Graduate Diploma in Addiction, Alcohol and Drug Studies

Become familiar with the scope of addiction, alcohol and drug services. Learn assessment and intervention strategies for clients with addiction and co-existing mental health disorders. Designed for graduates with related qualifications and work experience.

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What you will learn

  • How to integrate theories of substance use, misuse and addiction into your practice
  • Intervention models for addiction, gambling and coexisting mental health disorders
  • Analyse and evaluate the unique issues presented by different cultural groups
  • Philosophies and practice frameworks of prevention and health promotion
  • Systems theory with particular emphasis upon structural concepts in families and family life cycle theory
Social & Community ServicesSocial
& Community Services

Course descriptors

Introduction to Addiction Studies (face-to-face tuition: 36 hours)
An introductory overview of the field of drug and alcohol studies.

Honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi (face-to-face tuition: 36hours)
Examine the importance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi for professional practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. Explore ways in which culturally-appropriate professional practice is developed within the context of Treaty partnership.

Assessment and Treatment Planning (face-to-face tuition and practice: 48 hours)
Gain the understanding and competence necessary for effective assessment and treatment for clients affected by alcohol and drug related problems.

Co-existing Substance Use and Mental Health Problems (face-to-face tuition: 60 hours)
Develop an understanding of the nature and prevalence of co-existing substance use and mental health problems in New Zealand. Carry out clinical practice according to best practice principles.

Gambling and other Impulse Control Disorders (face-to-face tuition: 18 hours)
Knowledge of gambling and other impulse control disorders (or ‘process’ addictions such as the various forms of internet addiction), and the appropriate interventions.

Group Work Practice (face-to-face tuition: 66 hours)
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

Key Issues in Working with Young People (face-to-face tuition: 72 hours)
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.

Working with Diversity (face-to-face tuition: 60 hours)
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.


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There’s a whole community of people here to support you and help you succeed.
Marie, Learning Advisor

Career options

Opportunities exist in addiction, alcohol, and drug services. District Health Boards, public health, non-government organisations. Social, health and community agencies. Specialised addictions opportunities are also emerging in justice roles and in  services such as opioid treatment.

  • Substance Abuse Counsellor
  • Addiction Worker
  • Case Manager

Further study options

Upcoming start dates

  • 17 July 2017

For open days, enrolment deadlines and other important dates check our calendar.

Entry criteria

Under 20

Bachelor degree in health or social services.

Or equivalent personal, practical, professional or educational experience at the appropriate level.

Applicants may be required to attend an interview.


If you’re 20 years or over, contact us to see if you qualify for special admissions on our programmes.


Bachelor degree in health or social services.

Or equivalent personal, practical, professional or educational experience at the appropriate level.

International students – minimum IELTS (academic) score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5, or equivalent. Applicants may be required to attend an interview.

What it will cost


  • Fee: $6,384

    For part-time fees, contact a Student Advisor. 

  • Student services fee: $220

    Your student fee is included in your course fees. It is not billed separately. Amount shown is based on full year study. More details.

This programme qualifies for student loans and allowances. More details


  • Fee: $17,500

    This fee is in New Zealand dollars.

Ready to enrol?


Applying online is easy and takes only about 10 minutes.

You will need a few details:

  1. An email address you check regularly.

  2. The phone number of someone willing to be your emergency contact.

  3. Your date of residency if you are a permanent resident in NZ.

If you have your NZQA National Student Number and/or a WelTec Student ID it will help us process your application faster.


To enrol as a international student you will need to download and complete our international enrolment form.

Once completed, you may submit the form and accompanying documentation directly to WelTec International, or go through one of our registered recruitment agents.

There’s a whole community of people here to support you and help you succeed.
Marie, Learning Advisor