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Qualification: Master of social work in the field of mental health in the community (no legal status)

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Master of social work in the field of mental health in the community (no legal status)

Qualification Information

A student is qualified to: 

(general competences)

  • critically assess modern theories and existing practices regarding mental health in the community,
  • pursue autonomous professional community work with people with mental health difficulties,
  • critically evaluate the existing mental health service in the community,
  • plan and implement a practical innovative project based on evaluated needs,
  • understand, critically evaluate and apply different methods of qualitative research,
  • research together with users and other actors,
  • understand gender and cultural issues in the context of mental health and anti-discriminatory principles,
  • recognise and reflect on own prejudices,
  • reflect on experiences during practical work and integrate theory and practice,
  • introduce new knowledge to existing teams,
  • apply relevant domestic and international resources,
  • write scientific texts,
  • cooperate in international scientific and practical work,

(subject-specific competences)

  • be familiar with the socio-political dimensions of mental health in the community, its legal aspects and scope for development,
  • know of new forms of social services in Slovenia and abroad and the socio-political and economic processes involved in them,
  • know the characteristics and special features of the more prominent systems of ensuring social security services in European countries,
  • know the functioning of mental health institutions,
  • know the labelling processes,
  • organise support in the community following release from an institution (special social institutions, hospitals etc.),
  • know the concepts and method of individual planning, formulate an individual plan and assume an appropriate role in its fulfilment,
  • know the legislation in the area of mental health and the methods of advocacy,
  • master the skill of practising advocacy,
  • assess risk and possess the skills to make a systematic and in-depth analysis of a risky situation,
  • pursue interdisciplinary links between different experts and team work with the aim of jointly seeking appropriate solutions,
  • critically analyse existing practices in handling the stories of users,
  • describe a situation, conduct and record an interview and keep documentation according to the principles of good practice,
  • understand the issue of mental health from the position of experiencing it,
  • understand psychoanalytical theory and the links between mental and social processes,
  • understand the processes and mechanisms of events in the group and know how to apply that knowledge in managing groups,
  • know the methods and dynamics of prevention,
  • evaluate services in terms of anti-discriminatory principles, make an action plan based on the evaluation and implement more sensitive practices.

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Third-cycle doctoral study programmes (SQF level 10)

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Examination performance is scored as follows: 10 (excellent); 9 (very good: above-average knowledge but with some mistakes); 8 (very good: solid results); 7 (good); 6 (adequate: knowledge satisfies minimum criteria); 5–1 (inadequate). In order to pass an examination, a candidate must achieve a grade between adequate (6) and excellent (10).

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Completed:

  • first-cycle study programme in the field of social work, sociology, social pedagogy, pedagogy, psychology or law involving acquisition of 240 credits or
  • first-cycle study programme in another professional field involving 240 credits; previously the candidate must have passed differential examinations (20 credits), including three subjects of 4 credits each, and practical work amounting to 8 credits; subjects are: introduction to social work, theory of social work, research seminar and practice; in accordance with Article 38 of the Higher Education Act, these obligations must be fulfilled prior to enrolment in the master’s programme or
  • three-year revised first-cycle study programme involving acquisition of 180 credits; the candidate must complete an extra year and thereby acquire the missing 60 credits or
  • 4-year professional higher education programme in the fields set out in the first indent; the candidate may enrol in the master’s programme under the conditions given in the first indent or
  • 4-year professional higher education programme in another professional field; the candidate may enrol in the master’s programme under the conditions given in the second indent or
  • 3-year professional higher education programme; the candidate may enrol under the conditions given in the third indent.

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Passing all the examinations of the programme (30 credits), completion of practical work (10 credits) and completion of master’s thesis with a successful defence (20 credits).

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University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Work

NQF Level: 
8
Access requirements: 

Completed:

  • first-cycle study programme in the field of social work, sociology, social pedagogy, pedagogy, psychology or law involving acquisition of 240 credits or
  • first-cycle study programme in another professional field involving 240 credits; previously the candidate must have passed differential examinations (20 credits), including three subjects of 4 credits each, and practical work amounting to 8 credits; subjects are: introduction to social work, theory of social work, research seminar and practice; in accordance with Article 38 of the Higher Education Act, these obligations must be fulfilled prior to enrolment in the master’s programme or
  • three-year revised first-cycle study programme involving acquisition of 180 credits; the candidate must complete an extra year and thereby acquire the missing 60 credits or
  • 4-year professional higher education programme in the fields set out in the first indent; the candidate may enrol in the master’s programme under the conditions given in the first indent or
  • 4-year professional higher education programme in another professional field; the candidate may enrol in the master’s programme under the conditions given in the second indent or
  • 3-year professional higher education programme; the candidate may enrol under the conditions given in the third indent.
Ways to acquire: 

Passing all the examinations of the programme (30 credits), completion of practical work (10 credits) and completion of master’s thesis with a successful defence (20 credits).