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This diverse collection of essays examines important issues related to mental health among Pacific Islanders through the topics of identity, spirituality, the unconscious, mental trauma, and healing.Contributors: Emeline Afeaki-Mafile o, Margaret Nelson Agee, Siautu Alefaio, A. Aukahi Austin, Tina Berking, Philip Culbertson, Caroline Salumalo Fatialofa, Yvette Guttenbeil-Po uhila, Joseph Keawe aimoku Kaholokula, David Lui, Karen Lupe, Maika Lutui, Cabrini Ofa Makasiale, Tavita T. Maliko, Peta Pila Palalagi, Suiamai Simi, Seilosa Skipps-Patterson, Karanina Siaosi Sumeo, To oa Jemaima Tiatia, Sione Tu itahi, Fia T. Turner-Tupou."
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Introduction; PACIFIC IDENTITY: 1. Affirming Works: A Collective Model of Pasifika Mentoring ; 2. Supporting the Wellbeing of Pasifika Youth; 3. Canoe Noses and Coconut Feet: Reading the Samoan Male Body; 4. Jonah, Arnold, and Me: Reading the Tongan Male Body; 5. Being 'Afakasi; ISSUES IN PACIFIC SPIRITUALITY: 6. Spiritual Injury: A Samoan Perspective on Spirituality's Impact on Mental Health; 7. Making Culture 'God' is Driving Our People Crazy! 8. The Schizophrenic Church; 9. New Zealand-born Samoan Young People, Suicidal Behaviors, and the Positive Impact of Spirituality; THE PACIFIC UNCONSCIOUS: 10. The Use of Symbol and Metaphor in Pasifika Counseling; 11. An Ocean with Many Shores: Indigenous Consciousness and the Thinking Heart; 12. Hawaiki-Lelei: Journeys to Wellness; 13. Using Mea-alofa in a Holistic Model for Pasifika Clients: A Case Study; 14. A Poet's Perspective; PACIFIC TRAUMA AND HEALING: 15. Colonialism, Acculturation, and Depression among Kanaka Maoli of Hawai'i; 16. Crisis in Paradise: Family Violence in Samoan Communities; 17. Doing Good Work and Finding a Sense of Purpose: The Nature and Treatment of Substance Abuse and Violence among Native Hawaiians; 18. Pregnancy, Adoption, FASD, and Mental Illness ; 19. Misplaced Dreams: Tongan Gambling in Auckland; Bibliography of Pasifika Mental Health Resources

About the Author

Philip Culbertson is lecturer in practical theology in the School of Theology at the University of Auckland and a psychotherapist in private practice. Margaret Nelson Agee is senior lecturer in counselor education in the School of Teaching, Learning, and Development in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland. Cabrini 'Ofa Makasiale is a psychotherapist and clinical/cultural advisor with Relationship Services in Auckland.


"Finally, a volume on mental health and well being of Pacific Island people written from the point of view of their own world view. A rich and substantive contribution for understanding mental health issues, concepts, and interventions within the cultural context of Pacific Islander history, culture, and the emerging challenges posed by rapid social change. This is essential reading for professionals, scholars, and lay audiences seeking to understand better the complex cultural tapestry and way of life of the many different people who inhabit the vast area of the Pacific Ocean and its countless islands."

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