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The Specialist Certificate in Advanced Social Work provides social workers with higher skills relevant to social work practice and social policy and addresses the complex and growing challenges faced by this sector.
If you want to have a more profound impact on the health and well-being of individuals and society, develop leadership skills and connections in the community and health and services sector and undertake a course suited to your area of interest or expertise, then this course is for you.
If you’re not a qualified social worker, but you have an undergraduate degree in a field related to health and human services, you can study one of our Health and Human Services courses.
This course is designed to prepare social workers for leadership and specialist roles in the health, mental health and human services sector. By undertaking this course, you will push the boundaries of knowledge, understand and benefit from evidence-informed practice and then respond to the problems that affect individuals, families, communities and organisations. You will develop a deep understanding of knowledge, policy and research as it relates your practice, while learning from leading academics who conduct evidence-based research in the fields of health, mental health, child and family welfare, ageing, social policy, policy evaluation and leadership.
Who the course is for
This course is for qualified social workers at varying stages of their careers, including recent graduates, established practitioners and those seeking to advance their careers or move into a new field of professional practice.
According to projections, the health and community services sector will grow more rapidly than any other in the next five years.* This will create demand for high-calibre health, community services and social workers, a trend that is echoed internationally. The Advanced Social Work course allows you to take advantage of this demand.
As a graduate of this course, you will have developed the ability to engage in a critical reflection of your own practice and be able to lead effectively in this sector, with the capabilities and skills to build important connections between people and organisations.
**Australian Government, Department of Employment, 2016 Industry Employment Projections Report.
What you will learn
Fundamental knowledge and skills for working with individuals, families, communities and organisations
Fundamental knowledge and skills for working with individuals,
families, communities and organisations
You will develop fundamental theoretical and practical skills that you can apply to your practice. This could include foundational knowledge of understanding domestic and family violence (DVF), theoretical frameworks and evidence involved in suicide prevention, and the practice of assessment and intervention of human service workers in these settings.
Policy and practice as it relates to psychosocial practice
Policy and practice as it relates to
You will explore a range of approaches useful for researching health and human services practice, encompassing both policy, organisational practice, as well as practice with individuals, groups and communities.
Critical reflection of your own practice
Critical reflection of your
You will improve your social work practice by undertaking critical reflection of your own practice and developing innovative strategies and responses that you can apply to a variety of social work contexts. You will also become adequately prepared for leadership and practice-based research.
Who you will learn from
Your online learning experience is enriched by interaction with lecturers and your fellow classmates. You can expect input and feedback from your lecturers and tutors as well as regular real-time sessions where you speak with the instructor and fellow students.
Find out more about the University of Melbourne online learning experience.
- Dr Ralph Hampson, Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator, Master of Advanced Social Work and Master of Health and Human Services
- Professor Louise Harms, Deputy Head and Director of Teaching and Learning in the Department of Social Work
- Professor Aron Shlonsky, Professor of Evidence Informed Practice
- Professor Cathy Humphreys, Professor of Social Work
- Professor Lynette Joubert, Professor - Direct Practice, Social Work
- Professor Marie Connolly, Head of Department, Social Work
- Dr Nicole Hill, Lecturer - Social Work Field Education
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