HPY746 - Relationship Counselling


2023 unit information

Offering information:

Not offered in 2023 - first offered Trimester 2 2024

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2 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)


In this unit students will gain the foundational and technical knowledge relevant in relationship therapy for intimate partners. The two key therapeutic modalities introduced in this unit are Emotionally Focussed Therapy (EFT) for couples and the Gottman Method. Students will learn about the common conflict patters that couples often engage in, and the approach for working through conflict and relationship ruptures according to both EFT and Gottman. Issues related to safety and domestic violence will be addressed and students will also recognise how to support couples that ultimately decide to part ways. This unit will highlight some of the ethical issues in relationship therapy as well as issues related to diversity and inclusion. Finally, students will reflect on therapist values, biases and histories that may shape the practice of relationship therapy.

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 two and the meeting of ULOs 2 and 3.

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