Insights into Addiction:
What I wish I’d known about addictions!

21 October
9am - 3.45pm via Zoom

Addiction training that is ethical, competent and culturally-responsive so that whānau affected by addiction can flourish.

In this interactive workshop with Chris Malcolm, Lecturer of Health and Wellbeing (Applied Practice) and Addiction Studies, Chris will clarify what constitutes addiction and present a rationale for why clinicians, support workers and whanau all need to know about it. He also outlines several models for understanding substance and behavioural addictions.

The workshop will also examine how to identify a range of behavioural and substance addictions and describes several treatment considerations for the most common addictions. The bulk of the training day deals with the characteristics, and treatment considerations, for the five most prevalent behavioural addictions: drug/alcohol, internet gaming addiction, sex/pornography addiction, gambling addiction, and food addiction.

Chris will also explore the implications that culture and lifestyle have on the person, their whanau and the choice of treatment pathways.

Questions and issues that will be covered include:

·         Why do people use substances or develop behavioural addictions?
·         What types of addictions are there and how do use of some substances lead to addiction?
·         What do we mean by “addiction” and “dependence”?
·         Physiological, psychological and social processes involved in addiction.
·         Understanding levels of use and identifying problematic, harmful of hazardous addiction-related behaviours
·         Environmental and systemic influences on addictions, including the social paradigm of addictions
·         Impact of trauma and attachment on substance use and risky behaviours
·         Addressing behavioural change and motivation
·         Exploring a range of supports and interventions, including types of self-help, family/whānau support, clinical or professional support.
·         Essential principles and skills for working with addictive behaviours

Learning Objectives

  1. Understanding of a broad range of substance and behavioural addictions

  2. Awareness of the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social impacts of addiction

  3. Appreciation of the social and cultural context of addictions as well as potential steps towards addressing these

  4. Explore options for responding constructively to people experiencing addiction-related issues, and treatment options available in most communities

Spaces are limited. Contact us today to make a pencil booking if you are seeking funding approval.

Who Should Attend

In addition to therapists and MH professionals in both primary and secondary level care, this workshop is also for front-line staff with little psychological training, who may be struggling with how to work with these clients.

 It is suitable for those working in social services, health and law enforcement, including:

  •  Case Workers, Unit Managers, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers

  • Psychologists & Psychiatrists, Therapists, and Licensed Practicing Counsellors

  • Community mental health staff

  • Emergency Room staff, Crisis Telephone Helpline staff

  • School counsellors

  • Police and Probation Officers

  • Youth justice counsellors

  • General Practitioners

  • It will particularly suit those in NFP’s, community-based outreach services and community organisations.

NOTE - If your organisation is interested in having Chris present face-face to between 15 - 40 members of your team, please contact Faye Johnson for more information.

If you do not have sufficient numbers within your team, you could open the training up either to other Branch’s of your organisation or other region-based community agencies you work with. We have worked with many organisations this has worked well for.

The following peak bodies and organisations recognise that the training we offer is of a high quality, evidence based and relevant for their members CPD.

About the Presenter

Chris Malcolm - Lecturer, Applied Practice, Eastern Institute of Technology, Hawkes Bay 

Chris teaches Health and Wellbeing (Applied Practice) and Addiction Studies at EIT (the Eastern Institute of Technology, Hawkes Bay). 

Originally a Wellingtonian with family roots in Hawke’s Bay, he has spent many years working in mental health, counselling and management.  He joined the staff of EIT, Hawkes Bay in 2009. 

He has supervised Post Grad (Health Science) students and recently developed and co-taught several Post Graduate micro-credential courses in Health Science. Chris’ interests within this field center on Trauma-informed practice, Family-inclusive practice, Peer-led Recovery, Cognitive Behavioural approaches and strengths-based approaches to building resilience. He is a member of DAPAANZ, ANZACBT and ANZTCA. 

In 1999 Chris previously completed studies in spirituality and applied theology at Oxford University (UK) and helps out from time to time with the Chaplaincy team on the Taradale campus. 

He enjoys travel. His Oxford studies also afforded an opportunity to enjoy cycling around Europe. With one of his kids now at University, and the second about to head away from the Bay, Chris now has more time for his other passions including a-cappella singing and coordinating the local DAPAANZ (addiction practitioners’) Journal Club. 

What past participants had to say about the workshop

  • "There were so many aspects of the workshop that was really good. Pae Tata Pae Tawhiti"

  • "I left this workshop feeling inspired, and hopeful that I can help make a difference for some people struggling with addictions"

  • "Even though this course online was really good, my style of learning benefits from the energy in the room and bouncing ideas and experience. The group work was brilliant."

  • "I usually struggle with online workshops, but the presentation and content were really interesting, engaging, and comprehensive. I've recommended Insights in Addictions to all ofmy colleagues."

  • "Chris Malcolm was a great facilitator - easy to listen to, kept workshop interesting, varied, and interactive"

Date and Time

Online via Zoom

21 October 2024
9.00am - 3.45pm 

You will be sent the details to access ZOOM after you have registered. 

This is an interactive workshop with breakout room activities and we therefore ask all participants to have their own computer / laptop with a working camera and mic as this makes interaction with the breakout room activities and discussions easier and enhances the learning for all.

We also encourage participants to email their questions to us prior to the workshop, or via the chat at the meeting - email

Please note this webinar will not be recorded.

Price & Registration Information

Online One Day Workshop
$320.00 inc GST
The price stated is per person.

If you are sending 5 or more delegates, please email us for a discounted rate.

Payment online is by Debit or Credit Card: VISA, Mastercard or American Express only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process. Our registration platform is hosted by Lil Regie, our NZ based booking agent.

Upon completing your registration by hitting the blue 'Confirm Booking' button, you will receive an automated email from Lil Regie confirming the booking and amount paid by credit card. This will appear on your statement as from LIL REGIE LTD WELLINGTON.

A GST Tax Invoice showing your payment in full will also be emailed to you.

If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Faye Johnson

Can't pay online and require an invoice?

We work hard to ensure that all workshops are cost effective by automating our systems. If you require an invoice (rather than paying by debit or credit card) there will be a $25.00 inc GST surcharge for this, and you will need to supply:

  1. The full name and postal address required to appear on the invoice.

  2. The contact name and email of the person(s) responsible for authorising this expense and approving payment.

  3. Any purchase order references required on vendor invoices.

Please email this information to Brian - and , and along with the Invoice we will also send you a special booking link which will come up as free of charge. Through this link you will need to complete your registration. 

Our workshops fill quickly so if you would like to reserve a place, please contact

What happens if you have to cancel?

We know that sometimes your plans can change for many different reasons. Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome to attend at no extra cost. If a substitute delegate is not available and you need to cancel your registration, please be aware of the following:

Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $20.00 inc GST per attendee service charge.

If you cancel within 7 days of the event, you are not eligible to receive a refund. Please note: should your registration not be paid by the time of the event, you are still liable to make the payment.

Unpaid accounts may be passed over to our debt collection agency and additional costs may be incurred. 

All cancellations must be received in writing (email). 

Training is cancellable by GROW with 3 days’ notice if a minimum number of attendees is not met and full refunds will be provided.

Please note: GROW Ltd reserves the right to make any amendments that we may deem to be in the best interest of the forum – it is however very unlikely and we will notify you as soon as possible should this occur.

For more information see our full Terms of Trade.

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