Counselors lobbied to block “Conversion Therapy” In the Hawaii Legislature

This spring Dr. Sarah Hodell, HCA President and SandraJoy Eastlack, Past HCA President made moving testimony against the “conversion therapy bill”.  After much debate with Christian leaders in the community, the bill to prevent conversion therapy passed and the Governor will sign it into law tomorrow.  This is a major safe guard for the LGBT community in Hawaii.

According to SandraJoy, our HCA licensure historian, we may expect to see changes in our Hawaii Counselor requirements to keep up with national trends.  Please stay tuned to HCA regarding any changes in licensure requirements.

Ethical Issues in Counseling: A Team Responsibility

March 11th 9 am – noon, Hale Kuhina, Windward Community College

This training will provide Ethical standards and Interactive situations for participants.  Counselors will learn how to navigate challenging situations while maintaining ethical standards.  Topics will include fostering trust, advocacy, mandatory reporting, client/community safety, unacceptable behavior, and working in a group setting.

Panelests are Dr. Dorothy Bach, PhD, LMHC, NCC, Chaminade Professor; Dr. Amy Humphreys, PsyD, Mental Health Counselor, Leeward CC; Alissa Gino, LMHC, CSAC, Gino Clinic, Therapist., Kailua, HI

Speaker/Facilitator is Dr. Annie Nguyen, PsyD, Private practice Clinical Psychologist

Fall 2015 news is coming soon

You will soon be receiving an email from the HCA Board of Directors asking  about possible topics for our Fall trainings. We are eager to hear your training needs/wants.  We are a fully certified CE granting organization.  You should receive the email from Stephanie Whiting asking for your input soon.

Mahalo, for your patience as we deal with our technology learning curve.  Sarah Hodell, HCA President

October 24, 2014 – You are a valued Professional


bernieIn this workshop Bernie discussed the “helping conversation” from a theoretical and research perspective, followed by an introduction of the TRAUMA INFORMED CARE MODEL as a holistic approach in counseling, helping, and advising students and clients.

Alissa Gino and Jennifer Cabe explored the hidden faces of low self-esteem as they present case studies. Many parents or loved ones are shocked to find out that their “successful” daughter or friend is bulimic. Challenges such as anorexia, bulimia, cutting, suicide ideation, and perplexing.  The workshop will deal with possible causes, warning signs.

Stephanie Whiting guided counselors through and strategies to as we help our clients while attending to our busy personal lives, thus “keeping our wells full.”stephanie2.jpeg