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 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 at the Invercargill campus

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


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

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Programmes & Tutor Profiles

Student Profiles

Social Services & Mental Health courses at the Invercargill campus

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18 months (one day per week).

This course is only available to returning students in 2018

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

To provide organisations within the health and wellbeing sectors with graduates who have the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to work alongside people, family and/or whanau accessing social and community services, under broad guidance. This is an entry level qualification designed for people already working in, or those who intend to develop a career supporting the health and wellbeing of people, family and/or whanau and the wider community.

This qualification is not associated with professional registration or a clinical scope of practice.

Course Details

One year full-time

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Engage and communicate with people, family and/or whanau, accessing social and community services in a manner which respects their socio-cultural identity, experiences and self-knowledge
  • Relate the history of Māori as tangata whenua and knowledge of person-whanau interconnectedness to own role in a health and wellbeing setting
  • Display self-awareness, reflective practice and personal leadership in a health and wellbeing setting
  • Actively contribute to a culture of professionalism, safety and quality in a health and wellbeing organisation
  • Relate the purpose and impact of own role to the aims of the wider health and wellbeing sector
  • Work alongside people, family and/or whanau in a social service setting to support autonomy by using tools and strategies to reduce vulnerability and build resilience
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