Introduction to Co-Existing Problems in Taiohi | Youth

During this module, you will gain the skills and knowledge to confidently identify, assess and provide assistance in the treatment of substance abuse that affects the mental wellbeing of taiohi | youth.

Please note:

The CEP courses have been updated in 2021 and replaced with:

  1. Substance use and taiohi | youth
  2. Co-Existing problems in taiohi | youth

Your learning record still holds the certificates you earned by completing any of the previous courses.


    We acknowledge that during the transition between childhood and adulthood, our taiohi's brains undergo rapid development. Studies have shown that when wellbeing is supported/mentored during this time, the transition to adulthood is easier for all involved.

    We also acknowledge the Te Tiriti o Waitangi, which gives Māori, as Tangata Whenua, the right to equitable access to appropriate health care. As workers, we are committed to providing culturally appropriate and competent care that includes access pathways to Kaupapa Māori services.

    Culturally competent care improves outcomes for Māori taiohi and their whānau. Cultural competence includes cultural awareness, sensitivity, knowledge, and the ability to apply cross-cultural skills in a clinical setting. We encourage you to seek guidance and supervision from cultural health specialists when unsure or unfamiliar with working with cultures other than your own.

    Learning outcomes:

    • How Whānau Ora can inform engagement and practice.
    • The factors that contribute to youth wellbeing.
    • The legal frameworks that inform our work with taiohi.
    • Components of and tools that can be used for screening, assessment and treatment of taiohi for substance use and mental health problems.
    • How to manage withdrawals and intoxication.
    • What it means to have ‘Integrated Care’ in the treatment of substance use and mental health problems for taiohi.


    Following the course, you will find a short quiz designed to help consolidate your learning. When you complete the quiz please hit the 'submit' button to receive your certificate. This course provides 4 hours of CPD.

    This course has been endorsed by The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) and by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) for up to 4 CME credits for their General Practice Educational Programme (GPEP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes, and the College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ) for PD hours.


    This content has been developed by Whāraurau, a workforce development centre for child and youth mental health, situated within UniServices, at the University of Auckland, in 2021. Whāraurau would like to acknowledge Ben Birks Ang and the team at NZ Drug Foundation, Dr Grant Christie, Youth Addiction Psychiatrist, CADS Altered High Youth Service, WDHB, and Ashley Koning, Addiction Programme Lead/Principal Advisor, Te Pou in helping develop this content.


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