SOCIAL WORK COURSES IN AUSTRALIA
Bachelor of Social Work
Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
ACAP also offers an embedded Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) which is available for meritorious entry to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work. Students will be invited to apply for entry in the third year of their studies and, if successful, will complete the Honours component in their fourth year.
In order to successfully complete the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) students are required to carry out an independent piece of research and write a minor research thesis. Professional Accreditation
The Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) are Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) provisionally accredited qualifications. They are entry qualifications into the social work profession and have been determined to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS).
Graduate employment opportunities exist in a variety of health and welfare fields, as carers, case managers and general human services workers in small community-based programs and services, as well as some Government departments and large and small NGOs.
Graduates can also work in local, state, territory, federal and non-government welfare agencies and organisations, charitable and faith-based organisations, small community-based services, schools, electoral offices, advocacy groups, international aid organisations, and for-profit providers.Upon successful completion, graduates can also pathway into postgraduate coursework
Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas or Master Degrees, including ACAP’s Master of Social Work. Diploma of Community Services This qualification reflects the roles of community services, case management and social housing workers involved in the managing, co-ordinating and/or delivering of person-centred services to individuals, groups and communities. At this level, workers have specialised skills in community services and work autonomously under broad directions from senior management. Workers are usually providing direct support to individuals or groups of individuals.
Workers may also have responsibility for the supervision of other workers and volunteers and/or case management program coordination or the development of new business opportunities.
Note that the Statutory & forensic child, youth & family welfare specialisation must be achieved in order to meet the minimum education requirements for child protection and youth justice practice in Victoria. In addition, to meet the minimum education requirements for entry into child protection practice in Australia, diploma qualifications must be approved by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA)To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 100 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.
BACHELOR OF COMMUNITY WELFARE
As a graduate you will be eligible for membership to the Australian Community Workers Association.
This course has a focus on practical experience, with 400 hours completed across two placements.
As a student of the Bachelor of Community Welfare, you will work with a team of academics that are committed to your needs and who will work with you in a close capacity outside of lectures. They have extensive practical backgrounds in the field and are still active and involved in an ongoing manner. This degree has a focus on practical experience, with 400 hours of a professionally supervised placement experience in its final year.
Placements can be completed at a range of local Sydney organisations with a unique focus area such as youth homelessness, financial counselling for vulnerable families and others. While on placement you will be supported through weekly classes on campus, to allow you to relate your experiences to the theories you are learning in your units. As a graduate you will be ready to work in government and community organisations such as hostels, shelters, family support centres, refugee and settlement services and other service agencies. Professional accreditation The Bachelor of Community Welfare is accredited by the Australian Community Workers Association
MASTER OF PSYCHOTHERAPY AND COUNSELLING
Through counselling and psychotherapy, people gain self-understanding, expand interpersonal capacities and become capable of healthy change.
This course brings together theory and practice, and gives you the tools to make a meaningful, real-life impact in the fields of psychotherapy and counselling. You will also enjoy the close guidance of Western’s highly experienced clinical practitioners and internationally recognised psychotherapy educators.
Postgraduate Study Information
Looking for a career change? Hoping to gain a new professional qualification that will help take your career further? Or just hoping to expand your horizons? Western’s range of diverse postgraduate degrees provide you with the opportunity to diversify your skillset in a supportive and flexible learning environment that enables you to thrive in your chosen field. To gain a better understanding of course content, study options, admission requirements or to simply find out more register your interest below and we will be in touch. Western’s Master of Psychotherapy and Counselling is designed to expand and refine your capacity to listen deeply and provide in-depth support to people struggling with emotional issues and life difficulties.
This is a deeply humanistic program in which you will explore the role of the human psyche and learn how your own life experiences and perspectives can be used to help others achieve their personal and mental-health goals. Your training will also include an emphasis on the creation of the therapist and the therapeutic environment for the client. Taught by highly experienced clinical practitioners and internationally recognised psychotherapy educators, you’ll learn to bring theory and practice together, receive practical guidance to make meaningful impacts, and be supported by staff to counsel people in real-life situations.
Professional accreditation Graduates are eligible to apply for full membership and registration with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).