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CL59 - Graduate Diploma of Traumatic Stress Management


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

The Graduate Diploma of Traumatic Stress Management will assist you to work with colleagues and/or clients in a workplace setting and recognise the symptoms and outcomes of chronic stress and trauma. The course will examine the physiological and psychological factors which underpin stress and trauma. There will also be the opportunity to explore a range of intervention and management strategies, and referral pathways. The course, designed for service personnel and allied health practitioners, will provide you with the detailed knowledge and practical skills required to become competent at working with colleagues or clients, who may be experiencing adverse symptoms associated with chronic stress or trauma exposure, or who have received a diagnosis of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. The curriculum for the Graduate Diploma of Traumatic Stress Management draws on evidence-based theories, models, and best practices from disciplines including psychology, coaching, health promotion, and counselling. 

Career Information

The Graduate Diploma in Traumatic Stress Management is aimed at training professionals to understand the symptoms of chronic stress, trauma exposure and posttraumatic stress disorder, and to provide relevant and focussed interventions in a non-expert peer support and client based context. The course is suited to individuals who currently work with colleagues and clients who may be exposed to stressful and traumatic events in the course of their work, such as Defence Forces personnel, Police Officers, Emergency Service personnel, and Allied Health professionals.

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) GradDipTSMgmt
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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Domestic Availability

Term 1 - 2020

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International Availability

Term 1 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.
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Entry Scores
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Entry Requirements

To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must demonstrate the following:

        1. A completed Australian Bachelor degree, or equivalent qualification, in a relevant discipline from a recognised tertiary institution; and

        2. A minimum of 5 years professional experience in one or a combination of the following areas: clinical experience, industry related short course experience or peer support management

Relevant disciplines include: psychology, social work or a health-related science.

Letters of employment and qualifications must be supplied to demonstrate professional experience. Letters of employment must be outlined on a company letterhead and be signed and dated by a delegated authority from within the organisation.

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or The 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 The 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.

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

It is recommended that students have a background in a health related discipline.

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards CL60 - Graduate Certificate in Stress and Trauma Response
Exit Awards CL60 - Graduate Certificate in Stress and Trauma Response
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School There are 2 compulsory residential schools are attached to 3 of the 5 core units in this course. One of the residential schools will cover content for 2 units over a full week.
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Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Predicted Enrolments

Year Number of Students
First Year 35
Second year 35
Third Year 35
Inherent Requirements
There are currently no inherent requirements associated with this course.
Graduate Diploma of Traumatic Stress Management Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Evaluate and explain the adverse outcomes and positive influences of chronic stress, traumatic exposure and post-traumatic stress disorder
  • 2. Differentiate symptomatology associated with chronic stress, traumatic exposure and post-traumatic stress disorder
  • 3. Analyse and apply evidence-based and best practice approaches to the intervention and management of chronic stress, traumatic exposure and post-traumatic stress disorder
  • 4. Design and evaluate referral plans for colleagues and/or clients to assist in management of chronic stress, traumatic exposure and posttraumatic stress disorder
  • 5. Evaluate research-informed interventions integrating psychological and physical health approaches in the management of chronic stress, traumatic exposure and post-traumatic stress disorder.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5
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
Elective options for Graduate Diploma of Traumatic Stress Management Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete electives

Graduate Diploma of Traumatic Stress Management Major

Number of units: 8 Total credit points: 48

The Graduate Diploma of Traumatic Stress Management comprises 5 core units (30 credit points) that must be completed by all students.

Students can then choose 3 units (18 credit points) from a list of elective units which provide different evidence based contextual information which will inform the management and evaluation skills and techniques encompassed within the core units of study.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PSYC20046 Physiology and Psychology of Stress and Trauma
PSYC20048 Animal Assisted Interaction for Stress and Trauma Management
PSYC20047 Counselling for Stress and Trauma Management
PSYC20049 Managing Workplace Mental Health
PSYC20043 Coaching Individuals for Positive Change
More Details
There is no additional information for this course.