043 as one of their electives if not completed as one of their compulsory electives above.

Available units
Students must complete 2 from the following units:
PSYC20036 Applied Positive Psychology
PSYC20038 Positive Psychology: Research Methods
PSYC20039 Inter-disciplinary Approaches to Positive Psychology
PSYC20040 Wellbeing Initiatives: Local and Global Scales
PSYC20041 Group Facilitation and Coaching Skills
PSYC20042 Building Wellbeing and Resilience: Interconnected Factors
PSYC20043 Coaching Individuals for Positive Change
More Details
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