The Staff at St Marks

The staffing team at St Marks are a passionate group of people dedicated to helping those individuals who struggle with addiction. We treat alcoholism and drug addiction as a disease and promote abstinence as essential for long-lasting recovery. St Marks now operates as a Therapeutic Community with the emphasis on community as therapy this approach has evolved from the George De Leon model. The philosophies of right living, responsible concern and your recovery is my recovery are aimed at helping residents recover through an intensive, personalised programs that combines bio/psycho/social education groups alongside intense group and individual therapies which are peer driven and monitored.

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Staff Group May 2015

Staff at St Marks also focus on many of the underlying causes of addiction. Many people who suffer from addictions have other mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which also contributes to their substance use. We carry out personalised care plans, combined with a wide range of interventions which can include Cognitive therapy, Transactional Analysis, Group therapy, Family therapy and Mindfulness approaches.

St Marks is a New Zealand Ministry of Health preferred provider covering referrals from all DHB's in the South Island. During our latest inspection report (July 2012) we were commended for all areas of care and quality that were assessed and certified for another three years. You can be assured that your treatment team is led by extensively trained fully registered DAPAANZ, NZAC and NZAP clinicians engaged in continuous professional development and who undergo external supervision and annual appraisals. They are employed at St Marks on either a full or part time basis. Clients with complex medical issues are medically supervised by our Medical officer and nursing staff.

At the core of St Marks values are compassion, empathy and care. The staff are inspired and dedicated to their work - many have fought their own addictions and once fully recovered have returned to help others. Recovery from addiction is said to grow from a small seed into a great tree, which in turn provides support to others entering Recovery. After their time at St Marks has ended, former residents are invited to participate in aftercare meetings in various locations. St Marks is developing an online Facebook page as a forum for ex residents to socialise and remain in touch and for those who want to gain more from their experience at St Marks.

Manager Lois has the assistance of "Portia" the cat - also known as "The Overseer":

Links with the Centre

The Centre has strong community connections with the the following organisations:

  • Department of Corrections
  • Te Rapuora Health Services
  • Work and Income
  • Housing NZ
  • Supporting Families
  • CADS Nelson and Marlborough
  • NGO Community Organisations
  • FoodBank and John's Kitchen
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