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General Addictions Presentation & Wānanga Mātanga

December 3 @ 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

In today’s society, addictions is becoming more prevalent in other areas other than substance use. Addictions to activities such as gambling, shopping, and sex is on the rise. Also, with the growth and continuous improvement of technology, experts are warning about the increase in cases of people addicted to gaming, online pornography, and social media and other online activities. This coincides with more readily available access through faster internet and more capable devices like smart phones.

Kaupapa Māori Clinical Support Services is providing a presentation on general addictions followed by a time to wānanga this topic.

This presentation is intended for social service kaimahi in general, not so much for addictions practitioners, however addictions practitioners are welcome and their contribution especially in the Wānanga space would be valuable.

This training is open to Kaupapa Māori Social Services Kaimahi.

Learning outcomes of the training:

In the realm of mental health and addictions services, the word addictions can be misleading as many people who enter our services aren’t “addicted” as such, but rather have issues or concerns with behaviours or habits that are heading towards addiction.

This presentation and Wānanga is pitched from a Biopsychosocial perspective. The main emphasis is to inform social service kaimahi about:

  • Additions in general to gain greater insight and understanding about the difference between habits and addictions.
  • Types of addictions.
  • Complexities of mental health, addictions and other health issues existing together (Co-Existing Problems),
  • How to screen for addictions and related issues.
  • Why the need to refer to appropriate services.
  • Opportunity to Wānanga and discuss this topic together

We hope this will enable social service kaimahi to better support whanau to improving their overall wellness.

Our wānanga is now full. Please register your interest here and if a space becomes available we will notify you. If there is enough interest we will run the wānanga again in the new year


Training Facilitator – Jason Robertson

Ka whakapapa ia ki te Wairarapa, ko Rangitāne tōna Iwi. Otira, ka whakapapa ia ki Kōtirana me Ingarihi.

Jason is an experienced addictions counsellor, having worked primarily within Kaupapa Māori services for the last 9 years with rangatahi with Co-Existing Problems of mental health and substance use issues.

Jason gained his qualifications as a counsellor through Bethlehem Tertiary Institute and Post Grad in Addictions/Health Science through University of Auckland. He is a qualified Mental Health and Addictions Supervisor where he currently works for Nga Mataapuna Oranga as a supervisor and educator/trainer in the Kaupapa Māori Clinical Support Service team under the Tūāpapa Team. He is an Accredited DAPAANZ Supervisor and Registered DAPAANZ Practitioner.



December 3
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
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(07) 579 4930


Te Manu Toroa Training Venue – 87 Courtney Road
87 Courtney Rd
Tauranga, 3112 New Zealand
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