Melbourne MicroCert

Behaviour Change for Clinical Practice

Learn to implement behaviour change to improve the physical and psychological health of your patients.

Study mode
3-6 weeks (40 hours)
Skills area
Reality Psychology

Upcoming sessions

Monday 11 October 2021


Behaviour change is increasingly being used by a variety of health professionals to improve their clients’ and patients’ general wellbeing and prevent and treat a range of physical and psychological conditions.

This Melbourne MicroCert will equip you with the evidence-based knowledge, skills, and confidence you need to successfully implement core clinical behaviour change techniques to optimise your patients’ and clients’ treatment outcomes and improve their wellbeing.

Developed by the University of Melbourne's new Melbourne Centre for Behaviour Change and based on the latest evidence and research, you will be guided by leading practitioners from the University’s Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences to gain a theoretical understanding of behaviour change science, the practical skills to design and implement interventions, and professional competency in core behaviour change techniques.

Applicable to a range of settings, including allied, clinical, and educational, this fully online and largely self-guided course provides a convenient way to develop your skillset within a time frame and from a location that suits you.

Who is it for?

This Melbourne MicroCert is ideal for a range of health professionals including psychologists, medical practitioners, and allied health workers looking to expand the breadth of their practice. You may be a psychologist, school counsellor, social worker, medical practitioner, dietician, physiotherapist, exercise physiologist, audiologist, support worker, nurse, or occupational therapist. You do not have to be a clinician to undertake this Melbourne MicroCert. The principles covered in this course are valuable in both personal and professional contexts.

Key topics

Delivered over several modules*, you will cover:

  • Introduction to the core principles of behaviour change
  • Presentations of behaviour change techniques and applications of techniques in clinical practice
  • Opportunities to maintain, support and expand opportunities for clinical behaviour change, including with professional resources and networks.

*More details to be provided in 2021.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this Melbourne MicroCert, you will have:

  • A theoretical and practical understanding of behaviour change science and its key principles
  • The skills to design and implement behaviour change interventions, thus enhancing your clinical practice and meeting guidelines for continuing professional development
  • Professional competency in core behaviour change techniques, including increasing motivation, developing SMART goals, if-then planning, self-monitoring and self-evaluation, and habit formation.

Learning experience

Throughout this Melbourne MicroCert, you will undertake a series of linked online modules to build your knowledge of behaviour change. You will utilise an interactive online workbook which links to supporting videos, readings, and your eJournal.

There will also be optional interactive Q&A sessions, giving you an opportunity to meet course lecturers and freely ask questions, and a discussion board where you can clarify questions and build a community of practitioners, which will be continued after the course.

Who will you learn from?

The course is being coordinated and delivered by Dr Michelle Jongenelis, a Senior Research Fellow in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences. Michelle has expertise in health promotion, intervention development and evaluation, behavioural psychology, and clinical psychology. She works across multiple and diverse health-related behaviours including alcohol and tobacco control (including use of e-cigarettes), nutrition, physical activity, and sun protection. Michelle works as a researcher and consultant for a broad range of organisations covering the not-for-profit and government sectors. She sits on the Australian Council of Smoking and Health and is a member of the Alcohol Advertising Review Board. She is an accredited Clinical Psychologist and has been a committee member of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy since 2008.


Behaviour Change for Clinical Practice can be completed in approximately 40 hours, though we recommend you pace the course over three to six weeks.

You will undertake an estimated 12 hours of guided online learning, six hours for assessment, and an additional 20 hours of independent study, including a short reflective journal. There are also two optional one-hour Q&A sessions.

Assessment includes:

  • Multiple choice quizzes (25%)
  • A structured one-page clinical behaviour change practice protocol (40%)
  • Short clinical practice video (35%).

Digital certificate

Upon completion, you will be awarded your Behaviour Change for Clinical Practice Melbourne MicroCert. This digital certificate will include information and evidence of your developed and actionable skills, knowledge, and capabilities (as outlined in the learning outcomes). It may also include artefacts (such as videos and written material) related to both experiential and work-integrated learning, including translatable assessment that is practical to your professional life.

Links to industry

Behaviour Change for Clinical Practice has been designed in consultation with industry. It is aligned with the industry standards and registration frameworks of peak professional bodies.

This Melbourne MicroCert has been endorsed by the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine.

Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine

Pathways to further study

Behaviour Change for Clinical Practice can be taken as a standalone Melbourne MicroCert, or you can complement it with any other Melbourne MicroCert in the Reality Psychology series.

Other Melbourne MicroCerts in this series include*:

*These courses will be available from 2021. Details to be confirmed.

Expiry of Melbourne MicroCert

This Melbourne MicroCert will expire five years from the date of issue as particular knowledge and/or skills may either become outdated or need to be refreshed.

Eligibility requirements

To undertake this Melbourne MicroCert, you should hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline, but there are no other specific eligibility requirements. You do not need to be a clinician or have access to clients.


If you’re aged between 45–70, employed or recently unemployed (less than 9 months) and not receiving Australian Government employment assistance, you could be eligible for Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers. Skills Checkpoint is an Australian Government funded service that allows eligible individuals to access personalised support programs including one-on-one support with a career advisor.

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Upcoming sessions

Monday 11 October 2021

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