The Bachelor of Social Work at BTI is the only faith-based social work programme in Aotearoa and students are challenged to develop a holistic approach to practice that incorporates their own sense of faith and spirituality.
Our social work programme also emphasises partnership with Māori and seeks to draw on the richness of indigenous knowledge about working with people. Students will be empowered to learn about their own history and social customs to support their learning, and supported to grow their empathy and understanding of diverse cultures and practices.
Cara-Lee Kerewaro (Ngāti Kahu) – BTI Social Work graduate
Social work is a practice-based profession that requires practitioners to be able to draw on a wide range of diverse knowledge but also be able to integrate the heart and values of passionate practice with a complex set of skills that enable positive outcomes. We believe that Jesus provides a model for social work because he lived a life of love and compassion for all people combined with a commitment to transformation, advocacy for the marginalised and justice for all.
The Bachelor of Social Work leads to professional registration with the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) and equips students for a wide range of social work roles both in Aotearoa New Zealand and in international aid and development.
Please note: The mid-year intake for the Bachelor of Social Work is offered as one course from the programme to complete in Semester 2, and the remaining courses to be completed either full-time or part-time over the following years of study.
BTI aims to graduate beginning social and community work practitioners who are well prepared to participate in faith-inspired and evidence-informed practice.
Students are encouraged to learn to serve others through both heart and mind, and make a difference in the lives of those in your community.
Students also complete a strong work-integrated learning component to the degree, with practical experience built into the programme each year.
Ally – BTI Social Work graduate
Tauha Te Kani is an Educator/Kaiako in the Social Work programme and Head of School of Social Practice (Kaitiaki)