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Friday, October 22 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Hoʻā (Ignite) and Paper Session

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Hoʻā (Ignite) and Paper Session
Session Chair: Sean W. Scanlan, PhD, Director and Associate Professor, Hawai'i School of Professional Psychology at Chaminade University of Honolulu

Bronco READI: A leader's assessment tool for high-risk behaviors
Freed, Adam, Burg, Stephanie, Dawkins, Christacia & Ewing, Darius

Army Commanders strive to develop, maintain, and use the full range of human potential with their formations. In order to make use of this human potential, commanders must properly mitigate the myriad of risks that exist within the unit. The Bronco READI is a tool that aims to both standardize the assessment of risk across an Infantry Brigade Combat Team and to empower junior leaders to make decisions on how to best mitigate that risk going forward. The Bronco READI reiterates the role of the behavioral health team as a consultant and advisory body to the command, rather than a decision-making authority.

Finding strength after power based personal violence
Giroux, Danielle

This study examines the experience of intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual assault survivors in two rural contexts. The study utilized the community-based participatory research approach (CBPR) of photovoice, which combines qualitative focus groups with photos taken by participants, and culminated with an art gallery show as a form of social action. This project utilized a directed content analysis approach to analyze the data and generate new theories about survivorship and healing. Major findings that inform clinical practice include; the importance of social connections in the healing process, the need for formal and informal supports, the importance of nature in the healing process, and experiences of post traumatic growth (PTG) in the process of recovery.

Scoping review of polysubstance use: A call for interprofessional action
Macaraeg, Jethro, Hissain, Mohammad, Kovalick, Karyn, Kim, Esther, Smith, Tammie & Park, Mei Linn

The OD2A-C3 Project is a grant-funded program by the CDC Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) Project through the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health, Behavioral Health Administration and is managed by a team from the Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. The Hawai’i Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) Care Coordination and Capacity Building (C3) project provides activities and resources for social workers and other health and human services providers to address opioid misuse, abuse, and overdose as well as polysubstance use, and co-occurring disorders. The project utilizes data on emerging trends and evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies to provide participants of the project activities with strategies, tools, and resources to improve their practice and reinforce an integrated healthcare approach. The project also coordinates with community partners to utilize the community’s commitment, resources, and skills to build on community strengths, local resources, and readiness to address prevention needs. Thus, the Hawaii C3 project increases awareness and education about the risks of opioids and strengthens state and local capacity to respond to the opioid epidemic.

Pace Groups: Evolving connection together
Gajiev, Elnur

As we step into a new frontier of providing care to members in our communities and beyond, we are tasked with responding to novel needs for those seeking support at varying levels. The advancement of health technologies over the course of the past few years have significantly impacted the greater landscape of mental healthcare services.
In addition to many individual services shifting online, we have seen a burgeoning need for group spaces—spaces in which people can gather together to connect with others undergoing similar life themes and challenges, spaces in which individuals can support one another through meaningful moments, and spaces in which growth is shared as a community. Pace, an online platform that offers supportive group spaces in an affordable, accessible, and equitable manner, aims to answer that need for providers and community members alike.
In this short Ignite presentation, we will explore Pace’s vision and mission, how Pace is affecting change for nonclinical populations, how Pace is empowering providers who serve as Group Facilitators, and how further growth may be posited within the field of online community-based mental health services.


Adam Freed, PsyD

25th Infantry Division, United States Army
avatar for Danielle Giroux, LCSW, PhD

Danielle Giroux, LCSW, PhD

MSW Department Chair & Assistant Professor of Social Work, Hawaii Pacific University
Dr. Giroux is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Hawaii Pacific University. Originally from Ohio, Dr. Giroux graduated with her MSW from HPU in 2010. Following completion of her MSW she moved to Alaska to complete her PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University... Read More →
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Jethro Macaraeg

Overdose Data to Action Program, School of Social Work and Public Health, UH Manoa

Stephanie Burg, MSW

25th Infantry Division, United States Army

Christacia Dawkins

25th Infantry Division, United States Army

Darius Ewing

25th Infantry Division, United States Army
avatar for Mohammad Didar Hossain, MSS, MSW

Mohammad Didar Hossain, MSS, MSW

Overdose Data to Action Program, School of Social Work and Public Health, UH Manoa
Didar is a PhD student at the Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health at the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa and an East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellow. He earned BSS in Social Welfare and two Master’s degrees in Social Welfare and Gerontology, all from the University of... Read More →
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Karyn Kovalick

Overdose Data to Action Program, School of Social Work and Public Health, UH Manoa
avatar for Esther Kim

Esther Kim

Overdose Data to Action Program, School of Social Work and Public Health, UH Manoa
avatar for Tammie Smith, MPH

Tammie Smith, MPH

Overdose Data to Action Program, School of Social Work and Public Health, UH Manoa
avatar for Mei Linn Park

Mei Linn Park

Overdose Data to Action Program, School of Social Work and Public Health, UH Manoa
avatar for Elnur Gajiev, PsyD

Elnur Gajiev, PsyD

Dr. Elnur Gajiev is a clinical psychologist, poet, and educator. He specializes in bringing together empirically-based, creative therapies to foster greater connection, purpose, and growth for individuals, groups, and organizations. Dr. El is a key pioneer in Spoken Word Poetry Therapy... Read More →
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Sean W. Scanlan, PhD

Director and Associate Professor, HSPP at Chaminade University of Honolulu
Educating for positive change isn’t just a catchphrase for Chaminade University; it’s a way of life. Chaminade’s School of Education and Behavioral Sciences is interdisciplinary and forward-looking, designed to prepare students for success in the workplace and for service to... Read More →

Friday October 22, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm HST
Room 2