04 Mar 2024

BY: Online Therapy

Maori Cultural Supervision / Mātauranga Māori Supervision / Online practice supervision / Puawānanga Kaitiaki

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Online Therapy is pleased to present the newest member of our team. Jeffrey Robinson serves as a Puawānanga Kaitiaki, a cultural supervisor who adheres to the Puawānanga protocol. This procedure is founded on a connection between the supervisee and the Kaitiaki that upholds the Te Tiriti o Waitangi values. The Treaty of Waitangi principles of cooperation, protection, and participation are foundational to the New Zealand constitution. Maori tribal leaders established a covenant with the crown to safeguard Maori rights. The Puawānanga Kaitiaki enables counsellors, psychologists, and mental health practitioners to operate within this framework. They offer information, tools, case studies, and questions to assist practitioners in implementing the Treaty of Waitangi principles in their work.

What is the function of the Puawānanga Kaitiaki?

The Puawānanga Kaitiaki is dedicated to assisting practitioners in effectively engaging with Maori clients in a culturally responsive way. Māori are disproportionately represented in the health care system. Online Therapy emphasises giving supervision to its practitioners to work in a culturally sensitive manner with Māori. The Puawānanga Kaitiaki is crucial in distributing Matauranga Maori (Maori knowledge) by supporting psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists, and mental health professionals in offering Kaupapa Māori supervision to their clients.

What is the importance of having Mātauranga Māori oversight in Aotearoa?

Supervision of Mātauranga Māori serves as a crucial link between Western Psychology and Māori perspectives on health and well-being, essential for developing Indigenous psychology. Studies indicate that Māori people are still subjected to culturally inappropriate treatment within healthcare systems in New Zealand. Online Therapy allows mental health practitioners to learn about the worldview and knowledge bases of Māori culture. This will enable them to offer culturally specific content to improve their skills and capabilities when working with Māori in psychology and health services.

Psychologists, psychotherapists, and mental health practitioners are welcome to contact Jeffrey to schedule an appointment. Jeffrey accommodates individuals and groups, and pricing can be discussed directly with him.

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