SCU OnlineStudy Period 1,5Study Period 1,5

Unit description

Provides 'front line' professionals with the knowledge and skills required to effectively support children and young people who are experiencing personal difficulties and require social and/or emotional support. Emphasis is placed on recognising when such support is needed and why, identifying when and how to respond and refer to other support services, such as counselling.

Unit content

Recognising why and when students need socio-emotional support – Perspectives on socio-emotional problems and issues – Causes of emotional distress for students (issues such as friendship issues, family dynamics, abuse, loss and grief, bullying, suicide) – Contexts for understanding students’ emotional concerns – Theories of attachment, trauma and resilience. 

Responding to students’  social and emotional needs in difficult times – Sources of support for students – The relational context for responding – The role of teachers and other relevant professionals – Skills for effectively responding – The importance of reflexive practice for teachers.

Referring students for support – Differentiating between social support, emotional support, mental health and child protection issues – Overview of relevant services and service models – Responding to disclosures of concern – Referring children and families to specialised services – Critical issues in referral. 

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Study Period 1

  • No prescribed texts.

Study Period 5

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

SCU Online (intensive)

Teaching method
Structured online learning
Discussion board5%
Reflective writing45%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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