On Campus
1 x 2-hour lecture weekly
1 x 12-hour lecture-2 per semester

On Campus Non-Semester
3 x 8-hour intensive workshop

Distance On-line Non-Semester
9 x 1.5-hour online lecture
9 x 1-hour online exercises
1 Admission into MSWGE-Master of Social Work (Graduate Entry)
2 SOAD9110 - Complexities in Work with Children and Families
2a SOAD9212 - Complexities in Child Protection
3 Admission into GCLGTC-Graduate Certificate in Loss, Grief and Trauma Counselling
3a Admission into MSWRS-Master of Social Work (Registered Social Worker Entry)
3b Admission into MSWQS-Master of Social Work (Qualified Social Worker Entry)
3c Admission into MEDWM-Master of Education (Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health)
3d Admission into MEDWMP-Master of Education (Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health) [1.5 years]
3e Admission into GCEWM-Graduate Certificate in Education (Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health)
3f Admission into GCCVCYP-Graduate Certificate in Counselling Vulnerable Children and Young People
3g Admission into MED-Master of Education
3h Admission into MCPEP-Master of Cognitive Psychology and Educational Practice
3i Admission into GCE-Graduate Certificate in Education
3j Admission into MLE-Master of Leadership in Education
3k Admission into GCWPMHE-Graduate Certificate in Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health in Education
3l Admission into MWPMHE-Master of Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health in Education
Must Satisfy: ((1 and (2 or 2a)) or ((3 or 3a or 3b or 3c or 3d or 3e or 3f or 3g or 3h or 3i or 3j or 3k or 3l)))
Assumed knowledge
Background knowledge of childhood development
Course context
Master of Social Work
Topic description
This topic presents students with the opportunity to increase their skills in relation to working with children and young people. Education in the child welfare field often has a focus on child development, family interventions, or child protection practices rather than direct skills and techniques for engaging with children and young people. This topic provides theories, strategies and practical activities which are currently being used successfully to strengthen children and young people's participation in a helping relationship.
Educational aims
This topic assists students to:
  • understand a range of theoretical interventions with children and young people and the assessment criteria for the selection of a particular approach
  • review relevant literature and research which reflect the scope of work in this field of practice
  • familiarise themselves with the therapeutic services available to children and young people in South Australia or in their own locality
  • share the experience of practitioners who are engaging in therapeutic interventions with children
  • gain experiences with therapeutic activity based media, tools and activities that can be utilised with children and young people
  • identify themselves as critical thinkers and ethical practitioners with children and young people
  • empower themselves to engage with children and young people with more confidence
Expected learning outcomes
Students successfully completing this topic will be able to:
  • establish a therapeutic relationship with a child or young person
  • understand how various factors such as age, gender, ability, culture and traumatic experiences impact on children and young people
  • delineate various theoretical and practice approaches as they apply to practice with children young people
  • demonstrate knowledge of professional ethical guidelines and be able to analyse ethical dilemmas arising from work with children and young people
  • appraise practice research and evaluate their own practice with children and young people