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Enhance your career in the field of addictions with a Graduate Diploma in Addiction, Alcohol and Drug Studies. The Graduate Diploma in Addiction, Alcohol and Drug Studies is a unique graduate programme designed to meet the needs of graduates with related qualifications and work experience, for knowledge and understanding of addictive behaviour, alcohol and drug issues and problems, and approaches to practice in the addiction services field. This is a one-year programme of study.
This is a non-clinical programme and therefore is not practice based. It will however equip graduates with knowledge and skills relating to addiction, alcohol and drug services. The programme aims to attract students who want to increase their knowledge base, in ways that will enhance their professional practice where addictions, especially alcohol and drug problems are an issue for the people they work with.
The programme introduces students to the scope of addiction, alcohol and drug services; assessment and intervention strategies for clients with addiction and co-existing mental health disorders; gambling and other impulse control disorders; and the impact of forms of abuse. It provides knowledge of the ethics, theories and principles that underpin the work of addiction, alcohol and drug practitioners.
A Bachelor degree in health or social services field; or equivalent personal, practical, professional or educational experience of an appropriate kind, and at the appropriate level.
Please note: This qualification is not open to graduates of WelTec’s Bachelor of Addiction Studies.
Employment opportunities exist in a variety of clinical support roles within alcohol and drug services with District Health Boards, Public Health, non-government organisations and social, health and community agencies. Roles include health promotion, researchers, policy analysts/advisors.
This programme comprises of 105 compulsory credits and 15 elective credits.
AS7329 Co-existing Substance Use and Mental Health Problems (Compulsory)
Credit: 15 Pre-requisite: BC6232
Develop an understanding of the nature and prevalence of co-existing substance use and mental health problems in New Zealand and carry out clinical practice according to current principles of best practice.
BC7330 Group Work Practice (Compulsory)
To provide a critical understanding of group work theory, group processes, and the skills for working with groups of people in a range of professional contexts.
AS6231 Assessment and Intervention Planning (Compulsory)
Credit: 15 Pre-requisites: AS5124 and BC5117
To provide the understanding and competence necessary for effective assessment and intervention with clients affected by alcohol and drug related problems.
AS5121 Honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi(Compulsory)
To examine the importance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi for professional practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. To explore ways in which culturally appropriate professional practice is developed within the context of Treaty partnership.
AS7331 Gambling and other Impulse Control Disorders (Compulsory)
Knowledge of gambling and other impulse control disorders (or ‘process’ addictions such as the various forms of internet addiction), and the appropriate interventions.
AS7330 Working with Diversity(Compulsory)
Develop a critical understanding and respect for human diversity; an awareness of the social processes of inequality and discrimination; and skills in anti-discriminatory practice.
AS5124 Introduction to Addiction Studies(Compulsory)
To provide an introductory overview of the field of drug and alcohol studies.
BC7333 Working with couples and families Systemic Approaches (Elective)
Credit: 15 Pre-requisite: BC5117
To provide the practice skills and knowledge of four systemic approaches to counselling (structural, strategic, solution-focussed and narrative) that will enable students to take account of a person within the broader context of couple, and family life and relationships.