The Graduate Certificate in Stress and Trauma Response will assist you to recognise the symptoms and outcomes of chronic stress and trauma in a workplace setting. 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. The course, designed for service personnel and allied health practitioners, will provide you with the practical skills required to recognise and manage the adverse symptoms associated with chronic stress or trauma exposure, in colleagues and/or clients. The curriculum for the Graduate Certificate in Stress and Trauma Response draws on evidence-based theories, models, and best practices from disciplines including psychology, coaching, health promotion, and counselling.
The Graduate Certificate in Stress and Trauma Response is offered as online learning and is available on a full time or part time enrolment basis.
The Graduate Certificate in Stress and Trauma Response is aimed at individuals who wish to better understand human responses to chronic stress, traumatic events and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder. 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.
|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 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)||GradCertStressTraumaResp|
|AQF Level||Level 8: Graduate Certificate|
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
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 discipline includes: 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.
English language proficiency requirement:
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 and 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.
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.
It is recommended students have a background in a health related discipline area.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||Not applicable|
|Learned Society Accreditiation||Not applicable|
|Compulsory Residential School||There is a compulsory residential school in this course.|
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|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|
|Number of units: 4||Total credit points: 24|
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|PSYC20046||Physiology and Psychology of Stress and Trauma|
|PSYC20047||Counselling for Stress and Trauma Management|
|Students must complete 2 from the following units:|
|PSYC20048||Animal Assisted Interaction for Stress and Trauma Management|
|PSYC20049||Managing Workplace Mental Health|
|PSYC20043||Coaching Individuals for Positive Change|