SUBJECT AREAS » Addiction, Counselling and Youth Studies
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Addictions, Counselling and Youth Studies

School of Health and Social Services
Te Hau Tapu me te Puna Oranga

WelTec is a leading educator in the specialist training of Addiction Practitioners, Counsellors and Health Professionals. Study with us and you will receive the right combination of education, inspiration and practical experience to develop as a professional within the health and community sectors.

New Postgraduate qualifications
Advance your skills in health and social practice. Choose an interdisciplinary qualification. There’s a focus on diversity, inter-professionalism, education and leadership. Plus you can apply your study and research to what you’re doing. It’s flexible and designed to suit you. Most of your study will be online so you can do the qualification from anywhere in New Zealand.

Flexible Study
WelTec offers training programmes in Wellington, Petone, Auckland and Christchurch. WelTec’s programmes include full-time and part-time options along with short courses and online distance learning to help fit into your busy lifestyle.

Blended learning
Your programme of study will comprise of a mix of learning experiences and these will include: lectures, tutorials, online study, self-directed study, simulation, work placement, supervision, reflective practice, presentations, peer and self-assessment. There are courses that have high components of online learning.

Online/Learning Components
By enrolling in courses with online learning you will be required to fully engage in the tutor supported  learning activities. You should allow between 5 – 9 hours of online engagement per course each week.

Computer Skills
You will need to have access to a personal computer with broadband internet along with basic computer skills.

Learn from the best
Rich in knowledge and experience, our teaching staff are active researchers who have participated in national and international conferences. We regularly consult with professional bodies such as Dapaanz and NZAC along with industry to ensure the learning you receive is current and relevant to today’s world.

Work placement/practicums
If your programme includes a work placement/practicum you will need to budget for these accordingly. You will be expected to pay for your travel expenses to and from your placement and any meals/accommodation. Work placement coordinators and practicum staff will provide advice and guidance to assist you in securing a work placement. Please contact your workplace coordinator after your interview to discuss and plan for your needs.

Marae experience
Honouring Te Tiriti O Waitangi course includes a compulsory Marae experience. You will be expected to organise your own travel  to and from the Marae. Detailed information will be provided at the beginning of this course.

Professional Supervision
All students will be required to have professional supervision as part of their year two and three practicum courses. Professional supervision must be with a WelTec approved supervisor who is registered with an approved professional body. Students will require a total of 30 hours professional supervision within the degree programme. The cost of supervision is to be met by the student and is additional to course fees. (Estimated cost of $50-120 per hour).

Registered and recognised
Our qualifications are NZQA approved and accredited and are recognised by the Addictions Practitioners’ Association Aotearoa- New Zealand (Dapaanz) and the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC).

Our Connections with Industry
WelTec’s counselling and Addictions programmes are supported by the relevant industry associations and professional agencies throughout New Zealand, including Dapaanz, and NZAC.

WelTec partners with key industry stakeholders, who participate in our advisory committees. We consult with professional bodies, managers, practitioners and advisors on the design and review of all Addictions, counselling and Health qualifications.

Our close connection with industry is also recognised by the many work experience opportunities the sector extends to WelTec’s Addictions, counselling and Health students, which includes practicum, clinical practice and the provision of supervision.

For students studying towards a certificate, diploma or degree
Full-time students should complete each stage in one year and part-time students are expected to complete each stage within two years. Please note that the certificate and diploma in Alcohol and Drug Studies are part time only.

Recognition of prior learning
If you have extensive knowledge and skills in this area, please enquire about our recognition of prior learning process.

Note for new students
If you have had experiences of trauma, addiction, mental illness, abuse or life events causing emotional harm, you may experience some emotional risk during the programme. WelTec has support and counselling services which you can access.

Note for returning students

Returning students are encouraged to re-enrol early for their next Trimester courses as spaces on some courses may be limited.  This will ensure you will secure your first choice of course. Please note that elective courses will only be run if there is sufficient demand. Specialist electives are not offered every year.