Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Community Services)
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For details of our next available course, please call us or send us a message. At Rapha Health, we assess each person on an individual basis to provide a personalised treatment plan that achieves your objectives. No two people or conditions are alike, so in each case we carefully evaluate your unique situation to set clear and realistic goals to move forward. At your first appointment with your psychologist, you can expect to build the foundation for a mutually respectful, trusting and understanding relationship.
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Individual Counselling Mental health issues are one of the most prevalent illnesses in Australia, currently affecting 1 in 5 people every year. We offer individual counselling to treat mental health issues such as: Anxiety disorders include generalised anxiety, specific and social phobias, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder OCD and post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD. If you are struggling with an addiction to alcohol, drugs, other substances, gambling, sexual activity or spending, we can help you break your addictive behaviour and get unhealthy habits under control.
Depression is a very complex condition which should not be tackled on your own. It can be caused by a number of factors, including environmental, biological or genetic factors, as well as some existing medical conditions or history. We can help and guide you through challenging times in your relationship such as a breakdown of communication, unresolved conflict, sexual difficulties and many others.
Targeted couples counselling is also available. Learning how to manage uncontrolled and unresolved anger is vital to preventing its drastic and damaging impacts on your relationships, emotional health and physical wellbeing.
Eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and other eating related conditions such as weight and body image problems, and binge eating. Our effective stress management counselling can help you develop strategies and techniques to cope with stress and stressful situations in your life, as well as improve your ability to handle pressure when you are faced with it. Psychological trauma and PTSD counselling is available to help you overcome a traumatic experience or incident, manage your anxiety and traumatic response, and go on to live a healthy and positive life.
Students are required to attend two 3-hour workshops in weeks 1 and 5 to prepare them for their fieldwork. Students also receive a total of 5 hours supervision by the placement supervisor.
This subject gives students an overview of the methods used in social science research. It examines the models and techniques of social research across quantitative and qualitative methods, including surveys and sampling, questionnaires, focus groups, structured, semi-structured and unstructured interviews.
It asks, what is the research basis of knowledge and how do we know what we know? It prepares students for understanding the nature of the research process, through direct application of basic interview technique, transcription and first level analysis.
Students learn to reflect on their findings and the process involved for conducting social research through their experience of interviewing using techniques such as unstructured, semi-structured and structured interviews, and through a scholarly analysis of literature on research methods. This subject introduces students to ethics from a variety of perspectives, including deontology and consequentialism, principlist and virtue ethics, narrative and communitarian ethics, and the ethics of self-care.
Students learn how ethical and legal frameworks are applied to community services, and in the clinical, public health, and research contexts. They learn to reflect on what are legal or ethical dilemmas in health and community care provision, and practice the use of the conceptual and legal tools available to health and community services workers, as well as to the public, for making decisions in relation to health, community care and counselling.
Topics include ethics theories, codes of ethics for professionalization, and ethics for research, public health, disability and vulnerable groups, internal reporting and whistleblowing, and the ethics of self-care. All practitioners must know how their work is regulated by legal frameworks; students thus learn about tort and negligence law, professional responsibility, duties, and misconduct, mandatory reporting, the protection of vulnerable groups, and privacy and confidentiality at work.
Students are introduced to the developmental course of addiction, risk and protective influences, and the effects of addiction on health and well-being. The subject covers different forms of addictive behaviors that present in the community, including substance dependency alcohol, tobacco, prescription and illicit drugs , problem gambling, and compulsive sexual and eating behavior. A critical examination of the concept of addiction will consider why the use of some substances or behaviors is socially problematic and culturally contingent.
The subject adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to examine the biological, psychological and social factors that are associated with addictive behaviors. Students learn to critically appraise and reflect on the shift from the disease model to approaches that draw on behavioral and social scientific theories. The effects of grief in terms of human suffering and the associated costs for providing support are critical issues that need to be addressed in community care and counsellor training.
This subject teaches students the required skills for dealing with grief and loss associated with the experiences of ageing, trauma, bereavement and relationship breakdown. Many of these topics are relevant for a broad spectrum of the population but a substantial focus is on cumulative losses as people age. Students learn to work compassionately with people who suffer the psychological fall-outs and face existential questions following multiple losses such as declining physical and mental health, role function and social connectedness.
Students learn to develop a holistic approach to grief counselling practice, whilst recognizing and respecting the uniqueness of each client's experience. This subject considers several methods of evaluating the effectiveness of counselling models in practice. Students examine to the research literature on counselling effectiveness and efficacy, and the debates and controversies around evidence based practice.
They learn about program evaluation and the methods used by agencies to assess the effectiveness of their programs. The subject covers some of the most commonly used standardized methods of counselling evaluation such as the Session Outcome Scale and the Session Rating Scale. This placement is of hours duration. Placements are in the community sector or in an organization where students will gain further practical experience in working with individuals and groups.
The practical placement experiences will be supported with supervision in a variety of formats. This provides students with the opportunity to practice a range of activities such as case management, client services, program planning and development, individual and group assessment, advocacy and support work.
Students are required to engage in community service work in these placements working alongside other professionals. Students are also required to attend two-3 hour workshops with a lecturer in weeks 1 and 5 to prepare students for the fieldwork.
Note that 48 of the placement hours must consist of face-to-face counselling contact. Clinical supervision will occur at a ratio of 1: This subject builds on Introduction to SOCA Social Research Methods, and helps students further extend their skills in qualitative methods that are particularly relevant and useful to social science research in the sectors of health, community services, counselling and human resources.
It assists students to understand the process of research, including developing proposals before undertaking research, specifying research questions, selection of the most appropriate research methods for the question, sampling, data collection, data analysis and reporting. The subject covers some techniques and methods for analyzing data, including discourse, thematic and narrative analysis.
This subject introduces students to the theory, principles and skills of community development practice as a way of building capacity in community groups over the long term. The philosophical basis of community development as a method of social change and social action through building consensus, participation, advocacy and democracy are examined.
Examples of innovative community development programs in public housing, Indigenous communities, disadvantaged areas and cultural communities are an important part of this subject, and guest lecturers from the field will provide practical examples of community development. In acknowledging the diversities and differences within communities, students consider the possibilities for collaboration, advocacy and strategic community planning in initiating action and change.
Students develop community development skills in working with advisory groups and communities, community consultation, and running public forums in order to develop their skills as community development practitioners.
This subject introduces students to theories and research in the area of substance abuse. It examines the continuum between drug use, abuse, dependence and addiction, and the physical dependence created by the use of prescription and recreational drugs.
It also examines the role of family, community, residential and detox services. Students investigate and apply analytical skills for discussing the controversies and social stigma surrounding drug and alcohol use, and the contrasting ideologies underpinning harm minimization, risk and abstinence.
Attention is given to programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, AI-Anon and Narcotics Anonymous that use the step program, step reduction programs available on the web such as Smart Recovery, assessment methods such as the CAGE questionnaire. The subject also covers policy informing programs, and the dominant models for drug and alcohol counselling, including motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy CBT.
The effects of trauma are seen across the spectrums of psychological disorders and in particular in the signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. The balance between empathy and boundary setting and boundary maintenance, require that counsellors manage opposing but required elements of successful trauma counselling. A thorough knowledge of how to recognize, assess and work with critical incidents and trauma dynamics are essential skills for any professional working within a clinical context.
In this elective, students will become familiar with key narrative concepts and there will be some comparison with ideas found in other modalities. The practice of existential counselling and psychotherapy is grounded in three thousand years of Western philosophy, involving itself with the everyday concerns of human existence and attempting to seek answers to what it means to be human.
This subject examines how existential philosophy is practised both as a specific psychotherapy modality as well as how the existential themes and questions can be integrated into any practice. The importance of body-sensing in healing was discovered by Dr Eugene Gendlin in collaboration with Carl Rogers at the University of Chicago in the 's.
This subject examines how our thoughts and feelings guide us in life. Yet there is a more profound knowing: Focusing is a process that enables us to access this inner knowing. In this experiential workshop students learn how to consistently tap into and trust their inner knowing. This subject provides an introduction to the foundation principles and core concepts of Gestalt Therapy theory, methodology and contemporary practice. An introduction to a creative approach to working sensitively and systematically within the professional relationship is offered.
The focus in this subject is on assisting students to understand and apply the Gestalt Therapy Approach to their personal and professional experience and the group process.
Particular attention is given to the core concepts of: Special attention will be given to notions of romance, sexuality and intimacy, and how these relate to spirituality.
The subject also seeks to highlight parallel dimensions and contrasts between personal and therapeutic relationships. The discussion is aimed at fostering an integrated path for understanding psychotherapeutic intimacy beyond the limitations of diagnosis, symptomology and pathology. This subject examines the practice and skills required for case management and program development in the community services sector, by drawing on examples from a range of client groups such as the elderly, people living with disabilities and chronic illness, homeless people, ex-offenders, refugees and migrants with settlement issues.
The subject includes an overview of the theory and practice of program planning, development and evaluation using case studies that address the complex and varied needs of clients groups. In addition, attention is also given to the role of carers and the unpaid support given by relatives, friends and neighbors, which often constitute informal management and support to people in need. Various methods of evaluation are examined, including interviews with key informants, client satisfaction surveys and focus groups, and students also learn how evaluation data are analyzed and presented.
In addition, students examine the link between human rights and health and well-being, the protection of the rights of citizens, workers, and vulnerable groups, the concept of advocacy and its practice in promoting social change, and the role of human rights commissions, ombudsmen, and guardianship and other health tribunals. In this subject students learn about end of life matters including where death and dying take place. Central to this is understanding what is palliative care and what it involves, and the professional roles that operate in the field.
Students learn about the practices of symptom control, pain assessment and management, as well as therapeutic communication skills for end of life. The subject explores cultural differences and diversity in attitudes toward death and dying, and culturally sensitive communication with patients and their significant others. Students also critically examine the availability of palliative care services in Australia as well as the medicalization of death, dying and bereavement. Theories of grief and bereavement are examined, as well as the goals and principles underpinning palliative care philosophy and evidence based practices in the field.
Finally an important aspect of this topic is the emotional impact of working in this area, the importance of practicing self-care and boundary management, team work participation and support. The subject examines this concept and broadens the debate to include the mitigation of societal factors such as poverty, unemployment, family violence, culture and ethnicity, class and gender as part of the broader picture. The origins of the professional regulation of child welfare are examined, as well as the moral panic around child protection issues.
Other topics include the principle of child protection services, education and research into child protection, policy and the continued development of specific children and family services. If you study online, you are required to attend compulsory practical workshops in either Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne.
These give you the chance to meet lecturers and fellow students, and gain the experience and confidence needed to work effectively after graduation. If you leave this course after completing all Level subjects, you may be eligible for the Diploma of Applied Social Science qualification. JNI focuses on experiential learning, so you gain both theoretical and practical skills during your course.
This community services course incorporates hours of fieldwork, which gives you the opportunity to work with real clients, so you establish contacts even before you graduate.
Yes, all JNI qualifications are nationally recognised and government-accredited. Studying on campus will offer you a high level of motivation and personal interaction between your lecturers and fellow students.
At JNI we understand that you might be new to tertiary study or may be returning to study after an extended period away. When coupled with the myriad of priorities of modern life, students need concrete, practical support. Our average theory class size is 20, so you will have excellent access to lecturers.