Graduate Diploma Specialist Social Work (Working with Adults)

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  • Objectives
    This course will provide qualified social workers working within adult services the opportunity to consolidate and develop their knowledge and skills within their own specialist area of practice after qualification. This also leads to recognition by the GSCC as having achieved the post qualifying award level in specialist social work under the revised post qualifying framework. Experienced social workers, who have not achieved the post-qualifying award in social work (prior to revision) may undertake a fast-track route. This can be achieved through developing and submitting a portfolio (with tutor support) in order to seek to gain accreditation of prior learning of up to 50% of this award. Those without a first degree can take a top-up degree (see our BSc Specialist Social Work) by undertaking a further two modules. The main course themes are: -the legal, policy and organisational frameworks underpinning approaches to community care -predictable life transitions as mediated by the physical, intellectual, psychological, emotional, sexual, social, and cultural circumstances of adults from a life course perspective -the wide range of complex needs of adults in a range of specific contexts -evidence-based practice interventions to assess needs and manage risks -contemporary theoretical and policy debates -multi-agency working and commissioning and procurement processes and the management of personalised budgets and direct payments -long-term conditions affecting adults in various contexts -the skills and knowledge to contribute to the supervision/assessment of a social work student
  • Entry requirements
    A social work qualification is essential. You must be working as a social worker, be registered with GSCC and have a reference from your employer supporting your attendance
  • Academic title
    Graduate Diploma Specialist Social Work
  • Course description
    Course structure
    You take five core modules and one option:

    Core modules:
    -Consolidation of Practice (taken first)
    -Community Care: A Life Course Perspective
    -Safeguarding Adults and Promoting Independence
    -Professional Practice Portfolio
    -Enabling Others

    Optional modules include (choose one):
    -Work based project
    -Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
    -Perspectives of Ageing
    -Counselling and Communication Skills
    -Critical Perspectives on Diversity
    -London Health: Issues and Problems
    -Mental Health in Primary Care
    -Management in Health and Social Services

    Methods include seminar presentation, practice focused reports, essays, practice assessments.

    Career opportunities
    This provides a GSCC recognised post qualification at specialist social work level^. It also enables social workers to fulfil post registration and training requirements.

    Attendance and duration

    Part-time (day): A minimum of 18 months. Please note: some modules will be offered as intensive short courses and therefore non-standard fees may apply to these

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