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Social Services & Mental Health

SIT's New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (social and community services) (Level 4) with strand 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.  
 
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

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*

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

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Student Profiles


Social Services & Mental Health courses at the Invercargill campus

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One year full-time or two years part-time

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

 

  • Integrate theory and knowledge of health and wellbeing to identify the health and wellbeing aspirations of people from diverse contexts
  • Critically select and apply a range of evidence-based practices to support people to meet their health and wellbeing aspirations
  • Maintain awareness of the socio-cultural, economic and political factors impacting the wider health and wellbeing environment to provide responsive support practices
  • Critically select and apply a range of evidence-based practices informed by knowledge of te ao Māori to respond to the health and wellbeing aspirations of tangata whenua
  • Apply advanced strategies and practices to respond with sensitivity to people from diverse contexts
  • Critically reflect on and evaluate own support practice to achieve continuous improvement

Graduates of the Applied Practice context will meet the qualification outcomes in a programme which includes a pertinent practicum of more than 200 hours.

 

Course Details

One year full-time

Graduates of the Mental Health and Addiction Support strand will be able to work alongside people, family and/or whanau in a mental health addiction setting to support autonomy by using tools and strategies to foster hope, support recovery and build resilience.

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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