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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 addiction. You will learn the latest industry models in assessment and intervention of addictions, and will put theory into practice with a clinical work placement within industry. Gain an insight into New Zealand’s cultural context, you will gain Practitioner Competencies for Alcohol and Drug Workers in New Zealand.
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.
Your tutors will guide you through the use of Moodle and ensure you are supported during your studies.
You will need to have access to a personal computer with broadband internet along with basic computer skills.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
Annual Police Check
You will be required to undergo an annual police check, including at the time of entry into this programme. In the event of an adverse police report, entry into the programme will be at the discretion of the Head of School.
Enrolment and Selection Process
Entry and selection requirements
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. IELTS (Academic) 6 with no band score lower than 5.5, or equivalent.
This qualification is not open to graduates of WelTec’s Bachelor of Addiction Studies.
Applicants are required to submit the following with their enrolement:
Enrolling in courses with an online component will require you to fully engage in the online learning activities. It is expected that you will attend face-to-face teaching days and also continue to participate fully in the weekly online teaching and learning activities. You should allow between 5 – 9 hours of online study time per course each week.
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.
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.
AS7328 Becoming Professional: Addiction Practicum III (Compulsory)
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)
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)
To provide the understanding and competence necessary for effective assessment and intervention with clients affected by alcohol and drug related problems.
AS7330 Working with Diversity (Compulsory)
To enable students to 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.
AS6233 The Pharmacology of Psychoactive Substances (Compulsory) (Online)
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:
Please note that elective courses will only be run if there is sufficient demand.
(Specialist electives are not offered every year)
AS6232 Motivational Interviewing (Elective)
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.
AS7326 Research project (Elective) (Online)
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) (Online)
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) (Online)
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.
AS7327 Key Issues in Working with Young People (Elective) (Online)
To enable students to: critically evaluate key issues in working with young people; integrate the principles of positive youth development into their practice; and recognise key legal and ethical issues associated with working with young people.