Social Well-being

We are experts and reformers (in a wide range of issues) in social well-being in the metropolitan area. We develop and reform social services and early education in co-operation with our working life partners. We combine research and innovations creatively in our education and additionally, we guide our students in facing working life challenges in practice.

We predict changes in operational environments and train social service providers for future challenges. We actively participate in both national and international networks. We are known as a reliable and active partner, educator and promoter of socially sustainable development.

For further information on co-operation contact:

Riikka Harju, Head of Department tel. +358 40 705 2835

Research, development and innovation

Our experts have diverse competences and wide-ranging practical experience from working life in developing social services e.g. in the following sectors:

  • adult social work and counselling
  • child protection and family work
  • disability
  • elderly care
  • substance abuse
  • mental health
  • early education and
  • immigration

Our strength is combining social competence with a pedagogical and cultural framework to improve well-being. We appreciate multi-disciplinary co-operation and create new, sustainable practices through different projects to meet the needs of actors and clients in social services.

Our ongoing projects are e.g.:

Join us in developing new ideas – let’s accomplish influential work together!

For more information on Research, Development and Innovation:

Niina Pietilä, RDI Coordinator tel. +358 40 334 1241
Ulla Saukkonen, Bachelor’s Theses Coordinator tel. +358 40 641 8131

Up-to-date competence for working life

We offer tools for organizations, work communities and professionals to develop their competences according to their needs. You can order ready or tailor-made study modules for professionals in social services or early education, e.g.

  • professional development studies in expert and client work
  • courses on current issues in social welfare
  • courses on art-based creative and functional methods
  • work supervision
  • consultation and other expert services
  • courses designed for special needs in the metropolitan area for asylum seekers, immigrants and people working with them

Update your knowledge of the new legislation in social welfare and ways of working with clients!

For further information on education and expert services contact:

Riikka Harju, Head of Department tel. +358 40 705 2835

New experts for the labour market

We train professional and innovative Bachelors and Masters of Social Services for the metropolitan labour market. We also have a Degree Programme in Social Services in English which enables versatile international networking. Students graduating from our school have high employment rates in the jobs requiring competence in social services.

Check our Degree Programmes:

Learn new things with students - become a work placement supervisor!

For further information on the degree programmes:

Bachelor of Social Services (in Finnish) Head of Degree Programme: Annakaisa Oksava,  tel. +358 40 656 9383

Bachelor of Social Services (in English) Head of Degree Programme: Leigh Rauhala tel. +358 40 641 8195 

Master of Social Services Head of Degree Programme: Katriina Rantala-Nenonen tel. +358 40 641 8303

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