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).
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Application period for the academic year 2022/23
15th October 2021 to 30th April 2022
tuition fee / semester:
+ 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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lector: Mag.a Sandra Anders
Lector: Mag.a Dr.in Judit Barth-Richtarz, MA
Lector: Mag. Dr. Peter Schernhardt
Lector: Mag.a (FH) Andrea Kropik, MSc
Lector: Mag.a (FH) Andrea Kropik, MSc, Mag.a Irina Posteiner-Schuller, MA
Lector: Mag. Dr. Andrea Schaffar, Johanna Zils, BSc MA
Lector: Dipl.-Rehapsych. (FH) Dr. Tina Eckstein-Madry, Johanna Zils, BSc MA
Lector: Tea Smit, BA MA
Lector: Mag. (FH) Erich Fenninger
Lector: Mag. Regula Mickel-Schnizer
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.
Lecture, work in small groups, practice orientation by case studies
Lector: Daniela Krois, DSA, Mag.a (FH) Judith Ranftler, MA
Lector: Mag. Josef Hiebl
Lector: Mag.a Irina Posteiner-Schuller, MA
Lector: Dieter Dengel, Dr. Christoph Göttl
Lector: Mag. Dr. Andrea Schaffar
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.
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)
presentations, discussions, text study, group work, e-learning
Lector: Gabriele Hödlmoser, Mag. Beatrix Steinhardt
Lector: Peter Suchentrunk, MSc
Lector: Mag.a Cäcilia Kasper-Pichler, MA
Lector: Mag. Holger Eich
Lector: Mag. Dr. Hannes Henzinger, BA, Mag. (FH) Georg Mitterer
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.
Continuous assessment of participant performance
Lecture, discussions, group exercises
Lector: Mag.a Barbara Neudecker, MA
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
Written exam at the end of the term
lecture and discussion
Lector: Mag. Renate Doppel
Lector: FH-Prof. Mag. Dr. Johannes Vorlaufer
Lector: MBA Werner Mayer
Lector: Mag.a Dr.in Judit Barth-Richtarz, MA, Drin.phil. Karin Johanna Lebersorger
Lector: Jürgen Gerether, Dr. Judith Noske, Mag.a Irina Posteiner-Schuller, MA
Lector: Mag.a Dr.in Judit Barth-Richtarz, MA, Mag. Sonja Cejka, Johanna Zils, BSc MA
Lector: Mag.a Irina Posteiner-Schuller, MA, Mag. Dr. Andrea Schaffar, Johanna Zils, BSc MA
Lector: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Klaus Wolf
Lector: Johanna Zils, BSc MA
Timesblocked from thursday to saturday, between 8.45 a.m. and 18.15 p.m.
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.
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.
To apply you will require the following documents:
Please noteIt 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.
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.
Interim Head of Degree Program Child and Family Centered Social Work T: +43 1 606 68 firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of Degree Program Child and Family Centered Social Work (Sabbatical)
Office hoursThu, 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
New study location as of 12th July 2021: As of 12th July 2021, all study programs of the Department of Social Work (Secretary's office, offices, teaching rooms) will be located at Kelsenstraße 2, 1030 Vienna. All teaching activities will take place at this location from winter semester 2021/22.
Interim Head of Degree Program Child and Family Centered Social Work
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