Dapaanz workshops are available throughout the year.

Check out our events calendar for a monthly view of workshops available and to register.

Or find out more about each workshop below.

This course will discuss the theory behind ‘what works’ with clients involved in the justice system in terms of criminogenic and non-criminogenic needs. We will focus on what criminogenic needs treatment can address with the view of reducing recidivism. We will then look at Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) strategies such as problem solving, unhelpful thoughts, as well as planning with the overall aim of reducing recidivism. If you have an interest in learning how evidenced-based interventions apply with clients involved in the justice system, then this Zoom course may be of interest to you. A prerequisite for this course is an interest in learning how CBT can be applied with clients involved in the justice system.

Duration: One day

CPD points: 30

Delivered by: Bronwen Wood

This workshop aims to provide an introduction to group work.

Groups are, for many of us, a huge part of the work that we do. We will look at ways to increase your confidence in delivering groups, and what you can do if things aren’t going well.

This workshop will cover:

1. The benefits of groups

2. Group process in mental health & addiction

3. Different styles of group, such as self-help, psychoeducational, task-focused and process

4. The Golden Rules of group work

5. How to set your group up to minimise challenges

6. Factors that can potentially create challenges within your group, and steps you can take to get things back on track. (This section of the training will include break-out room discussions of challenging situations and possible resolutions)

Duration: 3 hours

CPD points: 15

Delivered by: Rachel Scaife

If you are interested in learning CBT strategies to apply with co-existing presentations, then this Zoom course may be of interest to you. We will focus on strategies to support clients in identifying unhelpful thinking habits and the theory behind how these thoughts develop. We will then look at different strategies to support clients in being flexible with their thoughts and looking at a more balanced perspective. The aim of this is to support clients in learning that they do not have to believe their unhelpful thoughts and have choices to see their world through different lenses. A prerequisite for this course is an interest in learning CBT.

Duration: One day

CPD points: 30

Delivered by: Bronwen Wood

The aim of this workshop is to increase your knowledge about trauma and the brain in relation to addictions. It will focus on how the brain maintains the trauma and how maladaptive coping strategies such as addictions develop. We will also spend some time focusing on treatment for addictions and trauma. If you work with trauma clients with addictions the objective of the day is to enhance your knowledge and skills.

Duration: One day

CPD points: 30

Delivered by: Bronwen Wood

Training Outcomes:

How to navigate the transition from completing your supervision training to becoming a supervisor. This is pitched at a new to supervision level.


Wellness in the workplace and how to manage your own juggle.

Not taking too many things on and keeping boundaries with supervisees.

Ensuring that your own self care is managed.

Duration: 2 hours

CPD points: 10

Delivered by: Rachel Scaife

Training outcomes for this workshop:

You will have a better understanding of peer support and what the role involves and what it doesn’t involve.

The history of peer support both worldwide and within NZ.

Through a better understanding, clinician’s will be able to work alongside peers with an understanding of how the roles can complement each other.


History of peer support worldwide.

History of peer support in NZ.

Principles of peer support.

The best way to work alongside peer support.

Duration: 3 hours

CPD points: 15

Delivered by: Rachel Scaife

Paddling and Flying to New Horizons

Ka huri te kei o te waka

Haere ki tua, papapounamu te moana

Kia Ngā tahi te waihoe

Whatiwhati ngaru

E topa, e rere ki te paerangi.

Paddle as one

Turn the bow of the canoe

Cut through the waves

Go beyond to where the waters are flat

that you may soar and fly to the horizon.

This interactive workshop is for Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Psychotherapists and Social Workers.

You will:

UNDERSTAND: How use of Pūrakau (Traditional Maori narratives of origin) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) acknowledging the mana of each can make your conversations for change more powerful.

KNOW: The fundamental MI skills. Spirit of MI: partnership, acceptance, compassion & evocation. The four MI processes: engage, focus, evoke & plan. How to use reflective listening to shape a conversation to resolve ambivalence and strengthen commitment for change.

PRACTICE: Engaging in storytelling of Pūrakau with discussion expanding and deepening themes of change and applicability of these narratives of origin with those you work with.

STRENGTHEN: Your confidence to use Pūrakau and MI in your practice.

Duration: Two days

CPD points: 50

Delivered by: Tipene Pickett

This is an interactive online session that will involve information provision, discussions, and self-reflection.

Expected outcome of the session is for participants to:

Understand their own personal/professional boundaries.

To build confidence in communicating and maintaining appropriate boundaries.


What are personal/professional boundaries.

How do we know if our boundaries are being challenged/overstepped?

What do we do if our boundaries are challenged/overstepped?

Discussions on self-disclosure/dual relationships/confidentiality.

Exploration of how self-care relates to good boundaries.

Duration: One day

CPD points: 30

Delivered by: Steve Staunton

Training offered by partner organisations

As Aotearoa’s addiction workforce registration body, dapaanz is kaitiaki of the Addiction Intervention Competencies Framework and is committed to supporting our members to access CPD opportunities that support their practice accordingly.

Where there are external opportunities that support development of these competencies, we will provide details below.

We encourage dapaanz practitioners to participate in training offered by these providers within their first five years of practice. Do regularly check their sites for new opportunities’

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Workforce Development Centres

Free Cultural competency training programme for the mental health and addiction workforce working with Asian and Refugee Communities

This programme provides insights and practical skills to address health equity and the unique needs of the diverse Asian and refugee communities who access services and support. Click here to find out more about the courses and how to access it.

Whārau logo and tagline: Empower the workforce | Manaakī Mokopuna

Te Rau Ora seeks to improve Māori Health through leadership, education, research and evaluation, health workforce development and innovative, systemic transformation.

Whārau logo and tagline: Empower the workforce | Manaakī Mokopuna

Whāraurau is a national centre for Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ICAMH) workforce development.

le Va logo

Le Va‘s purpose is to support Pasifika families and communities to unleash their full potential and have the best possible health and wellbeing outcomes.

Te Pou logo

Te Pou is a national workforce centre for mental health, addiction and disability in New Zealand.

Dapaanz trainers

Bronwen Wood

Bronwen is a registered psychologist currently working in private practice with trauma, mental health, and addiction clients.

She has over 25 years’ experience working in this field. In addition, Bronwen is the programme manager for justice programmes that she developed and implemented.

Bronwen began her career delivering sexual violence and sleep programmes within prison settings. She then worked on a Home Office pilot initiative with prolific offenders in the UK and implemented the new initiative in different areas of the UK.

On moving to NZ, Bronwen first worked delivering programmes for Corrections. She then worked for the NDHB alcohol and drug team for about 16 years, during which time she developed and implemented the Drive Soba Programme; the AOD Court Liaison position; the methamphetamine harm reduction course; and was part of the team that implemented the SBIRT AOD clinician in the Emergency Department.

Bronwen is an accredited dapaanz supervisor and delivers many training programmes, supporting those in addiction and other settings.

Bronwen is passionate about working in the addictions field which is evident in her delivery of training.

Rachel Scaife

Rachel Scaife

Rachel has had a varied career in addiction practice. Beginning with harm reduction and educational roles in the UK and later working as a paramedic.

Since moving to New Zealand Rachel has worked across many settings including in Therapeutic Communities, and in mobile outreach services for clients managing teams of both peer support specialists and AOD clinicians.

She led the implementation of Haven, a peer-led harm reduction service in the busy centre of Auckland leading teams of homelessness, addiction and mental health peers. More recently, Rachel led operational and community-based programmes including delivery of Smart Recovery as the Learning and Development coordinator at a large NGO in Auckland.

Rachel is also an accredited clinical supervisor for dapaanz and delivers many training programmes supporting supervisors and others in addiction and aligned settings.

Steve Staunton

Steve Staunton

Steve Staunton is a Registered Social Worker and dapaanz Addiction Practitioner and Accredited Supervisor with 15 years of experience conducting various trainings for addiction and mental health practitioners in both DHB and NGO settings.

Steve also practices as a group facilitator/trainer/supervisor and counsellor based in Whangārei.

Tipene Pickett

Nga Ngaru a Te Huki te Maunga – The waves of Te Huki is my Mountain
Waihua te Awa – Waihua is my River
Kahungunu te Iwi – Kahungunu is my tribe
Kurahikakawa te Hapu – Kurahikakawa is my Sub-tribe
Waihua te Marae – Waihua is my Marae
Ko Tipene Pickett toku ingoa – Tipene Pickett is my name

Tipene has been an alcohol and drug practitioner since 1998 in a number of Governmental, NGO and Kaupapa Māori settings. Since 2019, Tipene has been self-employed and delivers training for several DHBs and NGOs, upskilling people working in a variety of roles and disciplines.

Tipene provides a wide spectrum of MI (Motivational Interviewing) training, including MI with groups, coaching and training in the use of the Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity (MITI) & Video Assessment of Simulated Encounters (VASER NZ).

His special interest is in the relationship between MI and indigenous knowledge and wisdom. To that end, Tipene has developed a framework for framing the journey of MI within the context of the Māori language (Te Reo) and practices (Tikanga), as well as contemporary Māori models of health and the use of traditional Pūrakau (narratives of origin) of enhancing wellbeing.

Tipene is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, connecting him to a global community of people who share a similar vision of change and scrutiny of professional practice to promote effective clinical practice.

He manu e kai ana i te miro, nōnā to ngahere. He manu e kai ana i te matauranga, nōnā to ao.

A bird who feeds of the miro berry, theirs is the forest. A bird who feeds on knowledge, theirs is the world.