Family Court Liaison Branch (Kailua and Kapolei, Hawaii)

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Positions: 1 Full-time Funded Position

General Information

The Family Court Liaison Branch (FCLB) is a branch of the Child and Mental Health Division (CAMHD) of the State of Hawai‘i Department of Health. FCLB is a contracted agency that provides direct clinical mental health services to the youth at the Hawai’i Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF) in Kailua and the Hale Ho’omalu Juvenile Detention Facility (DH) in Kapolei. Additionally, FCLB is comprised of therapists, psychiatrists, and psychologists with whom the Intern can expect to work closely. FCLB works in collaboration with the HYCF and DH staff to provide mental health services to youth throughout their detainment. HYCF and DH staff includes social workers, youth corrections officers/juvenile detention workers, and medical staff. FCLB also collaborates with the Department of Education (Olomana School) staff who provide educational services at both facilities, in addition to working with assigned parole and probation officers. Many youth receive services from CAMHD via a Family Guidance Center (FGC) outside of HYCF; and FCLB works closely with the youth’s home FGC to ensure continuity of care and successful transition back to community-based mental health services.

Internship Experience

The FCLB Intern will have the opportunity to train in the areas of assessment, consultation, and individual and family psychotherapy with a particular focus on the juvenile justice population. The Intern will participate in consultation, risk assessments, and multidisciplinary meetings. Other opportunities such as group therapy, attending court hearings, and transition services are also available if desired. The remaining time will be spent conducting, scoring, and writing up psychological assessments with youth who have been ordered by the court into HYCF and other external assessment referrals made through Family Court or FGC. The Intern may also have the opportunity to supervise pre- doctoral practicum.

Contact Information

Site Director: Canaan Higa, Psy.D.
Email: Canaan.Higa@doh.hawaii.gov
Telephone:  808-266-9932
Mailing Address: 42-470 Kalanianaole Hwy, Kailua, HI 96734