Authors: Judy Brown
Event: 2016 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Culture & society, Lived Experience, Wellbeing, Te Whare Tapa Whā,
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This paper identifies how a cultural framework Te Whare Tapa Whā can be interwoven in an alcohol and drug education group within an acute mental health setting. This cultural model offers a conceptual framework that supports recovery orientated practice in accordance with alcohol and drug best practice principles. Its implementation relies on developing a deeper understanding of the meaning of health towards restoring a balanced, holistic perspective which translates concepts in terms of cultural significance.
It enhances a philosophy of integration, which recognises the aim of shared healthcare, consumer ownership, active participation and drawing on the groups lived experiences. It promotes consumers as experts, encourages inclusion, shared ideas, and collective problem solving toward empowerment and recovery. These group strategies incorporate essential components; ensuring consumer representation and attendance to groups, as well as providing overall support with flexible content and collective delivery. Therefore, this paper utilises principles of the Te Whare Tapa Whā model to provide cultural diversity within a group environment, ultimately contributing a positive authentic learning experience.