Postgraduate Certificate in Human Services (Leadership)

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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. 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.
  • Academic title
    Postgraduate Certificate in Human Services (Leadership)
  • Course description
    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 (Leadership)

    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
    SOCI608      10     Contemporary Human Service Management
    SWTP602     10     Leadership in Human Service Organisations
    SWTP603     10     Professional Supervision and Consultation in the Human Services

    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    COUN615     10     Leadership and Communication
    COUN616     10     Relationship and Family Counselling (Pre: COUN621 Foundations of                                                  Counselling56)
    COUN620     10     Grief and Loss: Issues and Approaches (Pre: COUN621 Foundations of                                              Counselling56)
    COUN622     10     Mediation and Conflict Resolution (Pre: COUN621 Foundations of Counselling56)
    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 (Inc: SWTP618 Ethics of Human Services Practice)
    SOCI607      10     Managing the Research Process
    SOCI610      10     Social Justice and Advocacy
    SWTP604     10    Special Studies in the Human Services
    SWTP605     10    Child Protection Context and Policy
    SWTP615     10     Families with High and Complex Needs
    SWTP616     10     Models of Intervention in Human Services
    SWTP617     10     Cross-Cultural Practice
    SWTP618     10     Ethics of Human Services Practice (Inc: PHIL506 Ethics in a Faith-Based                                         Organisation)
    THEO567     10     Catholic Ethos and Social Teaching
    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
    YSED610     10     Working with Children and Young People

    Other elective approved by the Course Co-ordinator
    56For students who enter the course with recognised expertise in counselling, this prerequisite may be waived by the Course Co-ordinator.

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