HPY745 - Counselling and Family Violence


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).

Students 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 gain the foundational and technical knowledge relevant for working with domestic and family violence (DFV). This unit also provides essential knowledge for understanding the gendered nature of DFV and its impact on women, children, diverse groups, and the community. Students will explore the influences of patriarchy and gender inequality on contemporary experiences of violence and will learn to identify patterns of abusive behaviour that aim to the control and dominate another person. Through understanding the impact that DFV has upon those at risk, students will be positioned to apply best practice principles to inform intervention. Students will further develop an awareness of their own attitudes and beliefs surrounding DFV, and how these can impact service delivery. Finally, the importance of self-care and resilience will be highlighted as a necessary skill for counsellors working with DFV.

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 across the Master of Counselling course. This 2-day intensive contributes 14 hours to this accreditation requirement. Participation in the intensive is also necessary for the completion of assessment task 2.

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