HSO710 - Foundations of Play Therapy


2022 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

Only available to students enrolled in H505 Graduate Certificate of Therapeutic Child Play, H605 Graduate Diploma of Therapeutic Child Play and H706 Master of Child Play Therapy





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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 3 scheduled online seminars.


Students must hold a current Police Record Check and Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of this unit. Without these checks students will not be able to undertake any clinical components and this will impede progress in the course.

NB: Clinical components include observation of a child at play, infant-parent observation, play assessment, and therapeutic play and play therapy clinical placements.

The Faculty of Health Work Integrated Learning Team utilise an online service called ‘Fit2Work’ for police checks, and students will receive an email with instructions on how to apply. Students should not apply for a police check until they have received this email from Fit2Work.


This is a core unit for the Graduate Certificate of Therapeutic Child Play, Graduate Diploma of Therapeutic Child Play and Master of Child Play Therapy that is designed to provide foundational knowledge of Child Play Therapy, including the therapeutic powers of play, various theoretical models and children’s behaviour and interactions which inform Child Play Therapy interventions. Case scenarios, such as analysing children’s play behaviour, will support learning about discipline-specific knowledge and translating this scientific knowledge into plain language. Students will integrate knowledge from an ethico-legal standpoint and apply it to working with children.

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