HPY738 - Trauma Informed Counselling


2023 unit information

Offering information:

Not offered in 2023 and 2024 - first offered Trimester 1 2025

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1 2024: Burwood (Melbourne)

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

Must be enrolled in H758 Master of Counselling

Assumed knowledge:

This unit assumes that students have already acquired foundational knowledge in principles of counselling and have sound awareness of counselling ethics and respect for diversity and inclusion.


All of: HPY730, HPY731, HPY732, HPY733, HPY734, HPY735, HPY736.

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 - campus

3 day intensive workshop (21 hours - mandatory attendance)

Scheduled learning activities - online

4 x 2 hour seminars

In-person attendance requirements

This unit includes an intensive delivery component of three days on campus at Deakin Burwood. Attendance and participation in the intensive component is a hurdle requirement (see hurdle requirement section).

Student must also complete 8 x 1 hour self-paced interactive modules (pre-recorded).


Please be advised that this unit may contain topics that could be triggering or distressing for some individuals. If you have experienced unresolved trauma or grief in the past 12 months, we strongly recommend that you carefully consider whether you are ready to engage with this unit at this time. It is important to prioritise your mental health and wellbeing, and seeking support from a mental health professional may be a helpful option. Please be aware that support is available to you throughout your studies, and we encourage you to reach out to the services provided by Wellbeing at Deakin if you need to do so.


In this unit students will learn to become trauma informed counsellors. Through this lens, they will become aware of the complex impact of trauma on a person’s life, and how it shapes a person’s efforts to cope. Students will learn techniques that will prioritise physical, emotional, cultural, and psychological safety for their clients. They will also learn evidence-based modalities that are used when working with clients who have complex trauma. Finally, students will apply self-awareness and self-reflexivity when working with trauma.

Hurdle requirement

Attendance at the three day intensive is a hurdle requirement for completing this unit. PACFA accreditation requires that 140 hours of learning takes place via in-person teaching, and the 3 day intensive contributes to this standard. Participation in the intensive also contributes to the completion of assessment task one and the meeting of ULOs 1 and 2.

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