Social work is an exciting and rewarding career if you are interested in working with people and in addressing social and community issues and problems. As a social worker, you will play a key role in developing a society based on social justice and in alleviating disadvantage.
Social workers stimulate action to change the social circumstances of individuals and groups who are socially excluded. They also work to reduce personal pain and distress and provide direction for individual development and control over life situations.
The program is particularly suited for new graduates looking for a clearly defined career path as a social worker or people working in human services wanting to upgrade their skills to become a qualified social worker. It is also suitable for international student wanting to work as a social worker in Australia or overseas.
This program is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and will enable students to qualify as a social worker and become a member of the Association upon graduating.
In addition to developing core social work knowledge and skills, the program includes a particular focus on mental health practice. It also provides students with the opportunity to undertake advanced practice elective courses in areas such as child and family practice, counselling, community development and social policy, and social research. Students may select up to three electives based on their interests or their career plans. All students undertake periods of supervised practice in human service organisations.
Students will undertake approximately 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings that includes hospitals and a variety of public and private agencies. During their placements, students will have the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework to practice and develop their clinical skills in real life setting.
Although this program is offered on a part time basis, students will be required to attend clinical placements on a full time basis.
Students may be required to undertake clinical placements outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area and students are required to fund their travel, accommodation and daily living expenses.