Courses & Units

Professional Communication in Human Services HGW415


This unit is designed for students/human service practitioners enrolled in the BA Hons Professional Social Sciences (Human Services Practice) study program.

Students can attend workshops at either Sandy Bay or Newnham UTAS campuses.

This unit will be offered subject to sufficient numbers.


This core unit will increase and/or refresh students' knowledge and applied communication skills relevant to human services practice in the workplace, using strengths-based, collaborative and reflective approaches. The unit is organised and delivered in modules with specific application to practice in the workplace. Topics include: interpersonal and professional communication skills; building and sustaining helping relationships; working collaboratively for solutions and meaningful change; working ethically and reflectively; assessing and responding to risk and vulnerability; working with loss and change; advocacy;documentation and report writing.


Unit name Professional Communication in Human Services
Unit code HGW415
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Social Work


Level Honours
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HGW317. HGW517.


Teaching Pattern

Online learning (approx. 30 hours); compulsory workshop attendance (approx. 14 hours).


A written profile of professional communication (1000 words 30%); skills workshop participation (20%); A written reflective analysis (2500 words - 50%)

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