Kauai School District

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2 Full Time Funded Positions

General Information

The Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) administers the statewide system of public schools, composed of seven districts (Honolulu, Central, Leeward, Windward, Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai). HI-PIC has training sites in 4 of these districts- Windward, Hawaii – KKP, West Hawaii and Kauai. These districts serve approximately 180,000 students attending more than 280 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 interns at the Kauai School District site will provide services in the School-Based Behavioral Health (SBBH) program. Under the direct supervision of an on-site licensed clinical psychologist, the interns will be placed on the campus of one or more public schools on Kauai in an SBBH clinic. There the interns will conduct clinical psychological evaluations and provide crisis intervention, and individual, group, and family psychotherapy to school-aged children with a variety of mental health diagnoses. The interns will participate on multidisciplinary treatment teams and educational planning teams, conduct classroom observations, and consult with teachers, administration, and other school personnel in developing and implementing Positive Behavioral Supports. The interns will also consult with other community and State Departments and supports, including Family Court, Child Protective Services, and Department of Health contractors providing Community-Based Residential, Transitional Foster Home, Multisystemic Therapy, Acute Psychiatric, Functional Family Therapy services, and residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment centers.

SBBH personnel include the Mokihana Program Director, Clinical Director (clinical psychologist), Training Director (clinical psychologist), 17 Family Support Workers (15 with Master’s degrees), 6 clerks, 4 school psychologists, a behavioral health specialist, and 7 other clinical psychologists,.  Whereas interns’ training experience is supervised primarily by the HI-PIC faculty (Dr. Bivens and Dr. Klontz), interns may may choose to work and train under any of the other psychologists within SBBH across the island based on their interest in specific age groups, populations, or treatment issues.

Contact Information

Site Director: Alex Bivens, PhD- Licensed Psychologist
Web address: http://kauaischools.org/