The 19th national gathering of the treatment sector returns to Dunedin from 17-20 September. The theme is Co-Existing Problems. An organising committee chaired by Claire Aitken is busy lining up keynote presenters. The Health Promotion Agency is confirmed as a major sponsor. Conference Management Services Ltd will do the administration and the website will be up shortly. We hope to have an early posting of registration fees. The overall format should look familiar with meetings, hui, fono and site visits on the Wednesday, lots of talking with slides on Thursday and Friday, skills-based workshops on the Saturday morning.
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One of the first actions of the incoming executive was to re-elect Wolfgang Theuerkauf and Claire to the chair and deputy chair for two further years.
Held at Pitman House, Auckland on 2nd December, the new executive for 2013-2015 was approved with Aukusitino Senio being co-opted for the two year period. Takurua Tawera was approved as kaumatua to the Executive for the same period. The audited Accounts were received and approved and copies of this are available upon request.
Gambling in a mobile era: Developments, Regulation and Responses
19-21 February 2014, Auckland, New Zealand
Pre-conference workshops 17th and 18th February.
Conference keynote speakers:
Judge Mark G. Farrell, Senior Justice in the Amherst, New York, Criminal and Civil Court, who currently operates the nation’s only Gambling Treatment Court; Associate Professor Samantha Thomas of Public Health at School of Health and Society, University of Wollongong, Australia; Professor Gerda Reith, Professor of Social Science and Director of Research in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Glasgow and Associate Professor Papaarangi Reid, Tumuaki and Head of Department of Maori Health at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland.
Pre-Conference workshops include ‘therapeutic justice’ with Judge Farrell and a hands-on interactive workshop with Janine Robinson, from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health at the Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario, entitled Technology Versus the Human Touch: Advancing a Public Health Agenda in the Modern Gambling Age.
Register now for the conference and/or workshops. www.internationalgamblingconference.com
Abstract closing date: 1 October 2013.
Hosted by Hapai Te Hauora Tapui Maori Public Health, the Gambling and Addictions Research Centre at Auckland University of Technology and the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand.
The Executive has struck a new fee regime effective from 1 December 2013. The increase, allowing for rounding, ranges between 3-4%. The New fees:
New fees from 1 December 2013:
|Part and full-time||90.00|
|Provisional registration – New application||172.00|
|Provisional registration – Renewal||228.00|
|Registered AOD Practitioner – New application||205.00|
|Registered AOD Practitioner – Renewal||254.00|
|Registered PG Practitioner – New application||205.00|
|Registered PG Practitioner – Renewal||254.00|
|Associate Practitioner – Renewal||201.00|
|Support Worker – New application||69.00|
|Support Worker – Renewal||146.00|
|Accredited Clinical Supervisor – New application – existing members||65.00|
|Accredited Clinical Supervisor – New application – Non-members||155.00|
Notice is given that the AGM of the Association will be held on Monday, 2nd December in Auckland, venue yet to be confirmed. Any motions must be lodged with the office by 22nd November.
Recommendations approved by the Executive (23rd August 2013)
- Training and supporting information be provided to practitioners, supervisors and managers to assist with the transition to the revised CPD system, ensuring that all stakeholders are informed of the purpose and spirit of CPD and the requirements specified. Regular refreshers should be considered.
- The web-site is upgraded to ensure the web-site is:
- Easier to use
- More professional looking, more modern, to support credibility
- More interactive, engaging and useful eg, capability for webinars, videos
- Has a practitioner personalised log-in function that allows for recording, submitting and tracking of CPD points on-line, in effect a “paper-less” system.
- A “drivers licence” style registered Practitioner card is produced for registered practitioners. This would allow practitioners to easily show clients evidence of registration in all working contexts (not all practitioners are office-based). Registered practitioners could opt for a paper certificate as well if it would be of use to them.
- Accredited Supervisors sign off on reflective journals and only the journals of those Practitioners randomly selected for audit are reviewed by dapaanz.
- Categories of CPD activities are adopted as follows:
- Work based – learning activity undertaken in the work context
- Formal education – formal learning (as a teacher or student)
- Self-directed – self-generated learning
- Professional activity – learning and development related to involvement in the profession.
Practitioners would be required to undertake activities from more than one category in any year. The one exception to this is where a practitioner is undertaking formal tertiary study to the value of 100 points.
An information sheet is provided to assist practitioners and supervisors to understand and correctly interpret the categories.
- Personal counselling/therapy is added as a recognised CPD activity.
- Minor adjustment is made to the points allocations to provide as much “face-value” parity as is possible (as shown in Table 1), and the points table is reviewed annually.
- Dapaanz will continue to provide workshops on the Code of Ethics.
So, hopefully, the way to earn points is now clearer and better organised. Your attention is particularly drawn to the following:
- There are 4 categories and points must be earned from more than one category.
- Points can be earned from undertaking personal counselling or therapy but this must be formal and not collegial support.
- Accredited supervisors sign-off on reflective journals. You no longer need to send them in unless required for audit. Reduced to 50 points.
- You can no longer earn points from attending meetings or local/regional conferences. You can still earn points from presenting.
Wolfgang Theuerkauf, Manager, CADS Counselling, Dual Diagnosis, Pregnancy and Parental Services
Claire Aitken, Downie Stewart Foundation/Moana House/Moana House Training Institute employee, director, trainer
Vanessa Caldwell, Matua Raki, national manager
Selina Elkington, Manager of AOD/Gambling Service-Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust
Rawiri Evans, Manager, Teuruhi Services
Sue Paton, Principal Advisor Addictions, Health Promotion Agency
Layla Lyndon-Tonga, Problem Gambling National Coordinator, Hāpai Te Hauora Tapui
Ben Birks Ang, Team Leader Stand Up! and Amplify! Services, Odyssey House.
Aukusitino Senio, (co-opted), AOD/Drug Gambling Family Clinician, Tupu Services.
- New criteria begins 1 July
- The intended changes to the supervision criteria was an initiative led by a membership working party with very wide representation concerned about how many supervisors were not supervising using the Addiction Competencies Framework and were really unaccountable to the Association approving registration and renewal of that registration. Registration is based upon the Addiction Competencies Framework and upon supervisors’ opinion that the practitioner was continuing to demonstrate competence in those competencies. The role of supervisors is going to become increasingly important in both registration and renewal. Therefore, the Association needed to take a more interested role in the supervisors. By inviting supervisors to become accredited, which includes membership of dapaanz, brings them under the Code of Ethics, and the Addiction Competencies Framework. The Association is looking at an option to move its primary relationship from practitioners to supervisors which it would then support through such as regional support hubs.
- The Association wants supervisors to be trained in supervision. This is not mandatory until 2015. The last thing we want is to lose good supervisors and a close watch will be kept on this possibility.
- All supervisors to be accredited by dapaanz – simple application form, effectively grand-parenting scheme until end of 2014
- Supervisors face one-off application fee, annual membership renewal, three year supervisor accreditation renewal
- All renewals of registration will need sign-off from accredited supervisors
- If your supervisor is not accredited, your renewal of registration will fail
- Full details on website under Registration Criteria and also under Accredited Clinical Supervisor; enquiries to Supervision Criteria Team on (04) 499 30 83
- The Association is also planning the development of supervision guidelines to reflect changing practices. This would be done in team with Matua Raki and Te Pou and members who are interested in contributing to this work. It is likely to start from the work done by Kina Trust on supervision which is the standard text
• New registration process begins 1 July
• Does not affect current Registered Practitioners or endorsed Associate Practitioners or endorsed Support Workers
• Does affect all new applications for registration received after 30 June
• New applications for endorsement as Associate Practitioner discontinued
• After 6 months post-qualification experience in addiction treatment, apply for provisional registration
• Minimum 12 months, maximum 3 years, addiction specific 7/7+ addiction qualification then apply for full registration
• Full details on website under Registration Criteria; enquiries to (04) 499 30 83
The Executive has been working on a strategic and an action plan for the Association. At this stage it is putting out its draft vision, mission and strategic priorities for comment. The action plan will drop out of the strategic priorities. Please let us know what you think by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Vision: Effectively representing a responsive, skilled and professional addictions workforce for healthier families and communities.
Mission: Strengthening a competent, culturally responsive, accountable, addictions workforce through standards, knowledge and registration
Strategic Priority 1: Dapaanz demonstrates its commitment to partnership between the parties to the Treaty of Waitangi. It is committed to the development of practitioners working particularly with Maori. It is also committed to those working with Pacific Peoples
Strategic Priority 2: Skills and knowledge of members is increased through Dapaanz hosted activities and events
Strategic Priority 3: Dapaanz members demonstrate ethical and competent practice
Strategic Priority 4: Dapaanz forms opinions and takes action on key public health and treatment issues
Strategic Priority 5: Dapaanz is perceived as valuable by the members. More members actively participate in Dapaanz work. The majority of the addictions workforce has Dapaanz registration or membership
Strategic Priority 6: Dapaanz is financially sustainable
Registered and endorsed practitioners are reminded that if they are prevented from working because of pregnancy, parental leave, personal or family illness, unemployment, overseas travel, too much excitement and they take leave from work they can apply for leave of absence for up to 12 months without losing their registration. They come off the register, must not work, pay a standard membership only and need not earn CEP points. Leave must be applied for in advance or as early as possible.