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Social work intensive strengthens students’ skills

Students Ejiro Evro Abraham (left), Heidi Gordon and Ashish Sharma at the CDU social work intensive Students Ejiro Evro Abraham (left), Heidi Gordon and Ashish Sharma at the CDU social work intensive

Social work students from across the country strengthened their practical skills and knowledge during a five-day intensive program at Charles Darwin University.

About 60 internal and external Bachelor of Social Work students attended the first social work intensive to be offered to first year students.

Social work course coordinator Sue Moore said the students were from diverse cultural backgrounds, and included school leavers, as well as mature-aged students already in the workforce who wanted to gain a new qualification.

“The course at CDU is suitable for anyone wanting to work with people in vulnerable situations and aims to professionalise or develop their skills and knowledge in this area,” Ms Moore said.

Students in the program developed their communication, engagement and assessment skills and received foundational knowledge about Aboriginal culture and the importance of acknowledging historical contexts of social work practice. They also had opportunities to meet lecturers Eva Tschanter and Merryn Coughlan.

A highlight of the program was a presentation made by senior Larrakia elder and CDU Bachelor of Social Work Teaching Fellow, Dr Christine Fejo-King. Dr Fejo-King provided an insight into local Aboriginal culture, language and history. 

The social work intensive will be available to students enrolling in the Summer Semester and Semester 2 each year and will be offered at Casuarina campus and interstate centres  from 2016.

The CDU Bachelor of Social Work is professionally accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers.