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Content Creators for online course in addiction interventions

As a precursor to offering the Graduate Diploma in Addictions Intervention, the Open Polytechnic will be developing the 60-credit Graduate Certificate in Addictions Interventions (Level 7). We are looking for experts in the various fields of addiction to assist the project development team in developing four x 15 credit courses. This will involve a commitment of a 10 – 20 hours a week per course for three to four months, starting immediately.

You will need to be a DAPAANZ registered practitioner with a few years’ experience in the field. Experience in education or training in this area would be an added advantage, as would knowledge of the new Addiction Competency Framework from DAPAANZ. There will be opportunity for those involved in the Graduate Certificate to continue working with us on the 120 credit Graduate Diploma. This will involve the development of a further four courses.

Content Creators will provide input and feedback to specific parts of the development, as needed. Specifically, they will:

  • Consult with the development team to contribute to courseware development with focus on their key area of expertise. This may involve some research and writing.
  • Answer specific questions from the development team with focus on their key area of expertise.
  • Conduct reviews of course materials to check for accuracy and that the most current theories and practice have been included.

To apply, please send a cover letter, your CV, and the completed writing sample activity below to by 19th March February 2021. Only email applications will be considered.

For questions about this contract role, please contact the project manager at

Writing Sample Instruction


The purpose of the writing sample is for you to demonstrate your ability to:

  1. author learning materials and assessments at an appropriate level
  2. structure material logically
  3. create original work (we use TurnItIn to establish originality)
  4. use APA referencing correctly
  5. follow written task instructions - apply industry knowledge, experience and research to a specific educational design task.


Choose one of the following learning outcomes to complete this task.

  1. Demonstrate critical knowledge of individual and whānau-centred therapeutic interventions and strategies when working with people with co-existing addictions and mental health problems.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to conduct best practice therapeutic interventions approaches in mental health and addictions contexts.
  3. Demonstrate therapeutic group facilitation and process skills in an addictions and co-existing problems (CEP) context.
  4. Critically evaluate and reflect on own counselling practice and align with professional competencies and national practice standards & guidelines.


Based on your chosen learning outcome, develop and submit the following learning resources, pitched at Level 7 (degree) on the National Qualifications Framework and suitable for online delivery to adult distance students:

1. An outline of a summative assessment task that effectively measures whether or not students have achieved this learning outcome.

2. An outline (topics, heading, sub-headings and brief annotations if relevant) of a chunk of learning material based around this learning outcome and the content focus provided.

3. A sample of a page within this learning material that covers one of the topics you have included in the outline. This page should be:

  • brief – no more than 500 words
  • written in an approachable explanatory style appropriate to the level of the student
  • include references to relevant ‘real-world’ industry practices and examples
  • be clearly laid out with relevant headings and sub-headings
  • include at least one complete formative activity that will scaffold the student towards the final assessment

4. List of five relevant online and print resources (these may include industry documents, relevant videos, diagrams or websites) that you could refer students to for further information

The completed writing sample should not exceed 1000 words.

NOTE: See for further information about levels .