Singapore University of Social Sciences

Professional and Personal Development and Resilience

Professional and Personal Development and Resilience (SWK565)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Social Services

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


Professional and Personal Development and Resilience used a series of exercises and activities to stimulate creativity in the individual as well as allow for self discovery. Personal strengths and challenging qualities are discovered and worked at to bring about growth and development as well as build up resiliency. The demanding nature of social work and the often accompanying emotional aftermath of working with clients frequently lead to early burn-out by social workers. Equipping the social workers with the skills of personal development and resiliency ensures some degree of sustenance for the job.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JULY


  • Sources of stress
  • Signs of stress and burn-out
  • Stress management
  • Resilience theories, research and social work practice
  • Strengths, adaptation, healing and self-efficacy health and wellness
  • Formulating problem-solving strategies
  • Personal and professional identity and values
  • Resilience and personal development
  • Creativity and self-discovery
  • Identifying personal strengths and support
  • Professional social worker’s resources
  • Exercises for personal and professional growth and development

Learning Outcome

  • Analyse the signs of stress and burn out by social workers.
  • Discuss the resilience theory and research, problem solving and healing.
  • Propose strategies to manage burn out by social workers.
  • Develop resilience and skills at personal development.
  • Apply creativity and self discovery.
  • Assess personal strengths and bring about personal and professional growth and development.
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