This programme is delivered using blended learning methods which combines face to face, online delivery, and work-integrated learning. In the first week you will attend an orientation week for four days (Monday-Thursday). From week two, you will attend an on-campus day once a fortnight, with the remaining hours completed in the workplace.
Teaching and learning
This programme offers the following four courses:
Whānaungatanga Building Relationships (30 credits)
This course develops skills and knowledge to enable students to build effective professional relationships with people, families and whānau, and community networks in a health or social service setting. Students demonstrate an understanding of socio-cultural and historical factors that impact on health and/or social outcomes. Students reflect on their use of appropriate communication strategies that are respectful of diversity and that demonstrate working in partnership with others.
Safety and Practice in Mental Health and Addiction Support (30 credits)
This course develops skills and knowledge that enables students to protect and promote the health and wellbeing of people, whānau and families engaged in a mental health and addiction setting. Students demonstrate an understanding of advocacy relevant to working with people, whānau and/or family accessing mental health addiction services. Students reflect on ethical and legal implications related to their role.
Leadership and Cultural Responsiveness (30 credits)
This course develops skills and knowledge to enable students to provide culturally responsive care and advocate appropriately. Students demonstrate an understanding of their role in quality improvement and its impact on improving health and wellbeing. Students reflect on their own personal leadership and their ability to influence effective teamwork to work alongside and promote self-management and health literacy people, families and whānau.
Understanding Mental Health and Addiction (30 credits)
This course develops the skills and knowledge to enable students to demonstrate the ability to work effectively as a mental health and addiction support worker. Students will demonstrate an understanding of human development and health conditions relevant to mental health and addiction practice. Students will reflect on the tools and strategies used to foster hope, support recovery and build resilience.
NCEA Level 1 or equivalent; evidence of suitability based on referees and safety check, to meet relevant legislation. A Health Screening may be required for specific placement settings.
Proven equivalence for Domestic Entry Requirements plus IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with no band score lower than 5.5.
*For fee exclusions, please see our terms and conditions.
How to apply
Before you start your application, you will need to have the following documentation available to upload when requested:
Give the referee report to a person who is willing to be your referee. Ask them to complete the form and either return to yourself (so you can upload with your application), or scan and email to email@example.com within 10 days.
Alternatively, completed applications can be printed off and either:
Enrolments, Whitireia New Zealand
Enrolments, Whitireia New Zealand
3 Wi Neera Drive, Porirua
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