Psychology of Risk


Graduate Certificate in Psychology of Risk


Can you Innovate without Risk?

  • How can we awaken the ‘Ideas Boom’ and the requirements of a digital economy in a world filled with bureaucracy, paper shuffling and complex people problems?
  • How can we feel confident that the decisions we make now, won’t have unexpected consequences or if they do that we can capitalise on them?

Discover the secrets of Risk Innovation

The modern world is complex, volatile and essentially risky and no amount of compliance processes can eliminate that risk – especially if we want to innovate, grow and expand.
We can’t predict the future, but we can learn to make decisions that are empowered, innovative and ultimately fit for the future.

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This is an advanced leadership program suitable for managers and leaders with experience, and medium to high levels of interest or responsibility in one of the following areas: risk; people; performance; emergency and crisis management; or security and safety. Prior risk training is not necessary however you are expected to have three years relevant industry experience or hold a Bachelor degree.

We understand the constraints of balancing a busy work schedule with family time and opportunities to study. We’ve designed the structure of this qualification with efficiency and effectiveness in mind. Units are delivered in an intensive mode and you can complete the entire qualification in around eight months.

This exceptional program is comprised of four units and will be available in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney in 2017.

It draws together like-minded participants from multiple organisations and industry sectors enabling you to share ideas and complete work-based projects with peers.

Participants will realise the advantages of studying and networking with other professionals in a dynamic face-to-face learning environment. Some units will be available online here’s the schedule:

Unit 1:
The Social Psychology of Risk - Introduction

Face-to-face:

  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Melbourne
  • Sydney

Unit 2:
Leadership and the Social Psychology of Risk

Face-to-face:

  • Brisbane

Online:

  • Canberra
  • Melbourne
  • Sydney

Unit 3:
Communicating and Consulting about Risk

Face-to-face:

  • Brisbane

Online:

  • Canberra
  • Melbourne
  • Sydney

Unit 4:
The Social Psychology of High Reliability Organisations

Face-to-face:

  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Melbourne
  • Sydney

2017 study dates for the Graduate Certificate in the Psychology of Risk, by unit, are as follows:

Unit 1:
The Social Psychology of Risk - Introduction

Brisbane:

10-12 February

Canberra:

3-5 March

Melbourne:

3-5 February

Sydney:

17-19 February


Unit 2:
Leadership and the Social Psychology of Risk

Brisbane:

7-9 April

Canberra:

5-8 May

Melbourne:

5-8 May

Sydney:

5-8 May


Unit 3:
Communicating and Consulting about Risk

Brisbane:

16-18 June

Canberra:

7-10 July

Melbourne:

7-10 July

Sydney:

7-10 July


Unit 4:
The Social Psychology of High Reliability Organisations

Brisbane:

4-6 August

Canberra:

1-3 September

Melbourne:

22-24 September

Sydney:

18-20 August

Please note: Online delivery is four half days; face-to-face delivery will be three full days and a half day on the Monday for assessments.

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in the Psychology of Risk, you may be eligible to receive advanced standing towards a Masters qualification, subject to board approval.

Fees are $2,930 (fee may vary slightly) per unit for units commencing in 2017.

A Student Services Fee of $180 per annum is also payable per participant, and textbooks may need to be purchased for each unit.

A truly exceptional and unique team of globally renowned experts will guide your learning.

Between them you will benefit from their extensive theoretical knowledge, their academic rigor, their impressive practical skill sets their absolute dedication to their discipline.

  • Dr Gavriel Schneider

    Gavriel is a global entrepreneur and behavioural change specialist with over 15 years leadership experience, working in complex environments across the globe. Gavriel is now CEO of Risk 2 Solution Group, a market leading risk consultancy and also the founder of the Take Action Foundation, a charity that supports children and women who live in violent or disadvantaged areas.

  • Kate Down

    Kate is a behavioural scientist and coach, who specialises in social and emotional intelligence and rational thinking. For the last decade Kate has delivered game-changing consultancy services to individuals and organisations facing complexity. Her postgraduate education includes qualifications in psychology, risk management and occupational health and safety. Kate is also an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society. Her inspiration comes from understanding ‘how you think determines how you behave and it is your behaviour that produces the results you experience’.

  • Robbie Sinclair

    Robbie is an internationally experienced strategic, tactical and operations risk management executive with over 30 years’ experience in risk performance at board level. He is editor of the Australia Risk Management journal, lecturer and an expert in community resilience.

  • Dr Paul Johnston

    Paul has over 20 years operational and management consulting experience in the public and private sectors, delivering risk management advisory services to a variety of industries and infrastructure projects. He holds a PhD in Public Safety Risk Management, is a Certified Risk Manager, Certified Master Anti-Terrorism Specialist and Chartered OH&S Professional. Paul also has particular expertise in behavioural-based safety and cultural change programs.

  • Marc Prospero

    Marc has performed numerous roles at the director and chief executive level across sectors including health, retail, education and training, services and digital business. He has held senior roles in government, Not for Profit, publicly listed and private sector organisations and businesses. Marc is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds master level qualifications in business, administration and public policy, as well as numerous other vocational and post graduate qualifications across a variety of interests from exercise science to languages. He says "I am more of a practitioner than academic and enjoy translating academia and theory in a manner that can be practically applied in the workplace or life in general".

More information

Register your interest Download the Graduate Certificate in the Psychology of Risk brochure (PDF, 4.1MB)

For more information or to discuss your application contact Gillian McCaughey at Gillian.McCaughey@acu.edu.au or call 02 9739 2837.

ACU has designed the only Graduate Certificate in Psychology of Risk qualification, endorsed by the Risk Management Institute of Australia (RMIA).

Visit the RMIA website


Course feedback

I enjoyed the presentations and group interactions last week. I have been in the risk management space for more than two decades now and was very keen on seeing this course and being told by Gav of his envisaged partnership with ACU in developing the course offerings further. I think the connections he's made in partnership with ACU, in recognising, addressing and balancing risk management as both an 'art and a science' is new and market leading.

Brian Trewhitt, Australian Taxation Office

I found I could apply the learnings in my work, which is the outcome I was looking for. The lecturers/presenters were very knowledgeable and I was impressed with their 'real world' application of the concepts. Very well done.

Meg Venning, Australian Taxation Office