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Specialist Fields of Practice HGW615


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This unit provides a solid foundation for working with involuntary clients and in multi-disciplinary teams. It emphasises the importance of human rights, consumer rights and participation. In particular it focuses on the specialist fields of mental health and child protection and includes a study of contemporary theories and practice models as well as legal, ethical and organisational issues related to both fields. The process of critical reflection will consistently be used to explore the political, cultural and personal contexts of social work practice in these areas and to assist students in the development of individual frameworks of practice.


Unit name Specialist Fields of Practice
Unit code HGW615
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Social Work
Coordinator Doctor Jenny Hay
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


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Learning Outcomes

  • critically analyse the role of social work in working with involuntary clients and in multi-disciplinary teams with specific reference to a social justice and human rights framework.
  • develop ethical and socially just social work assessment practices and interventions in the fields of mental health and child protection practice, and in the contemporary context.
  • integrate and demonstrate commitment to the principles of partnership and participation in mental health and child protection social work practice.
  • critically reflect upon your use of self, knowledge and power as a social work practitioner and integrate this knowledge into the development of your practice.
  • demonstrate understanding of how knowledge gained from a previous degree links to and informs understanding of concepts and theories in this unit.
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HGW512 - Practice Frameworks for Change AND HGW513 - Social Work Practicum I AND HGW514 - Social Work in Context AND HGW515 - Research & Policy for Change AND HGW516 - Ethical, Legal & Organisational Contexts of Practice AND HGW517 - Direct Practice 1 & Professional Communication


AssessmentExamination - invigilated (externally - Exams Office) (20%)|Examination - invigilated (externally - Exams Office) (60%)|Examination - invigilated (externally - Exams Office) (20%)
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