Claudia Ehlert, 26
"The best thing about studying in Neubrandenburg is the commitment of the lecturers. It’s really amazing."
Before things flare up
Social workers need good training. Future experts on society’s hotspots can gain this on the Social Work course at Neubrandenburg University. Claudia Ehlert is one of the future graduates. Here she tells us how she’s learning to prevent crisis situations from flaring up in people’s lives.
What does the course Social Work involve?
C.E.: The aim of the studies is to enable us to carry out social work or social pedagogy independently in the future. For this purpose we study all the scientific basics. It takes ten semesters in all, ending with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree.
The degree course is varied and well structured. The study groups are not too big and the lecturers are very committed. There are a number of different areas: you can specialise in working with children and young adults, for example, or in schooling and family support. There are also options to work with patients who have mental or somatic illnesses, or with people with disabilities. We can study according to our interests. This means we can follow either a predominantly scientific route, or one that is more practical.
What are you going to specialise in?
C.E.: I’ve always been interested in mental illnesses, especially how they arise and develop. I’m not really sure why. Because of my previous nursing training, I’ve already got some experience in this field. Since that time I've been interested in the connection between genetic predisposition and the effect of the social environment, and would like to learn as much as possible about this.
How did you hear about the course at Neubrandenburg?
C.E.: I come from Greifswald. I didn’t want to move away from the coast, so I had to find a way to train for my chosen career here. In the end, because of the higher admission requirements for over-subscribed universities, Neubrandenburg University was the obvious choice for me.
What do you plan to do after you graduate?
C.E.: I would like to either work in a psychiatric institution, or gain additional qualifications in Social Psychiatry - Neubrandenburg University offers plenty of courses. I’d like to stay in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern if I can.