Being a social worker is often a challenging, yet rewarding career. Social workers are responsible for helping individuals, families, and groups of people to cope with problems they’re facing to improve their patients’ lives. One aspect of this is teaching skills and developing mechanisms for patients to rely on to better their lives and experiences.
However, many social workers find that direct counseling of patients, families, and groups is only one aspect of their broader set of responsibilities. Social workers will often serve as liaisons between different institutions to assist patients and collaborate with other health professionals to ensure patient wellness.
They will become familiar with, and refer clients to, community resources. Social workers address legal issues, such as assisting with hearings and providing testimony relating to their patients. They also engage in research, policy development and advocacy for services. And of course, social workers must maintain case history records and prepare reports. Social work can be the kind of job that requires a great deal of overtime, and separating the emotional aspects of the job from the duties required can be a difficult undertaking.
Training is to promote and enhance the continuous professional growth and development of staff throughout their career.
This programme will:
- Equip staff new to certain fields of practice with specific skills and knowledge including family and child welfare services, medical social services, corrections services and social security services
- Introduce the work and organization structure as well as culture of the Department to new Social Workers staff.
- Module I: Multi-skills training on working with individual and families in crisis or encountering physical, psychosocial and interpersonal problems
- Module II: Understanding the operation and skills required for community-based rehabilitation, including probation service and Community Service Orders Scheme
- Module III: Understanding correctional home services for young offender
- Module IV: Knowledge and skills in handling domestic violence, child abuse and sexual violence cases and providing counseling to victims, batterers/abusers and their family members
- Module V: Knowledge and skills in working with young children
- Module VI: Understanding the physiological, psychological and emotional problems of young people and acquiring relevant counseling skills
- Module VII: Understanding the developmental and preventive educational programmes and the service strategies and skills in dealing with young people and their families
- This course is ideal for staff in Social Welfare Department (SWD) and where necessary and appropriate
- Staff of other Government Departments
- Social welfare personnel of non-governmental organizations (NGOs)