Past Livestreams

dapaanz addiction practice 2020

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Tuesday 18 August 12 – 1pm

Social Justice - 5 CPD Points

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A competent addiction professional understands social justice perspectives and integrates principles of social justice into their practice.

Applying principles of Social Justice, with a focus on Te Tiriti

Presented by Tracey Potiki


Tuesday 25 August 12 – 1pm

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Gambling - 5 CPD Points

This is additional to the Foundation Essential and Foundation Practitioner competencies and applies to those providing problem gambling intervention.

Working with problem gamblers

Presented by Paul Schreuder, Chaired by Sue Paton

20 minute keynote followed by questions/discussion

Paul has over 25 years experience in the field as a counsellor for NSAD, a facilitator for after-care, facilitator for PGF relapse prevention, lecturer in addiction studies and DAPAANZ supervisor. He is passionate about practice and integrating the arts with therapy.


Working with problem gamblers.

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How often is 'regular' supervision?

Presented by Alexander El Amanni, Chaired by Sue Paton

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.


Most addiction practitioners in Aotearoa New Zealand engage in one hour of clinical supervision per month. 

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Tuesday 1 September 12 – 3pm (3 hour workshop)

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Engaging with Pasifika People - 15 CPD Points

A competent addiction professional demonstrates responsiveness in providing intervention and support to Pacific peoples.

Presented  by: Ben Tameifuna, Esther Faitala-Mariner and Waimarama Roa
3 hour workshop

Ben Tameifuna

Ben has served in various roles across health and disability sectors for more than 15 years. Previous roles included coordinating consumer support services, community support worker, youth facilitator for the Like Minds Like Mine project, Intensive Service Coordinator for intellectual disability/mental health stream and facilitated holistic needs based assessments and coordinated appropriate supports for service user’s at Taikura Trust. He brings his comprehensive experience, passion, strategic thinking  and leadership experience to Le Va as a Senior Manager having the responsibility to improve access to disability support services for Pasifika and breaking down barriers around stigma. He also holds the Pasifika Public Health portfolio and leads the Engaging Pasifika Cultural Competency national training programme.  Ben is of Tongan descent, born and raised in Auckland by his parents Ikamafana and Alisi Tameifuna hailing from Niua, Kolofo’ou and Vaini.  He is a proud father of four beautiful children and grandfather to two gorgeous grand-daughters.

Esther Faitala-Mariner

With an academic background in population and community health, Esther’s work experience has primarily been in Pasifika workforce development contributing to developing Pasifika workforce that reflects the regional population. She brings her experience and heart to serve to Le Va working in various projects for the last eight years. She is currently a project manager and part of the Engaging Pasifika team particularly focussed on implementing an end to end systems and processes to ensure smooth delivery and progression of the Engaging Pasifika Cultural Competency national training programme. Prior to joining Le Va, she supported the development of the Maori Health Workforce Strategy within the Maori Health team and Taranaki DHB. She also worked at Counties Manukau Health where she engaged with targeted education providers encouraging Pasifika students to uptake science subjects and lead towards a career in health. She also worked closely with Pasifika trained nurses through the process of becoming New Zealand registered nurses. Esther is of Samoan descent, she is the daughter of Asiata Vini and Lina Faitala-Mariner hailing from the villages of Satupa’itea and Apolima.

Waimarama Roa

Waima started at Le Va as an intern in 2018 bringing a youth perspective to the table while working towards the completion of her law degree. She then came on board as a project support within the Pasifika for Life (FLO) suicide prevention team contributing to the development of Mental Wealth, a mental health literacy programme for young people. She is now working as a project co-ordinator in the Mental Health and Addictions team leading the Futures that Work scholarships programme and supporting the delivery of other programmes across the team. Her insights into the many challenges facing our Maori and Pasifika communities both within the health and legal sectors, drives her passion to improve the quality of life for her people. She is grounded by her whanau, partner and friends who push her daily to reach her goals. She is proud to come from a long line of strong, independent and successful women who have pushed her to dream big and strive for excellence – moulding her into the young woman she is today.


Tuesday 8 September 12 – 1pm

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Working with clients - 5 CPD Points

A competent addiction professional engages and works in partnership with clients, family and whānau to support recovery and wellbeing.

Presented by Peter Adams. Chaired by Debby Sutton

20 minute keynote followed by questions/discussion

Peter Adams was trained initially as a clinical psychologist and has practiced in hospital, community and private practice settings for over 13 years. He has published seven sole-authored books: How to Talk about Spiritual Encounters (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) Reflecting on the Inevitable: Mortality at the Crossroads of Psychology, Philosophy and Health (Oxford University Press, 2020), Navigating Everyday Life: Exploring the Tension Between Finitude and Transcendence (Lexington Books, 2018), Moral Jeopardy: Risks of Accepting Money from the Tobacco, Alcohol and Gambling Industries (Cambridge University Press, 2016), Masculine Empire: How Men Use Violence to Keep Women in Line (Dunmore, 2012), Fragmented Intimacy: Addiction in a Social World (Springer, 2008), and Gambling, Freedom and Democracy (Routledge, 2007). His research interests include: social theory, family impacts of addictions, industry conflicts of interest and public health approaches to gambling. He is employed as a professor at the School of Population Health and an associate director of the Centre for Addiction Research, both at the University of Auckland.


A social approach views addiction as involving the intensification of one relationship at the cost of other relationships. The emphasis shifts from attributes of the individual to attributes of relationships. Accordingly, working with client’s focuses on assessment and planning around reversing this intensification in favour of restoring and reintegrating connectedness with loved ones, workplaces, neighbourhoods and other life-enhancing relationships. 


Community Based Primary AOD Service

Presented by Sabien Blazek. Chaired by Debby Sutton

10 minute abstract presentation followed by questions/discussion

Sabien works at the Victory Community Centre as the Primary Adult Alcohol & Other Drug Clinician. She trained as an occupational therapist and has worked in the mental health and addictions sectors in the US and in Aotearoa New Zealand. She is excited to have the opportunity to develop this role.


“Skilled, accessible and integrated primary and community health care is essential for preventing and responding to mental health and addiction problems” 

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Tuesday 15 September 12 – 1pm

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Working with communities - 5 CPD Points

A competent addiction professional works effectively, within the scope of their role, to support community wellbeing and reduce harm related to gambling, tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.

Presented by Tamati Patuwai and Nari Faiers. Chaired by Sinead McCarthy.
20 minute presentation followed by questions/discussion

Tamati Patuwai, Kaiwai Lead Navigator, Mad Ave Community Trust

Ngāti Whātua, Te Kawerau a Maki, Te Taou

Tamati has extensive experience as a cultural community practitioner and has spent 15 years of his career working to build a bridge between the commercial and community sectors. Tamati has been a major player in many of the community development activities underway in Auckland and in the North, his home and tribal communities; Working with businesses, schools, community and religious groups. Tamati is recognised as an innovator within creative community development in Auckland and wider communities.

Nari Faiers, National Workforce Development Lead, Hāpai Te Hauora

Te Arawa, Ngāpuhi

Nari is a Māmā of 2 and has 2 mokopuna. Nari has vast experience in the field of Māori development and research working as a specialist in the Māori Growth Programme at Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development and in advancement at AUT University. Her mother was a Public Health Nurse, Community Leader and Teacher and a huge influencer in Nari’s life and ambitions. It was not surprising that Nari returned to the health sector and aspires to add value through resource development and health promotion for whānau, hapū and iwi.  She is currently enrolled in a doctoral programme with Te Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, investigating indigenous models of resilience built from a pandemic.

Tīhei mauri ora, ki te Whai Ao, ki te Ao Mārama.


Join Nari and Tamati who will discuss TAO; an example of Rangatahi development through mātauranga and Kaupapa Māori.

Our youth are our future and to enable them to reach their potential and to analyse a world that is rapidly changing TAO was developed. A 12 week programme that delves deeply into the practice of self-mastering and critical reflection.

This mana enhancing programme is a positive pathway that has been co-designed by whanau and rangatahi towards finding solutions to the challenges of today’s world.

Whāia te Tino Rangatiratanga - kia tika, kia pono, kia aroha: Be the boss you are, come correct and have it all! 


Tuesday 22 September 12 – 1pm

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Professional responsibility - 5 CPD Points

A competent addiction professional upholds ethical, legal and professional practice standards relevant to their role in a way that supports clients and whānau. Addiction professionals practice as effective team members and members of organisations, reflect on their practice, participate in ongoing professional development and support continuous service improvement to support the recovery of clients.

Presented by Andrew Raven. Chaired by Denise Blake.

Andrew is currently employed as a Registered Psychologist, contracted by Hawkes Bay District Health Board to provide a drug an addiction service in Wairoa, a small town in northern Hawkes Bay.  His work history has been primarily involved with addiction counselling, supervision and teaching. Over 2019 Andrew worked in Kiribati, a small Pacific island nation, assisting with the development of a national drug and alcohol policy. Andrew is also on the Professional Standards Committee of DAPAANZ, and it is this role that he draws on in presenting this interactive workshop.


The Value of a Complaint: Seeing Past the Stress to Engage with an Opportunity for Reflection and Growth.

Opportunities for professional and personal development present in many ways. Any complaint, whether a critical comment by a client or a formal complaint to your professional body, can be stressful and potentially undermining of your professional and personal confidence. 

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Making Visible- The next steps: Supporting LGBTQIA+ AOD workers

Presented by Allanah Elvy-Arnold. Chaired by Denise Blake.

10 minute abstract presentation followed by questions/discussion

Allanah Elvy-Arnold (they/them) is a queer non-binary DAPAANZ Registered Practitioner. Ko Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, ko Ngāti Pākehā oku iwi. Allanah has worked in the mental health & addictions sector for the past 10 years in clinical, quality coordination, and auditing roles. Allanah resides in Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington working in private practice while studying part-time at Massey University undertaking a MA(Psychology) thesis on Queer Visibility and Wellbeing in the Counselling Professions. Allanah is also an Executive Advisor on the board of InsideOUT Kōaro.


Making Visible: improving services for sexual minority people in alcohol and other drug addiction prevention and treatment (Pega & MacEwan, 2010) was ground breaking work that enabled improvements in the knowledge and provision of LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, & Asexual +) affirmative alcohol and drug prevention and treatment in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

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Tuesday 29th September 12 - 1pm

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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)

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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

This will be a practical workshop on facilitating groups.


Tuesday 13 October 12 - 1pm

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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

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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.


Pokie Funding and Community Grants a Troublesome Addiction

10 minute abstract presentation followed by questions/discussion

Presented by Paula Snowden. Chaired by Takurua Tawera.

Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te waka.

Ko Whangaroa te moana.

Ko Pupuke te kainga.

Ko Ngapuhi ki Ngati Kahu e nga iwi.

Ko Ururoa te tangata.

Ko Paula Snowden ahau.

Paula Snowden has wide government and not-for-profit sector experience. She joined PGF Group (Problem Gambling Foundation) as Chief Executive in December 2016. Her non-government leadership experience is broad having been Deputy Chief Executive of the former Alcohol Advisory Council where she led the social marketing programme and Chief Executive of the Quit Group Trust/Quitline through one of its most successful periods. Paula also has a strong executive leadership background in both Housing New Zealand and the Accident Compensation Commission and has also had a number of policy roles including in the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and the Ministry of Maori Development. In all her leadership roles, Paula has focussed on addressing equity and on sustainable and effective programme delivery. Paula is passionate about making a difference and supporting people and organisations to be the best they can be through. She is both a skilled leader of culturally diverse workforces and is a skilled change manager. Paula was formerly on the Board of UNICEF New Zealand and a Trustee of the UNICEF Children’s Foundation. Paula is a director on the board of Melon Health and until recently as a lay member appointment to the Nursing Council of New Zealand.


For a number of years, community organisations and community sporting groups have relied on grants from pokie machines to support their operations. In many cases they are taking gambling losses to work with the very whanau who are experiencing mental health and addiction problems, family violence and poverty.

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