Mental Health

Learn the skills you need to work in the mental health and social services sector. Explore different values and gain an understanding of how to work ethically alongside your own values and beliefs with a person-centred approach to mental health support and care.

Our Mental Health programmes will ensure you develop a broad scope of practice in line with a contemporary approach to social service support and wellbeing. You’ll learn how to use local and national networks, resources and organisations to provide referral pathways, and you’ll gain a solid knowledge of the relevant legislation needed to work with people within health and wellbeing field.

The biggest point of difference at Otago Polytechnic is our real-world approach to learning. The experience you’ll gain on clinical placements as part of your programme will give you the skills to seamlessly transition from study to employment or promotion.

In our degree and diploma programmes, you will study core social services subjects followed by health and wellbeing practice as your chosen elective, which includes mental health.

Mental health qualifications

Community Services

Aligned with community and industry needs, and national strategies, this qualification will provide you with the practical knowledge and skills you need for a career in social support work. This is a holistic programme, that develops your knowledge and skills to facilitate wellbeing across the four dimensions; hauroa (health) including tinana (physical), hinengaro (mental and emotional), whānau (family and social) and wairua (spiritual and connection).

Duration

1 Year

Delivery

On campus, Online

Location

Online, Dunedin

Career potential

Facilitator, Social Support Worker, Wellbeing Advisor, Wellbeing Coach

Community Services

This degree will give you the necessary skills to be a capable and confident social services professional working in New Zealand. At the end of your first year, you’ll choose your specialty, then complete placements during your second and third year to build your industry experience and contacts. You’ll graduate with a high-level of self-awareness, a thorough understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi principals and the communication skills to engage and support a diverse range of people.

Duration

3 Years

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Career Practitioner, Counsellor, Disability Support, Mental Health Advisor, Youth Worker

Community Services

This programme is designed for people who are already working in the mental health and addictions sector. You will gain the specialised technical knowledge and skills to provide treatment to people seeking assistance with problems of gambling, alcohol and drug use. While you learn to apply specialised knowledge, Te Taketake is also about promoting your own personal growth. This qualification is offered through the Moana House Training Institute and is recognised by DAPAANZ (Drug and Alcohol Practitioners’ Association Aotearoa–New Zealand).

Duration

2 Years

Delivery

Blended learning

Location

Rotorua, Dunedin

Career potential

Addiction Counsellor, Health Promoter, Senior Support Worker

Community Services

This programme is designed for those who want to broaden their Bachelor of Social Services degree with a second specialty or add a focused specialty to another degree. This diploma will enable you to gain a vocational specialty by working with clients and studying professional practice and theory.

Duration

1 Year

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Career Practitioner, Counsellor, Disability Support, Mental Health Advisor, Youth Worker

Specialise in supporting people’s health and wellbeing

Our Certificate in Health and Wellbeing will give you a solid grounding to prepare you for this industry before you decide which discipline to focus on. You will complete six compulsory courses and choose one specialty strand from the following electives:

  • Community Facilitation
  • Mental Health and Addiction
  • Social Services

If you choose to complete one specialty at the certificate level, you are not restricted to that specialty should you choose to progress to the Bachelor of Social Services.

Contact us

If you’re not sure what to study and would like some guidance, we’re here to help. Feel free to chat to us directly about any questions you may have.