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Alcohol and Drug Clinician - 0.6 FTE - CADS Abstinence Programme (WDHB11972)

Community Alcohol and Drug Services (CADS) Auckland are looking for a part time (0.6 FTE) registered AOD clinician to work in our CADS Abstinence Programme based in Pt Chevalier

CADS are the largest Alcohol and other Drugs (AOD) service in New Zealand working with over 15000 people each year. CADS provide free community and inpatient AOD treatment from a number of locations across Auckland. CADS are committed to empowering the community to discover healthier use of substances (harm minimisation) and to promote recovery and wellbeing.

The CADS Abstinence Programme (CAP) is a small team of dedicated professionals who put recovery at the forefront. CAP offers applicants the exciting opportunity to work in a long term intensive programme that encourages abstinence through engagement with the 12 step fellowship and traditional IOP components such as setting boundaries, learning communication skills, and developing new, lifelong strategies. It offers both group and 1-1 counselling support over a 2 year period.


  • Relevant three year tertiary qualification and professional registration.
  • Therapeutic work specialising in group based and abstinence focussed interventions
  • Knowledge of the concepts and implications of the Harm Reduction model, and willingness to work within this framework.
  • Proven skills in clinical assessment, treatment planning and goal setting.
  • Ability to develop and implement treatment plans in line with client goals.
  • Experience in counselling and group work.
  • The ability to work both independently and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective networks.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • Full registration with professional body (dapaanz , nursing, social work, counselling, psychology, occupational therapy or related fields)
  • Full, clean drivers licence
  • Legal right to work in NZ
  • Ability to implement Te Tiriti O Waitangi in your daily work
  • Ability to facilitate evening groups


  • Knowledge of 12 step group facilitation would be an advantage.
  • Significant experience and/or training in the alcohol and drug field.
  • Relevant postgraduate health or education related tertiary qualification.
  • Lived experience as a consumer or whanau member
  • Experience in group facilitation


  • Working for a regional service in the country’s largest DHB provides more opportunity for professional development and career progression
  • 10 days sick leave and 4 weeks annual leave
  • Competitive salary and paid professional registration as per DHB collective agreement
  • Regular supervision and training

At Waitematā DHB we are driven by our values “everyone matters,” “with compassion,” “connected” and “better, best, brilliant.” We are committed to living up to these values to give you the right balance of autonomy, support, development, encouragement and aroha.

If you are wanting a varied work environment within a supportive team, we’d be delighted to meet you.

For more information about the position please phone Pauline Tucker on 021 784 394. For more information about our recruitment process, please contact Glenn Bratton, Recruitment Consultant on 09 442 7251.

To be considered for this position, please apply directly online at quoting number WDHB11972

Please click here for a copy of the position description.

Position number: WDHB11972