HSO725 - Therapeutic Medical Play


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in E606, H505, H605, H706
Assumed knowledge:

The unit assumes students have already completed foundational study at an undergraduate level and / or have experience working with children and families.



Corequisite: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the trimester 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 4 x 1 hour scheduled online seminars.

Online student consultations times will be offered throughout the trimester.


The unit is designed for students who wish to expand their knowledge of therapeutic medical play to support children and adolescents in health, educational and /or community settings. Students are required to integrate the therapeutic powers of play and bio-psycho-social theories that inform therapeutic medical play and discuss the psychosocial impacts on children and adolescents in relation to medical conditions, illnesses, diseases, injuries, and trauma. The therapeutic powers of play are explored and integrated with selected clinical simulations and interventions to developmentally sequence and enhance communication when words alone are insufficient. Students will be introduced to a range of therapeutic medical play and creative arts-based approaches to help children and adolescents make sense of their health experiences.


As an online-based learning environment this unit is designed to provide knowledge of child and adolescent medical play, including the application of therapeutic powers of play within medical literature and how to engage in therapeutic communication. Case scenarios will be integrated to simulate medical play assessments and therapeutic techniques. Students will be introduced to a range of specific play materials and creative resources to engage children and adolescents in therapeutic medical play. Students will learn about simplifying medical language and translate scientific knowledge into age-appropriate plain language.

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