HPY746 - Relationship 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

3 day practical experience (workshop) - 21 hours - mandatory attendance

Scheduled learning activities - online

2 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 seven self-paced interactive modules (written or pre-recorded).


This unit will equip students with the foundational and technical knowledge and skills relevant to relationship therapy for adult intimate partners. Students will learn and use  inclusive language and will familiarise themselves with a diverse range of relationship structures.  Ethical issues in relationship therapy will be discussed, along with matters related to safety and intimate partner violence .   Students will learn about attachment theory, including its evidence base. They will learn and apply the two key therapeutic modalities  used in relationship therapy: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and the Gottman Method.  The unit will teach students to identify common interactional patterns that emerge in relationships, and approaches for working through conflict and relationship ruptures according to both EFT and Gottman Method. Additionally, students will learn how to support partners who ultimately decide to part ways.  Finally, students will reflect on their own personal responses to interactional styles within intimate relationships and consider how these personal reactions may shape their practice in supporting intimate partners.

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.

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