HSO723 - Systemic Play Therapy


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Cloud (online) with significant placement and campus requirements

Students wishing to enrol in this unit should contact hsd-postgrad@deakin.edu.au for more information

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

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



Study commitment

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

In-person attendance requirements

70 hours of clinical placement, 3 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 week. Students must also meet with a clinical supervisor for 20 hours of supervision


Intensive days

This on campus intensive is held during Orientation week of Trimester 2.

Intensive days will be held on Wednesday 1 July to Friday  July 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 systemic play therapy.

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

70 hours clinical placement and 20 hours clinical supervision, in conjunction with the student Placement Assessment and Review (PAR) process are required to successfully complete the unit.

Hurdle requirement

  • Demonstrates competence in systemic play therapy by undertaking 70 hours clinical placement and 20 hours clinical supervision and in conjunction with the Placement Assessment and Review procedure (1500 words).

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