December 15, 2021
1 Full Time Funded Position
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). 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 intern primarily placed at the Windward School District will have the opportunity to serve public school students between preschool and 12th grade demonstrating a wide range of social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. The intern will be placed on the campus of one Windward District High School and one Windward District Elementary School. The intern will complete psychological evaluations that could include cognitive, academic achievement, adaptive behavior, and emotional behavioral assessments to further inform the team about the student’s individual strengths and needs. The intern will also provide behavioral health interventions in schools including individual and group counseling, in-class support, conduct classroom observations, development of behavioral support plans, and consult with teachers, administration, and other school personnel. Furthermore, the intern will participate in both district and school team meetings such as IEP Meetings, Student Support Team Meetings, Peer Reviews, and the SBBH Complex Team Meetings. The details of what the individual supervision will include will be decided collaboratively between the primary supervisor and the intern.
The Windward School District includes a wide variety of different cultural milieus as our schools range from Hawaiian Homelands in Waimanalo all the way up the coast to Sunset Beach (the famed North Shore surfing community). Although the Windward District is vast, the majority of the training and experience will be within the Central (Ahuimanu and Kaneohe) and Southern (Kailua and Waimanalo) sides of the Windward District. The Windward District training site provides a rich experience working with a diverse family and student population that is multicultural, from a wide range of socioeconomic statuses, and may come from rural to semi-urban communities.