Children- and Family-Centered Social Work

Master, part-time

Overview

This master's degree program focuses on social therapy in outreach work with children and families. This area is gaining increasing importance in the child and youth services as well as the adjacent areas of health and justice. In order to take care of children as far as possible in their biological families, expertise should be strengthened and consolidated in family education, care and support beforehand and in the context of possible child endangerment. The master's degree program was developed together with and is supported by Municipal Department 11 - Vienna Youth and Family Offices (MAG ELF).

Contact us

Contact us!

Florian Toifl, BA
Nina Šmon
, BA
Favoritenstraße 226, B.2.28
1100 Vienna
P: +43 1 606 68 77-3320
F: +43 1 606 68 77-3329
kifasoz@fh-campuswien.ac.at

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Duration of course
4 Semester
Organisational form
part-time
120ECTS
Language of instruction German
30Study places
Final degree
Master of Arts in Social Sciences (MA)

Application period for the academic year 2021/22

15th October 2020 to 15th May 2021

tuition fee / semester:

€ 363,361

+ ÖH premium + contribution2

 

1 Tuition fees for students from third countries € 727,- per semester

 

2 for additional study expenses
(currently up to € 83,- depending on degree program and year)

What you can offer

Ideally you already work in the child and youth services or in an adjacent field. It is particularly important to you to keep the non-family placement of children as short as possible. You wish to take on this responsibility but recognize the need to first acquire additional expertise. It is essential that you already possess excellent communication skills and proficiencies that you can apply when working with adults and children in difficult life situations as well as in interdisciplinary teams. Based on your newfound expertise, you are interested in developing new forms of intervention and applying them in practice.

What we offer you

The degree program was developed together with MAG 11, Vienna Youth and Family Offices and with other experts from social work and social pedagogy. This guarantees a needs-based curriculum and an evidence-based access to research and development. We are closely linked with internship positions and research institutions of social work and social pedagogy and gain outstanding experts from this network as teachers and lecturers. At the interface between research, practice and teaching is the FH Campus Wien Competence Center for Social Work (KOSAR) which merges knowledge and innovation potential. For example, in a large study on behalf of MAG 11, the KOSAR examined the "world of the foster children in postwar Vienna 1955-1970" to historically process the placement of children and youth in foster care. Practical orientation distinguish not only the teaching and research in the degree program, but also the Campus Lectures, a series of events with prominent external experts, that FH Campus Wien regularly invites you to join.

What makes this degree program special?

  • Focus on social therapy in the outreach work with children and families
  • Cooperation with MAG ELF, Vienna Youth and Family Offices
  • Basis for the practically oriented development of interventions

Children and families are increasingly affected by multiple biopsychosocial needs and socially pathological risk factors such as poverty, health risks and the related marginalization. Against this background, socio-therapeutic expertise in outreach work with children and families is essential to deal with complex family dynamics and take care of children as far as possible in the biological families. This degree program is unique in Austria and is intended to strengthen and consolidate expertise in family education, care and support beforehand and in the context of possible child endangerment. The cooperation with MAG ELF, Vienna Youth and Family Offices helps to recognize various practical needs and to use this knowledge for the benefit of children and families. The social therapy begins with the social genesis of needs and enables socio-therapeutic interventions for people with serious socially determined and socially relevant health problems. Thus social relationships, social behavior and social integration should be changed. This requires counseling, intervening, acting socially, promoting and providing support in various settings relevant to everyday life and living environments. The degree program should ultimately contribute to further developing social interventions as well as the techniques, methods and concepts applied in practice.


What you will learn in the degree program

In order to deal with complex family systems and multiple problems you will learn to recognize and understand family dynamics. For this reason you will explore in particular theories of clinical social work and child and family work.

You will acquire children and family-centered communication methods and specific expertise in forms of soco-therapeutic intervention. In this context, you will examine reconstructive, classificatory and integrative social diagnostic instruments and train your understanding of diagnostic cases. In the social therapy casework you will examine not only the disease, but in particular the resulting consequences in the psychological and social context.

Practical research in social work and practical socio-therapeutic design models play an important role in your education. This makes it necessary to examine quantitative and qualitative research methods of social research.

Curriculum

LectureSWSECTS
Concepts of biopsychosocial health VO

Concepts of biopsychosocial health VO

Lector: Mag.a Sandra Anders

2SWS
4ECTS
24
Psychosocial diagnosis and indication ILV

Psychosocial diagnosis and indication ILV

Lector: Mag.a Irina Posteiner-Schuller, MA

2SWS
4ECTS
24
Practical exercises to concepts of biopsycholsocial health UE

Practical exercises to concepts of biopsycholsocial health UE

Lector: Mag. Dr. Peter Schernhardt

1SWS
3ECTS
13
Scientific writing SE

Scientific writing SE

Lector: Mag.a Irina Posteiner-Schuller, MA

1SWS
2ECTS
12
Specifics of psychosocial child development VO

Specifics of psychosocial child development VO

Lector: Mag.a Dr.in Judit Barth-Richtarz, MA

2SWS
3ECTS
23
Conversations in multi-person setting UE

Conversations in multi-person setting UE

Lector: Mag.a Irina Posteiner-Schuller, MA

2SWS
3ECTS

Lecture contents

sind unter Anwendung spezieller
Gesprächsführungstechniken in der Lage, die eigene
Haltung kritisch zu hinterfragen und situativ- und
kontextbezogen zu agieren/intervenieren.
> erkennen die Wechselwirkung von menschlicher
Beziehung in der Kommunikation und die eigene
fachliche und persönliche Rolle darin

In Bezug auf den unmittelbaren KlientInnenkontakt als auch
auf die interdisziplinäre Zusammenarbeit werden die
Grundannahmen und Prinzipien der systemischen Beratung
(Systemtheorie, Konstruktivismus) erörtert. Der Fokus richtet
sich auf die systemische Perspektive mit ihrem Blick auf
Ressourcen und Lösungen und der Entwicklung von eigener
Argumentation, die kontextsensibel entwickelt und eingesetzt
werden soll. Zusätzlich erfolgt eine intensive
Auseinandersetzung mit der Thematik des
Konfliktmanagement sowie Moderationstechniken und dem
Konzept des Selbstmanagement.

Assessment methods

23
Psychosocial communication and consultation ILV

Psychosocial communication and consultation ILV

Lector: Mag. (FH) Kathrin Weninger, MA

2SWS
3ECTS

Lecture contents

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Assessment methods

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Teaching methods

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Language

German

23
Qualitative research methods VO

Qualitative research methods VO

Lector: Mag. Dr. Andrea Schaffar

1SWS
2ECTS

Lecture contents

• Logic" of scientific research
• basic concepts of qualitative research
• overview qualitative methods

Assessment methods

Max. points: 55, in 6 steps - see german version

Teaching methods

presentations, discussions, text study, group work, moodle

Language

German

12
Quantitative research methods VO

Quantitative research methods VO

Lector: Peter Suchentrunk, MSc

1SWS
2ECTS

Language

German

12
Practical to psychosocial diagnosis and indication UE

Practical to psychosocial diagnosis and indication UE

Lector: Mag. (FH) Kathrin Weninger, MA

2SWS
4ECTS

Lecture contents

social diagnostics

Assessment methods

immanent examination character

Teaching methods

Application of mediated diagnostic tools to case studies

Language

German

24

LectureSWSECTS
Poverty and social exclusion ILV

Poverty and social exclusion ILV

Lector: Mag. (FH) Erich Fenninger

1SWS
1ECTS
11
Specifics of transcultural work with families ILV

Specifics of transcultural work with families ILV

Lector: Mag. Regula Mickel-Schnizer

1SWS
2ECTS

Lecture contents

In this seminar, we want to develop options for analyzing the living environment of migrants with focus on social work with families. Consideration should be given to cultural and social characteristics, including tasks in families, religion, dealing with authorities and ideas about health and illness. With reference to our own biographical and professional experiences, we want to reflect on our role as social workers and expand our skills in working with people of different origins with a sensitized awareness.

Assessment methods

Case study

Teaching methods

Lecture, work in small groups, practice orientation by case studies

Language

German

12
Migration and family ILV

Migration and family ILV

Lector: Daniela Krois, DSA, Mag.a (FH) Judith Ranftler, MA

1SWS
2ECTS
12
Legal framework of social therapeutic social work VO

Legal framework of social therapeutic social work VO

Lector: Mag. Josef Hiebl

1SWS
2ECTS
12
Practical exercises to psychosocial diagnosis and planning of interventions UE

Practical exercises to psychosocial diagnosis and planning of interventions UE

Lector: Tea Smit, BA, MA

2SWS
4ECTS
24
Research areas for concept development SE

Research areas for concept development SE

Lector: Mag.a Irina Posteiner-Schuller, MA

1SWS
1ECTS
11
Conversation management with children and young people UE

Conversation management with children and young people UE

Lector: Dieter Dengel, Dr. Christoph Göttl

2SWS
3ECTS

Language

German

23
Master thesis - research design UE

Master thesis - research design UE

Lector: Mag. Dr. Andrea Schaffar

2SWS
3ECTS

Lecture contents

The focus of the course is the implementation of your own research project. Following the definitions of the previous semester, an already developed research idea will be designed and step by step implemented empirically.

Assessment methods

Continuous assessment

Max. points: 20

Presence and active participation in the work processes in the course (10 points) (individual grade)
Presentations of the intended research projects (4 points) (group grade)
steps regardings analysis and interpretation (6 points) (group grade)

Teaching methods

presentations, discussions, text study, group work, e-learning

23
Motivating and activating interviews UE

Motivating and activating interviews UE

Lector: Gabriele Hödlmoser, Mag. Beatrix Steinhardt

2SWS
3ECTS
23
Practice based research SE

Practice based research SE

Lector: Peter Suchentrunk, MSc

1SWS
2ECTS
12
Psychosocial diagnosis and planning of interventions ILV

Psychosocial diagnosis and planning of interventions ILV

Lector: Mag.a Irina Posteiner-Schuller, MA

2SWS
4ECTS
24
Specific approaches of social therapeutic work ILV

Specific approaches of social therapeutic work ILV

Lector: Mag.a Cäcilia Kasper-Pichler, MA

2SWS
3ECTS
23

LectureSWSECTS
Crisis intervention and de-escalation UE

Crisis intervention and de-escalation UE

Lector: Mag. Holger Eich

2SWS
3ECTS
23
Compilation of master thesis 1 SE

Compilation of master thesis 1 SE

Lector: Mag.a Dr.in Judit Barth-Richtarz, MA, Mag.a Irina Posteiner-Schuller, MA

1SWS
10ECTS
110
Pedagogical-social therapeutic work with children and families VO

Pedagogical-social therapeutic work with children and families VO

Lector: Mag.a Dr.in Judit Barth-Richtarz, MA, Mag.a Irina Posteiner-Schuller, MA, Anna Prügger, M.A.

2SWS
3ECTS
23
Professional approach in enforcement contexts UE

Professional approach in enforcement contexts UE

Lector: Mag. (FH) Kathrin Weninger, MA

2SWS
3ECTS

Lecture contents

professional acting in a forced context

Assessment methods

immanent examination character

Teaching methods

Theoretical inputs using a case study

Language

German

23
Risk assessment ILV

Risk assessment ILV

Lector: Mag. Dr. Hannes Henzinger, BA, Mag. (FH) Georg Mitterer

2SWS
2ECTS

Lecture contents

Risk Assessment is a core responsibility of social work in child protection services. This course introduces tools to structure the process of risk assessment, as well as some methodological background. Participants are required to assess the risk of children and adolescents while applying these tools to case vignettes and integrating the results into the subsequent case plan. Discussions call for a personal and critical reflection of the experiences with these tools during the assessment and in making case decisions.

Assessment methods

Continuous assessment of participant performance

Teaching methods

Lecture, discussions, group exercisesegrate into their everyday work.

Language

German

22
Theoretical approaches to trauma pedagogy ILV

Theoretical approaches to trauma pedagogy ILV

Lector: Mag.a Barbara Neudecker, MA

2SWS
2ECTS

Lecture contents

Basics on Psychotraumatology
Trauma vs. adverse developmental factors
Trauma disorders
Transgenerational transmission of trauma
Traumatherapeutic methods
"trauma therapy" vs. "psychotherapy"
Basics of trauma pedagogy
"Education" vs. "therapy" - the possibility of corrective experiences
Approaches in trauma pedagogy

Assessment methods

Written exam at the end of the term

Teaching methods

lecture and discussion

Language

German

22
Practical exercises for pedagogical-social therapeutic work with children and families UE

Practical exercises for pedagogical-social therapeutic work with children and families UE

Lector: Mag. Renate Doppel

2SWS
3ECTS

Language

German

23
Trauma integrating professional approach UE

Trauma integrating professional approach UE

Lector: Mag.a Barbara Neudecker, MA

2SWS
2ECTS

Lecture contents

Consolidation of contents presented in "Theorieansätze zur Traumapädagogik"

Assessment methods

Presence and cooperation in class
Written assignment

Teaching methods

practical exercise

Language

German

22
Basic approaches of social therapeutic work VO

Basic approaches of social therapeutic work VO

Lector: Mag. Dr. Peter Schernhardt

1SWS
1ECTS

Language

German

11
Ethics of social therapeutic social work VO

Ethics of social therapeutic social work VO

Lector: FH-Prof. Mag. Dr. Johannes Vorlaufer

1SWS
1ECTS
11

LectureSWSECTS
Current debate SE

Current debate SE

Lector: MBA Werner Mayer

1SWS
2ECTS
12
Diagnostic understanding of cases in complex family systems UE

Diagnostic understanding of cases in complex family systems UE

Lector: Mag.a Dr.in Judit Barth-Richtarz, MA, Drin.phil. Karin Johanna Lebersorger

2SWS
2ECTS
22
Didactics of parent education and family coachings SE

Didactics of parent education and family coachings SE

Lector: Dr. Judith Noske, Mag.a Irina Posteiner-Schuller, MA

2SWS
2ECTS
22
Early help / Early interventions SE

Early help / Early interventions SE

Lector: Mag.a Dr.in Judit Barth-Richtarz, MA, Mag. Sonja Cejka, Mag. (FH) Kathrin Weninger, MA

2SWS
3ECTS
23
Expert opinion preparation SE

Expert opinion preparation SE

Lector: Mag.a Irina Posteiner-Schuller, MA

1SWS
2ECTS
12
Compilation of master thesis 1 SE

Compilation of master thesis 1 SE

Lector: Mag.a Irina Posteiner-Schuller, MA, Mag. Dr. Andrea Schaffar, Johanna Zils, BSc MA

1SWS
8ECTS
18
Master Colloquium KO 03
Preventive approach and educational theory in the context of families VO

Preventive approach and educational theory in the context of families VO

Lector: Mag.a Dr.in Judit Barth-Richtarz, MA

2SWS
3ECTS
23
Social-educational family work VO

Social-educational family work VO

Lector: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Klaus Wolf

2SWS
2ECTS
22
Practical exercises to social-educational family work in the framework of child care placements UE

Practical exercises to social-educational family work in the framework of child care placements UE

Lector: Johanna Zils, BSc MA

2SWS
3ECTS
23

Times
blocked from thursday to saturday, between 8.45 a.m. and 18.15 p.m.

Teaching language
German


Career opportunities

As a child and family-centered social therapist, a wide range of responsibilities and areas of activity await you. You will be perfectly suited as an expert or manager and will fill a gap in interdisciplinary teams with doctors, educators, psychologists and psychotherapists. Your common mission will be to provide optimal care for children, youth and families, increasingly as outpatient, but also as day patient and inpatient. The newly acquired social-therapeutic expertise will qualify you to stabilize families as far as possible. Based on a social diagnosis you can make informed decisions about interventions and ultimately take responsibility for them. Your primary goal is to only place children in foster care if there is no gentler means available.

With the Home Reform 2000, numerous offers such as prolonged crisis work, parenting skills training, family work and family coaching have developed to standards in socio-educational regions. You will work outpatient and inpatient in crisis accommodations or in measures of full child rearing through child and youth welfare agencies as well as in case management and the coordination of specific family-strengthening services. It is your responsibility to more strongly anchor the socio-therapeutic approach as a link in the whole service chain, starting with prevention all the way to the development and application of new interventions and the planning and implementation of innovative projects.

  • Parent-child centers
  • Helplines
  • Family work among asylum seekers
  • Family court support
  • Expert activities
  • Special care facilities
  • Juvenile court support
  • Child and youth advocate
  • Child support in court
  • Children's hospice work and family support in the event of death
  • Children's hospitals
  • Crisis and child protection centers
  • Teaching and research
  • Local family / child rearing counseling centers
  • Local centers for children youth services
  • School social work with a focus on family counseling
  • Social work in child and youth psychiatry
  • Social work in community health centers and surgeries
  • Socio-educational institutions
  • Social pediatric centers
  • Socio-spatial youth work
  • Social and family educational services

Admission

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent similar qualification from an institute of higher education with a total of 180 ECTS credits
    • Bachelor degree / diploma in social work from a university of applied sciences
    • Bachelor degree in another related subject of social / educational sciences.

The relevant education requirement is proof of at least 60 ECTS in the core subjects listed below.

Subjects in the areas of communication skills (min. 15 ECTS), scientific work and research (min. 10 ECTS), forms of intervention (min. 10 ECTS), fields of action in social work (min. 15 ECTS) and scientific knowledge related to social work (min. 10 ECTS) must be covered.

Individual cases are decided by the head of the academic sector.

Application

To apply you will require the following documents:

  • Birth certificate
  • Proof of citizenship
  • Bachelor degree certification or diploma certificate/equivalent certificate from abroad
  • CV in table form

Please note
It is not possible to save incomplete online applications. You must complete your application in one session. Your application will be valid as soon as you upload all of the required documents and certificates. In the event that some documents (e.g. references) are not available at the time you apply, you may submit these later via e-mail, mail or in person by no later than the start of the degree program.

Admission procedure

If you meet the formal requirements, the professional biographical aspects of your CV (called for in your application) will be reviewed, weighted and combined with an objective point system in the first stage of the admission procedure. After successful completion of the first stage of the admission procedure, you will be invited to a presentation and discussion of a relevant topic or question from practical social work.


Contact

Secretary's office

Florian Toifl, BA
Nina Šmon
, BA
Favoritenstraße 226, B.2.28
1100 Vienna
P: +43 1 606 68 77-3320
F: +43 1 606 68 77-3329
kifasoz@fh-campuswien.ac.at

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Office hours
Thu, 8.30 a.m.-12.00 p.m. and 1.00 p.m.-4.00 p.m.
Fri, 8.30 a.m.-12.00 p.m. and 1.00 p.m.-4.00 p.m.
and by appointment

Teaching staff and research staff


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