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A trauma-informed approach when working with Pasifika people

Shifting from trauma-informed care to healing-centred engagement

Trauma-informed approaches focus on recognising and validating the trauma experiences of people and their potential to heal despite these experiences. Culture plays an integral role in how we respond to trauma, healing and support.

When working with Pasifika people in New Zealand, Le Va promotes a strengths-based approach aimed at holistic restoration of peoples’ wellbeing. We have produced this learning module to raise awareness of the effects of trauma and a trauma-informed approach, but specifically with a focus on a healing-centred approach when working with Pasifika people and families.

This module complements our collaborative work with other national centres outlined in the downloadable document below.

We also recommend our Engaging Pasifika cultural competency training programme to ensure you are equipped and confident to work effectively with Pasifika people and their families.

Check out the video:


Trauma-informed care

Published 30 September 2019

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Covid-19 Update

Face-to-face workshops will not continue while New Zealand is at Level 4. We will be in contact with all participants soon.