Positive psychology is the scientific study of wellbeing and resilience, with a focus on the conditions that enable individuals and communities to thrive. This rapidly growing field has emerged in response to the realisation that wellbeing is not simply the absence of disease, but is related to multiple factors that enable humans to flourish. In this course, you will learn how to design, deliver, and evaluate positive change interventions and programs suitable for individuals, groups, organisations, and communities. The course is relevant for working with adults, teenagers, and children across a range of local and international contexts, with a focus on enhancing wellbeing, capacities, resilience, and strengths.
The curriculum draws on evidence-based theories, models, and best practices from disciplines including positive psychology, coaching psychology, health promotion, positive education, counselling, eco-psychology, and social innovation. The Graduate Diploma has been developed with support from the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre, at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).
The course is offered on-line, and is available on a full-time or part-time enrolment basis. Please note: a compulsory 5-day Residential School in the course will require attendance, and two units have compulsory after-hours online workshops.
The Graduate Diploma of Positive Psychology is aimed at training professionals to facilitate positive change interventions, working with individuals, groups and communities. Relevant careers and domains that would be enhanced by this course include psychologists, mental health staff, medical and allied health, teachers/educators, business managers, team leaders, and supervisors, life coaches, executive coaches, health coaches, trainers and facilitators, HR staff, health-care workers, counsellors, youth workers, social and community workers, rehabilitation therapists, and aged care and disability support workers.
|Duration||1 years full-time or 2 years part-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||48|
|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)||GradDipPosPsych|
|AQF Level||Level 8: Graduate Diploma|
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
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:
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.
Each student will be assessed individually.
No recommended study.
|Interim Awards||CH84 - Graduate Certificate in Positive Psychology|
|Exit Awards||CH84 - Graduate Certificate in Positive Psychology|
|Professional Accreditation||Not applicable|
|Learned Society Accreditation||Not applicable|
|Compulsory Residential School||Group Facilitation and Coaching Skills has a compulsory 5-day Residential School.|
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|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have advanced 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 concept|
|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|
|Number of units: 8||Total credit points: 48|
One unit will include a compulsory 5-day Residential School: Group Facilitation and Coaching Skills. This unit will also have fortnightly compulsory 1-hour online evening workshop. Coaching Individuals for Positive Change will have a compulsory 3-hour online evening workshop each week of term. The other units in the course will feature regular online evening sessions that are recommended, but optional.
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|PSYC20037||Introduction to Positive Psychology: Perspectives on Wellbeing|
|PSYC20038||Positive Psychology: Research Methods|
|PSYC20036||Applied Positive Psychology|
|PSYC20039||Inter-disciplinary and Cross-cultural Approaches to Wellbeing|
|PSYC20041||Group Facilitation Skills|
|PSYC20042||Building Wellbeing and Resilience: Interconnected Factors|
|PSYC20040||Wellbeing Initiatives: Local and Global Scales|
|PSYC20043||Coaching Individuals for Positive Change|