HPY730 - Principles of Counselling and Telehealth


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online


H558 Graduate Certificate of Counselling and H658 Graduate Diploma of Counselling students must enrol in online offering.

H758 Master of Counselling students must enrol in on campus offering. 

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

This unit is only available to students enrolled in H558 Graduate Certificate of Counselling, H658 Graduate Diploma of Counselling or H758 Master of Counselling.



Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 hour self-paced interactive modules per week (recordings provided) 
4 x 2 hour online seminars in weeks 1, 9, 10 and 11

There are 2 days of in-person compulsory Intensive learning for this unit where on-campus students must attend and participate in learning activities at the Burwood Campus.

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 1 hour self-paced interactive module
1 x 2 hour online seminar per week
No compulsory attendance requirements

In-person attendance requirements

On-campus students must attend, and participate in, two days of intensive learning at the Deakin Burwood campus. Face-to-face attendance at this intensive is compulsory for the successful completion of the unit.

Dates for 2024: Monday 15 April and Tuesday 16 April.


Online self-paced interactive learning for each module will provide students with the theoretical background for practical skills taught in online seminars, and/or within the face-to-face learning intensives.

The intensive learning practicums (on-campus students only) and live seminars (11 for online students and 4 for on-campus students) will support students to develop applied counselling skills. Seminars and practicums will focus on demonstrating and practising counselling activities in dyads and triads.


This unit will provide students with foundational knowledge and skills in counselling that can be applied to a range of client presentations through a variety of different platforms (audio only, in-person, and videoconference). Students will be taught the essential theories underlying contemporary counselling philosophy, with a focus on person-centred theory, and learn to find, synthesize, integrate, and critically reflect on the research relating to effectiveness. Counselling micro-skills will be taught in detail and practised throughout the unit, with the use and adaptation of each skill considered according to the platform used.

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