East Hawai’i School District (Hilo, Big Island)

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Positions: 1 Full-time Funded Positions

General Information

The Hawai’i Department of Education (DOE) administers the statewide system of public schools, composed of seven districts (Honolulu, Central, Leeward, Windward, Hawai’i, Maui, and Kaua’i). HI-PIC has training sites in 4 of these districts- Windward, Hawai’i – East Hawai’i, Hawai’i West Hawai’i, and Kaua’i. These districts serve approximately 170,000 students attending more than 300 schools. DOE provides and delivers School Based Behavioral Health (SBBH) in order to remove barriers to learning through the provisions of behavioral health services to students. SBBH emphasizes the development of skills necessary to meet the social/emotional and behavioral demands of the learning and school community environment. The internship sites within DOE support the efforts of the SBBH program by supporting the emotional health and academic growth of students through provision of behavioral and mental health services within the school systems. The training placements within the Department of Education will require travel between school sites, thus interns must have consistent access to reliable transportation.

The Internship Experience

The intern primarily placed at the East Hawai’i School District will be afforded the opportunity to provide behavioral and mental health services (individual, group, and family) to public school students from preschool to 12th grade demonstrating a wide range of social, emotional, and behavioral diagnoses and difficulties.

The intern will complete comprehensive psychological evaluations that could include a cognitive, academic achievement, adaptive behavior and social-emotional/behavioral assessment to further inform the team about the student’s individual strengths and needs. This information is used to identify disabilities affecting learning and to assist in designing individualized intervention plans so students are successful in school. The intern will also provide behavioral health interventions in schools including individual and group counseling, in-class support, functional behavioral assessment, development of behavioral support plans, and consultation.

The East Hawai’i intern will serve schools primarily in the Hilo-Waiakea Complex area. This training site provides a rich multicultural experience working with people of Hawai‘ian, Marshallese and a variety of other ethnic backgrounds. Moreover, the intern may provide services within the district’s Intensive Learning Centers, which serve its most behavioral and emotionally challenged students.

Contact Information

Site Director: Jessica Carol, Ph.D.
Email: jessica.carroll@k12.hi.us

Phone number: (808) 430-5426

Mailing Address: West Hawai‘i Regional Special Education Office, 16-204 Melekahiwa Place

Kea’au, HI 96740