Psychologist Marilyn Farmer and Mr. Mate Webb join host Alejandro Leguizamo to talk about cultural aspects of treatment with Māori men in New Zealand.
Marilyn Farmer has enjoyed a long career in corrections, starting out as a case worker in a provincial correctional facility in Canada in 1988. From there she moved to community corrections, working for the Correctional Service of Canada, where amongst other things, she facilitated a post-treatment community maintenance group for individuals who had sexually offended and, attended her first ATSA conference in the late 1990s. After obtaining registration as a psychologist, she worked in an inpatient psychiatric unit but then left the snow in Western Canada to find greener pastures in New Zealand. Initially working as a generalist psychologist for the Department of Corrections, she spent the last several years delivering a high intensity program for child sexual offending in a prison unit. She is currently working for the national office, as Principal Advisor for High Intensity Psychology Programs.
Mate Webb is of Te Whanau a Apanui, Ngati Porou, Ngati Awa and Ngai Te Rangi and Scottish decent. He has worked in Correctional Facilities for 23 years with the last 18 years with the NZ Department of Corrections. He has held roles including Cultural Consultant and Senior Advisor of Kaupapa Maori Practice which involved providing cultural oversight to Departmental programmes across the Auckland region, as well as contributing to several national initiatives, and guest speaking engagements at Universities across Aotearoa. He has also contributed to several research papers focussing on the restoration of mana (spiritual power) in men convicted of sexual offences against children and contributed to a book titled International Perspectives on the Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Offenders by Professor Doug Boer. Mate has a Post Graduate Diploma in CBT, Post Graduate Diploma in Kaupapa Māori Supervision and a Masters in Māori and Management. His current role is Senior Advisor Kaupapa Maori, for High Intensity Psychology Programs.