West Hawai'i School District - West Hawai'i Complex (Big Island)

1 Full Time Funded Position

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 3 of these districts- Windward, 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 primarily placed at the Hawaii School District will be afforded the opportunity to provide behavioral and mental health services (individual, group, and family) to public school students from preschool to 12th grade demonstrating a wide-range of social, emotional and behavioral diagnoses and difficulties. The intern will complete comprehensive psychological evaluations that could include a cognitive, academic achievement, adaptive behavior and social-emotional/behavioral assessment to further inform the team about the student’s individual strengths and needs. This information is used to identify disabilities affecting learning and to assist in designing individualized intervention plans so students are successful in school. The intern will also provide behavioral health interventions in schools including individual and group counseling, in-class support, functional behavioral assessment, development of behavioral support plans, and consultation. 

The West Hawaii intern will primarily serve the schools in the south region of West Hawaii (Konawaena Complex, Honaunau Elementary. The training site provides a rich multicultural experience working with people of Hawaiian, Marshallese and a variety of other ethnic backgrounds. Moreover, the intern may provide services within the district’s Intensive Learning Centers, which serve its most behavioral and emotionally challenged students.

Site Supervisor, Joe Acklin