Graduate Diploma in Applied Addiction Studies

Designed for those with prior clinical experience. Learn the latest industry models in the assessment and intervention of addictions. Gain an insight into New Zealand’s cultural context. Put theory into practice with a clinical work placement.

What you will learn

  • Integrate theories of use, misuse and addiction into your practice
  • Develop your understanding of differing intervention models
  • Gain an awareness of the prevalence of co-existing disorders
  • Learn about the relational factors between mental illness and addiction disorders
  • Analyse and evaluate the issues presented by different groups and apply a multicultural approach in your practice
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Programme structure

Online/Learning Components

Allow between 5-9 hours of online engagement per course each week to fully engage in the programme.

Professional Supervision

Students will be required to engage in:

Professional Supervision (at a cost of between $50 - $120 per hour)
15 hours of professional supervision

Students must have organised a practicum placement before they can start the programme. Before an interview can be arranged, we must receive written confirmation from your placement agency that they will be your work placement during your term of study (this can either be via email or a written letter). The minimum hours for workplace practice are 150 hours.

Compulsory Courses

Trimester 1

Co-existing substance use and mental health problems
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.

Group work practice (face-to-face tuition: 66 hours)
Gain a critical understanding of group work theory, group processes, and the skills for working with groups of people in a range of professional contexts.

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

Trimester 2

Working with diversity
Develop a critical understanding and respect for human diversity. Grow awareness of the social processes of inequality and discrimination. Gain skills in anti-discriminatory practice.

Throughout the year

Becoming professional: addiction practicum III (face-to-face tuition: 60 hours)
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.

Electives

Select one of the following courses:

Motivational interviewing (Tri 2 offering) (face-to-face tuition: 70 hours)

Cognitive behavioural approaches (face-to-face tuition and practice: 72 hours)

Please note: elective courses will only be run if there is sufficient demand. Specialist electives are not offered every year. 

Programme outcomes

You will be eligible to apply for provisional Practitioner Registration for Alcohol and Drug Workers in New Zealand.

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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.

  • Addiction Worker
  • Policy Advisor
  • Social Worker

Further study options

Upcoming start dates

  • 6 March 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.

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.

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.

As Neil Gaiman said, 'Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one'.
Robyn
Robyn, Library Manager