Graduate Certificate in Addiction Intervention


The Graduate Certificate in Addiction Intervention responds to a need in the social services sector for addiction practitioners to possess both the knowledge and skillset needed for entry into the workforce. Courses focus on key social issues, such as promotion of wellbeing, addiction and co-existing disorders, embedding a bicultural approach.

Dapaanz Pathway

Only learners who have successfully completed all courses in both the Open Polytechnic OP7800 Bachelor of Social Health and Wellbeing (Mental Health and Addictions) and OP7803 Graduate Certificate in Addiction Intervention will be considered eligible for provisional dapaanz registration.

Applicants joining with degrees from other health related disciplines will not be able to use the Graduate Certificate in Addiction Intervention as a pathway to provisional registration with dapaanz. Learners in this situation are advised to seek advice from dapaanz.


What you will learn

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Integrate into practice a sound understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and competently engage with diversity in ways that enhance wellbeing and social justice.
  • Apply ethical, reflective and critical practice and actively engage in clinical supervision and personal and professional development.
  • Critically analyse and conduct and apply comprehensive assessments and deliver evidence informed, empowering therapeutic individual and whānau-centred interventions across the harm reduction continuum.

Career Opportunities

The Graduate Certificate in Addiction Intervention will provide learners with a range of specialist skills and practices in the addiction intervention field. If currently employed in the sector, learners will gain valuable opportunities to incorporate work-related learning that may build on an existing role or equip for new responsibilities.


Practical or work-based components

In BHW709 Practicum 3 learners must be supervised in a 120-hour practicum, and will be working with whaiora/clients of approved addiction services.

75 hours of this will be client-facing, the remainder can be other placement-related tasks. BHW709 will develop learners’ professional practice skills with individuals, families and whānau, their concept of professional identity and ability to work within the professional codes, legal requirements, professional values and ethics of practice.

It will build on learners’ understanding of reflective practice, Te Tiriti obligations, cultural responsiveness and the use of professional supervision.

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