HPY739 - Sex and Sexuality


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in H758
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.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

8 x 1 hour self-paced interactive module
4 x 2 hour live online seminars
1 x 2 day practical experience (workshop) at Burwood Campus (mandatory attendance)

In-person attendance requirements

This unit includes an intensive delivery component of two 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 explore the application, practice and evidence base of a range of counselling techniques in psychosexual therapy. There is a focus on sexual diversity including LGBTQIA+, disability, aging, non-monogamy, kink, fetishes and paraphilias. This unit consists of some self-directed online learning and a compulsory intensive teaching block. During the intensive block students will extend their knowledge and practice of counselling and psychosexual interventions through role-plays, group discussions and counselling practice. This unit will enable students to develop an awareness of their own sexual attitudes, values and sexual self as well as equip students with the skills and confidence to apply a range of therapeutic interventions to addressing common psychosexual concerns with a wide range of clients.

Hurdle requirement

Attendance at the two-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 2-day intensive contributes to this standard. Participation in the intensive also contributes to the completion of assessment task two and the meeting of ULOs 2 and 3.

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