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December 2010

 WelTec Addiction Graduates Provide Boose to Addiction Workforce

Addictions degree helps WelTec graduate to turn the tide of domestic violence

Working New Zealand’s need for addictions specialists is clear.  Studies suggest over 1000 kiwis die each year from alcohol related deaths (Alcohol Action NZ, 2009) and the Alcohol Advisory Council (ALAC) reports that alcohol addiction alone costs the public health system over $655 million each year.  A scarcely known profession in years gone by, alcohol and drug treatment specialists, clinicians and counsellors increasingly perform a crucial role within our health professional workforce. 

WelTec Counsellor, John Tesimale graduated early this year to now hold both a Bachelor Alcohol and Drug Studies and a Bachelor of counselling.  Studying part-time at WelTec’s Auckland Campus, John graduated in February 2010 and now works as a counsellor with a specific focus on domestic violence.
A leading provider of addictions training, WelTec delivers New Zealand’s only Bachelor of Alcohol and Drug. It also offers a range of certificate, diploma and graduate diploma options throughout New Zealand for those looking to enter or up-skill in the field of addiction studies.

A specialist qualification in both Addictions and counselling has been helpful in the role, says John.  “Addiction often plays a large role in domestic violence, my studies in addictions and counselling has enabled me to work in this area.  My degree in addictions has opened my mind to a variety of approaches.  One shoe doesn’t fit all and the different models I learnt gave me confidence when working with a range of different clients.” 

According to John, the right training for the job is essential, “It’s really important that our communities have access to qualified, accredited counsellors and Alcohol & Drug practitioners.  When working with people it’s really important that people feel safe.  Part of the training in counselling and addictions includes supervised sessions, and feedback and instruction with respect to a code of ethics that practitioners must abide to.”

The double degree graduate recommends studying at WelTec.  “The qualification really helped me in my current role.  I built a great network of colleagues and I really appreciated the honesty and support the tutors provided.”

To find out about training options in Alcohol and Drug studies in Auckland, visit www.weltec.ac.nz or call 0800 935 832.

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