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Social Work

A career path for individuals who care about and want to help disadvantaged or marginalised people

What Clinical Psychologists Do

Social work professionals are concerned with helping individuals, families, and groups to cope with problems they’re facing, in order to improve their lives.

The social work profession facilitates social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work. Underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledges, social work engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance wellbeing (AASW, 2013)

Social workers typically work in hospitals, community services, government departments such as child protection services, local councils, NGOs, private-practice, universities and schools, or international advocacy bodies.

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Social Work provides you with the following valuable skills

Boundary Setting 90%
Therapy Techniques 75%
Research and Evaluation 75%
Collaboration with other Healthcare Professionals 90%
Active Listening 100%
Conforming to Strict Ethical Guidelines 95%
Oral and Written Communication and Reports 95%
Record Keeping and Organisation 100%

How to become a Registered Social Worker

The standard pathway to become a professional social worker in Australia and be eligible for membership of the AASW, requires completion of one of the following:

  1.  Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from an accredited university program in Australia.
  2. Masters of Social Work – qualifying (MSW) from an accredited university program in Australia.
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