International Gambling Conference
1 October 2015


The International Gambling Conference is being held in Auckland, 10 – 12 February 2016, at AUT University. The theme for next year’s Conference is Preventing harm in the shifting gambling environment: Challenges, Policies and Strategies.

This well-established biennial event is one of the leading international conferences on problem gambling attracting delegates from New Zealand and around the world.

The Conference is hosted by Hapai Te Hauora Tapui Maori Public Health, the Gambling and Addictions Research Centre at AUT University and the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand.

DAPAANZ members are eligible for points which can be earned by attending the Conference (25 points) or if you have submitted an abstract that is accepted (40 points) and 30 points for a poster presentation.

Be at the forefront of changes in the gambling landscape and be part of a conference featuring compelling workshops and international keynotes.

The conference aims to enhance the skills of the providers who work in this sector, sharing knowledge about the latest research, public health interventions and treatment techniques, and encouraging national and international collaborations.

Further information and registration details can be found on the website

Moana House Training Institute
1 October 2015

Moana House Training Institute is pleased to announce we are accepting enrolments for:

Te Taketake 2016
Diploma in Applied Addictions Counselling

This 2 year course is recognized by DAPAANZ
It is worth 100 points for each year of study.

The Course is being offered in Dunedin and Rotorua for 2016.

This is a part time course and we recommend that you allow a minimum of 10 hours study per week for the successful completion of the Diploma.

Access to tangata whaiora for course work is essential.

The first wananga will be held: North Island February 12-14 South Island February 26-28

For more information please call 03 4770842


download information and enrolment booklet on our website:

Team Leader Wanted
3 July 2015
Team Leader

Alcohol and Drug Service

Addictions & Mental Health Practitioner


The Salvation Army Addiction Services – Wellington region, has a vacancy for a suitably qualified Addictions and Mental Health Practitioner.


As Team Leader you will report to the Assistant Director – Operations and play a critical role in leading a team of clinical practitioners.


You will be a senior clinician with experience and expertise in the field of Addictions & Mental Health who is eligible to hold competent practitioner registration with DAAPNZ and / or Health Practitioner Assurance Act status.


You will lead a team and be responsible for clinically assessing, managing programme co-ordination and focussed oversight for treatment pathways for recovery.  A strong focus on well-being, engagement, motivation, assessment is pivotal.  You will be required to hold a caseload.


To be successful in this role, you will have

  • A full understanding of group/individual processes, education, treatment and community development integration.
  • Maintain up to date client records.
  • Proficiency in computer IT and data base systems.
  • A sound understanding and range of treatment modalities.
  • A sound understanding of Maori Cultural Principles and philosophies.
  • Strong clinical boundaries.
  • Understanding / experience in contract outcomes, reporting and compliance.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing or leading a team.
  • Skilled in co-ordination and in administration.
  • Skilled in managing and using financial and human resources.
  • Create a positive team culture focussed on exceptional, quality delivery.


Applications close at 5.00pm Friday 24 July 2015


For a Job Description and Application Pack contact:


The Salvation Army Addiction Services

22 – 26 Riddiford Street, PO Box 7004

Newtown, Wellington

Phone: 04 389- 6566   Fax: 04 389-7110





Narrative Therapy
3 July 2015

Tree Of Life


Come and learn about, and experience the ‘Tree of Life’……


Friday 31st July OR Saturday 1st August 2015

9am – 1:30pm. Lecture Room 2, Laidlaw College

70 Condell Avenue


The Tree of Life is a narrative therapy initiative that I have used extensively both in West Africa and New Zealand with many different people groups. It is a fabulous tool to use for trauma processing, team building, goal setting, and personal growth.

Used alongside foundational counselling skills, it is easy to facilitate with individuals and groups of all ages.

This workshop is aimed at anyone interested in using it in their own practice. For maximum effectiveness, spaces will be limited.

Cost is $95 per person, and includes morning tea and plenty of snacks (it’s all part of the process…!)


E-mail responses to, or text 021 054 9247

Deborah Gill (MNZCCA & DAPAANZ)


For more information about my use of Tree of Life, see

3 July 2015

For:  All Helping Profession Supervisors.

Thursday 3rd September 2015

Time: 9am-4pm

Venue: Knox Hall, 28 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch 8013

Cost: $115 per person (gst inc), registration essential  email:

Robin Shohet:

Robin has been supervising since 1977. He has a practice in London and Findhorn, Scotland and can offer training in all aspects of supervision. Robin works as a trainer for The Center for Supervision and Team Develop London.                                                                                                    Robin is co-author with Peter Hawkins of Supervision in the Helping Professions (fourth edition was published by the Open University Press in 2012) and editor of Passionate Supervision (Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2007) and Supervision as Transformation (Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2011). His latest book, Clinical Supervision in the Medical Profession is co-edited with Dr David Owen. Robin has been using Appreciative Inquiry with individuals, teams and organisations for the last ten years, and is currently writing about the spiritual dimension of supervision.

The Supervisory Relationship.

This training day will focus on the supervisory relationship that underpins individual and organisational change through supervision. There will be opportunity to experience the ‘7 eyed model’ and to learn from Robin’s vast experience supporting and working with individuals, organisations and professional bodies who have developed effective supervision strategies for their practice.

This training day is an opportunity to:

  1. Further your current knowledge/approach to the supervisory relationship.
  2. Understand tools and techniques that you might use to work creatively in supervision, even in challenging situations.
  3. Gain an understanding of the 7 eyed model for supervision and see Robin use this in the training workshop.
  4. Experience training with an international renowned trainer who is thought provoking and at the fore front of supervision thinking.
  5. This is a unique opportunity to work with Robin and your peers, to listen, feel, see and explore the work that is at the heart of supervision and the supervision relationship.


Host: Anastacia Grant

All inquiries and registrations to:


New chairperson & deputy
2 July 2015

At its meeting of 29th June 2015, the Executive elected Claire Aitken to the chair of the Association and Ben Birks Ang as deputy chair.  Their terms run until the 2017 AGM.

New Executive Director Appointed
14 June 2015

The Executive is pleased to announce the appointment of Sue Paton as  its new Executive Director.

Sue Paton’s great grandparents (the Patons and McCleods) came from  Scotland and settled in the Northland settlement of Waipu. She was raised in New Lynn, West Auckland but has over the last almost three decades made the Wellington region her home. Sue is a mother of one daughter and two  beautiful granddaughters and lives close to them in Paekakariki on Aotearoa’s sunshine coast. She has over 20 years in the addiction sector as a counsellor, supervisor and advisor. Sue is currently Principal Advisor Addictions with the  Health Promotion Agency (HPA) and before that was Manager Early  Intervention for ALAC. Prior to her work at ALAC/HPA, she was an addictions  counsellor working with young people and their families at Wellington City         Mission4Youth and the Bridge Programme in Wellington, and several years specialising in addictions work with adults for before that. Sue is passionate about improving outcomes for people who are experiencing problems relating to substances or other addictive behaviours and about improving outcomes for children affected by a parent’s addiction. She recently led the development of the HPA’s Early Intervention Addiction Plan 2013-2017 to inform the HPA’s strategic approach to its work in addictions. Sue has been an active member on the Executive of dapaanz since 2013 and is very excited to have the  opportunity to serve dapaanz members and the Executive as Executive Director.  Sue will start in July and takes over the role from the Cutting Edge             conference

Staff in recovery who relapse
10 March 2015

When staff who are in recovery experience relapse this can be challenging not only for them, but for their colleagues and managers as well.  Dr Peter Adams and Dr Helen Warren have written a paper setting out ways of addressing these issues and supporting those involved.  Titled: Responding to the risks associated with the relapse of recovering staff members within addiction services it was published in Substance Use & Misuse, 45:951-967.  We do have the authors’ permission to provide copies of this paper.  Requests to the dapaanz office.

Strategic Plan 2015
9 March 2015



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



Each activity of the association will meet its obligation as set out in the strategic priority

Dapaanz will be responsive to different needs of Maori, of Pacific, and of other cultures consistent with the objectives of the association

Dapaanz will ensure Maori representation on the Executive as set out in the Constitution

Dapaanz will work with other agencies to promote the development of practitioners working particularly with Maori and Pacific Peoples

Dapaanz will seek annual feedback from both Maori Caucus and Drua on:

  • Representation on the Executive
  • Cutting Edge
  • Competencies and Code of Ethics
  • Strategic Priorities

Dapaanz will prepare an issues and trends document for Maori Caucus and Drua to consider and comment upon



Strategic Priority 2:   Skills and knowledge of members is increased through Dapaanz hosted activities and events



Provide advice and information that is valued by its members

Cutting Edge continues to earn its place as the principal addiction treatment conference

The School of Addiction is appreciated as a useful training event to practitioners in current treatment issues

Training continues to be provided in issues central to dapaanz registration


Strategic Priority 3:    Dapaanz members demonstrate ethical and competent practice



Maintain relationships with training providers in order to promote DAPAANZ competencies

Manage complaints against members

Provide and promote the Code of Ethics and Competency Framework

Provide a competent and effective Membership, Registration and Accreditation Service


Strategic Priority 4:    Dapaanz forms opinions and takes action on key public health and treatment issues



Represent and promote DAPAANZ policies and practices on appropriate committees

Develop opinions on policy, treatment and other AOD issues and advocate for these opinions to the sector, government, media and other appropriate bodies

Provide leadership and feedback to practitioners on ethical 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



Network, present to, visit and support practitioners and services

Maintain the office, email and telephone services so that members can make contact at all times

Prepare, report to and record Executive meetings and facilitate the Executive to carry out its functions

Provide member benefits

Provide member communications (bulletin, website, publications)

Ensure quality improvement based upon member communications with the Association


Strategic Priority 6:  Dapaanz is financially sustainable




Support and secure the Association’s sustainability and growth through forward-oriented financial planning, budgeting and sound financial administration

Implement all revenue generating as well as expenditure carrying activities to the benefit of its members and their professional practice

Ensure all funds, financial records and transactions are managed in compliance with relevant legal and regulatory requirements and ethical standards of practice verified by the oversight of the dapaanz executive and finance committee and the maintenance of effective, transparent accounting systems, regular reporting and external auditing


Cutting Edge 2015
9 March 2015

To be held at the Rutherford Hotel in Nelson, 2-5 September, 2015. Confirmed keynote speakers include Dr Tracy Westerman  of the Nyamal people in the far North West of Western Australia and who is the founding Managing Director of Indigenous Psychological Services; Sharon Dawe is the mother of Parents Under Pressurewhich is currently being evaluated in the UK in a RCT and is about to be rolled out and evaluated in Taupo/Rotorua DHB regions here. She has conducted research relating to improving outcomes for children of parents on methadone maintenance; Stefan Gruenert, CEO, Odyssey Victoria and who has been a key player in Family Inclusive Practice in addiction services in Australia; Lotta Dann, mother, writer, journalist and livingsober blogger: Henare O”Keefe practitioner and inspired worker with families.

Registrations open now.

2-5 September 2015

The Rutherford Hotel



Membership data
9 March 2015

Membership data: as at 4th June, 2015

Standard:                599

Provisional:             117

Registered AOD:     507

Associate:                    71

Support Worker:        46

Student:                       37

Accredited Clinical Supervisor:  292

Lifetime members:  3


Practice Standards Committee
9 March 2015

There are currently eight active complaints against practitioners involving:

  1. The death of a client from ibogaine treatment
  2. Non-disclosure of behaviour putting client at risk
  3. Incompetent risk assessment
  4. Incompetent assessment
  5. Falsifying client records
  6. Failure to provide treatment
  7. Serious misconduct.

Expulsion of member: Gladis Robinson: At its February meeting the Executive approved the recommendation of the Practice Standards Committee to de-register and expel Gladis Robinson from the Association for non-disclosure of behaviour putting her client at risk.  Her appeal against expulsion which was heard at the May meeting was declined.  The facts of the complaint were not contested.

Expulsion of member: Kumeroa Johnson:  the Executive accepted the Practice Standards Committee recommendation that registered practitioner, Kumeroa Johnson be de-registered and expelled from the Association for serious misconduct. The facts of the complaint were not contested.  She did not appeal the recommendation.

Expulsion of member: Theresa Spinks:  The Executive accepted the Practice Standards Committee recommendation that registered practitioner, Theresa Spinks be de-registered and expelled from the Association for falsifying client records.  She appealed the recommendation but the facts of the complaint were not contested.

Executive Elections 2015
9 March 2015

The recent vote for the new Executive to govern the Association until 2017 saw standing members Ben Birks Ang, Claire Aitken, Selina Elkington and Layla Lyndon-Tonga returned.  Wolfgang Theuerkauf, Aukusitino Senio and Vanessa Caldwell did not stand again.  Sue Paton changes from Executive member to Executive Director.  Newly elected are Anna Nelson, Debby Sutton, Brent Tohiariki and Norman Vaele. The result was ratified at the Special General Meeting in Napier on 28th May.  Takurua Tawera continues as Pou Whakarae to the Executive.

CPD Points – conferences and workshops
22 December 2014

The Executive considered representations from members on the difficulties for some practitioners in earning enough points for their annual renewal.  After discussing a number of options it decided to separate out conferences from workshops, creating two categories and allow a maximum of 30 points for each.

This means that under the Activity Category of Formal Study:

Conferences and School of Addiction: 10 points per half day (max 30)

Short courses, workshops, seminars, on-line courses: 10 points per half day (max 30).  This means we can earn up to 60 points for these activities rather than the 40 currently.

Indemnity Insurance
11 March 2014

Dapaanz is now able to offer indemnity insurance to members through Crombie Lockwood Insurance Brokers.

Renewal of Supervisor Accreditation
22 December 2013
  • From February, the first of the accredited supervisors will be renewing their supervisor accreditation for the next three years.  There is no fee for renewal, other than renewal of your annual membership fee.  Your attention is drawn to the template: Practitioner Evaluation of Supervisor which replaces the requirement to provide written references from two supervisees.  This is in your renewal pack which can be found on the website under Application and Renewal Forms.  The hope is that the evaluations will prove more useful and be developmentally supportive.  The evaluations are between you and your supervisee and between you and your supervisor and do not need to be provided to the Association.

              When we notify you of your need to renew your accreditation, download and complete the renewal form (and the membership renewal form if it is due at the same time).

    From your anniversary of accreditation date in 2015 you will need to apply for renewal and:


    1. be a member of dapaanz;


    1. hold dapaanz Practitioner Registration OR hold membership in a profession subject to the provisions of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (2003) OR the Social Workers Registration Act (2003) OR hold full membership of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors OR the New Zealand Christian Counsellors’ Association -all for a minimum of 2 years;


    1. demonstrate competence in relation to the AoD and/or PG Practitioner competency requirements outlined in full in The Addiction Intervention Competency Framework (2011). Demonstrate ability to support addiction practitioners to integrate into their practice the knowledge and skills set out in the competencies. This will typically be demonstrated via a report from your supervisor at application and renewal and your supervisor’s having discussed with you your supervisee evaluations;


    1. have completed a minimum of 3 years of clinical practice in addictions in the 10 years immediately prior to application;


    1. have undertaken training in supervision from a dapaanz approved training provider (listed on the website under Accredited Supervisor);


    1. pay the annual membership renewal fee, unless you are a registered               practitioner in which case you pay that renewal fee.


    Contact the office with any enquiry. More details on the website and in your renewal reminder letters.

Strategic Plan
14 June 2013

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

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

Leave of absence
26 March 2012

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.