This anthology addresses the mental health and therapeutic needs of Polynesian and Melanesian people and the scarcity of resources for those working with them. It is divided into four parts – Identity, Therapeutic Practice, Death and Dying, Reflexive Practice – that approach the concerns of M?ori, Samoans, Tongans, and Fijians. Contributors include a wide range of writers, most of whom are M?ori or Pasifika. Poems by Serie Barford, Selina Tusitala Marsh and Tracey Tawhiao introduce each section. The stresses of adolescence, identity, families, death and spirituality are all explored in innovative research that offers a wealth of inspiration and ideas to supportive family, friends, professionals, and professional educators.
Margaret Nelson Agee leads the counsellor education programme in the School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work at the University of Auckland. She co-edits the NZ Journal of Counselling. Tracey McIntosh (Tuhoe) lectures in sociology at the University of Auckland and is a past director of Nga Pae o te Maratanga, a Centre of Excellence funded by TEAC. Philip Culbertson holds adjunct positions at the University of Auckland and the College of the Desert in California. He edited two previous books with Margaret Agee, and co-edits the NZ Journal of Counselling. Cabrini ‘Ofa Makasiale is a Catholic sister who works for Relationships Aotearoa Counselling Services as the Pacific clinical cultural advisor.