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The Bachelor of Addiction Studies offers current best practice research and courses in areas such as Criminal Justice and Abuse. The programme aims to provide graduates with evidence based practice skills that will enable them to work in partnership with a wide range of other professionals and in a variety of social settings. As beginning addiction practitioners students will be required to develop their professional practice, understand and work within their limitations and continue to build on their professional competence throughout their working lives.
The Degree programme aims to provide graduates with the practitioner competencies and values of the Addiction Practitioners’ Association, Aotearoa-New Zealand (DAPAANZ).
To enter into addiction and counselling programmes (excluding graduate diplomas) you will need a minimum of 42 credits from NCEA Level 3 or higher, including a minimum of 14 credits at level 3 or higher in each of two subjects, with an further 14 credits at level 3 or higher taken from one or two additional subjects; and a minimum of 14 numeracy credits at level 1 or higher; and a minimum of 8 literacy credits at level 2 or higher (4 credits in reading and 4 credits in writing).
If English is your second language a minimum score of IELTS (Academic) score of 6 with no band score less than 5.5 is required.
If you are 20 years of age or older at the time you start your studies, you may apply to WelTec under special admission criteria.
* All commencing first year students will need to enrol into either Wellington or Auckland (NB classes for Wellington may be at WelTec’s church st or Petone campus)
Note for returning students
Returning students are encouraged to complete the re-enrolment process early for their next trimester courses as there may be limited availability. This will help secure your place.
Your programme of study will comprise of a mix of learning experience and these may include: lectures, tutorials, online study, self-directed study, simulation, work placement , supervision, reflective practice, presentations, peer and self-assessment. There are several courses that have high components of online learning than others. Students require access to a personal computer with broadband internet.
All students will be required to have supervision as part of their practicum courses. Students must have supervision with an approved supervisor who is registered with an approved professional body. Students will require a total of 30 hours professional supervision within the degree programmes. The cost of supervision is to be met by the student and is additional to course fees. (Estimated cost of $50-120 per hour)
The following criteria apply to all students applying to study with the School of Health and Social Services.
Supplementary Application Form
All students will need to complete a supplementary application form.
Applicants will also be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process which includes the following.
All students are required to undergo an annual police check, including at the time of their entry into the programme.
Applicants will be required to attend an interview as part of the selection criteria. The interview will provide the opportunity for you to demonstrate appropriate life experience and your likelihood of success on the programme.
Further Study Options
After you complete the Bachelor of Addition Studies (Level 7), you can then choose to progress onto postgraduate studies in addictions and related health studies. WelTec‘s articulation agreement with the University of Auckland enables WelTec graduates to staircase into a Master of Health Science with the University of Auckland.
Employment opportunities exist in a variety of addiction, alcohol and drug services with District Health Boards, Public Health, non-government organisations and social, health and community agencies. Specialised addictions opportunities are also emerging within the Justice Department and in specific services such as opioid treatment services.
This programme comprises of 120 compulsory credits at Year 1, 120 compulsory credits at Year 2 and 75 compulsory credits and 45 elective credits at Year 3.
AS6234 Developing Professional Practice: Addiction Practicum II must be successfully completed before enrolment in AS7328 Becoming Professional: Addiction Practicum III.
No more than two enrolments for the same practice based, or practicum course will be permitted.
If a student fails 3 courses in one level, they will normally not be allowed to proceed in their programme of study and will be required to withdraw.
In exceptional circumstances only, the Head of School may waive the requirement(s) above, and set the conditions to be met by the student in order for the student to continue in the programme.
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AS5120 Human Development Across the Lifespan (Compulsory)(online)
To discuss the stages and theories of human development with an emphasis on the New Zealand context. To explore how human behaviour is influenced by genetic predisposition and the environment throughout the lifespan. To explore the multiple factors which can influence both positive and negative outcomes at all stages of human development.
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. This course includes a compulsary Marae visit which will be held off campus. Students are responsible for organising their own transport to and from the Marae.
AS5123 Psychology for Professional Practice (Compulsory) (online component)
To provide an introductory level of knowledge in psychology relevant to working as an addiction or counselling practitioner.
BC5116 Information Literacy (Compulsory) (online component)
To introduce the knowledge and skills required to recognise when information is needed and to have the capability to access, evaluate, manage and apply information to practice-related problems. It will also promote understanding of the legal, ethical and cultural issues associated with information use.
The learning outcomes and assessment criteria included in this course are based on the Australian and New Zealand Information Literacy Framework which is in turn derived from the US Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.
AS5122 Society, Social Problems and Social Justice (Compulsory) (online component)
To introduce the process of thinking sociologically about contemporary and historical social problems and issues, explore the social construction of social problems and responses to them, and discuss social justice in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand society.
AS5124 Introduction to Addiction Studies (Compulsory)
To provide an introductory overview of the field of drug and alcohol studies.
AS5125 Entering Professional Practice: Addiction Practicum I (Compulsory)
Credit: 15 Co-requisite: BC5117
An introduction to professional practice and the capabilities of professional knowledge; skilled intervention; cultural safety and diversity; legal and ethical practice; organisation and management; and professional development.
BC5117 Client Centred Practice Skills (Compulsory)
Credit: 15 Co-requisite: AS5125
An introduction to the principles and skills of client-centred practice based on the work of Carl Rogers whose concepts and theories of person-centred practice underpin many counselling approaches. An opportunity to practise skills in a supervised learning environment, and competence will be measured at a beginning practitioner level.
Throughout the year
AS6234 Developing Professional Practice: Addiction Practicum II (Compulsory)
Credit: 30 Pre-requisite: AS5125
To develop professional practice and the capabilities of professional knowledge; skilled intervention; cultural safety and diversity; legal and ethical practice; organisation and management; and professional development.
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.
BC6232 The Mental Health Context (Compulsory)
To provide knowledge of the complexities of mental health issues that impact on professional practice with a focus on contemporary practice. The course includes knowledge of Maori models of mental health definition diagnosis and treatment, and those that are practised within Pasifika communities.
AS6232 Motivational Interviewing (Compulsory)
Credit: 15 Pre-requisite: BC5117
To develop an understanding of the foundation theory and principles of motivational interviewing; acquire skills in the use of broader strategies and complex techniques in the practice of motivational interviewing; appreciate the cultural context for motivational interviewing and ensure the cultural safety of clients.
AS6230 Understanding Research Methods (Compulsory) (online)
Credit: 15 Pre-requisite: BC5116
To explore approaches to the design of research in the human services.
AS6233 The Pharmacology of Psychoactive Substances (Compulsory)
To provide knowledge and clinical skills in the pharmacology of psychoactive substances; the role of pharmacotherapy; and the key characteristics of opioid dependence and opioid substitution treatment.
AS6235 Cognitive Behavioural Approaches (Compulsory)
Credit: 15 Pre-requisite: BC5117
An introduction to cognitive-affective behavioural approaches to counselling, and interventions for alcohol and drug problems and other addictive behaviours.
Throughout the year
AS7328 Becoming Professional: Addiction Practicum III (Compulsory)
Credit: 30 Pre-requisite: AS6234
To consolidate professional practice and the capabilities of professional knowledge; skilled intervention; cultural safety and diversity; legal and ethical practice; organisation and management; and professional development.
AS7325 Understanding Evidence-based Practice (Compulsory)
Credit: 15 Pre-requisite: AS6230
To critically evaluate the strengths and limitations of evidence-based practice in the human services; develop skills in the critical appraisal of the claims of research; and critically evaluate approaches to the implementation of evidence-based practice in the workplace.
AS7329 Coexisting Substance Use and Mental Health Problems (Compulsory)
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.
Select one of the following courses:
AS7326 Research Project (Elective) (online component)
Credit: 15 Pre-requisite: AS7325
Undertake a research project in the form of a literature review, or a small-scale empirical study.
AS7331 Gambling and Other Impulse Control Disorders Substances (Elective) (online component)
Knowledge of gambling and other impulse control disorders (or ‘process’ addictions such as the various forms of internet addiction), and the appropriate interventions.
Select one of the following courses:
BC7331 The Dynamics of Abuse (Elective) (online component)
Knowledge of physical, sexual, and psychological forms of abuse, and an introduction to abuse therapy, at a level congruent with professional practice as beginning Counsellors and Alcohol and Drug practitioners. The course will help students understand the complexities of working with the perpetrators and survivors of abuse, and to consider the links between forms of abuse, and addiction, and mental and physical health.
AS7330 Working with Diversity (Elective)
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.
AS7333 Positive Health Promotion – Whakapakari Hauora (Offered from 2014) (Elective)
Knowledge of international, national and health promotion definitions and policies and the application of positive health strategies for counselling and addiction services and practice.
AS7332 Working with Clients in the Justice System (Elective) (online component)
Explore the relationships between substance use, addiction and offending behaviour; and with the knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively with clients involved in the justice system.