Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction

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Develop the skills and knowledge to support your community

If you want to pursue a career in the mental health and addiction workforce, then Massey’s Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health and Addiction) is for you!

What is it like?

Join a large and growing workforce in New Zealand

The New Zealand government is actively exploring ways to support, educate, professionally develop and grow the mental health and addiction workforce. Support workers represent over 30% of the mental health and addiction workforce and have been a primary driver of its growth over the past five years.

As a support worker in this field, you’ll work to promote and sustain the mental health and wellbeing of individuals, whānau and communities. You’ll focus on the health potential of people and their everyday settings for living. You’ll work to reduce inequities and to improve the social, cultural, environmental and political determinants of mental health and addiction.

Gain foundational skills

With Massey’s Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction, you’ll become a reflective and dynamic thinker, capable of demonstrating commitment to equity within a broad hauora wellbeing approach.

You’ll be introduced to:

  • key concepts in mental health and addiction, its determinants and advocacy
  • te reo, tikanga and engagement with Māori
  • social and community helping skills
  • models and predictors of mental health, public health and addiction
  • key concepts in public health.

You’ll gain:

  • skills to facilitate, lead and advise in order to solve complex challenges
  • an appreciation of the development, history, and context of mental health and addiction in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • skills of meaningful engagement, authentic relationships, and shared decision-making to plan and evaluate interventions to improve population wellbeing.

DAPAANZ recognition

Drug and Alcohol Practitioners’ Association Aotearoa–New Zealand (DAPAANZ) is the membership association representing the professional interests of practitioners working in addiction treatment.

The Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction has a four-course structure that provides the critical knowledge and engagement competencies required for DAPAANZ-accredited support workers working with Māori and non-Māori in the mental health and addiction sector. As a graduate of this programme you may be eligible to apply for DAPAANZ accreditation.

Study to suit your lifestyle

With distance learning you can plan your study to suit your lifestyle. You can enrol in the Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction full or part time.

Go on to further study

Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction graduates can go on to study Massey’s Bachelor of Health Science, with majors in Mental Health and Addiction, Health Promotion or Health Services Navigation.

A good fit if you:

  • Personally value respect, aroha (love) and hope
  • Want to work purposefully with others to challenge the status quo and develop social justice and inclusion
  • Care about promoting and sustaining the mental health and wellbeing of individuals, whānau and communities


Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction graduates possess knowledge and transferable skills to work within a range of mental health settings.

Their roles may include:

  • peer worker
  • support worker
  • advocate
  • youth worker
  • kaimahi
  • kaiawhina
  • community health worker
  • aged care worker
  • health coach
  • family violence worker.

They may work within:

  • District Health Boards
  • Primary Health Organisations
  • non-government organisations
  • local and central government
  • iwi social services and Māori health organisations
  • government agencies
  • culturally-specific services
  • the disability sector
  • aged care sector
  • public health units
  • youth services
  • the education sector
  • community organisations.

Te Rau Puawai

Each year the Te Rau Puawai Workforce Programme provides bursaries and learning support for students who are seeking to commence or complete a Massey University qualification in the field of Māori mental health. Students who want to enrol in this programme might be eligible to apply.

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