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Diploma of Community Welfare Work

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  • Objectives
    The Diploma of Community Welfare Work will equip you with comprehensive skills and knowledge to work as a professional social welfare worker in the community services industry. The Diploma of Community Welfare Work comprises theory and practice work. The course covers case, group and community development work. Diploma of Community Welfare Work graduates will be equipped for employment as welfare workers, case managers and family support workers in family welfare organisations, disability services, youth services, child protection and community health services and employment.
  • Entry requirements
    You will need to complete a Direct Entry Application Form. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have been out of full-time secondary education for at least 12 months, although demonstration of paid or unpaid work experience in the community services is an entry requirement. You will be expected to have suitable language, literacy, numeracy and communication skills needed to undertake the Diploma of Community Welfare Work. An appropriate level of maturity to work in the community services sector is also desired. Attendance is required at a course information session.
  • Academic Title
    Diploma of Community Welfare Work
  • Course description
    Modules / Units of Competency
    There are a number of Modules / Units of Competency that form the Diploma of Community Welfare Work . The Modules / Units of Competency and hours listed below are included in the current Gordon course structure and are subject to change.
    Title     Approx. Hours

    Level 1
    Develop and implement a community development framework     150
    Develop, implement and promote effective community     75
    Respond holistically to client issues     75
    Work within a structured counselling process     90
    Plan and conduct group activities     50
    Meet statutory and organisational information requirements     90
    Develop new networks     75
    Implement and monitor OHS policies and procedures     50
    Reflect and improve upon professional practice     120

    Level 2
    Undertake systems advocacy     90
    Manage the organisations finances, accounts and resources     90
    Support community action     90
    Develop, facilitate and monitor all aspects of case management     75
    Reflect and improve upon counselling skills     90
    Work with clients intensively     75
    Coordinate the work environment     90
    Undertake research activities     50
    Develop and implement policy     90
    Provide intervention support to children and families     70
    The Diploma of Community Welfare Work is offered full-time (two years) and part-time (four years). Classroom attendance is approximately 18 hours per week for full-time students and nine hours per week for part-time students. Student intakes are generally February.

    Selection Criteria
    If you apply to study the Diploma of Community Welfare Work you will be required to attend a small group assessment interview. At this interview you will be assessed on a small written task, previous educational records and work and other relevant experience as identified on your application form.

    You will be given preference if you have a sound understanding of the requirements of the industry and an appropriate level of skills and knowledge to study and work in the community services sector.

    Links and options exist between various levels of study. Accredited pathways exist enabling students to move between courses within the Gordon and to other higher education institutions.

    Diploma of Community Welfare Work

        * Welfare worker
        * Community Worker

    Bachelor of Social Work or Bachelor of Social Science
    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience. For further information refer to the RPL brochure that can be found under Downloads & Forms.
    Gordon Institute Support Services

    The Gordon offers a range of support services to assist prospective students with course, career or fee advice. For enrolled students, the Gordon provides general education support, counselling and careers advisors, disability support services and an Indigenous Education Unit. The Gordon also offers an on-campus Student Residence for students living away from home. If you need assistance in any of these aspects please let a Gordon staff member know so that we can arrange assistance where appropriate.

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