Better Results: Using Deliberate Practice to Improve Therapeutic Outcomes

April 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Dr. Scott D. Miller, PhD, Co-founder and Director of the International Centre for Clinical Excellence

Professional development is central to lifelong job satisfaction. Traditional approaches (e.g., lectures, clinical experience, even supervision) don’t work. The latest studies show that unlocking one’s potential as a therapist requires “deliberate practice.” At this one hour talk story facilitated by internationally renowned author and educator, Dr. Scott Miller Ph.D., will be offered cutting edge research and instructions for improving your clinical performance and effectiveness. Attendees can expect to learn about:

  • Raising your clinical effectiveness to the next level;
  • Improve your ability to engage, retain, and help a more diverse clientele;
  • Learn about the importance of developing and sustaining a lifelong, professional development plan.

Join us for this event and receive one HIAMFT-Approved CEU.

This event is complimentary to our clinical community thanks to the generosity of Dr. Miller who is offering this training to us at no charge.

When: Wednesday, April 22nd, 12-1pm

Where: For the Zoom link and passcode, please email:

Medical Aid in Dying: Two (2) CEU Event

Imiloa Astronomy Center, 600 Imiloa Pl Hilo, HI 96720

March 12 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Care and Choices at the End of Life: A Discussion on Hawai‘i’s ‘Our Care, Our Choice’ Act – Update

Learning objectives:

  • Integrate the clinical competencies necessary for participating in medical aid in dying & the requirements of aid-in-dying laws
  • Identify how medical aid in dying interfaces with palliative care
  • Apply a team approach to patient-centered management for end-of-life care
  • Examine the role of pharmacists in relation to medical aid-in-dying medications and dispensing requirements
  • Review proper medication protocols for writing prescriptions and other resources

Lunch Provided!

Presented by David R. Grube, MD, National Medical Director, Compassion & Choices. Dr. Grube practiced family medicine for 35 years. He graduated from the University of Oregon Medical School (now OHSU), became a commissioned of cer in the USPHS, National Health Service Corps and practiced family medicine in Philomath, Oregon. Dr. Grube has been a leader in the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians and OAFP Foundation. He was appointed to the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners (now Oregon Medical Board) in 2001, and served seven years (two years as Chair). He was chosen OAFP Family Physician of the Year in 1986 and OMA Doctor Citizen of the Year in 2009. He has served as the Medical Director pro tem for the Oregon Medical Board.

Dr. Charlotte Charfen is a board-certi ed emergency medicine physician who has practiced ER work for the last 20 years, from the inner cities like Detroit to some of the most rural spots across our nation. She practices in the ER on Hawaii Island, and, with other death-positive pioneers, created a nonpro t called Life & Death Wellness to educate about all life matters, especially end-of-life. Dr. Charfen is the only physician outside Oahu to have written a prescription for a quali ed patient during the rst year of the Our Care, Our Choice Act, Hawaii’s year-old medical aid-in-dying law. She will be sharing her experience and perspective on the amendments being proposed to improve access to the law.


East Hawaii Independent Physicians Association

Hawaiian Islands Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Hawaii State Department of Health

Community First

Compassion & Choices

Listening Well: The Art of Empathic Understanding with William R. Miller, Ph.D.

Honolulu, Oahu:

Sat, February 9, 2019, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM HST

Hilo, Hawai’i:

Wed, February 13, 2019, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM HST


University of Hawai’i-Hilo

Catholic Charities Hawai’i

Elemental Guidance, LLC

Hawaiian Islands Association of Marriage & Family Therapists

Ku’ikahi Mediation Center

Elder Care 808

National Association of Social Workers-Hawai’i

University of Hawai’i-Manoa-School of Social Work

Parents Inc.

Island Naturals

Conscious Culture Cafe

Sweet Cane Cafe


Exciting News in 2018: Marriage & Family Therapists of Hawai’i, Unite!

In 2017, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) held a vote resulting in the dissolving of all local/state chapters of the national organization. As such Hawai’i has opted to regroup as a local, independent organization called Marriage & Family Therapists of Hawai’i (MFT-HI). This new professional organization will serve and highlight local MFTs and anyone interested in practicing mental health systemically and relationally.

Over the next year, the MFT-HI will be providing more information about benefits of membership including discounts at training events, local continuing education (CE) events, and more.

Stay tuned!

Co-sponsored by Elemental Guidance, LLC (Organizers: John Souza, Jr)