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Concurrent Certificate in Critical Practice in Child Welfare


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School of Social Work
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The Concurrent Certificate in Critical Practice in Child Welfare is designed to enhance preparedness and readiness of graduates of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program to work in the areas of child welfare and child protection.

The Certificate emphasizes knowledge, skills and attitudes that underpin child welfare work, and nurtures student attitudes and critical thinking abilities by drawing on current research and best practice from around the world. It is designed to strengthen students’ capacities to practice from critical, decolonizing, and anti-oppressive standpoints, thereby increasing their accountability, community engagement skills, and capacity to focus on family and community wellbeing through less-intrusive social work interventions.

The Certificate prepares BSW students for long-term careers in any child protection system in Canada and similar child protection settings internationally. Emphasis is placed on the policy and practice limitations and possibilities of various child welfare systems that students may work within. Course curricula, field education experiences, and collaborations with representatives from the child welfare sector are integrated to bridge classroom and practical field learning. Through these elements, attention is paid to producing social workers with the potential for future leadership within child welfare who can successfully work within the system while also having the ability to think outside the system.

Learning Outcomes


By completing the courses required for the Concurrent Certificate Critical Practice in Child Welfare, students will acquire enhanced knowledge and practice skills in the areas of child welfare and child protection. Specific learning outcomes include:

  • Develop a working familiarity with child welfare law, policy, and practice as well as the roles and responsibilities of the child protection worker;
  • Understand the strengths and limitations of current child welfare systems including the ways that whiteness, white supremacy, and colonization shape child welfare and create disproportionalities for specific communities; and
  • Strengthen capacity to practice from critical, decolonizing, anti-racist, anti-oppressive and intersectional standpoints thereby increasing their accountability, community engagement skills, and capacity to focus on family and community well-being through less-intrusive and prevention-focused social work interventions.

Certificate Requirements


Any student* in the McMaster BSW program may declare the Concurrent Certificate in Critical Child Welfare, at the time of graduation and upon completion of the following courses. Non-McMaster credit may not be utilized in fulfilment of certificate requirements.

Requirements


18 units total:

Access to Concurrent Certificate Courses/Field Placements


SOCWORK 4SA3 is taken after SOCWORK 4W03 and requires special permission as registration in this course is limited. In order to assess and grant permission for students to register for SOCWORK 4SA3, the School of Social Work will utilize evaluations completed as part of SOCWORK 4W03 when possible and also the SOCWORK 3DD6 Field Practicum and Seminar.

If students are exempt from the SOCWORK 3DD6 Field Practicum due to relevant work and/or educational experiences, they will be considered for SOCWORK 4SA3 on a case-by-case basis. Students who have been granted an exemption are asked to contact the Academic Department Manager to determine what is required to confirm eligibility for the Concurrent Certificate.

Students who wish to take SOCWORK 4SA3 should consult with the Academic Department Manager in the School of Social Work.

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