HPY736 - Contemporary Counselling Therapies


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)
Trimester 3: Online

Note: From 2024 this unit will be offered in Trimester 2 only.

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

Must be enrolled in H658 Graduate Diploma of Counselling or H758 Master of Counselling.


  • Trimester 2 2023 on campus offering is for H758 Master of Counselling students only.
  • In 2023 H658 Graduate Diploma of Counselling students must enrol in the Trimester 3 online offering.


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

Online students:
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:
1 hour self-paced interactive modules per week (recordings provided)
4 x 2 hour online seminars (Weeks 1, 9, 10, 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

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 2023: Monday 14 August and Tuesday 15 August


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 the theoretical knowledge and practical skills relating to several contemporary evidence-informed counselling therapies. Students will learn about the underlying philosophies and theories of change relating to these therapies, as well as the evidence base informing and supporting each therapy. Intervention planning will be taught, and students will learn to apply counselling interventions to a variety of case presentations. Students will learn to use a variety of skills from the most common counselling therapies, which will increase their repertoire of counselling techniques and increase their effectiveness at promoting personal growth.

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