Hawaii School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University

Hawaii School of Professional Psychology

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Our Clinical Psychology programs are designed to prepare practitioner-scholars whose scientific, theoretical and practical foundations enable them to meet the challenges of the diverse settings, populations and communities in which they serve.

Personal and Professional Preparation

Offering a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, The Hawai'i School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University (HSPP) is dedicated to encouraging your personal and professional growth through faculty mentorship, engaging classroom discussions and experiential learning opportunities. Our programs are vitally important for developing psychologists who can work to address the mental health needs of local populations in Hawai'i, and who understand and recognize the importance of social justice and human diversity.

Argosy University, Hawaii

1001 Bishop Street, Suite 400,
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: 808-536-5555

Admissions Representative

Kim R. K. Scott, MBA
krscott@argosy.edu
808-791-5213

Education Verifications or Alumni Transcript Requests

Kristen Connors
kconnors@argosy.edu
808-791-5228

Local Training Sites

At HSPP, we are committed to providing quality, practical training experiences for our students. Training sites may include:

  • Military Institutions
  • Private Practices
  • College Counseling Centers
  • Clinics
  • State and Federal Agencies
  • Medical Facilities
  • Rural Health Centers
  • Mental Health Hospitals

Recent News

Leads Organization that Provides Comprehensive Support Services to Homeless Veterans
Leads Organization that Provides Comprehensive Support Services to Homeless Veterans

Kimberley Cook
2008, Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
Hawai`i School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University
Executive Director at U.S. VETS - Barber's Point

“[The school’s] offering of a Doctor of Psychology track [instead of] a Doctor of Philosophy track spoke volumes to me, as I am not a researcher by heart. I wanted to learn the art of psychotherapy and healing people from within.”

Leads Organization that Provides Comprehensive Support Services to Homeless Veterans

Dr. Kimberley Cook is the executive director for U.S. VETS – Barber’s Point, an organization that provides comprehensive supportive services to veterans who are homeless and in need of assistance. She operates nearly 20 different programs and oversees 50 employees. “[Our organization is] the only veteran-specific program in the State of Hawai'i to not only directly serve our veterans, but interface with community members who support our veterans.

Cook is excited to work in the nonprofit field. “I have worked for many years with children with autism, in the field of chemical dependency, and with adults with severe mental illnesses. In 2009, I was given the opportunity to become a U.S. VETS clinical director and was given the responsibility of ensuring sound clinical practice for homeless and at-risk veterans reintegrating back in to society. In 2012, I transitioned to the executive director role,” she said.

Cook gains inspiration from the success of veterans within her program. “On any given night, we provide support services to nearly 800 veteran households in the community. Annually, we transition nearly 80% from homelessness to permanent sustainable housing, assist nearly 90% in maintaining their sobriety, and place approximately 100 veterans back in to competitive employment,” she said.

She considers her job to be a privilege and she’s proud to be part of an organization that’s doing important work within the community. “This year,” said Cook, “I humbly accepted one of our organization's highest honors, the ‘Executive Director of the Year’ award. I was also honored in 2016 as a VIP Woman of the Year Circle Honoree for the National Association of Professional Women.” In addition to her work as an executive director, Dr. Cook is a member of the West Oahu Professional Network (WOPN); the Argosy University, Hawai'i Advisory Board; and actively supports the March of Dimes and Make a Wish Foundations.

Cook chose to attend the Hawai`i School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University because of her passion to become a doctor and work in a healing profession. “The pursuit of my Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology was in perfect alignment with my childhood dream and my passion to serve. [The school’s] offering of a Doctor of Psychology track [instead of] a Doctor of Philosophy track spoke volumes to me, as I am not a researcher by heart. I wanted to learn the art of psychotherapy and healing people from within. [The school] met all of my academic and personal expectations.”

She adds that the rigorous academic program prepared her well for the standards expected in the real world. “The challenging timelines, amount of work, and support you receive along the way really mimicked for me what real world is like. It is chaotic and hard work is necessary to be successful. I absolutely loved the challenge and because of the challenge, I was well prepared for [my future],” said Cook.

Cook earned her Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the Hawai`i School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in 2008. She describes the program as challenging and asserts the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life-education balance. She said, “the one thing that sticks out for me during my [school] experience was the peer and faculty support. This made a huge impact on my life and career because it taught me that no matter how difficult a situation is, with the proper support and people who understand the struggle, [you can] achieve success. This factor has made me a better supervisor for my staff, a better leader for our veterans, and a better colleague for my peers.”

She recommends that current students put in the hard work now—to see benefits in the future. “Trust in the program that Argosy University, Hawai'i has designed for you,” she advises. “It truly aligns with the community standard for your chosen discipline.”

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Hawaii Grad Dr. Kimberley Cook Named a “Hawaii MVP”
Hawaii Grad Dr. Kimberley Cook Named a “Hawaii MVP”

Dr. Kimberley Cook, who in 2008 earned a Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from Hawai`i School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, was recently named a “Hawaii MVP” by KITV News.

Cook was featured in a 4-minute news segment on the June 2, 2017 broadcast, highlighting her work as the executive director of U.S. VETS – Barber’s Point, an organization that provides comprehensive supportive services to veterans who are homeless and in need of assistance. She operates nearly 20 different programs and oversees 50 employees. “[Our organization is] the only veteran-specific program in the State of Hawai'i to not only directly serve our veterans, but interface with community members who support our veterans,” Cook said.

Video link:
http://www.kitv.com/story/35580252/hawaii-mvp-kim-cook

See http://ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/627 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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Hawai`i School Holds Clinical Training Seminar, “Evidence-Based Treatment Parent-Child Interaction Therapy”
Hawai`i School Holds Clinical Training Seminar, “Evidence-Based Treatment Parent-Child Interaction Therapy”

Recently, the Hawai`i School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University hosted a clinical training seminar titled “Evidence-Based Treatment Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.” Dr. Steven Choy, associate professor, was the presenter.

The clinical seminar explored two evidence-based psychological treatments that have demonstrated success in improving parent-child relationship and reducing harmful parent-child interactions.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) uses behavioral and systems treatment modalities that work with both the parent and the child with in therapy room with treatment being provided by a trained therapist remotely through an earpiece for the parent. The therapy works on increasing the parent’s attunement to their child’s needs and focuses on helping the child increase positive social interactions and decrease negative destructive and non-compliant acting out behaviors.

Child Parent Psychotherapy is one of only a very few evidence-based relationship treatments that works with parents and infants or very young children together. The treatment uses psychodynamic and relationship treatment modalities to work through their past traumas and develop positive relationships. The therapy engages both the child and the parent in representational play therapy with the therapist in the room to guide the play and assist the parent in understanding the causes of their perception, behaviors and emotions and develop alternative healthy interactions with their child. The treatment focus is to work through the trauma so that it does not interfere with the healthy relationship between parent and child.

Choy is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the prevention, assessment and treatment of child maltreatment. With over 40 years in the field, he has a sub-specialty in developmental disabilities. In addition to his teaching, Choy is also the Director of the Family Strengthening Center (FSC) at Family Programs Hawaii. The FSC is an Argosy University-affiliated training center that provides multidisciplinary assessment, treatment and consultations services to the Department of Human Services-Child Welfare Services and Specialty Courts of the Oahu Family Court.

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Argosy University, Hawai‘i Receives Grant for Family Strengthening Center
Argosy University, Hawai‘i Receives Grant for Family Strengthening Center

Argosy University, Hawai‘i’s affiliated site, the Family Strengthening Center at Family Programs Hawai‘i, was recently awarded a $1 million per year grant for 6 years from the State of Hawaii, Department of Human Services. This grant will support mental health assessments, psychological evaluations, court expert psychological testimony and psychological consultation of victims of child maltreatment and their families.

Both Argosy University, Hawai‘i and the Hawai‘i School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University were instrumental in developing this center that services the entire state. This grant will allow the center to provide a stable psychological internship, psychology practicum and marriage and family therapy practicum experience for at least the next six years.

The center provides a venue for training current Argosy University, Hawai‘i students. It also provides psychological services to children removed from their caretakers due to child maltreatment. The school is utilizing a 3-year grant from the Federal Department of Education to research and develop educational and psychological strategies to improve the educational and social outcomes of native Hawaiian children in foster care.

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