HSO712 - Engaging Children in Play Using Directive Approaches


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Online with significant placement requirements

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

This unit is only available to students enrolled in H605 - Graduate Diploma of Therapeutic Child Play and H706 - Master of Child Play Therapy.


All of HSO710, HSO711, HSO713, HSO715



Incompatible with:


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 - online

Virtual Intensive days

This online intensive is held in 0 Week of Trimester 2.

The intensive will run for three days between 9am and 5pm each day for H605 Graduate Diploma of Therapeutic Child Play and  H706 Master of Child Play Therapy students only. Dates may be subject to change due to timetabling constraints.

In-person attendance requirements

65 hours of clinical placement plus 18 hours of clinical supervision and a three day virtual online intensive program.

Note: Students must attend virtually and participate in experiential-based activities online on the scheduled days during the trimester intensive week. Students must also undertake 18 hours of virtual clinical supervision across the trimester which will consist of a mixture of individual and group supervision. 


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.

The Play Therapy courses utilise an online service called 'Fit2Work' for police checks. 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 Diploma of Therapeutic Child Play and Master of Child Play Therapy.

In this unit students will gain the underpinning theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to engage children in play using directive approaches.

The virtual intensive includes specialised training to practice the therapeutic child play skills. Following the intensive, students will undertake their clinical placement with suitable child referrals and will monitor change through the therapeutic process.

65 hours clinical placement, plus 18 hours clinical supervision, in conjunction with the student Placement Assessment Review (PAR) process are required to successfully complete the unit.

Hurdle requirement

  • Satisfactory completion of all components of Assessment task 2.

Unit Fee Information

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