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5 Campuses + Distance Learning, 218 Courses, 33 Subjects

Social Services & Mental Health

SIT's National Certificate in Social Services is a great place to start if you are considering a career in the areas of social work, community work, youth work, counselling or iwi social services.  In this challenging but highly rewarding programme, students examine aspects of their own lives and each others as they develop self-awareness and skills as practitioners.  Small class sizes and experienced, approachable staff ensure a supportive classroom environment.

SIT also offers specialised courses in the areas of Mental Health and Addiction Support at both Invercargill and Christchurch campuses.  These are ideal for people who are already working in the industry or looking to gain further qualifications or specialise.  Both the National Certificate and National Diploma courses incorporate work experience at local organisations, with students completing a minimum of 16 placement hours per week.
 
SIT's School of Social Services has an excellent reputation with employers, with many coming directly to SIT when they are recruiting new staff.  Feedback from past Social Services graduates is overwhelmingly positive and students often express amazement at the positive changes they have been able to make in their own lives, and the lives of their clients.  See below for graduate profiles.

Programmes in Social Services & Mental Health

Click on a circle in the table below to see the courses offered in each subject/qualification combination.

Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

Christchurch

OCertificate18Social Services & Mental Health3Christchurch

Invercargill

ODiploma18Social Services & Mental Health1Invercargill
OCertificate18Social Services & Mental Health1Invercargill
Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

* STAR/Gateway programmes are only offered to NZ Secondary Schools

Programmes & Tutor Profiles

Student Profiles

Social Services & Mental Health Courses

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18 months (one day per week).

This programme will allow students to consistently demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of mental health and illness and mental health services, and consistently demonstrate appropriate attitudes and values for mental health support work.

Course Details

One year full time (40 weeks)

This qualification is designed for learners who wish to enter mental health and addiction support work, or who already work as paid or unpaid mental health and addiction support workers under supervision. People completing this qualification will meet the requirements of the Ministry of Health’s (2008) Let's get real framework at the essential level of performance.

Course Details

One year full time. Part time study is also available.

This programme is for anyone who is interested in beginning a career in working with people in the helping professions of social work, community work, youth work, counselling or iwi social services.

It is an interesting, stimulating, challenging and rewarding programme that will provide you with understanding, knowledge and awareness of self, family, organisations and the community/society. It will assist you to develop appropriate skills for working with people of differing backgrounds, values, ages and stages of development. 

Course Details