dapaanz addiction practice 2020

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Tuesday 29th September 12 - 1pm

Working with communities - 5 CPD Points

A competent addiction professional works effectively with families, whānau and significant others to support recovery and wellbeing.

Presented by Lee Henley. Chaired by Suzy Morrison.

Lee comes from a social work background and is not an AOD clinician, please excuse any less than up to date terminology.  He has worked in direct practice and management roles in the UK and New Zealand. He managed Community Mental Health and Addiction services and was Allied Health Director for Mental Health and Addictions for a mid-size DHB.  A role in ACC developing approaches to reducing falls for older adults led to an interest in older adults and alcohol use.  Lee completed his Masters in 2016 focusing on social workers’ perceptions of older adults and alcohol and is now embarking on a PhD exploring Allied Health practitioner’s decision-making regarding screening older adults and alcohol. Lee currently works for a rurally based NGO in Battambang, Cambodia. As part of community-based services alcohol reduction groups are provided. If any AOD practitioners are interested in visiting and teaching the NGO how to run these groups properly, you would be most welcome, post Covid or course!


Assessment and intervention of family needs and safety includes considering older adults (OAs). A public health concern regarding OAs and alcohol use has been in place for many years.  An increase in the proportion of OAs with substance misuse difficulties continues to rise out of proportion to the increase in the numbers of OAs in the UK (Crome, 2018). Indicating an increasing risk.

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Working with communities - Kahui Tu Kaha, Tamaki Makaurau?

Presented by Alexander El Amanni. Chaired by Suzy Morrison.

10 minute abstract presentation followed by questions/discussion

Mr Alexander El Amanni is a qualified and registered addiction practitioner and counsellor. He is employed by Kāhui Tū Kaha, a Ngāti Whātua organisation based in Tāmaki Makaurau. Alex is also a postgraduate student researching addiction studies at the University of Auckland.


The Tāmaki Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Working Group was formed in September 2018 as one of the projects of the Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) Tāmaki Mental Health and Wellbeing Initiative. 

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Developing a sociological imagination.

Presented by Tony Carton. Chaired by Suzy Morrison.

10 minute abstract presentation followed by questions/discussion

Tony Carton was Senior Lecturer in addiction studies at WELTEC for twelve years until late 2019. Prior to that he worked in the Alcohol and Drug and Domestic violence field for about 15 years in CADS, Salvation Army and other services in New Zealand, and the Aisling Centre in Ireland. Tony holds a master’s degree in Sociology and is particularly interested in bringing a sociological imagination to the addiction field – at times challenging the prevailing psy-science and medical discourses and supporting the recovering twelve-step peer voices. Doubtless the psy-sciences provide solutions but are often blind to issues of power and are fixated with the individual rather than the collective – whānau and significant others. 

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Throughout history addiction has been constructed as a moral, biological, medical,  psychological, and now increasingly an economic issue. For the client, and those close to them, it often appears to be all and none of these.

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Tuesday 6 October 12 – 12.45pm (45min workshop)

Facilitating groups - 5 CPD Points

A competent addiction professional understands group processes and, as possible within the service context and professional scope of practice, effectively facilitates groups matched to the needs of participants.

Presented by Claire Aitken


Tuesday 13 October 12 - 1pm

Working with families and whānau - 5 CPD points

A competent addiction professional works effectively with whānau and significant others to support recovery and wellbeing.

Presented by Trish Gledhill and Michelle Brewerton. Chaired by Sue Paton.

Trish Gledhill

Trish is a registered Occupational Therapist, with broad experience in  practice and leadership roles within education, mental health, addictions and social service sectors in Aotearoa and Australia. Her current role is Programme Lead Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui  for  Let’s get real: Real Skills for working with people and whānau with mental health and addiction needs.

Trish is also known as a founding trustee of Kina Trust, promoting family inclusive practices in the addiction sector.   Throughout her career Trish has maintained a strong interest in developing and supporting services that support her passion for the wellbeing of children and whānau. 

Michelle Brewerton

Michelle is a project lead with Te Pou for the 5-Step Method way of working with whānau.  She worked in the Addiction Sector for fifteen years as a practitioner and  supervisor in Counties Manukau, and five years as the family advisor for CADS Auckland, enjoying and developing her work with whānau throughout that time.  Michelle has qualifications in Psychotherapy and Health Science, and is a facilitator and trainer for Single Session Family Consultation training.


This session explores the question – ‘are we there yet?’  when working with whānau in addiction services in Aotearoa.

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Tuesday 20 October 12 - 1pm

Working with Māori - 5 CPD points

A competent addiction professional demonstrates ability to contribute to whānau ora for Māori.

Presented by Maynard Gilgen. Chaired by Takurua Tawera.