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 Internship Experience
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 Windward 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), as well as an elementary school on a military base and a secondary school located within Hawaii’s Youth Correctional Facility. Windward District Schools serve communities that range from impoverished to affluent, and from rural to semi-urban.
The intern’s primary placement will encompass approximately half of each week at a single site; the specific placement will depend on site needs. Primary placement site possibilities include an elementary or secondary “Intensive Learning Center,” (programs that serve our most emotionally and behaviorally challenged students), an elementary school or a secondary school. Interns will have the opportunity to become part of the milieu of their primary site, conducting individual and group interventions, and consultation.
During the other half of each week, the intern will have the opportunity to serve in a variety of schools across the Windward School District, conducting consultations and comprehensive psychological evaluations that could include a cognitive, academic achievement and social-emotional/ behavioral assessment (including comprehensive assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorders) of preschool- through secondary-aged students according to individual student need. The intern may also provide some individual or group interventions at other Windward District schools. The consortium as well as the primary supervisor will see that the intern receives a rich variety of necessary formal and informal training.
Site Director: Donna Macri, Ph.D, Licensed Psychologist