The aim of this continuing education programme is to strengthen your expertise and knowledge about relationships and cooperation in child welfare.
Who is the programme for?
The continuing education programme is primarily aimed at employees in the municipal child welfare service. It is a collaboration between the programme areas social work and family therapy and systemic practice at the Faculty of Social Studies, VID Oslo.
Objective of the programme
The continuing education programme will help strengthen child welfare personnel’s relational competence and cooperation with children and families in order to provide the help and assistance needed. This means focusing on how children and parents, relationships and cooperation are understood and constructed.
Students will strengthen their expertise in systematically and critically evaluating and developing their own skills, understanding and courses of action. The goal is for them to be able to evaluate and apply different perspectives, theories and evidence-based methods to foster opportunities for service users to be involved and influence and manage their own lives.
Content of the programme
The continuing education programme will have a special focus on skills training and the practical application of theory in order to help child welfare personnel to deal with challenging situations in a constructive and professional manner. Families and children are often faced with very difficult situations that can involve violence, drugs, mental health challenges, conflicts, loneliness, illness, poverty and social exclusion.
In collaboration with families, children and professional partners, students will be able to experience situations where they are affected and challenged. In the study programme, students will analyse different perspectives, methods and models, and will reflect on their own role, skills, options to act and limitations in order to strengthen their ability to reflect critically and exercise ethical judgement, and contribute to innovation in the field of child welfare.