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Turn experience into expertise with a well-recognised qualification in addictions. Designed for those with prior clinical experience, this one year programme of study will provide you with a specialist understanding of complex addiction disorders. You will learn the latest industry models in the assessment and treatment of addictions, and will put theory into practice with clinical work placements within industry. Gain an insight into New Zealand’s cultural context, you will gain Practitioner Competencies for Alcohol and Drug Workers in New Zealand.
To enter into this programme you will need to have 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.
This qualification is not open to graduates of WelTec’s Bachelor of Addiction Studies.
Applicants will also be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process which includes the following.
All applicants will have to undergo an annual police check, including at the time of entry into this programme.
Employment opportunities exist in a variety of 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 105 compulsory credits and 15 elective credits.
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.
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.
BC7331 The Dynamics of Abuse (Compulsory)
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.
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.
Select one of the following courses:
AS7326 Research project (Elective)
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 (Elective)
Knowledge of gambling and other impulse control disorders (or ‘process’ addictions such as the various forms of internet addiction), and the appropriate interventions.
AS7332 Working With Clients in the Justice System (Elective)
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.