Charles Darwin University

Graduate Certificate of Creative Therapies

Charles Darwin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00300K

This course will provide you with the key principles of creative therapies including art, play, dance, drama and music. It will help you to work with a diverse range of clients, from people who have experienced traumas to members of Aboriginal and cross-cultural communities. The course blends Western approaches with Aboriginal healing practices and knowledges. It is designed for you if you're working in health, community, justice, education, and related fields, or if you work in Aboriginal and cross-cultural communities. The course also offers an entry point to higher education.


This course consists of four units that revolve around creative therapies with individuals who experienced trauma, live in remote communities, or are from other diverse groups. Units include intensives, where you'll attend workshops and complete activities in person, as well as online discussions, videos, and other materials.A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirementsCore Units(4 units)40cpCompulsory Core units totalling 40 credit points as per the list of units detailed below:SWK571 Creative Therapy: Principles and PracticesSWK572 Creative Ways of Working with Children and Young PeopleSWK573 Creative Ways of Working with Diverse GroupsSWK556 Trauma Informed Practice 40cpTotal Credit PointsStudents who commenced in or after 2013The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Graduate Diploma AQF Level 8 course award. Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.Course Changes - 2021Please note the following course structure changes:SWK574 Creative Ways of Working with Trauma has been removed and is no longer required.


  • Health and Medicine

Standard entry requirements

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, masters degree or equivalent international qualification. Consideration will also be given to applicants who have at least three years of appropriate experience working with, or living in, Aboriginal Communities. Ensure you include this experience in the employment section of your application. You may be asked to provide a curriculum vitae (CV) at a later date.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Casuarina No
  • Part-time : 1 year
CDU Online No
  • Part-time : 1 year

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