Matua Raḵi and Te Pou offices are open across the country. However, we encourage you to contact our team by email or phone in the first instance - see our staff contact page for details. Stay safe everyone.

 

Matua Raḵi and Te Pou offices are open across the country. However, we encourage you to contact our team by email or phone in the first instance - see our staff contact page for details. Stay safe everyone.

The 5-Step Method in addiction services

Addiction workers often engage with whānau members who want and need support to address the impact of their relative’s problematic substance use or gambling behaviour on themselves and others. The 5-Step Method is an evidence-based and trauma-informed approach that supports whānau members of people experiencing addiction issues to respond and cope more effectively. It was developed in the UK and extensively researched in several other countries and cultures by members of the Addiction and Family International Network (AFINet). The research took place within cultures from both collective and individualistic world views and emerging evidence suggests it is effective for whānau members in Aotearoa New Zealand (see the infographic summary here).

Provided by trained addiction workers, the 5-Step Method involves:

  1. getting to know whānau members and hearing their story
  2. providing relevant and accurate information specific to their situation
  3. exploring ways of coping and responding to reduce stress and improve communication
  4. exploring and enhancing social support
  5. reviewing and arranging further help if needed.

The 5-Step Method training is developed for addiction workers who assist whānau members, whether their relative with addiction to alcohol, other drugs or gambling is in treatment, or not. It equips addiction workers with knowledge and skills to help whānau focus on their wellbeing and the needs of other family members, including children.

Te Pou has been supporting the adoption and sustainability of the 5-Step Method in New Zealand since 2017. This includes adapting the training and resources for the New Zealand context.

Te Pou supports addiction services with:

  • preparing for successful implementation of the 5-Step Method into the workplace
  • organising training for addiction workers (two-day workshops with an accredited trainer)
  • supporting accreditation of addiction workers (assessment by an accredited assessor).

After achieving accreditation, 5-Step Method practitioners can also train to become accredited 5-Step Method trainers and assessors.

For more information contact Michelle Brewerton.