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  • June 26, 2019 9:50 PM | Cindy Zane

    Become an Emotionally Focused Therapist and help couples transform their relationship!

    Dates:  July 16 - 19, 2019 8:30am - 4:30pm

    Location:  Chaminade University of Honolulu, 3140 Waialae Avenue, Hon., HI 96816 Henry 109

    Facilitated by Rebecca Jorgensen, PhD, Certified EFT Trainer, Supervisor & Therapist with support from Cindy Goodness Zane, Psy.D, Certified EFT Supervisor & Therapist

    Presented in partnership with:  Hawaii Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy (HICEFT) & Chaminade University of Honolulu

    Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is an effective short-term, research-validated approach to couple therapy, developed in the mid-1980's by Dr. Sue Johnson, founder of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). It reflects the most recent research on the nature of relationship distress, adult love, and emotion. It is a Humanistic and Process-Oriented therapy that is grounded in John Bowlby's Attachment Theory. It is the most empirically supported model of couple therapy and is being taught all over the world. 

    Who Should Attend?  Professionals who work or would like to work with Couples and/or Families: Counselors, Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists.

    Earn 28 CEUs in 4 days

    What will I learn?

    • Learn to see couple distress from an attachment perspective.
    • Discover how to help partners recognize blocks to their relationship security & reprocess their emotional reactions to one another.
    • Create & choreograph new emotional interactions that support lasting connection.
    • Develop the ability to overcome therapeutic impasses.
    • Learn the theory, process, clinical techniques and skills of EFT via didactic, experiential, observational, kinesthetic and group process modalities of teaching within an engaged, supportive and fun environment.
    • Experience EFT in action during live consutlation sessions with real couples.

    For more information & registration, go to:

    Regular Registration = $850. Discounted registration available for Full-Time Students ($550), Interns ($650), Groups ($650) & Military ($650) providers; verification required; discounts end 7/8/19.

    For answers to questions, email =

  • June 07, 2019 4:12 PM | Lianne Philhower

    September 27 - October 2, 2019

    Translate your love of nature into your life and your work! Learn clinical, earth-based practices to enrich your professional work with individuals and groups. Immerse in nature with an earth-loving community. Let the wild ocean and lush flora of the island coast awaken and enliven you!

    CE's available for Psychologists, LMFT's, LCP's, LCSW's and LPC's.

    Join Ecotherapists Ariana Candell and Lizabeth Kashinsky on a magical five-day training at Windward Retreat Center, Ka’a’awa, Oahu. Enjoy a transformational experiential training filled with deep nature connection practices including: Authentic Movement in nature, Earth dream exploration and sacred ceremony to create altars, ritual, and mandalas.

    Receive a $200 value FREE INTRODUCTION TO ECOTHERAPY COURSE when you SIGN UP by June 14th.

    At the end of the training, you will be able to:

    • Apply a wide range of indoor and outdoor nature-based interventions into your current professional practice with individuals and groups.

    • Offer an outdoor individual ecotherapy session that integrates the seven steps of ecotherapy with your own professional modality.

    • Know how to create a safe, supportive group nature connection experience and describe the steps to design your own nature-inspired workshops.

    • Apply tools to support people in transforming their pain for the world into positive action, by using “The Work that Reconnects”.

    • Describe practices you can use to deepen personal connection with nature and create a plan for daily Earth-based personal practice.

    • Explain how to lead individuals and groups in reciprocal, respectful ways that strive not to perpetuate colonialism or cultural appropriation.

    For more information, visit The Earthbody Institute:

    Here's what participants are saying:

    “This program has true holistic integrity. The teachings, the teachers, the venue and even the food were all in alignment with healthy eco-consciousness. There was a fabulous balance of practical and sacred approaches to ecotherapy both from a personal and clinical perspective.  The curriculum was applicable to those who are newly acquainted to the natural world and also to those who have an abiding devotion to ecotherapy. I highly recommend this program for individual and collective evolution as a practitioner and as a human on this planet, at this time.

    Sarita Jessica Benn-Towle AMFT

    "A transformative gift of inspiration, courage, vulnerability, authenticity, and vital connection...."

    Paula Pappajohn, MA, RCC

    “This program reignited my connection with the natural world. It gave me practical knowledge and skills to help others discover and strengthen their connections with self, others, and other-than-human beings. This program was life-changing and transformative”.

    Brianne Smith, LMFT

    For more information:

    Ariana Candell, LMFT, R-DMT, Ecotherapist

    Body-Centered Psychotherapy, 

    Dance Movement Therapy, Ecotherapy

    Call for a free consultation: 510 255-1141 

  • May 11, 2019 1:00 PM | J. Gregory Turnbull (Administrator)

    Buddhist Concepts Using a Neuropsychological Paradigm
    Hawaii Island Psychological Association (HIPA) and 
    Daifukuji Soto Mission 

    Saturday, May 11, 2019, 1:00-5:00 at Daifukuji Soto Mission, 79-7241 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kealakekua, Hawaii 96750(

    Harold V. Hall, PhD, ABPP-Clin, Forensic; ABN-Neuropsych, Pacific Institute, (808) 315-7341Reverend Jiko Nakade, 12th Resident Minister, Daifukuji Soto Mission, (808) 322-3524

    Panel Members from the Mental Health and Buddhist Community

    Intended participants: Those interested in the interface between mental health and Buddhism,  and those from other spiritual traditions who address various forms of suffering (dukkha), psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, nurses, mental health counselors, and professionals working with brain-injured clients. Caretaker-client dyads are welcome.  This workshop is appropriate for beginning to advanced practitionersOpen to the general public.

    Abstract:In a series of landmark studies, neuroscientists have discovered that some types of mindfulness and meditation (M&M) correspond to activation of “top down” neural pathways—known as the attentional control network—which involve internally mediated intentions, inhibitions, plans, goals choice, and use of salient words and images (e.g., Loving-Kindness Meditation, hypnosis and self-hypnosis, guided meditation, Transcendental Meditation, certain prayers in religious traditions, Tonglen Meditation), versus “bottom up” generic sensory input involving direct and automatic reactions such as from loud noise, pain stimuli, somatic actions and qi-infused chakra points (e.g., Zhineng qigong, various types of yoga, biofeedback, body scanning, Somatic Meditation, Tai Chi). Demonstrated in this workshop, evidence-based studies using imaging and brain scanning suggest structural change takes place from M&M methods utilizing a combination of TD and BU neural activation (e.g., Soto Zen meditation-- zazen, kinhin, shakyo, Compassion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy). Implications for neuroplasticity and therefore cognitive enhancement are profound. Evidence-based M&M, neuropsychological, and psychological methods including a consideration of socio-emotional functioning and compassion, are illustrated through a heuristic cognitive enhancement program. The goal is to increase the likelihood of attaining positive traits/states and learning experiences to help others in their unique life journey, as well as oneself in this reciprocal process. Such a program can be easily adapted to assist cognitively impaired individuals regain intellectual competency (or slow down progression of deterioration). From a Buddhist perspective, the 5 pillars of wisdom are discussed which may lead to the view that the highest wisdom is a compassionate state of being characterized by a recognition that all phenomena are incomplete, impermanent and not self. This heuristic program is conceptualized as but a small step in this process.   

    Learning objectives:  Participants should be able to:

    1. Describe 4 or more M&M methods to enhance cognitive skills.
    2. Describe 6 or more like methods from neuroscience and psychology.
    3. Elaborate on the 7-step procedure as it would apply to you or a client.
    4. Explain why wisdom with compassion is necessary to fruitfully interact  with clients, significant others, and persons who are difficult. 

    12:30-1:00     Registration/refreshments.  

    1:00-1:10        Opening remarks and greeting (Rev. Jiko )

    1:10-2:00        Adversity, neuroplasticity, and Buddhist universal laws (Dr. Hall)

    2:00-2:15        Silent break (see poster paper displays

    2:15-2:45        The 7-step cognitive enhancement program (Dr. Hall)

    2:45-3:00        Break 

    3:00-4:00        Panel presenters. Q&A 

    4:00-4:15        Break 

    4:15-4:45        Zazen followed by kinhin (Walking Meditation) (Rev. Jiko)

    4:45-5:00        Modified Univ Transference of Merit (Rev. Jiko). Do evaluations. 

    Registration is required by the May 5, 2019 deadline by mailing the registration form on the last page of this announcement and a check for $35 to Dr. Roger Weiss, PhD, HIPA, P.O. Box 3178, Kailua, HI 96745. Students, seniors over 65 and those with special needs need only pay $15. The materials relevant to this workshop will be emailed as an attachment to participants who can self-print or have copied off the desired contents at Kona Business Center (329-0006). See registration form for more details. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Daifukuji Soto Mission. 

    Important Notice:  In order to receive continuing education credits, attendees must sign in and out 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 of leaving before the workshop is complete will not receive CE credits.

    CE – Continuing Education Credits:

    Those participants who choose to receive CE credits for participation must submit an additional non-refundable fee of $10 payable at the time of the workshop. This fee should be submitted directly to a HIPA representative and checks should be made out to HIPA. 

    For HIPA members this $10 fee will be waived.

    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 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 Roger Weiss Ph.D,  HIPA President, P.O. Box 115, Kapaau, HI  96755. 


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