Courses & Units

Stress, Self-Care and Mindfulness PSY214


In this online unit you will learn about a range of contemporary approaches to managing stress and enhancing well-being which can be applied by individuals. As a foundation, you will learn about stress, coping, well-being and happiness, considering different models used in psychology to explain these concepts. Then you will explore the theory, evidence base, and practice of a range of approaches used to manage stress and enhance well-being within a self-care context. These approaches are grouped into three themes: 1. lifestyle (healthy eating, physical activity, sleep, leisure and relaxation, social connections, nature, and digital health) 2. Mindfulness (everyday/informal mindfulness, formal mindfulness and meditation, compassion and self-compassion) and 3. positive psychology (gratitude, acts of kindness, character strengths, meaning, flow and creativity). Throughout the unit, there is a focus on learning to adopt healthy thoughts and behaviours as part of a self-care approach, and developing skills in applying the scientist-practitioner model to reflect on claims regarding approaches to managing stress and enhancing well-being. In each weekly online module, content is presented via text, mini-lectures, images, videos, and audio recordings, along with interactive online learning activities. Readings focus on research articles and reports which provide an evidence base for the approaches discussed in the unit. There are multiple opportunities to interact with your teacher and peers throughout the semester, in both synchronous and asynchronous modes. In practical activities and assessments, you will discuss, apply, and reflect on the techniques discussed in the unit content. 


Unit name Stress, Self-Care and Mindfulness
Unit code PSY214
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Psychological Sciences
Discipline Psychology
Coordinator Doctor Kate Talsma
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain key concepts relating to stress and psychological well-being.
  • Evaluate approaches to managing stress and enhancing well-being, referring to theory, evidence base and practice.
  • Apply techniques to manage stress and enhance well-being in a self-care context, and critically reflect on your experience.
  • Use a variety of media to communicate about self-care concepts that can be applied to manage stress and enhance wellbeing within a self-care context.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
061700 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $2,324.00

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

PSY114 and CXA006


Teaching Pattern

3 hour weekly Asynchronous online learning modules

1 hour weekly Asynchronous online Learning Activities

6hrs weekly Independent learning consisting of weekly readings, assignment preparation, revision

AssessmentOnline learning engagement activities (5%)|Online quizzes (20%)|Pre-recorded video presentation (35%)|Workbook (40%)
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