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.



Dr. Steven J. Choy


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Innovative Ways to Serve the Community

The Family Strengthening Center uses an innovative approach through its collaboration with many other organizations and agencies that address the healthy development of children. Through the Center’s multidisciplinary staff, the Family Strengthening Center provides an array of services that address the developmental needs of children and assist their families to facilitate healthy development.

COVID-19 Update

Due to the COVID-19, evaluations and mental health assessments are being conducted via tele-assessments, and some in-person assessments. Our Psychologists will remain available to CWS staff  for consultations during this time.

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.

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  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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


Department of Human Services

Children, Youth, Adults, Couples, & Families

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.



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.

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

Dr. Steven Choy


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