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HPA Convention 2014

"Opportunities and Challenges in Psychology and Mental Health"

October 24 and 25, 2014 
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa

Aloha & Welcome to the 2014 Hawaii Psychological Association Convention!

The 2014 HPA Convention, themed Opportunities and Challenges in Psychology and Mental Health, reflects HPA’s ever-strengthening commitment to connect member psychologists with the full range of practice opportunities that exist in our rapidly changing economy.  This convention will be an exceptional opportunity for psychologists to access a broad network of expertise useful for anticipating and responding to changes in healthcare, as well as innovating and expanding into developing practice opportunities. The presentations and events will be at the conveniently located Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort Ballrooms on O`ahu.

Friday will begin with a “Town Hall Meeting” discussion with Nancy Sidun, Psy.D.  (HPA President), Marie Terry-Bivens, Psy.D. (HPA President-Elect), Darryl Salvador, Psy.D. (Past President), and June Ching Ph.D. (APA Council Representative). Join us in this lively conversation to discuss professional concerns you feel are most important to you regarding your work specialty and play an active part in helping to shape the state and national agenda for our psychology profession.

Friday’s keynote speaker, Lynn Bufka, Ph.D., is the Assistant Executive Director for Practice Research and Policy at the American Psychological Association in Washington DC.  She will provide attendees with all of the most current information on practice trends, guidelines for managing new practice areas, and a clear perspective of what is working best for psychologists across the country. The HPA awards luncheon will follow.

David Ballard, Psy.D., the Assistant Executive Director for Marketing and Business Development at the American Psychological Association will be joining us on Friday afternoon followed by our Pau Hana social gathering at 5:00pm.  At 5:30 the winners of the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards (PHWA) will be announced.  This is the 14th year that the Hawai`i Psychological Association (HPA), in cooperation with APA, has established the Healthy Workplace Awards in the State of Hawai`i. Several of our past winners have gone on to attain both recognition and honors at the national level.

Saturday’s sessions will present a detailed cross-section view of what is working for psychologists right now in Hawaii.  On Saturday attendees will get to attend 5 sessions of their choice - a format the planners chose in order to provide the richest and most diverse conference experience possible.  With topics ranging from new opportunities in family therapy, treating soldiers, supporting medical treatments, elder care, financial psychology, public health, working with forensic populations, tele-health, and much more, you will want to choose wisely!

There has never been a more important time for psychologists to come together, connect, and look to the future of our profession in a well-informed way.  We encourage all psychologists to reach out to your practice partners and colleagues and ensure that they all feel invited and compelled to attend the 2014 HPA Convention.  We are sincerely excited about it, and we look forward to seeing all of you there. E Komo Mai

Special Note- We recognize the importance that our student members play in sustaining the growth and future of our organization and profession.  We wish to extend our aloha to our student members by inviting HPA members to sponsor students who would like to attend the convention by making a donation towards defraying student costs.  Please consider extending your kokua for our students and write in your donation on the registration form.


Marie Terry-Bivens , Psy.D.
Hawaii Psychological Association

E Komo Mai! Join Us!


We would like to thank our generous 2014 Maile ($5,000) sponsor

We would also like to acknowledge and thank our Ilima sponsors ($1,000):

  • Hawaii Center for Psychology
  • Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience
  • Jeff Crawford, Ph.D.

The HPA Convention Committee 

 Rosemary Adam-Terem, Ph.D. (Chair)                                                           
 June Ching, Ph.D.  Alex Santiago
 Maria Chun, Ph.D.  Emily Shiraishi, Psy.D.
 Jill Olivera Gray, Psy.D.  Darryl Salvador, Psy.D.
 L. Martin Johnson, Psy.D.  Nancy Sidun, Psy.D.
 Justin Matsuura  Lesley Slavin, Ph.D.
 Daniel Meier, Psy.D.  Jim Spira, Ph.D.
 Karl Minke, Ph.D.  Jeffrey Stern, Ph.D.
 Annie Nguyen, Psy.D.  Julie Takashima-Lacassa, M.A.
 Keith Pedro, Psy.D.  Marie Terry-Bivens, Psy.D.
 Debbie Rubin, Ph.D.  Gabrielle Toloza, Psy.D.
   Susan Watson, Ph.D.

About the Convention

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa: The Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa is located at 2424 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawai`i 96815. You can visit the website at: 

Friday, October 24 & Saturday, October 25, 2014:  On Friday October 24th, the conference will be held in the Regency Ballroom Convention Center (2nd Level) for the entirety of the day. Registration will take place at the Convention Center Foyer (downstairs on the ground floor of the ballroom).  On Saturday, October 25th our multi-track convention program and CE workshops will take place in the Diamond Head Meeting Rooms including the Kou Ballroom (2nd floor), the Leahi Room (Ground Floor), and the three basement rooms: Ekahi, Elima & Ekolu Rooms. Please see schedule for more details.

Parking:   Participants will be responsible for their own parking. Hyatt will charge attendees a special flat rate of $8 a day for self-parking and $13 for valet.

Continuing Education Credits:  CE credits will be given only to those who attend entire workshops and complete and submit the evaluation forms before leaving the convention on Oct. 24th and 25th, 2014:

“Guidelines, Diagnosis and More – Critical Issues Facing Professional Practice” -- Lynn Bufka, Ph.D.  (6 CE)

This program is sponsored by the Hawai`i Psychological Association.  The Hawai`i Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  HPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content.  Participants will be provided with documentation of CE credits. Comments should be directed to Rosemary Adam-Terem, CE Administrator, HPA, P.O. Box 833, Honolulu HI 96808.

Important Notice:  Those who attend the workshops, sign in and out, and complete and submit the evaluation forms will receive continuing education credits.  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. 

Who should attend the CE workshops:  The workshops will be beneficial for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, marriage & family therapists, nurses, counselors, CSAC counselors and other allied health care professionals.  Information provided in the workshops will also be helpful for members of other professions and agencies.

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