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    A companion paper to PSME404 addressing the clinical process of treatment and management of people with addiction and co-existing disorders, following assessment.

    PSME 422 is part of a postgraduate training programme offered by the National Addiction Centre at the University of Otago, Christchurch, intended for a broad range of health professionals and practitioners in allied sectors who wish to study at a higher academic level and develop advanced clinical knowledge and skills in the area of addiction and coexisting mental health problems.

    About this paper

    Paper title Addiction Treatment
    Subject Psychological Medicine
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,103.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    PSMX 422
    Limited to
    MHealSc, PGCertHealSc, PGCertPHC, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPHC
    Students must have worked clinically for at least two years before commencing this paper, and at the time of study must be working clinically in a therapeutic setting.

    This paper is designed for practitioners working in a range of settings with people who have coexisting addiction and mental health problems. Students will need to be competent in conducting and writing up a client comprehensive assessment and intervention plan and have an overview of diagnostic systems and models of addiction. As an entry requirement, they will, therefore, have normally completed PSME 401 or PSME 404 or equivalent study.


    Teaching staff

    Convenor:Associate Professor Jenny Jordan
    Lecturer Māori: Karaitiana Tickell
    Lecturer Pacific: Phil Siataga and Peati Mene-Vaele
    Consumer advisor: Martin Burke

    Clinical tutor: Simon Rouch

    Paper Structure

    PSME 422 is offered nationally as a companion to PSME 404 Assessment of Addiction and Coexisting Disorders. It is a clinical skills-based paper incorporating self-directed learning principles and critical reflection on practice. A collaborative multi-systems approach to promote treatment integration is taken. Emphasis is placed on the development and maintenance of therapeutic relationships with clients with complex needs and their significant others, family and whānau. The interlinking themes of the paper are clinical case management and working therapeutically.

    Teaching Arrangements

    This Distance Learning paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.

    PSME 422 will run in the second semester. There are two compulsory 3-day block courses:

    Block course 1: 24- 26 July 2024

    • all three days are in-person in Christchurch.

    Block course 2: 25-27 September 2024

    • 25-26 September in-person in Christchurch
    • 27th September -remote teaching

    Teaching also includes teleconference lectures and case-based discussion as well as course-work supervision focused on translation of enhanced knowledge, skills and attitudes to day-to-day practice.


    Access to texts is provided in the paper.

    Te Ariari o te Oranga: The Assessment and Management of People with Co-existing Mental Health and Substance Use Problems 2010, Fraser C. Todd, 2010.

    DSM 5 Interview Guide for Evaluating Psychiatric Disorders and the Mental Status Examination, M. Zimmerman, 2013.

    Key references are available on-reserve, but students are encouraged to utilise library resources for self-directed learning.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Critical thinking.
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    Learning Outcomes

    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:

    • Conduct brief interventions
    • Coordinate clinical case management plans integrating psycho-social and bio-medical interventions for a range of clients (across the life span) and their significant others and whānau


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system
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