Taha Hinengaro Health and Wellbeing Practice endorsement is designed to meet the increasing need for integrated practice models including Motivational Interviewing (MI) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT) and counselling interventions skills to support mental health and wellbeing in the community.

This two-year, part-time diploma programme has a strong focus on integrated bicultural practice and safety and ethics in practice. You will learn group therapy skills and about intergroup processes such as oppression and privilege. You will train as you work, with a work-integrated learning model. You will need to be in concurrent employment in a clinical health related field and access to supervision. Practical assessments are based on clinical practice and putting knowledge and skills into practice. Courses will be delivered in block courses and facilitated by clinical psychologists, counsellors, nurses and MI practitioners.

The endorsement provides the opportunity for registered health practitioners, Health Improvement Practitioners and health care workers to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to support people experiencing mild to moderate mental health and addiction problems in the community.

The endorsement draws on research and knowledge in the fields of Psychology, Counselling, Motivational Interviewing, Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and bicultural and indigenous cultural approaches to health care delivery. It includes courses that cover multiple skills and approaches and applies them to newly created roles such as Health Improvement Practitioners or Health Behaviour Consultants. It also builds on undergraduate studies in Psychology or related fields that can lead on to preparing for registration in health--related professions.

The programme includes:

  • taught classes
  • student presentations
  • written assessments
  • oral assessments
  • practical assessments
  • clinical supervision.


What are the entry requirements?

This programme is for current health/mental health and addiction professionals (or other backgrounds, by application).

Students are typically required to have:

  • relevant Bachelor’s degree of relevance to health sciences and the proposed course of study), with a B grade average or better, or
  • an appropriate health or allied professional qualification requiring at least three years full-time tertiary study at an appropriate level

Please note enrolment in this endorsement is subject to suitable placements being sought. Students enrolling in the Psychology optional courses PSYC442 and PSYC443 must have a minimum of a three year qualification that lead to eligibility for registration as a health practitioner legislated by the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (2003).

Students with English as an additional language are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements:

If you do not hold an undergraduate degree but are able to demonstrate extensive professional or scholarly experience, you may be considered for entry on a case by case basis by the Dean of Health Sciences.

Planning your Taha Hinengaro Health and Wellbeing Practice endorsement

1. The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences 120-point pathway consists of 60 points of compulsory courses HLTH430, COUN682SOWK612 and a further 60 points from the recommended courses below.

(30 pts)
(15 pts)
(15 pts)

Courses offered for the Taha Hinengaro Health and Wellbeing Practice endorsement

Refer to the list of courses below to complete the plan for your pathway.

Recommended courses - These courses have been recommended to complement Taha Hinengaro health and wellbeing practice endorsement.


Courses are offered through a range of delivery methods with block courses, evening classes, on campus and/or distance available. Please refer to individual course webpages for further details regarding course content, dates, workshops and other attendance requirements.

If you wish to discuss your options in more detail we recommend contacting the endorsement coordinator, Dr Mark Wallace-Bell.