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Faculty of Social Welfare

Department of Social Welfare/Enrollment capacity: 70/Ike Campus

University of Kochi established the Faculty of Social Welfare in 1998 to develop human resources with the abilities necessary to solving welfare-related issues in modern society.

The Faculty represents the only program at a public university in western Japan to qualify students for national registered examinations in the three main types of welfare worker certification: social welfare, mental health welfare, and certified care.

In order to address to the diverse mix of welfare-related issues that people in modern society confront, the Faculty focuses its education on giving students the consulting and support skills they need to become professionals in the realm of social welfare.

After gaining a fundamental understanding of social welfare and acquiring a solid knowledge of the field, students in the Faculty complete exercises and training in small-group settings to hone their skills in identifying and solving problems.

The Faculty also emphasizes community contribution activities and provides students with opportunities to engage in initiatives unique to the discipline of social welfare.

Our graduates

Have the ability to respond to the welfare-related issues that families and communities face

Can put their social welfare skills into practice

Work to forge effective connections among health, medicine, and welfare as social welfare specialists

3 Programs to Choose from Depending on the Qualifications You Want
Learning Focused on Exercises, Practical Training, and Research

Students develop the ability to put ideas into action, through lectures, exercises, and practical training, and deepen their scientific insight through research.

Many instructors have a wealth of actual on-site experience and are qualified to lead exercises and practical training, providing detailed guidance based on abundant practice.

After enrollment, students select the welfare worker national exam eligibility they want to acquire and determine their program.

Content of exercises/practical training

Communication skills and the ability to cooperate are more important than anything else when engaging in social welfare. A large number of small-class exercise courses are available, including group exercises and interview roleplaying. Students develop the ability to listen carefully to people’s words, understand them, and communicate with them using the appropriate words to provide social welfare services.

In practical training, students can learn experientially through actual participation in consultation with welfare service users, caregiving, etc. By meeting with users and specialists, students are able to cultivate their perspectives and techniques as individuals who engage in social welfare, and grow significantly as they deepen their own learning.

Licenses and qualifications that can be acquired

Eligibility for national exams

Social worker

Psychiatric social worker

Welfare care worker

Appointment qualifications

Social welfare officer

Welfare officer for people with intellectual disabilities

Child welfare officer

Child guidance worker

Family counselor

Mental health and welfare counselor