Family Strengthening Center

The Family Strengthening Center at Family Programs Hawaii, in affiliation with the Hawaii School of Professional Psychology at Chaminade University, is a non-profit Community Mental Health Center that provides services to culturally, socially, and economically diverse children and their families. The mission of the Center is to promote healthy development of children by strengthening their families through a multidisciplinary approach.

 

Family Strengthening Center

2752 Woodlawn Drive, Unit 5-214
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel (808) 282-0156
Fax (808) 521-2000

 

Cheryl K.C. Andaya, Psy.D

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

CWS Evaluation ReferralTherapy Request

Mental Health Assessments & Consultations Completed Annually

Psychiatric Consultations Completed Annually

Referrals for Evaluations Annually

Innovative Ways to Serve the Community

The Family Strengthening Center (FSC) has had another year of exciting events and changes. We were thrilled to gain two new staff psychologists, Drs. Megan Deaver and Danielle Pagat. Their addition has been of great value to our center as they bring with them their areas of expertise, clinical experience, and positive presence. They have been involved in training our future behavioral health providers and the future planning of the center. We look forward to their continued contributions in working with our families and helping to expand our services.

Looking ahead, we also appreciated the past efforts that built the foundation of our center as we celebrated the retirement of Dr. Steven Choy, the founder of the FSC. The celebration was a memorable event for Dr. Choy and those who worked alongside him for so many years. His work in changing lives was evident in the many who came forward to share of their memories. His work will be further recognized as he was
recently informed of being selected to receive the Jonathan Won Child Maltreatment Prevention Award at the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) Hawaii International Summit in April 2023.

The FSC continues to expand in several areas including Developmental Disability (DD) Assessments, which has created another specialized niche for our clinicians. We had a number of families graduate from Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) during this past year where they demonstrated learned skills and exhibited closer bonds with their children. There has also been an increase in requests for PCIT services from both CWS and self-referred clients from the community. Currently, the FSC has anywhere between 30 to 40 clients being provided therapeutic services.

Appointment Request

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy is a treatment modality where the focus is on strengthening the relationship between parent and child with the guidance of a clinician who coaches the parent/caregiver on ways to interact with the child to build a positive parent-child relationship and help parents/caregivers manage their child’s behavioral challenges.

 

To schedule individual, child, family, or couple’s therapy, please contact us at 808-371-3184 or click on the green button to complete the form.

Services

EVALUATIONS

  • Comprehensive Clinical Psychological Evaluations (Infant, Child, Adolescent, and Adult)
  • Psychological Family Risk Evaluations
  • Developmental Psychological Evaluations
  • Family Systems Psychological Evaluations
  • Child Parent Relationship Assessments
  • Psychoeducational Evaluations
  • Developmental Disabilities Evaluation
  • Forensic Psychological Evaluations
  • Placement Psychological Evaluations

TREATMENT SERVICES

  • Trauma Informed Care Treatment Services
  • Individual, Couples, Family and Group Services
  • Infant, Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychotherapy
  • Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

TRAINING SERVICES

  • Practicum, Internship and Post Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Health Professional Practicums
  • Community Trauma Informed Care Workshops
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Training Center
  • Child Maltreatment, Interpersonal Violence & Trauma Informed Care Trainings
  • Child Development & Developmental Disabilities Trainings

OTHER SERVICES

  • Expert Court Testimony & Consultation
  • Visitation and Transitional Services
  • Mentoring and Support Services Research

Eligibility

All Referrals Welcome: Self, Children, Youth, Adults, Couples, & Families

Referrals from Department of Human Services

All Children and Families are eligible for services. For Grants, eligibility for services are based on the grants requirements. Center fees are paid through grants, sliding scale fees, and all major health insurances, including Quest.

Location

Statewide

We work on all the main islands including Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island.

Training Opportunities

Are you interested in training opportunities with Family Programs Hawaii’s Family Strengthening Center? In association with Chaminade University, we are an internship or post-doctoral training program affiliated with the APPIC and our Psychologists are Nationally Credentialed as Health Service Psychologists. Please see our training opportunities listed below.

Training Manuals

Certifications

PCIT-Certified Therapists

Name

Date

Cert. No.

Shoko Burkett

8/31/15

001

Rachel Linhares

8/31/15

002

Jesi Sasaki

6/13/16

003

Christina Uemura

5/6/17

004

Dayna Schultz

8/13/17

005

Jolene Young

4/13/18

006

Mei-Lin Lawson

4/13/18

007

Catherine Gallahue

7/7/18

008

Katrina Obleade

6/13/20

009

Eva Chau

7/13/20

010

Lisa Casados

8/13/20

011

Kylie Uratsuka

6/1/21

012

Joy Riach

6/1/21

013

Irada wattanavitukul

7/1/21

014

Christina Greenup

7/7/21

015

Ashley Seki

7/13/21

016

Diana Kay

9/15/21

017

Aldea Kekumu

3/4/22

018

What is a Health Service Psychologist?

Health Service Psychologists have the education, training, and experience for the independent delivery of healthcare services. Health Service Psychologists are licensed practitioners who provide preventive, consultative, assessment, and treatment services in a broad range of settings, including independent or group practice, multidisciplinary clinics, counseling centers, or hospitals. Health service psychologists differ from health psychologists in that their practice is not confined to the treatment of problems associated with physical health or well-being, and differ from other specialties in that their services are delivered in the context of the doctor/patient relationship, rather than fields such as forensic psychology.

The National Register of Health Service Psychologists identifies psychologists who have met the highest education and training requirements. The HSP credential positions them for success in healthcare delivery systems and independent practice.

Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers

Family Programs Hawaii’s Family Strengthening Center is affiliated with the  APPIC, meaning that we are an internship or post-doctoral training program that has met all of the relevant APPIC membership criteria and is in good standing. The list of criteria can be found at APPIC.org.

Mahalo to Our Funders & Changemakers

State, Private, Federal Grants

Health Insurance Payments

Private Fee-for-Service Payments