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CL19 - Graduate Diploma of Positive Psychology


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

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.

Career Information

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.

Course Details
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 8 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 8, 16, 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

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
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.

Term 1 - 2019

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

Term 2 - 2018


Term 1 - 2018

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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.

Term 1 - 2019

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

Term 2 - 2018

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2018

Sorry, no international availabilities found.
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What do I need to start?
Entry Requirements

Entry requirement:

  • a completed bachelor degree in any discipline from an Australian university or college, or
  • a completed CQUniversity Graduate Certificate of Positive Psychology, or equivalent.

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 CH84 - Graduate Certificate in Positive Psychology
Exit Awards CH84 - Graduate Certificate in Positive Psychology
Professional Accreditation

Not applicable.

Learned Society Accreditiation

Not applicable.

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School Group Facilitation and Coaching Skills has a compulsory 5-day Residential School.
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Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2019 22
2018 29
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Explain the history and development of wellbeing and resilience theory and practice, from a positive psychology perspective
  • 2. Evaluate inter-disciplinary philosophies, theories and practices, in relation to wellbeing and resilience
  • 3. Analyse and apply empirical approaches to wellbeing interventions
  • 4. Plan, deliver and evaluate wellbeing and resilience interventions for individuals and groups
  • 5. Apply analyses of local and international social enterprises, to design social enterprises at scale
  • 6. Create research-informed interventions integrating mental, physical and environmental health approaches
  • 7. Design and conduct wellbeing and resilience interventions within a culturally sensitive, ethical, and inclusive framework
  • 8. 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 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
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
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.

Available units
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 Approaches to Positive Psychology
PSYC20041 Group Facilitation and Coaching Skills
PSYC20042 Building Wellbeing and Resilience: Interconnected Factors
PSYC20040 Wellbeing Initiatives: Local and Global Scales
PSYC20043 Coaching Individuals for Positive Change
More Details
There is no additional information for this course.