1 Social Work and the Human Services Open Day Make Yourself at Home.
2 Is Social Work and the Human Services for you? Do you have a passion to work for a better world and to have a rich and rewarding career? Are you interested in people, families, communities and do you want to have the skills to assist them to achieve their goals? These interests and skills, along with a commitment to human rights, position you well to embark on a career as a social worker or human service worker
3 Employment opportunities in the human services There is interesting and diverse work available in the human services eg counsellor, family support worker, case manager, youth worker, court liaison worker, early intervention worker, project manager, policy officer, researcher, residential care worker, social worker, outreach worker, neighbourhood house coordinator, volunteer coordinator etc. There is no state licensing or registration for work titles and practices in much of the human services (there is one for psychology) which means that employers can make their own decisions about what people and degrees they want
4 Employment opportunities continued (DEWR, 2008) A growth area with strong demand Growth for welfare and community workers rose over last 5 years Biggest predicted growth area in Australia in next 10 years One of three biggest employment areas in SA One of four biggest growth areas in Australia in recent times Average income $950 gross per week 40% of workers have a degree. 25% of workers have no post schooling qualifications Main employers: health and community service sector, industry/ government/ administration/ defence, property and business.
5 Programs Bachelor of Social Work Bachelor of Social Science Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services), Bachelor of Psychological Science Bachelor of Arts (Aboriginal Studies), Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services) Bachelor of Social Work Bachelor of Aboriginal Studies Bachelor of Social Science (Justice Administration)
6 What are the entry requirements? SACE Entry: no prerequisites TAFE articulation pathways through Certificate 4 (or higher) in Community Services Tertiary transfer possibilities STAT Mature age entry Graduate entry pathways
7 Human Services and Social Work programs Contact hours are generally 10 to 12 hours per week but for every one contact hour, three hours of study and research are required. Can be undertaken on a full time or part time basis. All courses in the first two years can be studied in external mode, although this may involve an on campus workshop; some courses in the final years can be studied externally and others as five day intensive courses. Taught at Magill, Whyalla and Mount Gambier.
8 What will you study? Your study program will include: psychology and lifespan diversity political science and social policy sociology and organisational studies Practice skills including counselling, group work, community work, human service law social research You will focus on the needs of particular groups in our community including families, young people, Indigenous Australians You will learn about special areas of work including Child protection, mental health, domestic violence, community development, justice system.
9 Field Education All programs include significant field education placements in human service organisations students are supervised by agency supervisors and the University and undertake a graduated set of professional activities. Many students are offered employment as a result of their placements Opportunities to study overseas either whilst undertaking a field education placement or within a University include United Kingdom and other European countries Canada and USA India Phillipines Indonesia
10 Bachelor of Social Work Four years full time study or part time equivalent Fully accredited by the AASW (Australian Association of Social Workers) Highly respected in many countries around the world Each of the final two years involves a semester of field placement (490 hours each)
11 Bachelor of Arts (Aboriginal Studies), Bachelor of Social Work Meets the professional requirements for a social work degree Five years full time study or part time equivalent Develops particular knowledge and skills in cultural diversity and Australian Indigenous issues through studies such as Aboriginal cultures Rights and Racism Cultural perspectives on health Prepares students who will work with or in Indigenous communities Involves at least one specialised placement in an indigenous context
12 Bachelor of Social Work/ Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) Meets professional requirements of a social work degree Five years full time study or part time equivalent Develops particular knowledge and skills in social work, cultural diversity and International issues through studies such as Global societies Islam and world politics Global security and sustainability Students are expected to undertake one placement in an overseas country Prepares students to work either in Australia or in a range of organisations undertaking international social work.
13 Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services) Fully accredited by the AIWCW (Australian Institute of Welfare and Community Workers) Three years full time study or part time equivalent An emphasis on the development of practical professional skills, including project management. Two field placements (500 hours total) in human service Close links with employers and organisations in Australia and overseas
14 Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services), Bachelor of Psychological Science Qualifies you as a human service practitioner Enables students to undertake the sequence of psychology courses required for entry into Psychology honours Completed in four years of full time study or part time equivalent Involves supervised work placements specifically identified to utilise the combination of psychology and human services knowledge
15 Bachelor of Arts (Aboriginal Studies), Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services) Prepares students to apply knowledge and skills which integrate social science theory and practice in the administration of Indigenous services that are culturally relevant in a variety of contexts. Four years full time study or part time equivalent Placement opportunities in Indigenous organisations or working with Indigenous communities.
16 Our Graduates Are competent problem solvers, communicators and mediators; are creative, innovative and highly sought after in many fields. Have career opportunities including counselling, community work, management, leadership, policy and research work Are employed in many areas: health, hospitals, prisons, mental health services, education, rehabilitation services, family services; Commonwealth, State and local government, private agencies and as private practitioners Have pathways to study Graduate Certificates and Diplomas, Masters courses, Professional Doctorates and PhD s.
17 Where can you work? Mental Health Support people s mental health by assisting people to live fulfilling lives in the community If people need to be hospitalised with a mental illness you support families and those who will be carers
18 Where can you work? With Families To strengthen families through all stages of family life. Supporting new parents Helping to make later years fulfilling
19 Where can you work? With Communities Working alongside groups who work for their community in many different ways Establishing community gardens, food coops, neighbourhood houses, English language classes, learning crafts, fighting for justice. In Australia. And Internationally
20 You will be studying with professionals already involved in significant social issues Indigenous Australians Refugees and asylum seekers Homelessness poverty
21 What Next Step 2. September or December Career Information Sessions. Magill Career Information Session 9th September pm, Magill Campus December Information Session 2nd December 2008 Magill Campus Visit the actual campus where you ll study. Check out the facilities. And you re home. Register at:
22 Is Social Work and the Human Services for you? Contact: Sue King Program Director BSW Ph: Rosemary Kennedy Program Director BSS (HS) Ph:
23 Social Work and the Human Services Open Day Make Yourself at Home.
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