Mental Health Education and Resource Centre

Assisting Access to Alcohol and Other Drug Services - Webinar


It is a live feed of the course being delivered here at MHERC on the day, with in-room participants and facilitator. Registering here will allow you to be a part of the learning experience, viewing the facilitator and powerpoint presentation via your own device, in the comfort and location of your choice.


Course Type: Introductory | Course Level: Four 

Please Note: This webinar is only offered to participants outside the greater Christchurch area

Please note: Your online experience will differ from face to face education sessions.

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



You will need:

• Headset and Microphone 
• Built-in laptop camera or attachable webcam device (for laptop or PC)
• Stable broadband connection 

To test you can connect to our webinar software click here (Please follow the onscreen prompts to download Webex)

Minimum System Requirements:
As a guide, if you are able to Skype or watch online videos (eg: YouTube) from your device, your system requirements should be capable. 

Operating System:
Windows 7 and above
Mac OS X 10.6 and above

Internet Explorer 7 and above
Firefox - latest version
Chrome - latest version
Safari - 5 and above