A new publication which identifies the Co-Existing Problems (CEP) knowledge and skills that are required by the mental health and addiction workforce was launched today in Wellington.

Te Whare o Tiki, the Co-Existing Problems (CEP) knowledge and skills framework publication, was launched today by Dr John Crawshaw (Director of Mental Health) at the CEP advanced practice symposium, in Wellington and streaming live online.

Te Whare o Tiki describes the knowledge and skills required by the mental health and addiction workforce to effectively respond to the needs of people, their families and whanau who have CEP.

It was developed to align with the seven key principles of Te Ariari o Te Oranga, and is underpinned by the values and attitudes outlined in Let’s get real.

Te Whare o Tiki is a practical reference booklet and also enables mental health and addiction workers to rate their current knowledge and skills for working with people with CEP as Foundation, Capable or Enhanced. This will help workers to identify areas for development as services endeavour to become more CEP responsive and capable. The name Te Whare o Tiki was given by Te Rau Matatini www.matatini.co.nz to the CEP joint workforce team which also includes Te Pou, Matua Raki, The Werry Centre and Abacus.

The concept of the name originated from a line in a karakia often recited by a well-known Tainui Kaumatua from Maniapoto, Panataua Rangitaawa (Uncle Ben), who would quote the whakapapa to Tiki and then recite: “E Tiki, homai te waiora ki a ahau,” which Te Rau Matatini has translated to mean: “E Tiki, grant me access to your house of healing powers.” The whakaaro around Te Whare o Tiki complements the themes of expressing transition, strength and hope portrayed in Te Ariari o te Oranga.

Matua Raki programme lead Anna Nelson said the release of the framework signalled a milestone in the joint workforce’s CEP project.

“Te Whare o Tiki is a significantoutcome for the project, and will add value to the day-to-day development of the mental health and addiction workforce,” she said.

“It has a clear set of performance indicators for each area of knowledge and skills relating to CEP. This means workers will be able to self-rate their level of knowledge and skills in each particular area. Leaders within services will be able to make informed decisions about the workforce development needs of their team in order for them to become CEP-capable.”

Copies of the booklet will be distributed among the mental health and addiction sector on request and at sector events, and it is available for download here (526kb, pdf).

The framework was adapted by Dr Fraser Todd and the joint mental health and addiction workforce development centres based on the work of Dr Tom Flewett and the Co-existing Disorders Team of Capital and Coast DHB, Community Alcohol and Drug Service.