Specialist Certificate in Advanced Social Work

What will I study?


What you will learn

Fundamental knowledge and skills for working with individuals, families, communities and organisation

You will develop fundamental theoretical and practical skills that you can apply to your practice. This could include foundational knowledge of understanding domestic and family violence (DVF), theoretical frameworks and evidence involved in suicide prevention, and the practice of assessment and intervention of human service workers in these settings.

Policy and practice as it relates to psychosocial practice

You will explore a range of approaches useful for researching health and human services practice, encompassing both policy, organisational practice, as well as practice with individuals, groups and communities.

Critical reflection of your own practice

You will improve your social work practice by undertaking critical reflection of your own practice and developing innovative strategies and responses that you can apply to a variety of social work contexts. You will also become adequately prepared for leadership and practice-based research.

Course structure

To gain the Specialist Certificate in Advanced Social Work you must complete 25 points comprised of two elective subjects.

Note: The elective subjects, Suicide Prevention, Service Navigation Theory, and Disability in Context will not run in 2021.


The estimated hours required for each subject is between 15 -19 hours per week, but this varies for each student and depends on your task management and planning, familiarity with the material, reading style and speed.

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Single subjects

You can also study single subjects to contribute to your professional development. For more information, please contact Student Support.

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