Specialist Certificate in Advanced Social Work

    The experience


    Online learning

    As a student at a school committed to professional, continuing and executive education, you’ll have access to high-quality online education tools – all you need is a computer and an internet connection.

    Your virtual classroom is academically robust and designed to prepare you for competition in your field. You will expand your skills and knowledge via innovative technologies like webinars, podcasts and moderated discussion forums.

    Why study online?

    The online learning environment has been carefully devised by expert academics, alongside learning designers and technology specialists, to facilitate an interactive and flexible student experience.

    At the University of Melbourne, you will have access to the best minds and a dynamic peer group. Throughout the course, you will be able to engage closely with fellow online students and share your knowledge with each other.

    Gain access to the highest levels of support

    From your initial expression of interest right through to graduation, you’ll receive all the technical support you need.

    Don’t be surprised if you learn our student support team members by name – they are dedicated, personal and friendly and they understand that every student experience is unique. If a challenge arises, they’ll do everything in their power to assist you so that you can continue to have an excellent learning experience.

    Our online student support consultants can assist with:

    • Enrolment and subject assistance
    • Administrative logistics and fee options
    • Technical support, regular health checks, and technical support during live webinars
    • Online learning skills and workload management
    • Special circumstances.

    Who you will learn from

    Your online learning experience is enriched by interaction with lecturers and your fellow classmates. You can expect input and feedback from your lecturers and tutors as well as regular real-time sessions where you speak with the instructor and fellow students.

    Find out more about the University of Melbourne online learning experience.

    In this course you will learn from the following experts:

    • Dr Ralph Hampson, Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator, Master of Advanced Social Work and Master of Health and Human Services
    • Professor Louise Harms, Deputy Head and Director of Teaching and Learning in the Department of Social Work
    • Professor Cathy Humphreys, Professor of Social Work
    • Professor Lynette Joubert, Professor of Direct Practice, Social Work
    • Professor Marie Connolly, Head of Department, Social Work
    • Dr Nicole Hill, Lecturer in Social Work Field Education.

    Claire Rachel

    Claire Rachel is a Senior Acute Psychiatric Social Worker and she’s deeply “passionate about health access equity”. For the past 18 years Claire has worked in the field of social work, helping vulnerable individuals to lead normal lives.

    Despite spending her entire career safeguarding individuals from harm, Claire found herself vulnerable for the first time – as a victim of Australia’s silent epidemic, Domestic Violence. Jarring national statistics show that 1 in 3 women have experienced at least one incident of violence from a current or former partner since the age of 15.

    Currently studying the Master of Advanced Social Work, Claire says she “decided to return to studies after (she) had been able to leave an abusive relationship” and “it gave (her) focus, confidence and something to concentrate on.” She says her studies have improved how she approaches her role within mental health, where she works in a large hospital network in Melbourne. “This course has already enhanced my abilities to perform my job in a more multi-lens perspective and I have only completed three subjects so far.”

    For Claire, the Master of Advanced Social Work was “a major investment, but well worth it.” Her favourite aspect of studying online has been, “the connection with fellow students as well as being taught by such great, recognised experts in the field.” Claire says she’d “highly recommend this course” to anyone thinking of enrolling. Her recommendation is simple: “Go for it!”