Qualification Overview

Qualification Title Bachelor of Health and Social Development (with majors in Health Promotion, Youth Development, and Diversional Therapy)
Qualification Type Bachelor Degree
Level 7
Credits 360
Subject Area
  • Health » Other Health » Health not elsewhere classified
Strategic Purpose Statement
The primary aim of the BHSocDev is to provide New Zealand with skilled practitioners in health and social development who:
* Integrate health and social development theories and knowledge into practice
* Are skilled and safe in working with a range of consumers in a variety of settings
* Demonstrate skills in advocacy and facilitation when working with individuals, groups, and communities
* Demonstrate an understanding of human rights and social justice and how these contribute to practice
* Contribute to creating positive outcomes in health and social well being in New Zealand
* Work collaboratively and promote interdisciplinary ways of working
* Are committed to and aware of the importance of maintaining professional currency
* Maintain culturally appropriate practice and ethical standards in the workplace
The new major in Diversional Therapy will continue to enhance Unitec's provision of programmes which promote coherent learning pathways and optimise the preparedness of graduates for the workplace. Diversional Therapy is a holistic practice centred on the needs of clients which strives to enhance their psychological, social, emotional and physical well-being. Graduates with this major will be well placed to develop into leaders in the transdisciplinary work environment through authentic work-based learning experiences that will develop not only relevant and transferable skills but also build sector relationships as they gain mastery of their discipline.
Graduate profile
The graduate of the BHSocDev (generic) programme will:
* Demonstrate attitudes and beliefs that enable effective health and social development practice
* Utilise the benefits of diversity to be an inter-cultural communicator in a multicultural work environment
* Implement safe, effective, ethical and appropriate approaches to practice with individuals, groups and communities
* Demonstrate effective and confident problem solving skills both as an individual practitioner and as a member of an interdisciplinary team
* Be a reflective practitioner and incorporate new knowledge into practice and maintain the ability to learn throughout a professional career
* Be effective and confident practitioners in Maori and non-Maori environments through an understanding of matauranga Maori
* Be effective and confident practitioners in Pacific communities
* Be an advocate for human rights and social justice to improve health and social development outcomes
* Utilise the benefits of the interdisciplinary team to achieve the best health and social outcomes through collaboration
* Demonstrate knowledge of the underpinning considerations of ethics, democracy of communication and expression, equality and behaviour in an online environment
In addition to the general capabilities, the graduate of the BHSocDev with a major in Diversional Therapy will be able to:
* Articulate the key knowledge bases and practice skills that inform Diversional Therapy; and critically evaluate and integrate evidence to inform practice.
* Develop and evaluate practice skills within a range of Diversional Therapy settings in Aotearoa New Zealand.
* Demonstrate a capacity to work in the holistic, flexible and client-centred ways that are central to Diversional Therapy practice
Education pathways
Graduates of the BHSocDev will be prepared to undertake postgraduate study, for example, a Master of Applied Practice and other postgraduate programmes.
Employment pathways
The BHSocDev (Diversional Therapy) will be an advantage to graduates in seeking employment in public and private organisations including: rehabilitation and hospital units; correctional facilities; community centres; hostels or group homes; day and respite services; aged care residential facilities; ethnic specific services; palliative care units and outreach programmes; mental health services; childcare centres; disability sector; and residential and vocational services.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
Candidates must meet the general Unitec bachelor requirements and BHSocDev specific requirements. There are special or discretionary admission requirements, as well as English Language entry requirements. Go to www.unitec.ac.nz for details
Education Organisation Te Pukenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology
Developed By Te Pukenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2968
Status Expiring
Created March 2016
Last Reviewed July 2018
Next Review December 2020
Content
The BHSocDev offers a number of core generic courses and shared learning courses to foster a collaborative and interdisciplinary learning environment with other health, education, social and community practice programmes offered by the Health and Community Network.
The Programme facilitates the development of practice-based knowledge and application so that graduates can improve their prospects for employment in the health and social development sector. It will deliver graduates with skills to practice in a variety of health and social development fields including youth development, health promotion, Diversional Therapy, social and community development, programme facilitation and other public health areas.
The flexibility of the BHSocDev is such that new majors can be developed to meet future needs and changes in health and social development provision. The new major, Diversional Therapy (pending approval) will strengthen the ex
|isting programme, offering a relevant, authentic and desirable qualification that is the first of its kind in New Zealand. It will meet the changing needs of the sector, continuing to support the philosophy of the generic programme whilst adding to its reputation as a growing programme which promotes holistic, flexible and client-centred practices.

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