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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 reflective 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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1recognise when and why students might need socio-emotional support.Communication and social skills
2describe the role of teachers and other education staff in providing appropriate socio-emotional support for students. Ethical practiceCommunication and social skills
3demonstrate appropriate skills in responding to students experiencing difficulties, crisis or distress.CreativityEthical practice
4identify which external services students may need to be referred to and how such referrals might be sensitively approached.Ethical practiceCommunication and social skills
5critically evaluate their own professional practice when engaging with students requiring socio-emotional support.CreativityEthical practiceCommunication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. recognise when and why students might need socio-emotional support.
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. describe the role of teachers and other education staff in providing appropriate socio-emotional support for students.
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. demonstrate appropriate skills in responding to students experiencing difficulties, crisis or distress.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  4. identify which external services students may need to be referred to and how such referrals might be sensitively approached.
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. critically evaluate their own professional practice when engaging with students requiring socio-emotional support.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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