Te Ara Whakamana in Social Services

Te Ara Whakamana is used by over 100 Social Services workers across New Zealand including clinical psychologists, social workers, corrections workers, probation officers, behavioural specialists, youth workers, health professionals and FASD specialists. It’s unique model provides the ability to connect with clients of all ages, providing a strengths-based approach to bring out mana.

A whole of organisation approach

Te Ara Whakamana: Mana Enhancement is most effective as an organisation-wide approach. This brings together senior management, practitioner staff, support staff, mana whenua, whānau, and surrounding support services, to provide an environment prepared for success. Training in Te Ara Whakamana is delivered over 2 days, set one month apart, with ongoing support and mentoring over a 12-18 month period, including specialist whānau training days if required. Training of new staff, refresher trainings and additional whānau trainings can also be held, all tailored to your specific needs.

  • TAW implementation strategy
  • 2 full day training sessions (set 1 month apart)
  • Online zoom support sessions for staff
  • Organisation visits
  • Whānau training
  • Ongoing mentoring and support
  • Refresher trainings
  • Access to the Te Ara Whakamana online shared Community of Practice
  • Annual Te Ara Whakamana Unconference and Mana Leadership Camp

Individual practitioner training

Each year we hold 4 online trainings, which are ideal for individual practitioners wanting to learn about Te Ara Whakamana, and how they can use it in their practice. We can also let you know if we have an upcoming training in your area, so do use the contact form to let us know and we can keep you up to date with upcoming trainings.

Social Services Testimonials

“It has been positive to offer the model as an alternative to Māori families as a true Māori model rather than a westernised one. It supports the building and connection of relationships between Pākehā psychologist and Māori clients.

It is a culturally inclusive model that allows my Māori families to feel I value their culture and want to work alongside/with them rather than the more traditional expert-client model.
-Te Ara Whakamana Practitioner

“Te Ara Whakamana: Mana Enhancement and what it allows us to do as psychologists is it provides an easy framework to talk about thoughts and feelings and helps us to help the clients put things into words that are really hard to put into words.”

About us

Te Ara Whakamana is a tool designed by:
Ako Solutionz – Plans and Strategies for Positive Change.

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PO Box 585, Turanga Nui a Kiwa, Gisborne 4040
+64 27 226 8395

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