HPY737 - Counselling Placement 1


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in H658, H758
Assumed knowledge:

It is assumed that students will have the necessary counselling skills and professional knowledge to undertake placement prior to starting this unit. As such, the student must have completed four credit points prior to enrolment, including the following two units:

  • HPY730 Principles of Counselling and Telehealth
  • HPY734 Ethical and Legal Issues in Counselling

The remaining two credit points can be from any other two units within the course.


Students must complete at least 4 credit points prior to commencing this unit. Two of the four credit points must be HPY730 and HPY734.

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

2 hour preparatory/introductory online lecture
40 hours of client contact
10 hours of supervision provided by Agency and/or Deakin staff (individual and/or group supervision)
50 hours of non-contact client related work

In-person attendance requirements

Students will complete 100 hours of placements over the course of this unit, comprised of 40 hours of client contact, 10 hours of supervision, and at 50 hours of non-contact work related to counselling placement. Students may enrol in the unit in any of the three teaching periods. Students will self-source a placement, guided by the School of Psychology - Professional Placement Officer 

Students must also have a current police check and Working with Children Check, and be willing to comply with any other requirements of the placement organisation.


This unit provides students with an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge and practical skills in a supported and supervised counselling setting. The unit is designed to enhance students' self-awareness, professionalism, and ethical practice, and to consolidate and integrate learning from previous counselling units. Through the placement experience, students will develop their skills in communication, empathy, active listening, and counselling interventions, and will learn how to tailor these to the unique needs of individual clients. By successfully completing this unit, students will gain valuable experience as well as the opportunity to connect with professionals in the counselling field, which will support them to gain future employment.

Students will complete 100 hours of counselling practicum, including 40 hours of client contact, 10 hours of supervision, and 50 hours of non-client contact activities related to counselling. As part of their placement, students will participate in regular individual and/or group supervision to support the development of their counselling, ethical and professional skills.

Hurdle requirement

Students must pass all assessments to pass the unit. A second opportunity will be given to students to enable them to demonstrate competency if they do not pass the first submission.

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