HSO723 - Systemic Play Therapy


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: 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.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

Intensive days

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.

In-person attendance requirements

65 hours of clinical placement plus 22.5 hours of clinical supervision and a 3 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 meet with a clinical supervisor for 22.5 hours of supervision.

Note: Virtual intensive days
The intensive will run for three days 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. 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 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 virtual intensive includes specialised training to practice the core therapeutic skills. Following the virtual intensive, students will undertake their clinical placement with suitable child/family referrals and will monitor therapeutic change through the play therapy process.

65 hours clinical placement plus 22.5 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 all components of Assessment 2

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