Bachelor of Counselling and Addiction Practice

Promote wellbeing and harm reduction to individuals, whānau and communities. Gain the skills and knowledge the industry is looking for and become a culturally-competent counselling and addiction practitioner. Learn in a supportive environment. Practise scenarios in the classroom. Complete work placements to gain experience.

 What you will learn

  • Complete work placements to gain on-the-job experience
  • Learn skills that will enable you to work with clients with co-existing conditions in diverse sociocultural circumstances
  • Focus on key societal issues – addiction, mental health, well being, inter-generational trauma and recovery
  • Put sound understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi into practice
  • Understand professional, legal and ethical obligations and competencies necessary for professional memberships
  • This programme is aligned with New Zealand government objectives for addictions, mental health and youth fields


Career options

  • Counsellor or addictions practitioner
  • Health promotion worker
  • Support worker
  • Guidance counsellor
  • Community worker
  • Case manager
  • Policy analyst/advisor


How to apply

You will need additional forms and documents for your application, please read the steps and download the required forms through the link below.

How to apply


Entry criteria

University Entrance or equivalent study/work experience; and evidence of suitability based on an interview, health declaration, safety check and referee reports.


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Students will need

  • Access to a personal computer with internet access.
  • Some work placements will require students to complete health screening prior to attending. The costs of screening and any follow-up x-rays or immunisations are the responsibility of the student.
  • When enrolled in CA6205 Developing Professional Practice and CA7300 Enhancing Professional Practice, students need to successfully complete 12 hours of clinical supervision, 5 hours of cultural supervision and 10 hours of personal counselling. The costs (if applicable) of these are the responsibility of the student.


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