Social Work and Community Development

Diploma program (KNEC)

Diploma 3 years

About Social Work and Community Development programme

Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. Social workers also help people develop their skills and their ability to use their own resources and those of the community to resolve problems.Clinical social workers also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.

This diploma in social work and community development equips students with social work skills to engage with individuals, families, groups and communities in an effort to enhance social functioning and overall well-being of the people. Graduates will be able to apply social sciences, such as sociology, psychology, political science, public health, community development, law, and economics, to engage with various stakeholders in order to develop interventions that solve social and personal problems; and create social change.

Social workers are unique in the way that they look at many different aspects of a problem, from the individual to the societal, from the psychological to the political. Common ways of serving clients include providing counseling, therapy and education, as well as connecting clients to appropriate public or private resources.

Social workers typically do the following:

  • Identify people and communities in need of help
  • Assess clients' needs, situations, strengths, and support networks to determine their goals
  • Help clients adjust to changes and challenges in their lives, such as illness, divorce, or unemployment
  • Research, refer and advocate for community resources, such as food stamps, childcare, and healthcare to assist and improve a client's well-being
  • Respond to crisis situations such as child abuse and mental health emergencies
  • Follow up with clients to ensure that their situations have improved
  • Maintain case files and records
  • Develop and evaluate programs and services to ensure that basic client needs are met
  • Provide psychotherapy services

    Career options include:

    • Clinical social work
    • Mental health social worker
    • Social work administrator
    • Child welfare
    • Community Based Organizations

    Objectives of Social Work and Community Development

    This diploma in social work and community development equips students with social work skills to engage with individuals, families, groups and communities in an effort to enhance social functioning and overall well-being of the people.

    Upon completion of the diploma in social work and community development course, the graduate will have acquired knowledge, skills and abilities to be able to:

    • Use development knowledge skills and abilities attained to support Development organizations control principles and procedures;
    • Describe development concepts, principles and procedures in development organisations
    • Select and apply development paradigms in appropriate development situations;
    • Apply various development skills to solve problems in various economics, political and social areas
    • Engage in an effective way in community development and more or so within the counties.
    • Develop, implement and evaluate program to eradicate poverty and inequality in communities
    • Asses the effect of their facilitation and empowering management skills in the holistic context of community development.

    Entry requirements for Social Work and Community Development

    The minimum entry requirements for the diploma in social work and community development course are:-

    • Pass in relevant Craft Course, or;
    • KCSE Mean Grade C- (Minus), or;
    • Equivalent qualification approved by KNEC

    Social Work and Community Development Course Subjects

    Module I

    • Social Work Theory and Practice
    • Introduction to Community Development
    • Development Economics
    • Entrepreneurship Studies
    • Community Capacity Building and Empowerment
    • Information Communication Technology
    • Community-Based Organizations
    • Communication Skills
    • Life skills

     Module II

    • Legal Aspects in Social Development Work
    • Resource Mobilization and Fundraising
    • Project Management
    • Advocacy and  Lobbying
    • HIV/AIDS and other Pandemics
    • Statistics
    • Resource Management

     Module III

    • Disaster Management
    • Social Psychology and Human Development
    • Social Rehabilitation and Reintegration
    • Social Policy and Administration
    • Social Research Project
    • Community Leadership
    • Introduction to Counseling Psychology
    • Transformation and Social Marketing
    • Community Development Methodologies
    • Management of Community Concerns
    • Gender and Development

    Colleges offering Social Work and Community Development

    Social Work and Community Development

    Thika School of Medical and Health Sciences
    Kiambu County

    Social Work and Community Development

    Spinmark College of Science and Social Studies
    Mombasa County

    Social Work and Community Development

    PC Kinyanjui Technical Training Institute
    Nairobi County

    Social Work and Community Development

    Nakuru Training Institute (NTI)
    Nakuru County

    Social Work and Community Development

    Centre for Training and Development - Kisii
    Kisii County

    Social Work and Community Development

    Karen Technical Training Institute for the Deaf
    Nairobi County

    Social Work and Community Development

    GTI College of Professional Studies
    Nakuru County

    Social Work and Community Development

    Goldmac Institute
    Kisumu County

    Social Work and Community Development

    Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology (RVIST)
    Nakuru County

    Social Work and Community Development

    Dr. Daniel Murende Wako TVC
    Busia County

    Social Work and Community Development

    Thika Technical Training Institute (TTTI)
    Kiambu County

    Social Work and Community Development

    Panorama College of Business Studies
    Nairobi County

    Social Work and Community Development

    The Kabete National Polytechnic
    Nairobi County

    Social Work and Community Development

    Rift Valley Technical Training Institute
    Uasin Gishu County

    Social Work and Community Development

    Havard Institute of Development Studies
    Kiambu County

    Social Work and Community Development

    Trident School of Technical and Professional Studies
    Nairobi County

    Social Work and Community Development

    United Africa College
    Nairobi County