Qualification Overview

Qualification Title National Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction Support (Level 4) with optional strands in Addiction, Family/Whānau, and Kaupapa Māori
Qualification Type National Certificate
Level 4
Credits 105
Subject Area
  • Health » Public Health » Community Health
  • Community and Social Services » Health, Disability, and Aged Support » Mental Health and Addiction Support
Strategic Purpose Statement
This qualification is designed for learners who wish to enter mental health and addiction support work, or who already work as paid or unpaid mental health and addiction support workers under supervision. People completing this qualification will meet the requirements of the Ministry of Health's (2008) Let's get real framework at the essential level of performance.

The compulsory section of this qualification recognises knowledge of factors that contribute to mental health wellbeing and mental health problems; interventions and models used by mental health and addiction support workers with service users; mental health and addiction issues, and the impact of co-existing problems; and the law related to support work in mental health and addiction services.

The compulsory section also recognises the knowledge, skills and attitudes related to applying culturally safe Maori operating principles and values; engaging with mental health and addiction service users and their natural supports; supporting a mental health and addiction service user to manage prescribed medication; the mental health and addiction sector in New Zealand and carrying out delegated tasks in their own role in the sector; contributing to the safety of mental health and addiction service users, support workers, and others; mental health and addiction issues at different life stages and supporting a service user at one life stage; providing information about local services and resources to mental health and addiction service users and their supports; supporting mental health and addiction service users to maintain wellness; and demonstrating and, reflecting on, their own ethical practice.

Elective 1 provides a choice of standards focusing on cultural issues relevant to mental health and addiction support.

Elective 2 provides a choice of standards from six specialist areas within the domain Mental Health and Addiction Support: addiction, family/whanau, forensic, infant child and youth, kaupapa Maori, and older persons; together with three named standards from the domains Older Persons' Health and Wellbeing, and Kaupapa Hauora.

Candidates may select relevant standards from Elective 2, as specified in the optional strands, in order to be awarded the qualification with an optional internal strand in Addiction, Family/Whanau, or Kaupapa Maori.

This qualification is aligned with a pathway commencing with the National Certificate in Health, Disability, and Aged Support (Foundation Skills) (Level 2) [Ref: 1291]; and which may include the National Certificate in Health, Disability, and Aged Support (Core Competencies) (Level 3) [Ref: 1327] for which candidates may select the three named Level 3 standards from the domain Mental Health and Addiction Support.
Graduate profile
Graduates will meet the requirements of the Ministry of Health's (2008) Let's get real framework at the essential level of performance. This will include utilising strategies to engage meaningfully and work in partnership with service users; focusing on service users strengths to support recovery; contributing to whanau ora for Maori; working with families/whanau and encouraging and supporting them to participate in the recovery of service users; ensuring that families/whanau, including the children of service users, have access to information, education and support; recognising that service users and their families/whanau are part of a wider community; implementing legislation, regulations, standards, codes and policies; and actively reflecting on their work and practice and works in safe and ethical ways that enhance the team to support the recovery of service users.
Employment pathways
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Entry Requirements
The programme requires students to: -be working in paid or unpaid employment in a mental health and/or addiction service in New Zealand; -have a memorandum of understanding signed by their employer; -have a workplace supervisor who can verify their work; -be able to read, write and speak well in English, so that they can communicate easily with clients. If English is not their first language, they must provide a minimum IELTS overall test score of 5.5. It is available to international students if they meet the entry requirements.
Developed By Community Support Services ITO Limited
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 1678
Status Discontinued
Created July 2011
Last Reviewed November 2015
Last Date For Entry December 2017
Discontinued December 2019

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