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2013 HGW415 Professional Communication in Human Services

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Available as a Student Elective: No

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

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

Not Offered


This foundational 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. 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 people in crisis; suicide assessment and intervention; working with grief and loss; advocacy; and, documentation and report writing. The unit is relevant to practitioners working in human service sectors including child and family, youth justice, alcohol and drug, disability, family violence and mental health services.



Online activities/test (approx. 1000 words or equivalent; 30%); skills workshop participation (30%); practice-based portfolio (approx. 2000 words or equivalent; 40%)


Online learning (approx. 20 hours); compulsory workshop attendance (approx. 20 hours).

Prereq Eligibility for Professional Honours (BA Hons Social Science)


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