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Counselling survivors of sexual violence trauma: Developing a Pasifika model.

43 months
Approved budget:
Mrs Sarah McRobie
Associate Professor Tamasailau Suaalii-Sauni
Professor Susan Kemp
Health issue:
Mental health (and sleep disorders)
Proposal type:
Pacific Health PhD Scholarship
Lay summary
Sexual violence trauma is a significant health issue for Pasifika in New Zealand and trauma-informed care and talking therapies such as counselling are needed. A specialist workforce to work differently and provide a range of evidence-based interventions to support Pasifika survivors to recover from trauma and to honour their indigenous healing processes, is required. This study builds on a previous study, in which a formative Pasifika Indigenous Counselling framework interweaving Fonofale and Teu le va models, was developed. In this study, this framework will be reviewed and refined with up to twenty Pasifika accredited counsellors (ACC, NZCCA, NZAC, NZAP, PCC) working with Pasifika sexual violence survivors. Participant interviews, a co-design workshop, data analysis, and dissemination of the findings, will be conducted using qualitative methodology incorporating principles of Fonofale, Teu le va, Talanoa, Grounded Theory, and health frameworks.