HSO720 - Humanistic Play Therapy


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Cloud (online) with significant campus and placement requirements.

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

Must be enrolled in H706 Master of Child Play Therapy


HSO712 and HSO709

Incompatible with:

HSO719 and HSO721

Study commitment

Students will on average spend 300 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Three Blackboard Collaborate sessions will be offered by the unit chair

In-person attendance requirements

120 hours of clinical placement, 32 hours in face to face supervision (online where necessary) and 30 hours of face-to-face contact in a 5 day 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 held on Monday 10 February to Friday 14 February 2020 between 9am and 5pm each day 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.

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

Hurdle requirement

  • 120 hours clinical placement (Pass grade from clinical supervisor)
  • 32 hours clinical supervision (Pass grade from clinical supervisor)
  • Placement Review Form (Par) 3000 words (Pass grade from clinical supervisor)

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