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A therapeutic community training programme for Aotearoa New Zealand

Anna Nelson (Matua Raki, Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui, Wellington, New Zealand)

Therapeutic Communities: The International Journal of Therapeutic Communities

ISSN: 0964-1866

Article publication date: 12 September 2016

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore and develop appropriate responses to the workforce development needs of Aotearoa New Zealand Therapeutic Communities (TC).

Design/methodology/approach

Matua Raki took a workforce development design approach using principles of participatory/co-design.

Findings

A scoping exercise undertaken to explore the workforce development needs of Aotearoa New Zealand TC concluded that there was a shortage of addiction practitioners ready, willing and able to work in the TC environment and that a workforce development solution was desired by stakeholders. Following the scoping exercise a demand analysis found that there was a need for a TC training programme to be delivered in the Aotearoa New Zealand context. Outcome: a culturally appropriate TC training programme was developed in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders. The training programme was then piloted with a group of 23 practitioners. Evaluation of participant engagement and satisfaction indicated that the training programme was appropriate to both the needs of the workforce and the TC context.

Originality/value

The TC training, developed as a result of this workforce development design approach provides unique content and processes to meet the needs of the TC workforce in the New Zealand context.

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Acknowledgements

Matua Raki would like to acknowledge every individual, service and organization who has been involved in this project.

Citation

Nelson, A. (2016), "A therapeutic community training programme for Aotearoa New Zealand", Therapeutic Communities: The International Journal of Therapeutic Communities, Vol. 37 No. 3, pp. 149-158. https://doi.org/10.1108/TC-04-2016-0011

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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