Collaborative and Indigenous Mental Health Therapy: Tataihono - Stories of Maori Healing & Psychiatry

Author(s): Wiremu NiaNia, Allister Bush, David Epston

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This book examines a collaboration between traditional Maori healing and clinical psychiatry.


Comprised of transcripted interviews and detailed meditations on practice, it demonstrates how bicultural partnership frameworks can augment mental health treatment by balancing local imperatives with sound and careful psychiatric care. In the first chapter, Maori healer Wiremu NiaNia outlines the key concepts that underpin his world view and work. He then discusses the social, historical, and cultural context of his relationship with Allister Bush, an adolescent psychiatrist. The main body of the book comprises chapters that each recount the story of one young person and their family’s experience of Maori healing from three or more points of view: those of the psychiatrist, the Maori healer and the young person and other family members who participated in and experienced the healing.


With a forward by Sir Mason Durie, this book is essential reading for psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, and students interested in bicultural studies.

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A significant contribution to the growing literature on indigenous views of health and illness. Asserts and secures M ori identity amid global pressures for cultural uniformity and homogenization. An informative journey into the M ori way-of-knowing and way-of-being in the world. The glossary of Maori language terms is a special treat. Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of Hawaii. Ahakoa he pukapuka i roto i te Reo P keh, ka puta mai he whakaaro M ori tuturu. N r ua i rangatira motuhake ai t t tou akoranga hei whakamahiti korou t t tou mahi tahi, kia piki ake ai te oranga o ng wh nau. Despite being in English, a truly M ori approach is visible. The two authors present a unique opportunity to elevate our learning in order to strengthen working together so that wh nau health is advanced. Dr Hinemoa Elder, Professorial Fellow in Indigenous Mental Health Research and Director of Te Whare M tai Aronui T taihono is a unique book on what should be a culturally-adapted and person-centered care in the 21st century. It outlines the experiences of two exceptional individuals, one a M ori healer and the other a European-New Zealander psychiatrist, whom carefully manage together challenging clinical cases among the M ori. A wonderful account on Indigenous healers-psychiatrists collaboration and their contributions to global mental health. Mario Incayawar, M.D, MSc., PhD., Runajambi Institute, Inca Nation, South America. The book is wonderful and makes a great contribution to psychiatry both in Australia and New Zealand. It furthers our understanding of the human experience through a cultural lens and clearly demonstrates the importance of good, respectful relationships within the clinical team and with the families seeking assistance. It also highlights the importance and significance of Indigenous knowledge and the benefit from using both a western and Indigenous perspective in achieving good outcomes. I really like the way the book has been written by honouring the voices of all who participated in the case studies and acknowledging their shared wisdom and experiences. Professor Helen Milroy, Director, Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health I found this to be an excellent exposition of quality clinical practice in mental health in a bicultural framework. I would strongly commend it to trainee psychiatrists as a core text in their training, and would recommend it to all those working in mental health in New Zealand. Professor Pete Ellis, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Otago, Wellington This work will be of wide interest to multiple practitioner and lay audiences both nationally and internationally, for people with difficulties of this kind and their families, for indigenous and non-indigenous mental health workers in different contexts, for clinical teachers, trainees and researchers, and anyone concerned with the mental health and wellbeing of those in their communities. Associate Professor Tim McCreanor, Social Scientist, Massey University, Auckland The UNITEC Bachelor of Social Practice programme with its 300 students and the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling with its 50 students, are both crying out for a book of this sort. Kay Ingamells, Lecturer, Department of Social Practice, UNITEC Institute of Technology, Auckland"

Wiermu NiaNia was apprenticed as a child to a spiritual healer of the NiaNia whanau. In 2005 he became the cultural therapist at Te Whare Marie, the Maori mental health service at Capital Coast District Health Board. He is now an independent healer, writer and consultant.


Allister Bush is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Te Whare Marie, the Maori mental health service in Porirua, and at Health Pasifika (integrated Pacific mental health service, Capital Coast District Health Board)


David Epston is a lecturer at UNITEC Institute of Technology, University of Melbourne, and North Dakota State University and has taught at 40 universities worldwide.

Contents Foreword List of Abbreviations Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: Context Chapter Three: Hey Moko, Slow Down! Chapter Four: George and the Thing Chapter Five: The Lesson Chapter Six: 'I Will Not Leave My Baby Behind' Chapter Seven: Into the World of Light Chapter Eight: Tataihono Glossary Acknowledgements Index

General Fields

  • : 9781138230309
  • : Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • : Routledge
  • : December 2016
  • : 229mm X 152mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 184
  • : 1 black & white illustrations, 1 black & white halftones
  • : Wiremu NiaNia, Allister Bush, David Epston
  • : Paperback
  • : 616.89008999442