Aro Matawai is the process of continual assessment and analysis and construction of how things fit in the existential reality of the individual. It is the ongoing pursuit of deeper understanding.

This competency finds its correlate in psychiatry and clinical psychology in the attempt to understand the individual intrapsychically and relationally.

It involves the discretionary use of available diagnostic procedures and information to form a multifaceted clinical picture of the individual.

It is an ongoing process of dynamic differential diagnosis which includes analytical and psychometric procedures, as well as heteroanamnesis, which may further lead to the utilization of whanau as therapeutic agents.

Aro Matawai