Oahu Community Correctional Center- Dept of Public Safety

1 Full Time Funded Position

General Information

The Hawaii Department of Public Safety’s HI-PIC training site is housed at the Oahu Community Correctional Center and provides specialized forensic training in the adult correctional system. OCCC is the largest jail facility in the State of Hawaii, and is situated on 16 acres in urban Honolulu. The 950-bed facility houses pre-trial detainees. In addition to its jail functions, OCCC provides reintegration programming for male sentenced felons. The pre-trial population at OCCC is offered educational, self-improvement, and religious programs.  The sentenced inmate population is offered programs in substance abuse, domestic violence, cognitive skills, parenting, community service worklines, work furlough, and extended furlough. Interns placed at OCCC will develop competencies in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of inmates with mental illness. These skills include crisis intervention and the use of psychological methods to evaluate malingering, violence potential, and suicidality. 

The Internship Experience

As a member of a multidisciplinary team, interns placed at OCCC will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of healthcare professionals, develop treatment programs, and supervise practicum students. Training at OCCC will include such specialized experiences as conducting evaluations of suicide risk, psychopathy, and malingering. Interns will also conduct therapy with inmates and collaborate with professionals in other care systems.

Contact Information

Site Director: Bruce Kam, PsyD, Licensed Psychologist

Email address: bruce.a.kam@hawaii.gov