HSO712 - Engaging Children in Play Using Directive Approaches


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Cloud (online) with significant campus and 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, H605 - Graduate Diploma of Play and Childhood, 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 - campus

Intensive days

This on campus intensive is held in the first week of Trimester 2. 

Intensive days will be held on Monday 13 July to Thursday 16 July 2020 between 9am and 5pm each day for H706 Master of Child Play Therapy and Graduate Diploma of Therapeutic Child Play students only. Dates may be subject to change due to timetabling constraints.

In-person attendance requirements

60 hours of clinical placement, 4 day intensive campus program. Note: Students must attend and participate in face-to-face experiential-based activities at the Geelong Waterfront campus on the scheduled days during the trimester intensive period. Students must also meet with a clinical supervisor for 17 hours of 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.

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 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 campus 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.

Hurdle requirement

  • Demonstrates competence in engaging children in play, using directive approaches, by undertaking 60 hours clinical placement and 17 hours clinical supervision and in conjunction with the Placement Assessment and Review procedure (1500 words).

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