Specialized areas of social work

The Ministry of Education has approved the following specialized areas for the professional licentiate degree in social work:


Social Work with Children and Young People

Basis: The increasing need for social work to strengthen its specialization in the questions of children, young people, and child protection.

Content: Questions related to families and the conditions for raising children, legislation, preventive intervention, child protection, psychosocial work, evaluation, multidisciplinary co-operation, networking of services, influencing local and national decicion-making and providing it with professional knowledge.


Empowering Social Work

Basis: Evaluation, maintenance and promotion of the ability of most usual clientele groups in social work require co-ordinated and responsible professional expertise.

Content: Questions related to substance abuse, mental health, physical health, disability and ageing, social rehabilitation, psychosocial workm preventive intervention, evaluation, multidisciplinary co-operation, networking of services, influencing decicion-making and providing it with professional knowledge.


Social Work in the Field of Marginalisation

Basis: The basic tasks of social work in dealing with processes causing marginalisation and discrimination require highly developed expertise during social transition.

Content: Questions related to discrimination, proverty, incurring debt, severe income problems, multi-cultural society, unemployment, criminalization and accumulation of separate problems, psychosocial work, preventive intervention, evaluation, multidisciplinary co-operation, networking of services, influencing decicion-making and provinding it with professional knowledge.


Specialization in Welfare Services

Basis: Influencing welfare services and co-ordinating social work require diverse expertise.

Content: Questions related to financing, leading, administering and controlling the service system, organization, planning, monitoring, evaluation, networking of services, influencing decicion-making and providing it with professional knowledge.


Community Social Work

Basis: The insight and expertise of social work is needed to evaluate effects or rapid changes in the environment and society on the lives of people and their self-management and to participate in supporting people’s resources.

Content: Regional and structural social work, community work, eco-social work, evaluation of social effects, social work in urban and rural environments, preventive intervention, multidisciplinary co-operation, networking of services, influncing decicion-making and providing it with professional knowledge.