Course

Background to Mental Health and Addiction


Course code MH002

  Course is not currently open for enrolment

The purpose of this course is to provide mental health and addiction support workers with background information on the primary, secondary and tertiary mental health and addiction services in New Zealand.  It enables people enrolled in the course to understand the boundaries and legal requirements of their role as a mental health and addiction support worker.      

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.

What you need to know about this course

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • Describe the mental health and addiction sector in New Zealand
  • Describe interventions and models used by mental health and addiction support workers when working with service users
  • Describe theirrole as a mental health and addiction support worker
  • Describe the statutes and regulations that underpin the practice of support workers in mental health and addiction services
  • Explain a statute that is specific to their area of practice as a support worker
  • Describe the purpose of forensic mental health services for forensic mental health patients
  • Describe the support required for forensic mental health patients who are accessing forensic mental health services
  • Carry out delegated tasks within your role with two service users
  • Contribute to a team as a mental health and addiction support worker

Requirements

Students must be in paid or unpaid work as a mental health or addiction support worker and have a signed memorandum of understanding signed by their employer.

Assessment

This course is 100% internally assessed