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


Entry criteria

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


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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