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The Bachelor of Social Health and Wellbeing will prepare you to work within the rapidly transforming mental health, addictions, and disability sectors.
The degree focuses on innovative and future orientated health and wellbeing practices that improve the quality of life for the people who use your services and for their family/whanau.
This qualification is ideal if you are currently working in or interested in beginning a career in the mental health, addictions, and disability sectors.
Potential employment roles in the mental health and addictions sector may include- Addictions Counsellor, Support Worker, Care Manager, Health Educator and Promoter, Community Development Worker, Social Work Assistant, Service Coordinator, Public Health Manager or Administrator, Hospital/NGO Service Administrator, Case Manager/Worker, Programme Coordinator, Policy Development.
Potential employment roles in the disability sector may include- Disability Support Worker, Care Manager, Service Coordinator, Case Manager/Worker, Community Development Worker, Programme Coordinator, Policy Development, Health Educator and Promoter.
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• Apply a people-centred approach which enables people to form relationships and participate in their community in order to have meaningful lives
• Work relationally with people, their whānau, families, and communities to negotiate appropriate community-based support
• Work collaboratively and communicate effectively in teams and across services in a health and wellbeing context
• Critically evaluate and apply theories and appropriate models of health and wellbeing (including indigenous models) to understand the lives and circumstances of people
• Critically evaluate information in order to inform innovative, evidence-based, people centered support
• Understand the changing role of information and communication technologies in the health and wellbeing sector for both individuals, groups and organisations
• Recognise and apply Te Tiriti o Waitangi in a health and wellbeing context
• Engage in culturally responsive, safe, and ethical practice while effectively managing risk
• Critically reflect on practice to support, improve and manage own performance and professional development, and use supervision effectively
• Demonstrate leadership within organisations, which includes a commitment to best practice and on-going professional development
• Demonstrate leadership within the community, which includes advocating for social justice and change; supporting inclusion, choice and control; and challenging stigma and discrimination
• Understand organisational budgeting, financial planning, service design and evaluation for the health and wellbeing sector, in the context of competing political, social and organisational demands.
This Degree includes a number of compulsory workshops, noho marae and practica. The workshops and noho marae are expected to be held in Wellington. Students will need to cover their own travel costs to attend noho marae and workshops, and accommodation costs to attend workshops. Accommodation is provided when students attend the noho marae.
You will need to attend a 3-day noho marae for 77120 – Te Ao Maori and Social Practice
Practice Skills Workshops will be included in Level 6 and Level 7 courses as part of preparing you for your practicum.
Practical components for the degree
Level 5 – noho marae as part of 77120 – 3 days
Level 6 – Practice Skills Workshop 1 part of BHW601 – 2 days
Level 7 – Practice Skills Workshop 2 part of BHW702 – 3 days
The noho marae for 77120 in Trimester 1 is May 2-4 in Lower Hutt.
There are no other workshops in the courses available for Trimester 1.
This qualification requires that you complete and are assessed on 300 hours of supervised practice while on practica. The practicum experience is associated with the following courses:
• BHW601 Practicum 1 a Level 6, 20 credit course with a 2-day workshop and 100 hours of practicum experience; and
• BHW702 Practicum 2 a Level 7, 40 credit course with a 3-day workshop and 200 hours of practicum experience.
Decisions about the type of agency where you complete your practicum are made on a case-by-case basis by your Programme Leader, in consultation with you and the agency.
Every course has an enrolment close-off date. Make sure you know when you need to enrol by.
Every course is assessed differently - some require assignments and others exams. Check the individual course pages for more information.