Professional Development

Professional Development and Continuing Education

Warm aloha from HPU!

The Professional Development Workshop Series is intended for an audience of practicing professionals in the fields of health and human services, community development, entrepreneurship and innovation, and students and faculty in academia. The cost is $45 per 3-hour 3-CEU workshop, payable by cash or check at the door.  HPU alumni receive $10 off each workshop, and current practicum field instructors receive one complimentary workshop per year. Please note that advance registration is required to attend.

The workshops will be held on select Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., with sign-in beginning at 8:15 a.m. at the Hawai'i Pacific University Windward Hawwaii Loa Campus front lanai, located at 45-045 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe, HI 96744-5297. A light continential breakfast will be served during sign-in, and parking is free onsite. A detailed map of the campus can be found by clicking here.

CEUs are authorized by NASW and count towards the State of Hawaii continuing education units licensure requirements.

We look forward to hosting you!

April 4, 2014:  Current Issues and Treatments of PTSD  (3 CEUs)


  • Identify the primary evidenced based treatments for PTSD    
  • Identify the primary components of Cognitive Processing Therapy 
  • Identify the primary components of Prolonged Exposure          
  • Select factors to consider with individual patients in selecting the most appropriate PTSD treatment for that patient 
Christine Duffy-Gill, MSW, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker for the Traumatic Stress Recovery Program at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Spark M. Matsunaga Medical Center. In this role, she provides assessment and treatment for veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

July 11, 2014:  Create a Resource Development Plan for Your Agency
  (3 CEUs)


  • Set strategies and tips for successful fundraising                    
  • Understand the political and economic environment of funding   
  • Understand and positioning the agency to access different types of funding sources                       
  • Learn about leadership and management in the resources development process    
Richard Male, MSW has an undergraduate degree in economics from New York University and a Masters in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.  He is a recognized leader; regionally, nationally and internationally in the fields of leadership development, fundraising, community organizing and public policy for non-profit organizations, faith-based entities, private foundations local municipalities and schools. 

August 22, 2014:  Ethics in Small Communities
 fulfills ethics requirement (3 CEUs)  


  • Identify the ethical questions and dilemmas, as well as boundary-setting challenges that appear when working with small-sized communities 
  • Describe the unique cultural characteristics found in such areas and implications for practice                                                               
  • Apply Code of Ethics to dilemmas found in small-sized communities 
  • Develop strategies to deal with common dilemmas including anonymity, confidentiality, dual/multiple relationships, and conflicts of interest  
Michaela Rinkel, MSW, PhD is a member of the faculty at the School of Social Work, Hawai`i Pacific University where she directs the BSW program and teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.  She has more than 27 years of social work experience as a practitioner and manager in human service organizations, the majority in small communities.

October 10, 2014:  Utilizing Religion/Spirituality in Social Work Practice
  (3 CEUs) 


  • Understanding the important role religion/spirituality can play in the lives of our clients  
  • How to conduct an effective spiritual assessments        
  • Some concrete religious/spiritual interventions that might be included in social work practice   
Kelli Larsen, MSW, PhD earned her MSW and PhD from the University of Maryland Baltimore.  Her dissertation and current research agenda focus on the intersection of social work practitioners personal religious/spiritual beliefs and their willingness to engage in religious/spiritual discussions in their practice.

November 14, 2014:  Eliminating health disparities through culturally grounded social work research: Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (NHOPI) youth prevention  (3 CEUs)

  • Understand the role of social work research in the development of effective interventions
  • Understand issues related to health promotion of rural NHOPIs
  • Understand the foundations of culturally grounded prevention, and how they differ from other types of culturally specific prevention interventions (e.g., culturally adapted prevention)
Scott K. Okamoto, PhD, LSW, is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Hawai‘i Pacific University, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Dr. Okamoto’s research focuses on the social determinants of health and on developing evidence-based prevention interventions with indigenous and underserved communities. He has clinical practice experience working with youth and families in residential and shelter-based settings in Hawai‘i and California.