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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).

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Florian Toifl, BA
Favoritenstraße 226, A.2.27
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
Final degree
Master of Arts in Social Sciences (MA)
30Study places
120ECTS
Organisational form
part-time

Application period for the academic year 2018/19

1st October 2017 to 13th May 2018

Studienbeitrag / Semester

€ 363,36

+ ÖH Beitrag + Kostenbeitrag* 


* für zusätzliche Aufwendungen rund ums Studium 
(derzeit bis zu € 83, je nach Studiengang bzw. Jahrgang)

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

Grundstudium

Lecture SWS ECTS
Basic approaches of social therapeutic work VO

Basic approaches of social therapeutic work VO

Lector: Mag. Dr. Peter Schernhardt

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Language

German

1 1
Specifics of psychosocial child development VO

Specifics of psychosocial child development VO

Lector: Mag.a Beatrix Kaiser

2 SWS
3 ECTS

Language

German

2 3
Ethics of social therapeutic social work VO

Ethics of social therapeutic social work VO

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

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

overview about ethical justifications
current issues of professional ethics

Assessment methods

written exam

Teaching methods

presentationelearning

Language

German

1 1
Conversations in multi-person setting UE

Conversations in multi-person setting UE

Lector: Mag. (FH) Kathrin Weninger, MA

2 SWS
3 ECTS
2 3
Concepts of biopsychosocial health VO

Concepts of biopsychosocial health VO

Lector: Mag. (FH) Kathrin Weninger, MA

2 SWS
4 ECTS
2 4
Psychosocial diagnosis and indication ILV 2 4
Psychosocial communication and consultation ILV

Psychosocial communication and consultation ILV

Lector: Mag.a Cäcilia Kasper-Pichler, MA

2 SWS
3 ECTS

Language

German

2 3
Qualitative research methods VO

Qualitative research methods VO

Lector: Mag.a Dr.in Maria Fürstaller

1 SWS
2 ECTS
1 2
Quantitative research methods VO

Quantitative research methods VO

Lector: Doz.Mag.a Drin. Tamara Katschnig

1 SWS
2 ECTS

Lecture contents

The main focus of the course is on the following areas: The subject area is the understanding of the roles and professions of social workers in different occupational fields 1) Overview of different quantitative research methods 2) mediation of the basics / logic (methodology) of quantitative research methods; Quality criteria of empirical quantitative methods; Scale levels; Variables; Sample; design of experiments 3) Construct a questionnaire and conduct a (small) study 4) first (descriptive) evaluation of collected data with quantitative methods as well as analysis / interpretation of the results 5) Reflection of the evaluation procedures in connection with practical problems

Assessment methods

Read and excerpt texts, text editing (4 points) Develop instrument, perform survey, reflexion report, data input (6 points) Total: 10 points 60% of the achievable points are required for a positive completion of the course. This results in the following key: Very good 10 / 9,5 / 9 Good 8.5 / 8 / 7.5 / 7 Satisfactory 6.5 / 6 / 5.5 / 4 / 4.5 / 4 Sufficient 3.5 / 3 / 2.5 / 2 Not enough under 2 p.

Teaching methods

Group work, self-study; Conduct own investigations in practice

1 2
Practical exercises to concepts of biopsycholsocial health UE

Practical exercises to concepts of biopsycholsocial health UE

Lector: Mag. (FH) Kathrin Weninger, MA

1 SWS
3 ECTS
1 3
Practical to psychosocial diagnosis and indication UE

Practical to psychosocial diagnosis and indication UE

Lector: Mag. (FH) Kathrin Weninger, MA

2 SWS
4 ECTS
2 4

Grundstudium

Lecture SWS ECTS
Poverty and social exclusion ILV

Poverty and social exclusion ILV

Lector: Mag. (FH) Kathrin Weninger, MA

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

Specifics of transcultural work with families ILV

Lector: Mag.a Dr.in Irene Messinger

1 SWS
2 ECTS
1 2
Research areas for concept development SE

Research areas for concept development SE

Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Judith Haberhauer

1 SWS
1 ECTS

Lecture contents

-

Assessment methods

--

Teaching methods

--

Language

German

1 1
Conversation management with children and young people UE

Conversation management with children and young people UE

Lector: Mag. (FH) Kathrin Weninger, MA

2 SWS
3 ECTS

Language

German

2 3
Master thesis - research design UE

Master thesis - research design UE

Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Judith Haberhauer

2 SWS
3 ECTS

Lecture contents

--

Assessment methods

--

Teaching methods

--

Language

German

2 3
Migration and family ILV

Migration and family ILV

Lector: Mag.a Dr.in Irene Messinger

1 SWS
2 ECTS
1 2
Motivating and activating interviews UE

Motivating and activating interviews UE

Lector: DSA Manuela Hausegger, MA, Mag.a Dr.in Melanie Zeller

2 SWS
3 ECTS

Language

German

2 3
Practice based research SE

Practice based research SE

Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Judith Haberhauer

1 SWS
2 ECTS

Lecture contents

--

Assessment methods

--

Teaching methods

--

Language

German

1 2
Psychosocial diagnosis and planning of interventions ILV

Psychosocial diagnosis and planning of interventions ILV

Lector: Birgit Hofer, MA

2 SWS
4 ECTS

Language

German

2 4
Legal framework of social therapeutic social work VO 1 2
Specific approaches of social therapeutic work ILV

Specific approaches of social therapeutic work ILV

Lector: Mag. Dorothea Hartl, MA

2 SWS
3 ECTS

Language

German

2 3
Practical exercises to psychosocial diagnosis and planning of interventions UE

Practical exercises to psychosocial diagnosis and planning of interventions UE

Lector: Mag. (FH) Kathrin Weninger, MA

2 SWS
4 ECTS
2 4

Grundstudium

Lecture SWS ECTS
Crisis intervention and de-escalation UE

Crisis intervention and de-escalation UE

Lector: Mag. Holger Eich

2 SWS
3 ECTS

Language

German

2 3
Compilation of master thesis 1 SE 1 10
Professional approach in enforcement contexts UE

Professional approach in enforcement contexts UE

Lector: Mag. (FH) Kathrin Weninger, MA

2 SWS
3 ECTS
2 3
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

2 SWS
3 ECTS

Language

German

2 3
Risk assessment ILV

Risk assessment ILV

Lector: Mag. Irina Posteiner-Schuller, MA

2 SWS
2 ECTS

Lecture contents

- Systematic generating of childhood risks
- Developmental psychological basic knowledge as a basis for a well-founded risk assessment
- Identification and assessment of risks and risk management

Assessment methods

Exercises, examination in small groups

Teaching methods

- Case studies- Work in groups- Lecture

2 2
Theoretical approaches to trauma pedagogy ILV

Theoretical approaches to trauma pedagogy ILV

Lector: Mag.a Barbara Neudecker, MA

2 SWS
2 ECTS

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

2 2
Scientific writing SE

Scientific writing SE

Lector: Mag.a Dr.in Katharina Fleissner-Rösler

1 SWS
2 ECTS

Language

German

1 2
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

2 SWS
3 ECTS

Language

German

2 3
Trauma integrating professional approach UE

Trauma integrating professional approach UE

Lector: Mag.a Barbara Neudecker, MA, Mag. (FH) Kathrin Weninger, MA

2 SWS
2 ECTS

Lecture contents

Consolidation of contents presented in "Theorieansätze zur Traumapädagogik"

Assessment methods

Presence and cooperation in classWritten assignment

2 2

Grundstudium

Lecture SWS ECTS
Current debate SE 1 2
Diagnostic understanding of cases in complex family systems UE 2 2
Didactics of parent education and family coachings SE 2 2
Early help / Early interventions SE 2 3
Expert opinion preparation SE 1 2
Compilation of master thesis 1 SE 1 8
Master Colloquium KO 0 3
Preventive approach and educational theory in the context of families VO 2 3
Social-educational family work VO 2 2
Practical exercises to social-educational family work in the framework of child care placements UE 2 3

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

Teaching language
German

Semester dates
Winter semester: 6th September 2017 - 3rd February 2018
Summer semester: 12th February - 2nd July 2018


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.

  • Diploma from an Academy of Social Work (a three-year Academy for Social Work)

Application

To apply you will require the following documents:

  • Birth certificate
  • Proof of citizenship
  • Proof of residence
  • 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.

The selection process

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 selection process. After successful completion of the first stage of the selection process, 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
Favoritenstraße 226, A.2.27
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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