Mental Health Education & Resource Centre

Term 1 | Assisting Access to Alcohol & Other Drug Services


Course Type: Introductory | Course Level: Four | Catering: Refreshments provided

Please note: Distance learning participants may be joining this session via Webinar.

This course will provide you with the opportunity to develop skills and increase your knowledge around assisting individuals who present with alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues and how to access support services in Canterbury in order to address these issues. The workshop will focus on recognising problematic AOD use, understanding the impact on the individual and family/whānau, and develop an awareness of AOD treatment services available to support them in the community.

Course Overview
• Introduction to addiction, and how to identify problematic AOD use
• Explore the impact of problematic AOD use on the individual, and their family/whānau
• Examine the impact of stigma and discrimination
• Identify positive strategies to respond to individuals presenting with problematic AOD use in an empathic and supportive way
• Overview of AOD support and treatment services in the Canterbury region, and how to access them

Learning Intentions
Participants will be provided with the opportunity to:
• Develop an understanding of AOD abuse and dependence
• Gain an awareness of the impact of problematic alcohol use on the individual, and the family/whānau
• Develop an understanding of the potential barriers for individuals in accessing AOD treatment, and how to support them in overcoming these
• Gain an awareness of the wide range of treatment options available to support the individual

Let’s Get Real Skills
• Working with Service Users
• Working with Maori
• Working with Families/Whanau
• Working with Communities
• Challenging Stigma and Discrimination
• Professional and Personal Development

Terms and Conditions