Graduate Certificate in Addiction Intervention

Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

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Entry requirements

Applicants must have thesuccessfully completed the Open Polytechnic OP7800 Bachelor of Social Health and Wellbeing qualification, or a degree in a related health discipline that would lead to recognition by one of the following organisations: * Nursing Council of New Zealand * Social Workers Registration Board New Zealand * New Zealand Association of Counsellors * New Zealand Psychologists Board * Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand If English or Māori is the not the applicant's first language, applicants will need an IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5, or equivalent. Applicants are required to complete a Consent to Disclosure of Information and Personal Declaration. The Consent to Disclosure of Information will give permission for the Open Polytechnic to obtain any records of criminal offences from New Zealand Police. The Personal declaration will ask candidates to indicate whether they have any criminal convictions and whether they have a medical or psychological condition that may constrain their suitability for working in the addiction sector. The Open Polytechnic reserves the right to decline entry to the programme, or to suspend continuation on the programme, to any applicant whose police record, health difficulties or conduct are such that they be considered unsuitable for professional practice. This requirement applies to each subsequent year of enrolment.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The aim of the Graduate Certificate in Addiction Intervention is to allow students to develop and/or broaden their expertise in addiction interventions, underpinned by knowledge of counselling theories and practice. The programme acknowledges the whakapapa, tino rangatiratanga and mana tangata of each student and will support students to become competent, ethical and reflective practitioners with a sound theoretical and skill base and sound understanding of social justice principles and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

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Contact details

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