Clinical Casework – Psychosocial Assistance for Vulnerable, Ill and Disabled Persons (Master)

Brief overview

DegreeMaster of Arts (M.A.)
DepartmentDepartment of Social Work
SiteMünster
Special type of studypart-time, executive, self-improvement
IntakeWinter semester
Standard period of study5 semesters
Semester feeJe nach gewähltem Hörerstatus 261,94 € oder 85,44 €
Tuition fee1600 Euro / Semester

Requirements and application

Admissions restrictions No local entrance restrictions
Pre-study placementNo
Additional entrance requirements

First professional degree:
In order to be admitted to the programme, you will need to have completed a degree in Germany or abroad in the field of social sciences, or in fields of study dealing with psychology, education or therapy with an overall grade of ‘good’ (2.3) or better. If this requirement does not apply to you, you may be able to demonstrate your qualification in another way. For more information, please visit our website.


Occupation:
You must demonstrate that you have had at least one year’s relevant work experience since completing your undergraduate degree.
ApplicationThe programme begins every two years, starting in winter semester 2016/2017 and then again in winter semester 2018/2019. In individual cases, students may be admitted for winter semester 2017/2018 who study the content in reverse order (first the specialisations, then the foundations); in this case, admission will only be possible if there are places left in the chosen specialisations. The closing date for applications for winter semester 2017/2018 ends on 15 July 2017. Once the admissions committee for the degree programme has carried out a substantive preliminary check, applicants may formally register by applying online on the website of the Service Office for Students.

Detailed description of the degree programme

Specialist knowledge and function capabilities are increasingly required in the health system and in work involving the elderly and the disabled. Moreover, professionals working in counselling centres, youth and social welfare offices, and employment agencies also increasingly must deal with clients’ health-related problems and complex aspects that go beyond their original area of expertise. Broad-based perspectives are in high demand, particularly at the crossroads of health, social welfare and education systems. Our Master’s programme in Clinical Casework will prepare you for these challenges.

Objectives

After completing the programme, you will have an in-depth knowledge of the health system and related areas. You will be aware of the latest health and social policy debates and their impact on target groups and stakeholders. We will teach you the tools for diagnosis and methods of intervention in the case of health-related issues. Depending on your field of activity, you will apply these directly, or will stand by as a competent partner for other disciplines. All modules are derived from the most up-to-date research in social work, and encourage the same perspective from students. This will enable you to take on a ‘pilot’ function in a complex area.

Occupational fields

In accordance with the current regulatory framework, this Master’s programme will give you access to train for a licence in child and adolescent psychotherapy, paving the way for you to undertake highly qualified freelance work. Other graduates work in the health system as experts, core staff, or managers, or they work with disabled people and in neighbouring fields. Germany’s only university qualification in evidence-based autism therapy will also mean that you will have a head start for work in therapy centres in this field. Yet another field of work that will be open to you is ‘inclusive schools’. Finally, your Master’s degree will enable you to pursue further academic qualification, possibly continuing with a doctorate.

Content and course sequence

Our degree programme will enable you to study, work and have a family life simultaneously. Most of the periods of mandatory attendance take place on Friday and Saturdays during the semester. In addition, one- to two-week block courses are held each semester. Some of the content will also be offered in the future as online modules and in correspondence units.

In the first two semesters, you will attend basic modules such as Social Work in the Health System, Physical and Mental Illnesses and Disabilities, and Methods and Tools of Diagnosis and Intervention. Building on the knowledge gained, you will then develop your skill set by choosing two specialisation modules, such as in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Promotion of Children with Development and Learning Difficulties, Social Work with Senior Citizens, Case Management and Evidence-Based Autism Therapy. In the final semester, you will have sufficient time to prepare your Master’s thesis and the final colloquium. In our ‘Studium generale’, we also offer external events and courses in which overarching aspects are addressed.

Why choose us

  • An international perspective: Visiting lecturers from abroad are a key part of our study programme. In addition, we conduct practical and research projects with other universities.
  • Evidence-based autism therapy: Our degree programme offers Germany’s only university training in this area.
  • Practical relevance: We always involve partners from practice. Depending on your specialisation, work placements and field trips will be a standard aspect of the programme.
  • Support: We will provide support during the study programme, e.g. in the form of advisory seminars on Master’s theses.
  • Responsiveness: Legal and administrative changes, such as the forthcoming amendment of the Psychotherapy Act (PsychThG), the trend towards greater scientific rigour and evidence basing in integration assistance, and changes in guardianship law are promptly taken into account in the curriculum.
  • Acceptance of external equivalent academic qualifications in the specialisation modules: If you already have external qualifications, such as courses in the IFA/DGVT curriculum for autism therapy or the DGCC certification in case management, these can be credited towards your academic achievements in your specialisation.