HSO720 - Humanistic Play Therapy


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Online with significant campus and placement requirements.

Credit point(s): 2
EFTSL value: 0.250
Cohort rule:

This unit is only available to students enrolled in H706 Master of Child Play Therapy


HSO712 and HSO709

Incompatible with: HSO719, HSO721
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 300 hours over the teaching period 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 - online

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 10 hours of group supervision and 10 hours of individual supervision.

Campus: Students must attend and participate in a 5-day campus teaching intensive held prior to the start of the trimester at the Waterfront campus.

In-person attendance requirements

120 hours of clinical placement
30 hours of face to face supervision
5 day on-campus teaching intensive program.


Intensive days

This on campus intensive is prior to Trimester 1 commencing but is for the Trimester 1 offering.

Intensive days will be advised soon. Sessions held on each day of the intensive run between 9am and 5pm for H706 Master of Child Play Therapy students only. Dates may be subject to change due to timetabling constraints.

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 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 study unit for the Master of Child Play Therapy. In this unit the students will gain the underpinning theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to implement humanistic play therapy.

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

120 hours clinical placement and 30 hours clinical supervision, in conjunction with the student Placement Assessment and Review (PAR) process are required to successfully complete the unit.

Hurdle requirement

  • Satisfactory completion of 120 hours clinical placement (Pass grade from clinical supervisor)
  • Satisfactory completion of 30 hours clinical supervision (Pass grade from clinical supervisor)
  • Placement Review Form (Par) 1500 words (Pass grade from clinical supervisor)