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Training Programmes at the
National Addiction Centre

Overview
Information for New Applicants
Contact Details
Postgraduate Qualification Pathway
Papers
PSME 404 "Assessment of Addiction and Coexisting Disorders"
PSME 416 "Applied Theory of Addiction and Coexisting Disorders"
PSME 422 "Treatment of Addiction and Coexisting Disorders"
PSME 424 "Pharmacotherapy of Addiction and Coexisting Disorders"
Teaching Calendar 2015-2016
How to Apply for Admission in 2016
Scholarships
University of Otago Scholarships and Awards
Te Rau Matatini Addiction and Methamphetamine Workforce Scholarships

 

Overview

The National Addiction Centre provides practically orientated addiction and coexisting disorders education at a postgraduate level. This education has been developed for clinicians working with people who have addiction and coexisting disorders in a variety of settings which includes alcohol and drug services, mental health services, the primary health care sector and justice services.

An important feature of NAC taught postgraduate courses is they are all offered on a national basis, with typically more than half of enrolled students coming from outside the Christchurch area. Distance learning is achieved utilising a variety of methods including block courses, teleconference classes, local supervision, online teaching resources and internet discussion groups.

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Information for New Applicants

  1. Applications for admission will be considered by the Board of Graduate Studies in Health Sciences to assess eligibility to enter the programme.

  2. Applicants will:
(i) have been admitted to a degree or have a professional qualification approved by the Board of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Otago,
(ii) have at least 2 years appropriate professional experience and

(iii) present evidence of ability for advanced level academic study.

To be admitted to PSME 404, PSME 422 or PSME 424 students need to be working therapeutically in a clinical setting in which people with addiction and coexisting disorders are assisted either as a primary focus or as part of treatment for other conditions. For PSME 416 the requirement for appropriate professional experience in (ii) above may be waived.

For entry requirements to Masters and PhD level study please visit the University of Otago, Christchurch website.

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Contact Details


For further information on the papers and programmes of study offered by the National Addiction Centre, please contact:

Judith Stone
Postgraduate Administrator
Dept of Psychological Medicine
University of Otago, Christchurch

Phone: 03 372-0404

Email: judith.stone@otago.ac.nz

Postgraduate Qualification Pathway

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (Addiction and Coexisting Disorders) is the first step in the qualification pathway offered by the NAC. PSME 404 - Assessment of Addiction & Coexisting Disorders has traditionally been the core paper coupled with one of PSME 416, 422 or 424. While this continues to be the case, we strongly recommend that students take PSME 422 - Treatment of Addiction & Coexisting Disorders as their second paper. PSME 404 and PSME 422 are companion papers which together provide the key clinical knowledge and skills in the assessment and treatment of people with addiction and coexisting disorders. NB: Funding for up to ten trainee places is provided for PSME 404 and PSME 422 by Skills Matter, a workforce development programme within Te Pou - The National Centre of Mental Health Research, Information and Workforce Development.

PSME 416 is more knowledge and theory orientated, although remaining clinically focused. This knowledge will aid clinical practice, especially case formulation, and may also provide a first step towards preparing for a Masters degree research topic.

PSME 424 concentrates on the use of medications in people who have addiction problems and associated difficulties, particularly coexisting mental health disorders.

The Certificate may be credited towards a Postgraduate Diploma or Master of Health Sciences, but admission to the advanced programmes will depend on performance in the Certificate (i.e. normally obtaining a B grade average over the Certificate).

Successful completion of PSME 404, two other PSME addiction and coexisting disorders papers and an approved fourth paper constitutes a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Addiction & Coexisting Disorders).

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Course of Study Offered at the NAC
Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences
(Addiction & Coexisting Disorders)
PSME 404 plus one of 416, 422 or 424
Apply now for 2016
Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences
(Addiction & Coexisting Disorders)
PSME 404; two of 416, 422 or 424 plus one other approved paper
Apply now for 2016

Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc)
Postgraduate Diploma plus two further papers and a dissertation or Postgraduate Diploma plus a thesis
NB: An approved research methods paper is required in the overall mix of papers for both dissertation and thesis options

Information on the Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc) endorsed in Nursing (Clinical) Addiction Pathway is available on the University of Otago, Christchurch wesbite.

PhD

For further information on research degrees click the following links:

Master of Health Sciences (MHealSci)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

You may wish to view summaries of completed research degrees undertaken in association with the National Addiction Centre.

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PSME 404 "Assessment of Addiction & Coexisting Disorders" - 30 points - semester one

PSME 404 is a clinically focused paper that emphasises the development of clinical skills related to comprehensive assessment and management planning of people with alcohol and drug problems and coexisting mental health and substance use disorders. It is designed to be a companion paper to PSME 422 "Treatment of Addiction and Coexisting Disorders". PSME 404 is coordinated by Dr Fraser Todd, psychiatrist.

WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF THIS PAPER?

On successful completion of this paper students will:

  1. Understand the range of approaches to screening and assessment of people with alcohol and drug problems.
  2. Be able to complete a comprehensive assessment of patients with moderate-severe alcohol and drug dependence.
  3. Be able to formulate an appropriate management plan based on the findings of the comprehensive assessment.
  4. Be able to communicate the findings of the assessment and management plan concisely and effectively.
  5. Be able to communicate the findings of the assessment and management plan concisely and effectively via a written report.
  6. Be able to conduct a feedback session to patients and significant others.

HOW WILL THE PAPER BE RUN IN 2016?

PSME 404 will be run in the first semester as a combination of two compulsory three-day block courses, a series of audio-conferences before and after the first block course and online self-directed learning modules.

The paper is essentially divided into two parts:

Part A focuses on core topics relevant to the development of skills in comprehensive assessment and management planning for patients with significant alcohol and other drug problems and coexisting mental health disorders.

Part B consists of three special topics of study:

  1. Medical complications of alcohol and drug misuse
  2. Coexisting substance use and mental health disorders
  3. Cultural issues

The two three-day block courses will be held in Christchurch (dates to be confirmed).


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PSME 416 "Applied Theory of Addiction & Coexisting Disorders" - 30 points - semester two



PSME 416 is a course of postgraduate study.

Although the use of alcohol and other drugs is a feature of the paper, the content is broader and encompasses a range of addictive behaviours and coexisting disorders. The biological, psychological and socio-cultural aspects of addiction and addictive behaviours will be covered, along with implications for current interventions and future developments in treatment.

WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF THIS PAPER?

On successful completion of this paper students will:

  1. Have a broad overview of addiction and addictive behaviours including historical and phenomenological perspectives.
  2. Have an understanding of the overlap between addiction and other coexisting psychiatric disorders, including prevalence, etiological dynamics, and management implications.
  3. Have a sound grasp of current biological, psychological and social theories of addiction and addictive behaviours.
  4. Understand the clinical implications of the knowledge base developed on the course for interventions with people suffering from addictive phenomena, including those with coexisting disorders.
  5. Have completed a comprehensive review or research proposal of a chosen topic in this area.

HOW WILL THE PAPER BE RUN IN 2016?

* Not offered in 2016

The course consists of the following main topics: Range of behaviours that constitute addictive behaviours; key elements of addiction; history of these concepts; biological, psychological and social basis of addiction; social influences; synthesis of biological, psychological and social aetiology; implications for intervention; special treatment topics.

To date the paper has been taught as a combination of a block course, audio-conferences and case-based online discussions. The compulsory three-day block course is in Christchurch and is preceded by two audio-conferences and followed by weekly audio-conferences for the remainder of the semester. In the past, these have been at 4pm on Wednesdays. Email discussion of four cases will be used throughout the course to facilitate appliacation of course content. Please note the format for delivery of this course is currently under review. It will continue to be a distance taught paper.

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PSME 422 "Treatment of Addiction & Coexisting Disorders" - 30 points - semester two



PSME 422 is a postgraduate paper offered nationally as a companion to PSME 404. Whereas PSME 404 is concerned with comprehensive assessment and treatment planning, PSME 422 is principally concerned with the phases of the clinical process following assessment.

WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF THIS PAPER?

The overall aim of the paper is to enhance practice through developing advanced knowledge and therapeutic skills. On successful completion students will be able to co-ordinate clinical case-management plans integrating psycho-social and bio-medical interventions for a range of clients and their significant others and whanau.

By the end of the course the student should be able to demonstrate:

  • Application of clinical case-management, principles and strategies
  • Ability to engage and work with significant others and whanau
  • Ability to integrate medical and pharmacological interventions
  • Effective provision of psycho-social interventions
  • Critical reflection on practice
HOW WILL THE PAPER BE RUN IN 2016?

PSME 422 will involve 60 hours of teaching over the second semester of the academic year. It consists of a combination of two compulsory three-day Christchurch based block courses (dates to be confirmed), an email discussion group and course work supervision.

PSME 422 is a postgraduate paper and it is assumed that students will be competent in conducting and writing up a comprehensive assessment and treatment plan and have an overview of diagnostic systems and models of addiction. They will also have good interviewing and engagement skills and be familiar with motivational interviewing and a broad range of treatment modalities.

The paper is coordinated by Dr Daryle Deering, a senior nurse. Daryle has extensive knowledge and experience in the alcohol and drug treatment area as a clinician, manager, teacher and researcher.

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PSME 424 "Pharmacotherapy of Addiction & Coexisting Disorders" - 30 points - semester one

Not offered in 2016

"Pharmacotherapy of Addiction and Coexisting Disorders" is a postgraduate paper that was run for the first time in 2001.

Special topic areas for the use of pharmacotherapy are covered as follows:

  • Detoxification/withdrawal from all common drugs of dependence.
  • Post-detoxification relapse prevention for alcohol and other drug dependence.
  • Common coexisting psychiatric disorders complicating alcohol and drug dependence.
  • Substitution treatment for drug dependence other than opioid dependence.
  • Opioid dependence complicated by other drug use.
  • Opioid dependence complicated by common psychiatric disorders.
  • Opioid dependence complicated by common medical disorders.
WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF THIS PAPER?

On successful completion of this course students will be able:

  1. To demonstrate thorough knowledge and understanding, as well as effective clinical skills in the use of pharmacotherapy when intervening with people who have addictive disorders.
  2. To demonstrate core knowledge and understanding of the phenomenology and aetiology of addictive disorders.
  3. To demonstrate core knowledge and understanding of psychopharmacology as it relates to people with addictive disorders.
  4. To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of comprehensive assessment and management planning for people with addictive disorders.
  5. To demonstrate knowledge and understanding about the principles of clinical case management for people with addictive disorders.
HOW WILL THE PAPER RUN IN 2017?

PSME 424 will be offered in the first semester and address the practical management of a broad range of addicted patients utilising the most up-to-date international literature and a range of people's clinical experience nationally and internationally. It will be taught by way of two, two-day workshops and an email discussion group.

  1. The course will formally commence online in February 2015. There will be reading to be completed before the first block course.
  2. The first two-day face-to-face workshop will be held in Nelson in late February/March (date to be confirmed).
  3. Active involvement in an email discussion group focusing on a series of clinical cases to take place between the two workshops.
  4. The second two-day face-to-face workshop will be held in Nelson June (date to be confirmed).

The expected workload will average 10-15 hours per week over the 18 weeks of the course.

This paper will be coordinated by Professor Doug Sellman (psychiatrist) and Dr Lee Nixon.

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Teaching Calendar: 2016 - 2017

Paper
2016
2017
PSME 404
First semester
First semester
PSME 416
Not offered
Not offered
PSME 422
Second semester
Second semester
PSME 424
Not offered
First semester



How to Apply for Admission in 2016


All applications for admission to the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Addiction & Coexisting Disorders must be submitted online. Due to high demand, it is recommended that applications are submitted by 16 October 2015 at the latest in order to be considered for the 2016 intake. If you have any queries or problems with using the online application system, contact the University Information Centre - telephone 0800 80 80 98 or email university@otago.ac.nz

Returning students must select papers for 2016 via their e-Vision portal. It is recommended that papers are selected prior to 30 October 2015 for the first semester and by 17 June 2016 for the second semester.

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Department of Psychological Medicine
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand
Telephone: +64-3-364-0480
Fax: +64-3-364-1225

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Last updated: August 2015