Postgraduate Certificate in Human Services (Child Protection)

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  • Objectives
    The aim of the postgraduate certificates is to develop graduates whose practice is informed by a critical understanding of social science disciplines and is oriented towards professional values and ethical practice.
  • Entry requirements
    1. Bachelor degree in a human services discipline (eg psychology, education, social work, sociology, welfare studies, youth work or related discipline); or 2. 1. three year Advanced Diploma in Welfare or equivalent; and 2. at least five years' work experience in human services.
  • Academic title
    Postgraduate Certificate in Human Services (Child Protection)
  • Course description
    There are special entry provisions for applicants for the Postgraduate Certificate in Human Services. Applicants who have an Advanced Diploma in Welfare (3 years) or other appropriate qualification plus a minimum of five (5) years of relevant work experience may be considered.

    By the end of the course students should be able to:

       1. extend their understanding of the essential role of values in the practice of human service;
       2. analyse critically and use knowledge in the development and delivery of quality human               services;
       3. demonstrate an appreciation of the ethical dimensions of their practice;
       4. reflect upon themselves and their practice within the context of changing human services.

    Pathways to further study

    Graduates may apply for admission to the Master of Human Services or Master of Human Services (Child Protection).

    Postgraduate Certificate in Human Services (Child Protection)

    40 cp

    Minimum duration: 6 months full-time or equivalent part-time.

    Course available at:
    Brisbane, Queensland*
    Canberra, ACT*
    (*Available to Sponsored Cohort Only)

    EFTSL value of units: All 10 cp units in this course have an EFTSL value of 0.125. Units with a cp value of a multiple of 10 have corresponding EFTSL values.

    1. Requirements for Completion of the Postgraduate Certificate
    To qualify for the Postgraduate Certificate, a student must complete 40 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, comprising:

       1. 30 cp from Core Units; and
       2. 10 cp from Electives.

    Schedule of Unit Offerings

    Prerequisite (Pre), co-requisite (Co) and incompatible (Inc) units are indicated in parentheses where applicable.

    Core Units
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    SWTP605     10     Child Protection Context and Policy
    SWTP615     10     Families with High and Complex Needs
    YSED610      10     Working with Children and Young People

    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    COUN615     10     Leadership and Communication
    COUN616     10     Relationship and Family Counselling (Pre: COUN621 Foundations of                                                  Counselling55)
    COUN620     10     Grief and loss: Issues and Approaches (Pre: COUN621 Foundations of                                              Counselling55)
    COUN622     10     Mediation and Conflict Resolution (Pre: COUN621 Foundations of Counselling55)
    LEGL504      10      The Legal Environment (Inc: EXSC661 Sports Law and the Regulatory                                              Environment)
    LEGL505     10     Duty of Care
    PHIL506      10     Ethics in a Faith-Based Organisation
    SOCI607     10     Managing the Research Process
    SOCI608     10     Contemporary Human Services Management
    SOCI610     10     Social Justice and Advocacy
    SWTP602    10     Leadership in Human Services Organisations
    SWTP603    10     Professional Supervision and Consultation in the Human Services
    SWTP604    10     Special Studies in the Human Services
    SWTP618    10     Ethics of Human Services Practice (Inc: THEO567 Catholic Ethos and Social                                         Teaching)
    SWTP616     10     Models of Intervention in Human Services
    SWTP617     10     Cross-Cultural Practice
    THEO567     10     Catholic Ethos and Social Teaching (Inc: SWTP618 Ethics of Human Services                                     Practice)
    THEO667     10     Theology of the Human Person
    YSED600     10     Principles of Effective Youth Work
    YSED601     10     Critical Issues, Young People and Schooling
    YSED602     10     Young People at Risk
    YSED604     10     Youth Cultures
    YSED607     10     Justice and Young People

    Other elective approved by the Course Co-ordinator
    55 For students who enter the course with recognised expertise in counselling, this prerequisite may be waived by the Course Co-ordinator.

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