Applied Positive Psychology


Graduate Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology

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Course resolutions

1 Course codes


Course and stream title


Graduate Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is part time only.

3 Admission to candidature

With approval from the Dean available places will be offered to qualified applicants, according to the following admissions criteria.
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology requires:
a three-year Psychology degree or a three-year degree in a cognate discipline; and
a minimum of two years relevant employment experience.
Relevant work experience may include counselling, experience in organisational learning and development, management experience, employment in applied psychology settings, professional coaching or other areas directly related to coaching.

4 Requirements for award

The units of study that may be taken for these awards are set out in the table for Applied Positive Psychology postgraduate courses.
To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology a candidate must complete 24 credit points, including:
12 credit points of core units of study; and
12 credit points of elective units of study.

Course overview

Positive psychology is the scientific study of the factors that enable individuals, organisations and communities to flourish and thrive. There is considerable interest worldwide in positive psychology and its application in work, professional and personal settings. This degree program teaches history and development of positive psychology, an understanding of the key theoretical constructs of positive psychology, the core research methods used in positive psychology, and the application of positive psychology principles in a wide range of settings.

Course outcomes

The aim of the program is to equip graduates with the skills, knowledge and ability to be effective change agents in the area of applied positive psychology. Topics covered in the program include goals, meaning and self-concordance; subjective and psychological well-being; the languishing vs. flourishing dichotomy; positive psychology in organisations, broaden and build theory; the psychology of peak performance; resilience flow, mental toughness, and the philosophy and psychology of happiness. There is emphasis on both theoretical understating and applied skills, and students will be expected to engage in experiential learning, to participate in group discussion and to relate the taught material to their own personal life experience.