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Social Work Degree Approval for BTI

As a result of requests from faith-based social work agencies across New Zealand, and in partnership with them, Bethlehem Tertiary Institute (BTI) has developed a Bachelor of Social Work programme that has been given approval by NQZA and the Social Work Registration Board. < /br> < /br> Social workers are much in demand in New Zealand and BTI feels uniquely positioned to educate and mentor a new breed of social workers who desire to be God's hands in our world.< /br> < /br> The purpose of the Bachelor of Social Work is to prepare passionate social and community workers who follow the call in Micah 6:8 to ‘do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with their God'. Students will gain a deep and rich understanding of this Kingdom-mandated heartbeat and learn how to integrate this into their professional practice, partnering with God to, as one writer put it, “increase the net amount of shalom in the world”.< /br> < /br> Social work is about change – transformation not only of individuals, but also of families, communities, systems, societies and even whole countries. BTI believes God desires shalom – peace and wellbeing for His children - and is actively working to put right the disadvantage, injustice and oppression that people and society suffers. Social workers seek to bring change towards greater wellbeing, justice, empowerment and liberation.< /br> < /br> The first cohort of students commences study at the end of January 2012.< /br> < /br>

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