HPY731 - Mental Health Counselling


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: 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 - online

Online students (H658 Graduate Certificate and H658 Graduate Diploma):
1 x 1 hour self-paced interactive modules per week (recordings provided)
1 x 2 hour online seminar per week
No compulsory attendance requirements

On-campus students (H758 Master of counselling):
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.

In-person attendance requirements

Masters students (H758) 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. Please check the Unit Guide for dates for this year.


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 face-to-face learning practicums (Masters H758 students only) and synchronous online seminars (11 for H558 and H658 students and 4 for H758 students) will support students to develop applied counselling skills. Both seminars and intensives will focus on demonstrating and practising counselling activities in dyads and triads.


This unit will provide students with an overview of mental health issues that commonly arise in counselling, including the various models of mental health and wellness that are employed by counsellors. Students will learn a range of strategies for managing mild and moderate symptoms of mental illness and to identify severe symptoms that might require additional support. Non-diagnostic assessment measures will be taught for each of the major categories of mental health issues, and students will learn a basic method for assessing and responding to suicidality. Students will also learn when and how to make a referral to other mental health professionals.

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