Thrive in uncertainty and social complexity

In this time of disruption and unpredictability organisations and managers must skilfully interact with the new risk environment.

Intelligently encouraging risk contributes to the sustainability of an organisation. It’s impossible to predict or eliminate risk events. Successful companies focus their attention on risk as an opportunity, seeking to better understand it from a psychological and cultural perspective.

The challenge is to create an organisational culture where failure is reframed as learning. To shift organisational thinking to support new ideas, develop resilient systems and teams, and add lasting value.

Standing still is not an option

To skilfully interact with the new paradigm of risk, interconnectivity and disruption by mastering topics such as risk psychology, unconscious bias and dynamic equilibrium is vital in today’s fast changing business environment.

Propel your learning and make decisions that are empowered, innovative and forward thinking in a VUCA world. Take that critical leadership step forward - redefine the role of risk and focus on growth.  Understand the Psychology of Risk.

"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

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 2020.

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. 

2020 study dates for the Graduate Certificate in the Psychology of Risk, by unit, are as follows:

Campus Unit 1 (Face-to-Face)
Introduction to the Social Psychology of Risk
Unit 2 (Online)
Leadership and the Psychology of Risk
Unit 3 (Online)
Communicating and Consulting about Risk
Unit 4 (Face-to-Face)
The Social Psychology of High Reliability Organisations
Brisbane 13-15 March 8-11 May 31 July - 3 August 30 Oct - 1 Nov
Canberra 21-23 February 8-11 May 31 July - 3 August 16-18 October
Melbourne 27-29 March 8-11 May 31 July - 3 August 9-11 October
North Sydney 6-8 March 8-11 May 31 July - 3 August 18-21 September

Please note: Online delivery is four half days; face-to-face delivery will be three full days.

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Psychology of Risk you may be eligible to receive advanced standing towards an Executive Master of Business Administration (subject to approval).

Fees are $3,203 per unit for units commencing in 2020.

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-150pxDr 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 the CEO of Risk 2 Solution Group, a market leading, integrated 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".

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

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"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

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