Whakangahau is to celebrate achievement, and an understanding that the route to victory and accomplishment may involve setbacks.

In clinical practice this is ongoing celebratory acknowledgement of therapeutic progress and recovery and a prevaling optimismism that even if the tempo of therapeutic progress decreases, and even if the direction towards recovery is lost, setbacks are temporary.

It is the conviction that the therapeutic tempo will be restored and and that recovery will follow.

Through Whakangahau, the clinician decreases pessimism and inspires hope and belief in a positive outcome.