HPY731 - Mental Health Counselling


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:
  • Burwood 
  • 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:

Must be 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.

Scheduled learning activities - online

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


Online self-paced interactive learning each week will provide students with the theoretical background for practical counselling skills taught in online seminars. Online seminars each week will support students to develop applied counselling skills. These seminars 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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