Postgraduate Diploma in Social Service Supervision

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Social Service Supervision offers an advanced qualification for professionally qualified social and community workers and other social service professional supervisors.

What is it like?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Social Service Supervision is intended for those who have achieved a high level of professional competence and are currently supervising social and community work practitioners and/or social work students on fieldwork placements.

The diploma is designed to assist you in developing and defining a personal model of supervision relevant to the practice context you work in. You’ll be introduced to selected theories and models of professional social service supervision, followed by more in-depth exploration of the administrative, educational, and clinical functions of supervision. Assessment is designed to be immediately relevant to your role as a social service supervisor.

A good fit if you:

  • Are currently supervising social and community work practitioners and/or social work students on fieldwork placements
  • Want to develop and define a personal model of supervision relevant to the practice context you work in
Robert W Wilson
Postgraduate Diploma in Social Service Supervision
Raukura Hauora o Tainui (Primary Mental Health) Team Leader

“I can honestly say Massey was a part of my journey that contributed to growing my wisdom whilst navigating with me as I “paddled my own canoe"…”

Talofa lava, Malo ‘Aupito, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Halo; paddling my own canoe with Massey University. I am New Zealand born of Samoan, Tongan and Scottish ancestry – raised mainly in Samoan values. My Massey University voyage began in 2014 when I heard from other Pasifika people that achieving is the norm at Massey and was encouraged to take up my studies there.

Enjoying my travels by bus from Auckland to Palmerston North reminded me of my teachings and values of “paddle your own canoe” – a quote handed down from my grandparents to my parents that “education is important.” Massey embraces other cultures, especially Pasifika. The Pasifika values at Massey I have seen and experienced are: reciprocity and relationships, service and inclusion, respect, spirituality, leadership, family (aiga, famili) and the talanoa (korero, discussion) sessions.

One of the aspects of my time at Massey University was celebrating the various Pasifika cultures. This was more so evident when I graduated with a postgraduate diploma and was invited to celebrate with other Pasifika students. It was such an overwhelming and humbling experience to have other Pasifika graduates come together, dance and sing which brought joy to my aiga (whānau, family) and those that watched on social media. I can honestly say Massey was a part of my journey that contributed to growing my wisdom whilst navigating with me as I “paddled my own canoe."


Robert Wilson graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Service Supervision in 2017. Since then, he has established a diversion programme named 'Paddle Your Own Canoe (PYOC)', or alternatively ‘Prepare Your Own Choices’, with Sergeant Mark Hagan, Senior Prosecutor and Diversion Officer on the North Shore. PYOC is a culturally connected way for suitable candidates to complete diversion.

Careers

This diploma is an advanced qualification in Social Service Supervision. It provides opportunities for employment in a wide range of environments, including social services, private practice, management, and consultancy. Many people who undertake this diploma are already employed in the area of social service supervision and use this qualification to enhance their professional competence.

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