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Bachelor of Alcohol & Drug Studies: Review by Mind Map: Bachelor of Alcohol & Drug Studies:
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Bachelor of Alcohol & Drug Studies: Review

Year 1

Human Development across the Lifespan

Describe different theoretical perspectives on human development across the lifespan

Use knowledge of human development to explain human behaviour and experience at different stages of human development

Describe traditional Maori concepts of human development, and Maori models of practice in human services

Describe the role or risk and protective factors in influencing human development.

Society, Social Problems, & Social Justice

Discuss key sociological concepts and/or theories relevant to understanding contemporary social problems in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Discuss how public perceptions of contemporary social problems/issues (and the policy and legislative responses to them) have been socially influenced over time.

Discuss the different meanings of social justice and the social justice issues that underpin contemporary social problems in Aotearoa New Zealand

Entering Professional Practice

Describe the ways in which a particular practice theory, process or tool can help interpret a professional practice situation

Describe the key skills necessary to establish and maintain caring, therapeutic relationships and communicate effectively with clients

Recognise the legislative and statutory frameworks, ethical codes, values and principles relevant to professional practice

Recognise the main methods used to effectively manage and organise professional practice.

Describe the main functions of professional supervision, the respective roles of supervisor and supervisee, and the cross-cultural issues that might influence supervisory practice. Students will also be able to describe a framework to support reflective practice

Define cultural safety and describe the ways in which professional practice can diminish, demean or disempower the cultural identity and wellbeing of a client.

Introduction to Alcohol & Drug Studies

Identify the main historical trends in alcohol and drug use in New Zealand; and to discuss policy, prevention and treatment responses

Identify and discuss: the key conceptual models, theories and issues associated with alcohol and drug addiction; and to explain the relevance of the social and cultural context of addiction

Identify and describe the current legal and pharmacological classifications of psychoactive drugs associated with problem usage

Psychology for Professional Practice

Describe the relevance of knowledge of the biological bases of behaviour for professional practice.

Discuss the relevance of an understanding of the relationship between human learning and memory for professional practice

Discuss the relevance of an understanding of human motivation and emotion for professional practice

Identify and discuss the influence of social and cultural contexts on human psychological processes

Client Centred Practice

Honouring te Tiriti o Waitangi

Discuss the importance of the Treaty to the historic, current and future development of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Describe personal response to the Treaty and Aotearoa New Zealand and discuss how these have contributed to their worldview.

Describe elements of a culturally responsive practice and strategies based on Treaty Partnership

Managing Information

Recognize the need for information and determine the nature and extent of the information needed.

Find needed information effectively and efficiently

Evaluate information and the information seeking process.

Manage information collected or generated

Apply prior and new information to construct new concepts or create new understandings

Use information with understanding and acknowledge cultural, ethical, economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information

Year 3

Understanding Evidence-based Practice

Discuss the advantages and limitations of an evidence-based approach to practice in a particular human service profession.

Critically appraise the quailty of peer-reviewed empirical research papers relevant to a particular area of human service practice

Assess evidence of 'what works' in relation to a specific practice problem or issue in a particular human service practice area.

Dual Diagnosis

Practicum III

Critically evaluate own ability to apply knowledge & information relevant to a practice situation as the basis for decision-making

Critically evaluate own skills in intervening to improve client wellbeing.

Practice consistently in a culturally safe manner and act to maintain the cultural identity and wellbeing of others

Practice consistently within relevant legal and statutory frameworks and use professional ethics, values and professional practice standards to guide action.

Plan to make consistent use of methods and protocols to ensure that practice is well organised and accountable.

Make consistent use of professional supervision and propose a plan to enhance own professional development


Gambling & other impulse control disorders

Cultural perspectives on addiction

Forensics & criminal justice

Groupwork practice, Analyse key social processes and dynamics of human groups as they develop over time., Compare and critically evaluate the distinctive features and applications of different theories and models of group work practice., Plan and justify a groupwork programme for an area of professional practice., Reflect on and assess their skills as a facilitator of groups and make a plan for professional development

Research project, Conduct a small-scale research project - in the form of a literature review OR an empirical study - into a problem or issue impacting on a particular area of human service practice., Options, EITHER: Critically evaluate and summarise current knowledge and research in relation to a problem or issue impacting on a particular area of human service practice., OR: Undertake a small-scale research project in relation to a problem or issue impacting on a particular area of human service practice., Finalise a literature review or research report and present a summary of findings.

Year 2

The Mental Health Context

Understanding Research Methods

Formulate clear, specific and relevant research questions that are capable of being answered and relate to problems or issues in a particular human service practice area.

Describe the relationship between research questions, research designs, research methods and sampling strategies used to carry out research in the human services.

Identify the ethical and legal requirements of research in a particular area of human service practice.

Apply procedures used to analyse qualitiative and quantitative data in a particular area of human service practice

Practicum II

Justify an assessment of a practice situation based on relevant information and appropriate theoretical, factual and practical knowledge

Apply skills in effective communication, relationship building, assessment and planning with individuals and families from different cultural contexts

Discuss the ways in which culturally safe practice and responses to diversity might be improved in a particular practice setting.

Justify a course of action to ensure legal and ethical practice

Plan to improve ability to organise and manage workload

Demonstrate the ability to make effective use of professional supervision.

Pharmacology of psychoactive substances

Assessment & Intervention Planning

Use alcohol and drug assessment strategies and screening tools to conduct a comprehensive alcohol and drug assessment.

Offer a detailed explanation of a range of intervention strategies for addressing different types of alcohol and drug related problems.

Prepare an intervention plan in consultation with a client, based on the results of assessment and screening, and making use of appropriate intervention strategies.

Present and evaluate strategies to promote client participation, and to incorporate family, community and cultural perspectives into work with clients with drug and alcohol problems

Motivational Interviewing

Discuss the theoretical foundations and central principles of motivational interviewing, and assess the use of the cycle of change as a framework to assess motivation to change.

Apply the skills and strategies of motivational interviewing and propose a professional development plan to improve own practice as a motivational interviewer.

Apply advanced skills and techniques in motivational interviewing and propose a professional development plan to improve own advanced practice skills as a motivational interviewer

Propose and evaluate strategies to ensure the cultural safety of clients involved in motivational interviewing

Cognitive Behavioural Approaches