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Postgraduate Certificate in Specialty Care Social and community Work This programme reflects current and developing researchbased practice, in relation to health care delivery.

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This programme is designed to provide social workers with an integrated, supported theoretical and practical programme of study to ensure the development of specialty knowledge and skills required of a health professional working in the New Zealand context. The Postgraduate Certificate in Specialty Care can be completed over two years. All papers are 17 weeks in duration and each paper is a combination of online and short block tutorials delivered at our Porirua campus. All papers are NZQA accredited at Level 8 and approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand. One Whitireia Level 8 postgraduate paper is equivalent to a 30 credit paper.

paper information Advanced Social Work Practice HSC8616 (45 credits) This paper offers social work practitioners the opportunity to extend skills and knowledge of professional practice. The purpose is to increase the student’s ability to relate key social practice competencies to an advanced professional practice of mentoring, coaching and peer development (MCPD). Students critically analyse their practice in their own professional setting and those responsibilities that support and develop the ethical and professional practice of beginner social workers. A strong focus of the paper is the development of professional leadership through research and scholarship. This paper leads into and supports the learning prescribed in the ‘Social and Community Work Leadership' paper.

Whitireia postgraduate programmes have a flexible learning approach with a mix of block courses and online learning. As distance students, there is a full range of support available including distance library services and online learning support.

Modules covered include: >> Professional competencies and responsibilities >> MCPD – models, theories and practice >> Leadership model, theory and practice >> Professional contracting and decision making >> Communication and social work leadership Social and Community Work Leadership HSC8617 (45 credits) In this paper the student will critically examine the context within which practices of social work leadership are developed in Aotearoa New Zealand. The purpose is to extend the student’s ability to draw on his/her practice knowledge and experience and a wide range of theoretical frameworks to inform the development of social and community work leadership. Each student will explore their own understanding of self and others, and the impact they can make to the social and economic outcomes of their clients, the organisations they work in and their communities.

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ADDITIONAL information Modules covered include: >> The socio political context of New Zealand >> Aotearoa New Zealand context of social and community work >> Professional practice and responsibility

Qualification Graduates gain 45 credits towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialty Care

Location Porirua campus, Wineera Drive, Porirua City

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Start Date

First tutorial

Second tutorial

Third tutorial

End date


HSC8616 Advanced Social Work Practice

1 March

1-3 March

3-5 May

21-23 June

23 June


HSC8617 Social and Community Work Leadership

2 August

2-4 August

27-29 September

1-3 November

3 November

Duration 17 weeks per paper

Level 8

Fees Domestic: $1,794 International: please contact us

Entry requirements Domestic: registered health professional with current New Zealand practicing certificate, Bachelor degree or equivalent; employment in relevant clinical service for a minimum of three days per week International: IELTS 7.0 or equivalent

Enrol now! postgraduate certificate in specialty care – Social and community work

Postgraduate Certificate in Specialty Care - Social and Communty Work  

Programme information for the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialty Care - Social and Community Work

Postgraduate Certificate in Specialty Care - Social and Communty Work  

Programme information for the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialty Care - Social and Community Work