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HPA Convention 2014  

October 24 and 15, 2014

Convention Agenda

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Friday, October 24, 2014

7:30 am - 9:00 am | Registration & Breakfast

Venue: Regency Ballroom Convention Center Foyer (Ground Floor)

8:00 am - 9:00 am | President’s Town Hall Meeting & Annual General Meeting

Venue: Mauka Ballroom (updated)

Nancy Sidun, Psy.D. (HPA President)
Marie Terry-Bivens, Psy.D. (HPA President-Elect)
Darryl Salvador, Psy.D. (HPA Past President)
June Ching, Ph.D. (APA Council Representative)

A lively conversation on critical issues facing psychologists in Hawai`i and the nation.   Participants will learn how APA and Hawai`i partner on initiatives important to both practice and research oriented psychologists and discuss the professional concerns you feel are most important at the state and national levels.

9:00 am – 12:00 Noon | Keynote Plenary I  (6 CE Credits)

Venue: Makai/Maloko Ballroom

Keynote Speaker: Lynn Bufka, Ph.D. 

“Guidelines, Diagnosis and More – Critical Issues Facing Professional Practice”

Psychologists and other mental health providers face a myriad of issues as they try to continue to provide high quality services. Some of the key issues facing healthcare professionals including calls for greater accountability, changes in how health care is delivered and changes in rules and regulations that affect healthcare, will be outlined, along with the efforts by the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association Practice Organization to address these issues so that psychologists and mental health providers can continue doing the work they love. The particular importance of advocacy and leadership will be highlighted in the opening hour before the presenter segues to more detailed presentations about two key areas affecting participants.

Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) are increasingly prevalent in health care and are produced by many organizations, including those under development by APA. Many mental health professionals are unfamiliar with how CPGs are developed and used in health care. The presenter will describe best practices in guideline development and the steps APA is taking to develop high quality clinical practice guidelines. The presenter will discuss how CPGs are used in different health care settings and for individual decision making to determine offered services, access to care and other important issues.

Finally, the presenter will provide an overview of the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD); an introduction to the ICD-10-CM set of diagnostic codes that will be required for billing and health information in the U.S. on 10/1/2015; and a preview of ICD-11 which is currently under development. Participants will learn about the current diagnostic code sets in use in the United States and how that is distinguished from the DSM-5. Participants will learn some of the top-level changes in diagnoses with the publication of the DSM-5 and the implications for practice. Participants will discuss changes and trends in diagnostic assessment and the connection to the provision of quality care. Attendees will have opportunities to ask questions and engage in discussion throughout the program.

12:00 pm - 1:30pm | HPA Awards Luncheon

Venue: Makai/Maloko Ballroom

Join us at our HPA Awards Luncheon for presentation of awards to recognize colleagues, Legislator or Legislators, a person or person in media and members of the community for their outstanding contribution in the field of psychology and mental health. 

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm | Keynote Plenary I Continued

Venue: Makai/Maloko Ballroom

Keynote Speaker: Lynn Bufka, Ph.D. 

“Guidelines, Diagnosis and More – Critical Issues Facing Professional Practice”

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Session I

Group 1- The Psychologically Healthy Workplace: A Comprehensive Approach to Well-Being and Performance

Venue: Mauka Ballroom

David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, Assistant Executive Director for Organizational Excellence, American Psychological Association

Successful businesses understand that employee well-being and organizational performance are inextricably linked. Beyond remediating problems and addressing dysfunction, psychology can also inform efforts to promote positive behavior and effectiveness. This session will explore APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Model as a comprehensive framework for creating work environments where both employees and organizations can thrive. Through didactic components, interactive discussion and examples from award-winning organizations, participants will learn about the types of practices that contribute to a healthy, high-performing organization and discuss ways that leaders and psychologists who work with them can apply the model in the workplace.

Group 2 - Poster Sessions *See Poster Session List for details on presenters
           Venue: Regency Ballroom Convention Center Foyer           

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Pau Hana Social, Live Entertainment & Poster Sessions

Venue: Ballroom Foyer & Makai Ballroom

E Komo Mai! Enjoy pupus, beverages and live music by the talented Jeanett Traveis as HPA showcases the excellent work of several groups who will present their posters throughout the area while catching up with old and new friends!

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm  | Healthy Workplace Awards Ceremony

Venue: Mauka Ballroom

The Hawai`i Psychological Association Business of Practice Network (BOPN) committee is proud to sponsor the 2014 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards Ceremony.  This program recognizes organizations state-wide that have demonstrated excellence in the implementation of psychologically healthy work policies and practices.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

*All sessions on Saturday will take place in the Diamond Head Meeting Rooms. See map for room locations.  

9:00 am - 12:00 noon | Workshop

Group 1 - Hawai‘i Internship/Post-Doc Symposium & Networking Hour

Venue: Kou Ballroom

This symposium will provide an important opportunity for student conference attendees to obtain valuable information about the practicum, internship, and post-doc options here in Hawai‘i. During the first 90 minutes, representatives from each site will present brief summaries of their training programs. Many of these participating programs also offer practicum training, so this event will also be beneficial for students seeking practicum placements. Immediately following the symposium presentations, the Networking Hour will be an opportunity for students to meet and talk with training directors and current trainees from participating program sites. Participating sites include:

·      Argosy University Hawai‘i Internship Consortium

·      Hawai‘i Center for Psychology

·      Hawai‘i Psychology Internship Consortium

·      I Ola Lahui Rural Hawai‘i Behavioral Health Program

·      Pacific Islands Health Care System, VA

·      Tripler Army Medical Center

·      University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Counseling & Student Development Center

·      VA Pacific Islands Health Care System & National Center for PTSD

·      Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center

9:00 am - 10:15 | Workshop

Group 2 - Telehealth

Venue: Leahi Room

Nancy Sidun, Psy.D.

Lynn Bufka, Ph.D.

Jim Spira, Ph.D.

Ivan Irie, Psy.D.

Telehealth is an important means to reach those in rural areas who do not otherwise have easy access to psychological services, and especially specialty services for specific needs. 

Yet is TeleMentalHealth safe and effective?  Are there particular guidelines that need to be addressed? A panel of experts has been assembled to discuss how they have utilized TeleMentalHealth to facilitate access to psychological services for rural patients.

9:00 am – 10:30 am | Seminar Session 1

Group 1: Alternatives to Litigation for Divorcing Couples: Mediation and Collaborative Divorce

Venue: Ekahi

Melissa Lindsay, Psy.D

Lisa Wong Jacobs, Attorney at Law, Collaborative Attorney & Mediator

Michael McEnerney, CPA, Collaborative Financial Practitioner & Mediator

Craig Robinson, Ph.D., Collaborative Mental Health Coach & Mediator

This presentation offers a brief overview of the alternatives to litigation in divorce, and details two of these alternatives, (1) Mediation and (2) Collaborative Divorce, as models that foster positive relationships and more productive outcomes.

Group 2: Assessment and Treatment Program for Elders with Alzheimer’s in the Correctional Environment (ATPEACE)

Venue: Ekolu

Jennifer Hamada, M.S.

Assessment and Treatment Program for Elders with Alzheimer’s in the Correctional Environment (ATPEACE) is a IV-Stage assessment protocol and intervention framework for clinical psychologists working with Alzheimer’s disease in jails.

10:45 am - 11:30 am | Seminar Session 2

Group 1 | A Theoretical Model for Case Conceptualization for Active Duty Service Members with Complex Trauma and Combat PTSD

Venue: Ekahi

Joy Tanji, Ph.D.

Natalia Cardona, M.A.

This model lends itself to case conceptualization and intervention design through the facilitation of neurobiological, Emotion Focused Therapy, and Posttraumatic Growth factors in complex traumatic reactions and PTSD.

Group 2 | Early Assessment and Intervention for Young People With Psychosis in Hawaii

Venue: Ekolu

David Cicero, Ph.D.

This presentation reviews empirically supported assessment and treatment for adolescents and young adults with psychosis. Resources available to clinicians in Hawaii will be discussed.

Group 3 | The Financial Psychology of Wealth: Psychological Factors Associated with High Income

Venue: Elima

Bradley Klontz, Psy.D.

Martin Seay, Ph.D.

Discussion of research findings of this presenter and Paul Sullivan of the New York Times will be presented. Topics include psychological predictors of high income and the financial psychology of wealth.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm | Seminar Session 3  

Group 1 - Seven Year Trend Analysis of the Interaction Between Law Enforcement and Mentally Ill and/or Emotionally Disturbed Persons on the Island of Oahu

Venue: Ekahi

Michael Christopher, Ph.D.

Vincent Tsushima, Ph.D.

The presentation will describe the Honolulu Emergency Psychological Services and Jail Diversion Program (HEPSJDP) and review HEPSJDP data in the context of larger national trends. The presentation will conclude with a discussion and recommendations for the mental health and criminal justice systems.

Group 2 - The Mokihana Program: The Effectiveness of a School-Based Behavioral Health Approach

Venue: Elima

Bradley Klontz, Psy.D.

Alex Bivens, Ph.D.

Data on the effectiveness of Kauai’s Mokihana SBBH Program will be presented. Challenges and opportunities for sustaining and replicating interdepartmental behavioral health programs will be explored.

Group 3 - Working with Hawaii’s Acupuncturists: An Opportunity for Creative Collaborations

Venue: Ekolu

Joy Tanji, Ph.D.

A brief introduction to Chinese medicine and its conceptualization of mental health for psychologists interested in collaborating with Hawaii’s acupuncturists.

12:30 pm -1:30 pm LUNCH on your own

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm | Seminar Session 4

Group 1 - Windows of Awareness Theory: Clinical Applications in Couples Counseling

Venue: Ekahi

Garyn Tsuru, Ph.D.

Rene Tillich, Ph.D.

Laurie Sanford, Ph.D.

Assisted by:  Rodgie Bucsit  (Chaminade University)

                     Quinn Hashimoto  (University of Hawaii)

                     Stephanie Otto (University of Hawaii, West Oahu)

This roundtable session discusses the Windows of Awareness Theory (WAT) and its application to couples and marriage counseling.

Group 2 - Exploring the Interaction Between Multidimensional Identities and Social Power: A Process-Focused Intersectional Model

Venue: Ekolu

Joy Tanji, Ph.D.

Holly Sue Vogel, Psy.D.

A presentation covering the following information: the challenges of intersectionality and training in intersectionality, commonly used strategies, the process-focused intersectionality model, and application to a case example.

Group 3 - Beyond Screening Tools and Templates: An Integrative Approach to Understanding General Medical and Hormone-Related Conditions

Venue: Elima

Kristina Pikunas, Ph.D.

Nozanin Y. Lelie, M.A.

Irene Yamamoto, M.D.

Phil Bohnert, M.D.

Laurie Steelsmith, N.D., L.Ac.

This roundtable session addresses psychiatric disorders associated with general medical and hormone-related conditions and discusses a variety of tools to facilitate dialogue with physicians

3:15-4:30 pm | Seminar Session 5

Group 1 -  Implementing Gender Responsive Systems of Care: Trauma Informed Services for Girls on Oahu

Venue: Ekahi

Lesley A. Slavin, Ph.D.

Tia Roberts, MSW, MPS

This workshop will provide an introduction to the concept of gender-responsive care for adolescent girls exposed to significant trauma and share effect treatment strategies.

Group 2 - Ethical Issues: How to think about new challenges

Venue: Elima

Rosemary Adam-Terem, Ph.D.

Craig Robinson, Ph.D.

In this interactive session, Drs. Robinson and Adam-Terem will present some typical issues arising from practical problems and new challenges in practice. Participants are encouraged to bring in cases or situations of their own to discuss. Using vignettes, role-plays, and open discussion with participants, the presenters will describe Dr. Behnke’s “Four Bins” model of ethical thinking, examining the relative roles of legal, ethical, practice and risk management constructs. Newer challenges include the appropriate use of telepsychology, texting, e-mail, and social media.

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