Diversity Counselling at NZROK Friendship Society 13-nov
NZROK Friendship Society
13th November 12014
Lady Goodfellow Chapel, University of
Charitable Trust, established in 2013
Our Slogan: Professional Counselling
Service for Ethnic people, in your Language,
with a counsellor who can understand your
Currently DCNZ can provide counselling in
English, Chinese, Japanese, Tamil, Spanish,
Hungarian, German, Afrikaans, and Korean.
We are recruiting more.
DCNZ is encouraging each ethnic community to bring up
their own counsellor.
If an ethnic group is reasonably large, like Chinese,
Indian or maybe Korean, they may be able to have their
own counselling organisation. But if its population is not
large, it is impossible for them to start a counselling
Then we are loosing an ethnic counsellor one by one,
because they cannot find a work here.
DCNZ will play as portal for ethnic counselling and as a
professional networking among ethnic counsellors.
The concept of counselling/therapy comes
from the western world. However, nowadays
it has been practiced all over the world.
Counselling/therapy is considered as a very
important and useful method to
support/help/care people. Even people are
suffering from depression, confusion, loss,
grief, relationship matters, and so on,
counselling could support such people.
What is it like?
The most important part of
counselling/therapy is to have a
conversation on what you feel, what you
think, what causes you to suffer, what hope
you hold, who would help you and so on.
This kind of conversation help you to
understand yourself more.
Would we always know ourselves, even if we are
Talking with someone is so important!
Why is “talking” important?
When you utter words to someone, you will hear
what you said at the same time.
When your words are accepted and understood,
you can also accept your words and move on to
“I think…. But is it weird to think so?”
Before you utter words, your thoughts are not clear
to you, too. But as soon as you hear your words,
sometime you will realize what you are
thinking/feeling or what you are suffering from.
“I am surprised to know what I was thinking”
Why talking with a
Can you talk whatever we want to talk? How much
do you worry about how other people think of you
when you talk?
Can you talk whatever important for you to talk with
your family members or close friends?
There are issues you can not share them because
they are too close to you. Some people just go into
an website to ask something important. Why people
can do this?
Counsellors are bound to adhere the code of
conduct – especially “confidentiality”.
Counselling in Japan
There has been a strong movement
towards counselling in Japan.
Many people started to understand
counselling, and more and more
people started to come to see
What about other ethnic people?
Working with a young lady
who lost her voice
Harumi, 19 years old girl, moved to
another city to study art after graduating
from her high school. After some time, she
stopped contacting Mother, so Mother
went to her daughter's flat. She found that
Harumi could not eat properly, not going
out, not even talking to others. So she
took Harumi home. But still she could
hardly utter any words to others.
Working with Harumi
Mother took her to my counselling room.
Harumi wanted to have Mother when she had
How could you work with Harumi
and her mother?
No voices for 3 months, but playing with a
Conversation with a pen and a notepad for
another 3 months.
One day she did not bring her notepad and
She started to have part-time job at a book
store. Then after some time, she took another
Why understanding is not
Each person has his/her own history/experience.
When you say something, those words have to be
understood based upon his/her own
"neutral dictionary definitions of the words of a
language ensure their common features and
guarantee that all speakers of a given language will
understand one another, but the use of the words in
live speech communication is always individual and
contextual in nature ... the word is expressive, but,
this expression does not inhere in the word itself. ”
Bakhtin, 1986, p.88
Members of the Family Centre in Lower Hutt, New
Zealand, have described and advocated culturally
appropriate ways of working with people (Tamasese &
Waldegrave, 1990; Waldegrave, Tamasese, Tuhaka, &
Campbell, 2003). Their workshops and writings have
influenced therapists worldwide. They make clear how
important it is for therapists to be of the same culture
as those with whom they work. When that is not
possible, they advocate for the therapist to be
supervised by a person from the same cultural group
as the family. A third choice is for the therapist to
become as knowledgeable as possible about the
family’s culture of origin.
DCNZ would like to invite you and your community
to participate in an on-going discussion and practice
of how we are able to contribute to the society, and
how we are able to support each other, how we are
able to prepare for the future.
DCNZ will try to understand in what way our
counsellors are able to support Korean people in
New Zealand. Please come and join in our venture.
The answers and methods still need to be
discussed in many ways.