Social Workers assess the social needs of individuals, families and groups, assist and empower people to develop and use the skills and resources needed to resolve social and other problems, and further human wellbeing and human rights, social justice and social development.
The number of people working as Social Workers (in their main job) in Australia is expected to grow from 40,300 in 2019 to 52,100 by 2024.
The Australian Association of Social Workers is the professional representative body of social workers in Australia.
Either a bachelor degree in social work or a bachelor in a related field followed by a masters in social work is needed to work as a Social Worker
Postgraduate Bridging Program (Social Work)
If you already have a bachelor degree from overseas and you want to explore counselling as a new career or vocation direction, with completion of the Graduate Certificate of Counselling (Bridging Course) providing time you can determine if your interest in counselling merits further study into the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) [MSW (Q)].
The course is also helpful for those without prior undergraduate studies in social work who are interested in counselling and would like to determine if they can manage post-graduate level studies.
With the graduate certificate you will develop a clear appreciation of the rewards and challenges associated with a career as a professional counsellor, acquiring core counselling skills, an understanding of counselling ethics and an appreciation for how relational dynamics function in personal and professional settings.
Master of Social Work (Qualifying) [MSW (Q)]
If ready to study the MSW (Q), you can do this at Excelsia College in Sydney, Australia. This course meets the Australian Association of Social Workers Practice Standards and is an entry qualification into the social work profession. Social work is an academic practice-based profession that promotes social justice, inclusion and wellbeing. The MSW (Q) aims to produce graduates who are professionally competent, aware of socio-political realities in the human services and committed to social change through supporting and promoting the strengths of disadvantaged and vulnerable populations.
The focus is on face-to-face small classes and intensive interaction with fellow students and experienced social work academics. As social work engages with a changing world where social media, online material and interactivity are prevalent student learning will also include blended learning technologies.
The learning will be delivered through: workshops; case studies; in-class exercises; experiential learning strategies; flipped classrooms; social work laboratory; written reports; oral presentations; blogs; essays; and research reports. Finally, students will explore social work practice through field education practicums.
Excelsia College will provide as part of the course 500 hours (65 weeks) of work placement each at the end of semester 1 and semester 3 of your studies.
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