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Seven Real Skills

Supporting outcomes

There are seven Real Skills for working with people and whānau with mental health and addiction needs in health that support a range of outcomes.

Access a wide range of new and existing resources to increase your knowledge and skills in the Let’s get real values, attitudes and seven Real Skills at essential, enhanced and leadership levels.

  • Essential

    For everyone working in health regardless of role, profession or organisation.

  • Enhanced

    For everyone working in mental health and addiction roles.

  • Leadership

    For everyone who is leading, guiding, educating and resourcing the work of others in health.

Use your Real Skills Online assessment results to choose the level that applies to you. Alternatively, align your learning with the level that applies to your role as described in Let’s get real.

We will continue to update and develop further resources to enhance your capability across Let’s get real.

Seven Real Skills

Drop down the lists below to learn about about each Real Skill and to access key resources for each Skill.

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Te Pou has a wide range of evidence-based resources and tools to help the mental health, addiction and disability workforces.

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Our work

Te Pou works alongside mental health and addiction services, and disability organisations to understand their priorities and workforce challenges.

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