At the Diocesan Youth Synod, the young people have asked us to talk more about some of the ‘big topics’ or ‘elephant topics’ that we are facing in our society today.
Introducing ‘Let Us Talk About Mental Health’ happening on Sunday, 13 October, 2 pm – 5:30 pm at Christ the King Parish Hall in Owairaka.
We are glad to have Cabrini Makasiale and Ruth Mather who are registered psychotherapists working with Catholic Social Services share their wisdom with us this afternoon. Some of the topics that will be covered in this session include Culture vs Mental Health, coping strategies and self-care, walking alongside those struggling with mental health.
Little more on our speakers
Cabrini Makasiale, Registered Psychotherapist
Cabrini is working and providing services from CSS Otara, South Auckland location, since December 2011. She has a solid background in psychotherapy and counselling in individual and group settings, theology, spiritual direction and group facilitation. She is fluent in Fijian, Tongan and English and a Cross Cultural Tutor ( AUT, H.D. & T, St Johns Theological Institute). Cabrini has facilitated and co- facilitated groups in Stopping Violence, Anger Management, Positive Parenting, Transitioning from Island Life to New Zealand Life and Managing Strong Emotions over the last twenty years. She was awarded Pacifica Excellence award for Education in the Community from the University of Auckland (2006).
Education:Post Graduate Certificate of Proficiency in Supervision (2010) – Auckland UniversityAffect Regulation Practitioner Training (2010) – Best Mindset, Anca Ramsden, M.A. Spirituality (2008) – Broken Bay Institute Sydney Australia (affiliated to Sydney University) Certificate in Group Analysis (2007) – Institute of Group Analysis – London, Certificate in Post Grad. Supervision (2002) – Auckland University of Technology, Diploma in Psychotherapy (1993) – Auckland University of Technology, Diploma in Gestalt (1993) – Auckland University of Technology (Levels 1 & 2)
Member of: New Zealand Association of Counsellor, New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists, ACC approved.
Ruth Mather, Registered Psychotherapist
Ruth has spent the last 12 years since completing her training, working in the Panmure and Glen Innes communities, the last four of these years also working in South Auckland, based in Manukau. While in Glen Innes she co-facilitated a psychoeducational group for women. She now works in Otara, South Auckland. The last four years have also been as a Family Court approved counsellor, working with couples, and individuals as a Domestic Violence approved counsellor. She also has experience in Mental Health, facilitating psychoeducational groups for those with long term, severe mental illness.
Prior to this she was involved running school retreats for secondary and intermediate students as School Retreat Director. This work was both within New Zealand and Samoa. I taught for three years in Samoa and have done some relief teaching within New Zealand.
Education: New Zealand Introductory Course in Group Analysis in 2007, Advanced Clinical Practice Certificate (NZAP), Advanced Supervision Course (University of Auckland), Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy (AUT).
Member of: New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists and an ACC approved counsellor for working with survivors of sexual abuse.