Diploma in Alcohol and Drug Studies

Advance your understanding of causes and treatment of addictive behaviours. Develop your ability to critically analyse addiction theories. Learn about the assessment, intervention, management and treatment of addiction disorders.

What you will learn

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the symptoms and descriptors on a range of clinical diagnoses
  • Develop your ability to facilitate a motivational interviewing session
  • Participate in work experience
  • Work effectively with clients and develop your referral skills
  • Psychological theories of substance use, misuse and addiction
  • Learn, explore and put into practice a range of therapeutic alcohol and drug interventions
  • Carry out a cognitive behavioural therapy session
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Programme structure

Please note that although this programme is mainly part-time, the first trimester of study will be full-time. 

Year 1

Trimester 1

Honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Face-to-face tuition: 36 hours)
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. This course includes a compulsory marae visit which will be held off campus.

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

Information literacy (Online components)
Learn 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. Understand 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.

Client-centered practice skills (Face-to-face tuition and practice: 80 hours)
An introduction to the principles and skills of client-centered practice based on the work of Carl Rogers whose concepts and theories of person-centered practice underpin many counselling approaches. An opportunity to practice skills in a supervised learning environment, and competence will be measured at a beginning practitioner level.

Trimester 2

Society, social problems and social justice (Face-to-face tuition: 22 hours)
Learn the process of thinking sociologically about contemporary and historical social problems and issues. Explore the social construction of social problems and responses to them Discuss social justice in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand society.

Psychology for professional practice (Face-to-face tuition: 16 hours)
Gain an introductory level of knowledge in psychology relevant to working as an addiction or counselling practitioner.

Entering professional practice: addiction practicum I (Face-to-face tuition and practice: 65 hours)
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.

Year 2

Trimester 1

Assessment and intervention planning (Face-to-face tuition: 48 hours)
Gain the understanding and competence necessary for effective assessment and intervention with clients affected by alcohol and drug related problems.

Motivational interviewing (Face-to-face tuition and practice: 70 hours)
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.

Trimester 2

Cognitive behavioural approaches (Face-to-face tuition and practice: 72 hours)
An introduction to cognitive-affective behavioural approaches to counselling, and interventions for alcohol and drug problems and other addictive behaviours.

Throughout the year

Developing professional practice: Addiction Practicum II (Face-to-face tuition: 66 hours)
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.

Professional supervision

Students are required to engage in 15 hours of professional supervision at a cost of between $50-$120 per hour. These costs are not included in the course fee or course related costs.

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Career options

Roles can include case management, alcohol and drug worker, support worker, health promotion worker. Roles can be found within government agencies like CareNZ, Community Alcohol and Drug Services (CADS), Matua Raki, Salvation Army, WellTrust and Mental Health Services.

  • Addiction Worker
  • Substance Abuse Counsellor

Upcoming start dates

  • 6 March 2017

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

Entry criteria

Under 20

NCEA Level 3, including:

  • Three subjects from the NZQA Approved Subjects list at Level 3, made up of 14 credits each
  • Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing
  • Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above

You will also need to provide the following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two personal referees
  • Personal statement and health declaration
  • Police check
  • Attend an interview – to assess whether you have appropriate life experience and your likelihood of success on the programme

20+

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

You will also need to provide the following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two personal referees
  • Personal statement and health declaration
  • Police check Attend an interview – to assess whether you have appropriate life experience and your likelihood of success on the programme

What it will cost

Local

This programme qualifies for student loans and allowances. More details

International

This programme is not available to international students.

Where will my course be?

The Wellington CBD campus is at 11-17 Church Street, Wellington.

Read more about our Wellington CBD campus.

The Auckland campus is at 450 Queen Street, Auckland.

Read more about our Auckland campus.

Ready to enrol?

Local

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.

International

Contact our international team to check the suitability of this course for international students.

Documents and other details


Offered by:
School of Health and Social Services
Offered by:
Te Hau Tapu me te Puna Oranga
Formal programme title:
Diploma in Alcohol and Drug Studies (Level 6)
Programme code:
HV4213
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