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The mission of the Hawaii Psychological Association is to enhance the quality of life for the people of Hawaii by encouraging, integrating, applying, and communicating the contributions of Psychology in all its branches. 

HPA seeks to strengthen public relations, advocate for a psychologically healthy community, develop solutions for mental health care, be responsive to the multiple cultures in Hawaii, promote the highest standards of professional ethics and to diffuse psychological knowledge through meetings, conventions and publications. 

The Hawaii Psychological Association is the leading resource for psychological health, research, and policy in Hawaii.

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  • May 04, 2019 8:45 AM | J. Gregory Turnbull (Administrator)

    HPA Special Event
    Saturday, May 4, 2019
    8:45 am - 4:00 pm
    6 CEs

    HPA Diversity Workshops
    Dr. Pamela Hays

    University of Hawaii at Manoa
    Shidler College of Business
    2404 Maile Way
    Honolulu, HI 96822

    Click HERE to register.

    8:45AM - 11:45AM

    Addressing Cultural Complexities in a Multicultural World 
    (general audience workshop)

    1:00PM - 4:00PM

    CBT Outside the Box: Tips and Tools for Multicultural Practice
    (workshop for therapists)


    Morning Workshop:

    Addressing Cultural Complexities in a Multicultural World (
    general audience workshop)

    In this dynamic presentation, Dr. Pamela Hays offers tips and tools for resolving value conflicts, communicating effectively, and building respectful relationships. You'll learn how to avoid defensive interactions and address hot button issues. And you'll gain a new way of understanding yourself, coworkers, clients and customers with an emphasis on strategies for enhancing success.

    Learning Objectives
    This workshop will help you to:

    1. Increase awareness of personal biases and knowledge gaps related to your own cultural identity, context, and experiences.
    2. Gain an understanding of specific ways to demonstrate respect and increase rapport with people of diverse cultures.
    3. Learn strategies for facilitating communication, reframing value conflicts, and building relationships.


    Afternoon Workshop:

    CBT Outside the Box: Tips and Tools for Multicultural Practice
    (workshop for therapists) 

    In this workshop, Dr. Pamela Hays describes 10 practical steps for integrating cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) with multicultural considerations. You'll learn how to inspire clients with the Personal Strengths Inventory, explain the complexities of CBT in a comprehensible way, and avoid the most dangerous CBT mistake. You'll gain culturally responsive cognitive strategies including Compassion Voice, Attitude of Gratitude, Wise Elder, Most Generous Interpretation, and the Magic 3-Step Technique with kids. And you'll learn how to create culturally responsive homework that works.

    Learning Objectives

    Based on the content of this workshop, I will be able to:

    1. Create a Personal Strengths Inventory that recognizes cultural strengths and supports.
    2. Avoid the biggest CBT mistake of premature cognitive restructuring.
    3. Describe at least 3 strategies for making cognitive restructuring more culturally responsive.
    4. Use the Smallest Step Question to create culturally responsive homework.

    Pamela A. Hays, PhD

    Pam obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hawaii followed by an NIMH postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. After 11 years teaching in the graduate psychology program at Antioch University in Seattle, in 2000, she returned to her home town of Soldotna, Alaska, where she has worked in community and tribal mental health and in private practice. She loves to write and is the author/coauthor of several books including Addressing Cultural Complexities in Practice; Culturally Responsive CBT; Creating Well-Being: Four Steps to a Happier, Healthier Life; and Connecting across Cultures: the Helper's Toolkit.  Her therapeutic work is featured in numerous training videos produced by the American Psychological Association. For more information, see

    HPA Members


    HPA Students

    All day (both workshops)




    AM Workshop only




    PM Workshop only




    Can't attend in person? 

    You can participate in this program from the comfort
    of your office or home via live webinar.

    HPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  

    HPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

  • April 27, 2019 11:00 AM | J. Gregory Turnbull (Administrator)

    HPA Special Event: Waimea - Hawai'i Island and via Live Webinar

    Rural Behavioral Health Policies and Workforce Challenges: 
    Yes, They Are Related

    Paul Mackie, Ph.D., Past-President, 
    National Association for Rural Mental Health

    pastedGraphic_1.pngSaturday, April 27, 2019, 
    11:00 am - 12:30 pm

    Mana Christian Ohana
    67-1182 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI  96743
    Web-based participation is also available.

    No-host lunch to follow at Merriman's

    Participants are also welcome to attend the HPA Board meeting from 9:30 am - 11:00 am.  The meeting will focus on neighbor island behavioral health issues, needs and challenges.

    This workshop is free to all participants.
    1.5 Continuing Education Credits will be provided

    Click HERE to register.

    Workshop Description

    This presentation focuses on State and Federal policies impact rural behavioral health workforce needs. Beginning with a review of what has been implemented, information will be presented that identifies what has worked, what hasn't, and why some current approaches continue to fail to address the rural workforce shortage.  Suggestions to improve current policies and what new and innovative ideas can be implemented will be provided.

    Workshop Objectives

    Upon completion of this presentation, participants will:

    1. Understand past policy-based approaches to addressing rural behavioral health workforce issues.
    2. Recognize the need to re-define how rural areas are served by behavioral health services.
    3. Be able to implement strategies at the local level to influence State and Federal behavioral health care workforce policies.

    Continuing Education Credits

    This workshop is sponsored by Hawai'i Psychological Association. HPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. HPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

    Target Audience

    This workshop is appropriate for psychologists, behavioral health professionals, policymakers, legislators and others interested in improving behavioral health access to care.

    Cannot attend in person? 

    The workshop will be streamed live over the web for registrants who need off-site access to the event.

    We look forward to seeing you - in person or via the web - at this special HPA Workshop and Board Meeting on the Island of Hawai'i.

    Hawaii Psychological Association

  • March 30, 2019 9:00 AM | J. Gregory Turnbull (Administrator)

    March 30, 2019 (Hawaii Island): 
    Managing Physical and Emotional Pain
    (6 CE credits) 

    Intended participantsPsychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, nurses, mental health counselors, and other professions working with clients with psychiatric disorders. Graduate students are also welcome.  This workshop is appropriate for beginning to advanced practitioners.

    Managing Physical and Emotional Pain
    Cathy Hammond, Ph.D., Q.M.E.

    Brief summary of the program: This course offers a practical understanding and application of pain management tools in order to cope with the physical and emotional aspects of acute and chronic pain.   

    Instructor: Cathy Hammond, Ph.D., Q.M.E., is a licensed clinical psychologist in Hawaii and California, a Qualified Medical Evaluator, and a behavioral consultant who lives in Kona, Hawaii. For 25 years she was an international instructor teaching neuromuscular therapy to all levels of health professionals. She coauthored a self help book entitled “Movement as a Way to Agelessness” with Milton Trager, M.D., which has been published in 7 languages. Dr. Hammond has a private practice with specialties in pain management, disabilities, and assessments. 

    Date: March 30, 2019

    Location: Mana Christian O‘hana - 
    Directly across from the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea, BEHIND Kahilu Town Hall

    Time: 9:00 am– 4:00 pm

    8:30: Registration (coffee/tea and continental breakfast)

    9-12: Morning session

    12-1: Lunch - During which we will have the Annual Hawai’i Island Psychological Association membership meeting 

    1-4:  Afternoon session

    Learning Objectives: 

    • Identify 4 common types of pain.
    • List 5 pain management tools to break the pain cycle.
    • Name 3 antecedents to pain. 
    • Explain one way to utilize music as a therapeutic tool to relieve stress and pain. 
    • Name the 3 stages of love and at least one neurotransmitter in each stage.  
    • Identify 5 ways to heal a ‘broken heart’ and relieve physical and emotional pain.

    Tuition:                                  $75                  Students                            $20

    HIPA members                     $60                  Students with CE credit  $30

    Tuition without CE credit    $70 

    HIPA members need NOT fill out the registration form, just mail tuition.

    Mail Registration and a check made out to:  
    HIPA, P.O. Box 115, Kapaau, HI  96755

    Phone with questions:
    Dr. Roger Weiss (808) 329-7999, or
    CE Chair, Dr. James Efstation (808) 895-1370

    IMPORTANT NOTICE:  In order to receive continuing education credits, attendees must sign in and out of each session of the workshop and complete and submit the evaluation form. Please note that APA CE rules require that credit is only given to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the scheduled starting time of the workshop or leaving before the workshop is complete will not receive CE credits.

    A full refund is available upon request if the request is received more than 10 days prior to the workshop. A 50% refund is available upon request up until 48 hours of the workshop. There will be no refund for no-shows or for cancellations within 48 hours of the workshop.

    The Hawai‘i Island Psychological Association (HIPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. HIPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Participants will be provided with documentation of CE credits. Complaints, or more information regarding HIPA/APA CE Rules and Grievance Procedures, should be directed to James F. Efstation, Ph.D., CE Chair, HIPA, P.O. Box 115, Kapaau, HI  96755.

    Relevant publications:

    1. National Centers for Health Statistics, Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans 2006, Special Feature: Pain.

    2. Loyola University Health System. "What falling in love does to your heart and brain." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 6 February 2014.

    3. Trager, M. & Hammond, C.  Movement As a Way to Agelessness. Station Hill Press (March 1, 1995). 

    4. David H. Bradshaw, PhD, C. Richard Chapman, PhD, Robert C. Jacobson, PhD, and Gary W. Donaldson, PhDEffects of Music Engagement on Responses to Painful StimulationClin J Pain. 2012 Jun; 28(5): 418–427.

    5. He Shuchang, MD PhD, He Mingwei, PhD, Jia Hongxiao, PhD, Wu Si, PhD, Yang Xing, PhD, Daniel Antonius, PhD, and Mark GA Opler, PhD MPH.  Emotional and neurobehavioural status in chronic pain patients. Pain Res Manag. 2011 Jan-Feb; 16(1): 41–43. 

    Hawai‘i Island Psychological Association (HIPA)
    Managing Physical and Emotional Pain
    Cathy Hammond, Ph.D., Q.M.E.    

    6.0CE hours/credits

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    HIPA members need not fill out this registration form

    Date:  March 30, 2019   Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Lunch provided with tuition for all participants

    Check off one:

    Tuition with CE  credits:        ____ $75        
    Tuition with No CE credit:    
    ____ $70  
    Students :                                  
    ____ $20  

    HIPA members - with CE credits:         ____ $60        
    Students - with CE credits                      ____ $30            

    Name as you would like it on the certificate of attendance                                                                   

    Profession / work role /  Company / Organization

    Degree__________ License: ______________

    Phone Numbers

     Cell                             Work                                      Home

     Email address: ________________________________

     Mailing Address:





    Mail this form with a tuition check made out to HIPA:

    Attn:  Jim Efstation
    PO Box 115
    Kapaau, HI 96755

  • March 21, 2019 12:00 PM | J. Gregory Turnbull (Administrator)

    Four-day OCD workshop 

    by internationally recognized OCD expert Elna Yadin, PhD, 

    June or July, 2019 (24 CECs)

    It is estimated that Oahu has approximately 12,000 people suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in any given month.  A provider search on the HPA website of the terms “OCD” and “Obsessive Compulsive”, yields only between 6 and 9 results.  There appears to be a large need for treatment and a severe shortage of treatment providers trained in evidence-based diagnosis and treatment of OCD.  Becoming skilled in treating OCD will not only help alleviate the suffering of many people, it is a chance for Hawaii clinicians to significantly expand their incomes. This workshop is appropriate for psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, social workers, marriage & family therapists, counselors, and students in these fields.

    This 4-day workshop will include:

    • Assessment and diagnosis of OCD
    • Differential diagnoses and comorbidities 
    • Supporting evidence for the effectiveness of Exposure and Response (Ritual) Prevention and medications for OCD
    • Detailed session-by-session instruction of the protocol with adjustment to the variety of nuances in OCD and special topics
    • Demonstrations with video illustrations and case examples
    • Participant use of therapy materials.  

    This workshop will be presented by Elna Yadin, PhD, former Director of the OCD Clinic at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Yadin has extensive experience in the treatment of anxiety, stress, and obsessive-compulsive disorders.  She is renowned for her work in training and supervising professionals in the implementation of evidence-based treatments for OCD and PTSD.  She has authored or coauthored academic articles, book chapters and books, including Exposure and Response (Ritual) Prevention for OCD: Therapist Guide, and Treating your OCD with Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy: Patient Workbook (with Edna Foa and Tracey Lichner).     

    We are attempting to bring the training to Hawaii in order to save the costs of travel and accommodations, and to offer it at a discounted price relative to workshops given on the mainland.  The size of the discount will depend on how many people express interest and can commit to attend.  We hope to offer the 4-day training for $750 to $1,000.

    The training is tentatively scheduled for Friday June 28 through Monday July 1, 2019 at a premier venue in Honolulu.  You will receive a certificate of completion of the intensive four-day workshop from Dr. Yadin.  You will also receive 24 CECs, which means you will have all your required CECs for the two-year cycle.  The book, Treating Your OCD with Exposure and Response (Ritual) Prevention: Therapist Guide, which sells on Amazon for $32.50, is included in the cost of the training. 

    The workshop training will be interactive and will include the “nuts and bolts” of OCD assessment and treatment.  Registration is limited.  A $100 deposit, received by April 5, will reserve your spot and be applied to your registration fee.  If there is not enough interest, the workshop may have to be cancelled, and your $100 reservation fee will be returned to you.

    Please respond directly (and only) to Tyler Ralston, PsyD, ABPP at (without responding to all of HPA) if you are interested or have questions regarding this 24 CE training.


    Tyler Ralston Psy.D. ABPP and Michael Christopher Psy.D., Ph.D.

    Tyler Ralston, PsyD, ABPP

    Ph: 808-358-2982

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