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Matua Raḵi works alongside other workforce development centres to ensure the addiction workforce is capable of meeting the needs of the family and whānau of people with addiction issues.
This work includes the Supporting parents, healthy children initiative – building the capacity of the addiction and mental health workforces to respond to the needs of children of parents with a mental illness and/or addiction.
We use the 5-Step Method to support the training of addiction workers to assist whānau members negatively impacted by a relative’s substance misuse or gambling. We have been doing this since 2017. This infographic illustrates the positive outcomes for whānau members who have worked with an accredited 5-Step Method worker. The data comes from the Family Member Questionnaire, used as part of the whānau meetings.
One of the many strengths of this way of working is that whānau members can get help for themselves whether their relative is ready for change or not. It is flexible so it can be used with individuals, groups of individuals who are unrelated or a whānau group. Whānau are encouraged to consider the impact of the issues for both themselves and other whānau members, and then develop a strategy that suits their circumstances. Find out more about the 5-Step Method here.