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Diploma in Mental Health and Addiction (Applied Practice) (Level 6)

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This course provides you with the skills, approach and outlook to better understand the needs and emotions of those who need mental health and addiction support. With 300 hours of Clinical placement as a part of the course, we enable you to meet their needs to the highest standard.

The Diploma in Mental Health and Addiction (Applied Practice) (Level 6) constitutes an NZQA approved 120 credit Level 6 qualification. This qualification consists of seven papers in all. You need to pass in all papers to complete the qualification. The 44-week study of in Mental Health and Addiction (Applied Practice) (Level 6) equip the learner with values and attitudes that support the consumer voice and the role of family and whanau. Graduates of this programme, will be able to undertake assessment, provide effective communication and introduce required interventions for people with addiction and mental health issues in New Zealand.

Core Papers Include

  • DMHA 601 Foundations of practice in Mental Health and Addictions - Credit 10
  • DMHA 602 Assessment of addiction issues and co-existing problems - Credit 25
  • DMHA 603 Interventions in addictions and co-existing problems - Credit 25
  • DMHA 604 Recovery support in addiction and co-existing problems - Credit 25
  • DMHA 605 Integrated theory and practice in the workplace - Credit 15
  • DMHA 606 Ethnic and cultural diversity - Credit 10
  • DMHA 607 Communication skills in Addiction and Mental Health - Credit 10

Clinical Placement

This course includes 300 hours of Clinical Placement.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of this qualification will be able to work in a range of settings such as:

  • Justice/corrections, social services, residential and community. Roles may include - addiction support workers; mental health support workers, caseworkers; alcohol and other drugs, or problem gambling counsellors; care coordinators/navigators; programme facilitators; and night supervisors and healthcare workers.
  • Employment Locations would be including Community Support Centres, Rest homes, and Aged care facilities, Public Health Organisations, Hospitals, Iwi Support centres, Disability Support Centre, etc.

Education Pathways

Graduates may progress into higher level qualifications within addiction studies, mental health, disability and social service sector.

Entry criteria

  • Have completed New Zealand Diploma in Health and Wellbeing (Applied Practice) - Level 5; OR Have a Diploma in Healthcare Studies - Level 5; OR Other equivalent education; OR
  • At least one year's practical work or voluntary experience in Addiction Support or related fields, including but not limited to, counselling, social work or nursing; and
  • When English is an applicant’s second language, they must have achieved IELTS level 6 (average) with no band lower than 5.5 (or equivalent).

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