Platform Trust provides services to the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand by placing students enrolled in the Diploma of Applied Mental Health into community mental health and addiction organisations so they can meet the practicum requirements for course 73328 "Mental Health and Addiction Studies: Treatment Issues".
Platform has been placing students in community mental health and addiction services since 2000. As a national membership based organisation Platform is well placed to approach community organisations on behalf of distance learning students. Some students have little or no experience of community mental health and addiction services while others are currently working in the non-government organisations or district health board mental health services.
Platform has a great relationship with the Open Polytechnic and this benefits student learning and ensures it remains relevant to the changing requirements of the sector.
Visit the Open Polytechnic website for more key information on Semester start dates and any pre-requisites required. There is a Justice Report requirement for this placement. These can take some time to be cleared so it is best to enrol early.
(Qualification Code: OP6120)
Turn your passion for helping people into a career with the Diploma in Applied Mental Health. This is an ideal qualification if you’re working or would like to work as a mental health support worker. You will gain an in-depth understanding of people and learn what specialist help is available. You’ll study the diploma by distance and will gain practical skills and experience within a mental health service.
(Qualification Code: OP7800)
The Bachelor of Social Health and Wellbeing will prepare you to work within the rapidly transforming mental health, addictions, and disability sectors.
The degree focuses on innovative and future orientated health and wellbeing practices that improve the quality of life for the people who use your services and for their family/whanau. This qualification is ideal if you are currently working in or interested in beginning a career in the mental health, addictions, and disability sectors.
Potential employment roles in the mental health and addictions sector may include- Addictions Counsellor, Support Worker, Care Manager, Health Educator and Promoter, Community Development Worker, Social Work Assistant, Service Coordinator, Public Health Manager or Administrator, Hospital/NGO Service Administrator, Case Manager/Worker, Programme Coordinator, Policy Development.
Potential employment roles in the disability sector may include- Disability Support Worker, Care Manager, Service Coordinator, Case Manager/Worker, Community Development Worker, Programme Coordinator, Policy Development, Health Educator and Promoter.
For information on fees, entry requirements, study time and key dates please visit the website www.openpolytechnic.ac.nz You can also freephone 0508 650 200 and request an information and enrolment pack.