Weltec graduates address drug and alcohol addiction
New Zealand’s need for addictions specialists is clear. A 2009 study by Alcohol Action NZ suggests over 1000 kiwis die each year from alcohol related deaths and the Alcohol Advisory Coun- cil (ALAC) reports that ment specialists, clinialcohol addiction alone cians and counsellors costs the public health increasingly perform system over $655 mila crucial role within lion each year. our health professional A scarcely known proworkforce. fession in years gone by, More opportunities alcohol and drug treatnow exist for people wanting to enter this field, including New Zealand’s only Bachelor of Alcohol and Drug Studies available at Welling- ton’s WelTec.
A leading provider, WelTec delivers a range of certificate, diploma and graduate diploma programmes throughout New Zealand for those looking to enter or upskill in this field.
WelTec students recently highlighted the benefit of an increasing supply of qualified ad- dictions specialists at a WelTec Student Symposium on Addictions.
The symposium showcased student research, including innovative approaches to addiction recovery, to an audience of industry experts, agencies and community groups.
David Brown, soon to graduate with a Bachelor of Alcohol and Drug Studies, presented a unique method of addiction recovery at the symposium. His research focuses on creative writing as a tool to help clients gain greater selfawareness and to better understand the motivations and triggers that lead to relapse.
David was also invited to present his unique approach at the national addictions conference, Cutting Edge held in September.
David speaks positively about his training in addictions at WelTec.
“This course of study was the best thing I could have done. I have learnt a lot about my- self and my interactions with others.”
“It is crucial to have a workforce of dedicated and committed practitioners who understand what they are dealing with in the field of addiction and who have the knowledge, experience and resources to benefit their clients.”
Executive dean at WelTec, Julia Hennessy, agrees that specialist training in addictions is important for all allied health professionals.
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