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New Study Certificate at the Professional School: Migration Management

Help for helpers in the flow of refugees: In spring 2016, the Leuphana University Lüneburg will start its new certificate course on migration management

Pictures of refugee camps, of crowded tents, and welcome scenes at stations: The summer 2015 was a historic moment for Germany. Never before so many people who have fled war and terror seeked asylum in Germany. “Helpers and supporters, no matter whether they are volunteers or full-time staff, are working under heavy pressure, while being hardly prepared for it”, says Wolf Paschen, a social worker himself and program manager at the Professional School.

New Certificate Programme at the Professional School

Since autumn, Paschen has thus been defining the curricula for a custom-tailored, part-time certificate program starting in the spring of 2016. On the one hand, the certificate course “migration management” will allow helpers to professionalise. One the other hand, the certificate offers to employers who need to create jobs to meet the challenges brought along in regard to refugees, asylum and migration increasingly a chance to distinguish well-trained from untrained staff.

Extra-Occupational Training

The course consists of three parts: a preparatory course for newcomers from other professions than the social sector, a module on legal and intercultural environment, and a module for personal action skills. “It was important to keep the certificate as open as possible”, emphasises Prof. Dr. Jörg Philipp Terhechte, head of the Professional School, “as not only social workers and pedagogues are involved handling the massive migration to Germany. For prospective students with no previous knowledge in the field of social work, there is the preliminary course that explains the foundations of the social system in Germany. “

Seven Weekends In Six Months

The first module provides the legal and intercultural framework of migration, including the essential legal foundations, socio-economic framework data, and their consequences and integration concepts.
The second module deals with individual action competencies such as project, networking and conflict management. The course also puts emphasis supporting students in handling their work emotionally and psychologically, and how to deal itself with the new challenges.

Overall, the certificate programme includes seven weekend events spread over six months. The preparatory course consists of two events. The tuition fees are 1,500 euro plus 330 euro semester fee. The fee for the preliminary course is 500 euro. Applications for this newly designed qualification course are open now.

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