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Ike Hawai‘i – A Training Program for Working with Native Hawaiians

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Title:Ike Hawai‘i – A Training Program for Working with Native Hawaiians
Authors:Duponte, K.
Martin, T.
Mokuau, N.
Paglinawan, L.
Keywords:Native Hawaiians
cultural competence
indigenous people
historical trauma
experiential training
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human service professionals
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LC Subject Headings:Indigenous peoples--Periodicals.
Social work with indigenous peoples--Periodicals.
Date Issued:Feb 2010
Publisher:Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Citation:Duponte, K., Martin, T., Mokuau, N., & Paglinawan, L. (2010). ‘Ike Hawai‘i –
A Training Program for Working with Native Hawaiians. Journal of Indigenous Voices in Social Work, 1(1).
Abstract:Native Hawaiians in Hawai‘i experience multiple health and social problems and are highly represented in the child welfare system, in particular. There is increasing attention to the argument that some problems derive from historic trauma. The importance of the relationship of history to contemporary problems was a fundamental premise in the development of a training model for social work students. This paper describes ‘Ike Hawai‘i, a training model intended to improve the cultural competency of social work students working with Native Hawaiian clients in the public child welfare system. There are six main elements of this training: 1) Self-Disclosure, 2) Hawaiian Worldview, 3) Grief and Loss, 4) Hawaiian Historical Events, with a focus on the Mahele and the overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy, 5) Current Day Strengths and Challenges, and 6) Cultural Ways of Healing and Practical Suggestions for Working with Native Hawaiians. Evaluative scores and comments from students indicate that the training program has been found to be useful and helpful in their work with Native Hawaiian clients. Such a model, with its emphasis on experiential learning, self-awareness, cultural knowledge, and service implications, may have applicability for other populations and, in particular, other native peoples.
Pages/Duration:24 pages
Appears in Collections: JIVSW Volume 01, Issue 01 2010 [Journal of Indigenous Voices in Social Work]

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