HPY741 - Group Counselling


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: 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).


In this unit students will examine the history, theories and basic practice of group counselling methods including the role of the group leader and co-leaders, stages of group development and the dynamic and interactive processes of group work including transference and counter-transference. Students will reflect on the implications of different approaches to conducting groups for specific populations including children and older adults and learn about culturally relevant strategies and ethical practice in group settings.

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 group work through participating in interpersonal process groups. Students will also have the opportunity to lead these groups. This unit will enable students to consider their own theoretical orientation to group work and equip students with the skills and confidence to co-facilitate groups under supervision.

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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