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Post Graduate Diploma Course in Social Work

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The Specialism aims to develop studentsÕ competence and resilience as reflective practitioners who work with people with mental health problems. Students will learn to proactively respond to the challenges and changes in mental health problems in our society, and in working with clients with mental illness within service fields in particular. Students will be helped to integrate theories and practice from medical, psychological and social work disciplines, so that they can generate practice wisdom and insights of mental health practice. SPECIALISM OBJECTIVES The emphasis of teaching and learning of this Specialism is on ÔScholarship in PracticeÕ and development of reflective and competent practitioners who posses the following abilities: Contextual reflection: The ability to recognize the unique features in the social, cultural, and political contexts in working with persons with mental problems. Students are encouraged to embrace a holistic and multidimensional perspective in perceiving, intervening and rehabilitating clients with mental problems; Relating theory to practice: The ability to go beyond Ôespoused theoriesÕ and systematically test, reflect and develop them in to practice wisdom & insights in working with clients with mental problems. They are also keen in interpreting, evaluating and analyzing mental health service, policies and intervention models; Recognizing the complexity and inter-connectedness of problems and issues: The ability to relate oneÕs specialism to the context of professional practice and to the Hong Kong community as a whole, and to appreciate the ethnical and value considerations underlying their practice when working with clients with various degrees of mental health problems. Mental problems are not only perceived as personal impairments and diseases, but also as inter-connectedness with social and cultural events experienced by the individual; Evolving personalized views towards mental health practice: The ability to continually reflect on oneÕs professional self and to evaluate related practice theories into personalized ideas and views that are congruent with oneÕs personal style of practice and with the evolving practice context. They are also keen to evaluate, develop, and enrich such personalized view to form better practice for clients with mental problems. SPECIAL FEATURES Mixed-mode Study This is a Specialism specially designed for practising social workers, teachers, nurses and other human professionals. The Specialism is offered on a mixed-mode basis with the majority of subjects being taught in the evening. Flexible in Study Pattern Students will be allowed the flexibility to choose their own individualised learning paths according to their pace and interests. The normal duration of study is 3 years with a maximum study period of 6 years. Having completed 21 credits (7 subjects), students may apply to graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work (Mental Health). Maximization of Choices in Subject Selection The Specialism is rested in a programme with a configuration multiple subjects. The programme is the only one of its kind in post-graduate training in applied social sciences in Hong Kong. Allowing students from different specialisms to take subjects from the same pool of electives is extremely important in promoting studentsÕ competence to learn and to practise in a multi-disciplinary context, which is one of the characteristic of all-rounded professionals. Holistic and Multi-dimensional Perspective This specialism provides students with a holistic and multi-dimensional perspective in understanding and working with individuals who are confronting mental health and mental illness issues. It embraces a humanistic and deep understanding of clients with mental problems. It also equips students with current knowledge of international trends in mental health practice. This enables students not only to gain knowledge and practice competence from the prevalent clinical perspectives, but also to embrace a humanistic orientation to promote mental growth and mental health for individuals, families and communities. Relating Theory and Practice During the course of study, students will be equipped with the knowledge to make integrative linkages between classroom learning and direct field practice. At the final phase of their study programme, each of the students will undertake a 3-credit integrative project. The aim of the project is to advance the studentsÕ ÒScholarship in PracticeÓ through critical reflection on their current practice and the development of their personalized approach to professional practice. PROGRAMME STRUCTURE Students are required to take 30 credits (5 required subjects, 1 required subject on Integrative Project and 4 elective subjects) to be eligible for the award of Master of Arts in Social Work (Mental Health). Students who have successfully completed 21 credits can apply early exit the Programme with Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work (Mental Health). Tentative List of Subjects* Required Subjects Adolescent Mental Health Mental Health and the Aged Mental Health Practice Occupational Mental Health Psychopathology: Holistic and Humanistic Orientations Integrative Project Elective Subjects (choose 4 subjects from the pool) Advanced Seminars in Human Services Assessment and Instructional Strategies for Children and Youth with Specific Learning Disabilities Brief Therapy Career Counselling: Theories and Practice Cognitive Behavioural Intervention Contemporary Issues in Social Policy Counselling Assessment and Measurement Delinquency and Family Evolution in Family Therapy: Structural and Systemic Family Approaches Family Violence Guidance & Counselling for Students with Special Needs Managing Information in Social Service Organizations Marriage, Separation, Divorced & Reconstituted Families Narrative Therapy Pathological Gambling Practice Research Social Context and Ethics Social Policy and Social Development in China Social Service Programme Evaluation Supervision and Professional Development Theories & Models of Counselling Workplace Counselling * The subjects offered may be altered at the discretion of the Department. MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS A BachelorÕs Degree in Social Work, Social Sciences or related disciplines; Relevant work experience is desirable. CAREER PROSPECTS Human services professionals such as social workers, teachers and nurses are spontane- ously challenged by clients with various degrees of mental health problems. A master level training in mental health specialism surely enhances their practice competence in handling clientsÕ mental health problem which may result in better career prospect and development.


Department of Applied Social Sciences

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Let me welcome you to the APSS web. As one of AsiaÕs largest and most vibrant social science departments, we are working towards a socially just and humane society that takes good care of the poor, the elderly, children and youth with diverse learning needs, as well as the socially deprived, through education, research and service to communities in Hong Kong and China. In 2013 QS ranking for 50 top Asian universities in social sciences and management, PolyU ranks 24. We offer a very wide-range of professional programmes at the higher diploma, bachelor, master, and doctoral level. We also have a vibrant research degree programme with international students doing MPhil/PhD degrees coming from China, Europe, North America and Australia. Our faculty consists of over 90 full-time academics with strong local and international backgrounds in social work, social administration, psychology, sociology, and philosophy. We pride ourselves not simply offering the best educational programmes in applied social sciences but a unique learning experience that blends theory and practice well. In education and research, APSS has established strong academic links with Peking University, Sun Yat-sen University, China Youth University for Political Science and Yunnan University. Internationally, APSS has maintained long-term relationship with UC Berkeley, Washington University at St Louis, University of Queensland and Griffith University. We are establishing new relations with the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago and the School of Social Work, Rutgers University. These international relations have benefitted our students and faculties in the last decade through exchange and collaboration activities. A unique learning experience is waiting for you at APSS!

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