The master's degree in “Counseling and Representation in Social Law” builds on a first professional bachelor's or diploma degree and is designed as a consecutive full-time degree. The course gives students the opportunity to acquire in-depth legal knowledge and special methodological skills in advising and representing interests. He is particularly qualified for complex and advice-intensive fields of work. This includes all areas in which people are advised, for example, on questions of social benefits, such as debt counseling, advice on care needs, senior counseling, advice for people with disabilities or in the context of legal support. Special legal and ethics-based psychosocial counseling skills are also required, e.g. in the field of school social work,
The course is divided into modules that build on one another in terms of content. The module plan gives an overview of the 17 modules and their distribution (see further information: module and study plan). In addition, an alternative course of study with an extended study period is possible in order to cope with different personal situations. In the first year of study, students gain at least 210 hours of practical experience in advising and representing students.
The course is characterized by the interdisciplinary nature of teaching and the inclusion of practical professional experience while taking application-oriented scientific knowledge into account.
Most of the events take place in the form of application or transfer-oriented seminars, as well as e-learning components and self-study. Networked work and an interdisciplinary approach are encouraged right from the start.
In various modules, the methodological and didactic focus is on self-awareness and self-reflection. Contact with clients requires communication skills and the ability to build relationships. Dealing with yourself, with your own life and professional history and your own assumptions, represents an independent field of learning. The ability to introspect and empathize should be trained. The willingness to experience self-awareness is therefore a prerequisite.
The students use self-evaluation sheets to check their ability to cooperate and deal with conflicts and thus get to know and work on the dynamics of teams. This increases the quality and competence of advice. In the working groups they also practice skills such as self-organization, presentation techniques, speaking and discussing in a group and thus rhetorical and social skills, such as B. Ability to integrate and compromise.
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