Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a requirement of your dapaanz registration.

CPD is important to ensure that your practice is relevant, demonstrates cultural competency and is based on current best practice. CPD helps you to provide the best possible support to tāngata whaiora.

CPD activities need to be relevant to the Addiction Intervention Competency Framework (2011), or best practice based on emerging evidence.

Each CPD activity is allocated points.

Provisional and Registered Addiction Practitioners are required to complete CPD activities worth 100 points annually, and Associate Practitioners and Support Workers, 75 points annually.

There are four different categories of CPD activities:

Work-based Professional Development

Formal Training and Education

Self-Directed Learning

Professional Activity for the Sector

You must earn points from more than one category, unless you are undertaking activities from Category 2: Formal Training and Education, which can make up your full points allocation.

Download our CPD points table to find out more about the different ways you can earn CPD towards your annual registration renewal.

It is important to keep evidence of your CPD activities during the year, as we may require you to provide this evidence, as part of our monthly CPD auditing process. Download our CPD log, which is a handy way for you to keep a note of all your CPD activity throughout the year.

Please remember to include details of each activity in the notes section on the relevant page of the log, and attach the completed CPD log with your renewal form.

We offer workshops to support continuing professional development throughout the year. We are expanding our CPD offering, in response to member feedback, so please keep an eye on our events calendar.

We promote all our workshops in dapaanz news, our monthly email newsletter, once they are available for online booking. We feel fortunate to draw on the skills and talent of a range of experienced practitioners and trainers to support our members to develop in the practice areas of importance to them.


Rachel Scaife

Rachel has had a varied career in addiction practice, beginning with harm reduction and educational roles in the UK, then later working as a paramedic. Since moving to New Zealand, Rachel has worked across many settings including in Therapeutic Communities and mobile outreach services for clients, managing teams of both peer support specialists and AOD clinicians. She has more recently 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 workshops supporting supervisors and others in addiction and aligned settings.

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

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 including clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, alcohol and drug clinicians, peer support workers and cultural consultants.

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.

Here are some examples of additional Continuing Professional Development activities. We will update modules and publications as new content becomes available. All the learning resources on this page are free to access unless otherwise stated.


Check out some of the following webinars by organisations in the wider addictions sector, including from our colleagues in Australia and further afield.

Werry Workforce | Whāraurau Trauma-informed practice, presented by Debbie Watkin, registered psychologist, Te Puaruruhau, Starship Children’s Health (52 mins).

Werry Workforce | Whāraurau Partnering with Māori whānau, Engaging with Pasifika Families, presented by Stacey Porter and Maliaga Erick (1hr 13 mins).

Turning PointFrom Clinician to Leader, presented by Shannon Bell and Beth Locke (46 minutes).  This webinar turns the case-based lens on the clinician rather than the client. It draws on the clinical and leadership practice of Change Agent Network (CAN) members Shannon Bell and Beth Locke. They share their experiences and top tips for transitioning from clinician to clinical leader.

Online Training Modules

Te Pou offers a range of e-learning courses to increase the skills and knowledge of people working in the mental health, addiction and disability sectors.

Options currently available include:

  • Trauma-informed care
  • Working with Māori / Māori models of practice
  • Working with whānau
  • Opioid substitution treatment
  • Co-existing problems

Check out the Te Pou website for further information.