In this talanoa we gain an insight into the work of psychology in the USA context. Focusing on the perspective of Pacific men in the field of psychology and the challenges that have arisen from their journeys. The host of this Talanoa Dr Siautu Alefaio engages in conversation with Dr Tai Faaleava (Psychologist at Mule Creek State Prison in California) and Manu Muasau (Mental Performance coach) who are currently based in the USA and share their experiences touching on issues such as understanding Pasifika people, dealing with Pasifika clients and stereotyping of Pasifika.
This talanoa highlighted faith, family and culture as important values whether the Pasifika person was the therapist, client or just in general as these are pillars of the Pasifika people. However, what was highlighted as a barrier for Pasifika people in psychology is that psychology traditionally follows a Euro-centric model aimed at middle to upper class Europeans.
Dr Tai Faaleava and Manu Muasau urge that more Pasifika people get involved in psychology as to better cater to the growing increase of Pasifika communities that are in need of psychologists. As psychology needs better models, therapies and academia that reflects an accurate picture of the Pasifika people.
Overall this talanoa provides a unique perspective from Pacific men working in the USA and shows the amazing work our Pasifika people are doing in the USA.