HPY727 - Working with Diverse Populations


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in H744 - Master of Professional Psychology




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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

Students will be expected to spend an average of 150 hours over the trimester in teaching and learning and assessment activities. This will include a 1 x 2 hour online class and 1 x 1 hour collaborate session with problem based exercises (1 hour sessions in weeks 3, 6 and 9 will be assessed). This will also include 12 hours of intensive in-class activities.


This unit will encourage awareness of the impact of diversity when working with a range of clients in a range of services. Students will learn to adapt their professional practice so they can work competently, ethically and sensitively with diverse groups of people.

A broad interpretation of diversity will be encouraged, namely people who differ from the students in ways such as age, gender, race, culture, language, sexual orientation, geography, socio-economic status, educational attainment, cognitive capacity and/or spiritual orientation. Experts from the field will encourage a sensitive curiosity in practice and introduce guidelines on how to engage, assess and treat: forensic clients, people with alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues, those with cognitive impairment or intellectual disability (ID), LGBTIQ+ and gender diverse people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) populations. In addition, information on how to identify and access support available for forensic, CALD, LGBTIQ+, ID and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will be provided.

Unit Fee Information

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