Major Rotations

All sites will offer three major training emphases:

Behavioral Health Intervention : Each consortium site provides opportunities for doctoral interns to work in clinical settings to provide behavioral health intervention for people from diverse backgrounds. Intervention may include individual, group, family and/or couples treatment, and may be provided for children, adolescents and/or adults. The clinical populations treated will vary by training site. See the site descriptions for more information.

Psychological Assessment : Assessment experience is provided at each consortium site. Doctoral interns at every site will be expected to administer, interpret, and provide written synthesis of psychological test batteries. Assessments may include intellectual, achievement, personality, and competency-based measures. Interns will have opportunities to write reports and make recommendations that convey meaningful information to clients.

Systems Collaboration : All doctoral interns will have experience working across systems and disciplines as a major component of their training program. Collaboration and consultation are important skills for success as a psychologist in Hawaii. Experiences within this major rotation will vary from site to site and may involve collaboration and consultation with state and private-sector agencies, various systems of care, and providers within multiple care disciplines and settings.

Required Minor Rotations

Interns will be required to complete a one-day mock trial experience, where the provision of expert witness testimony and opinions on specific psycholegal issues will be observed by all interns. Interns may take part in the proceedings based on their level of experience and interest. Volunteer attorneys and judges from the community participate in direct and cross examination of select interns, and a subsequent debriefing session is held, where all parties involved can discuss the testimony and the case.

Interns will also be required to complete a minor rotation in Cultural Diversity and the Self. The Cultural Diversity rotation will be completed during a 2 ½ -day mid-year rotation with multiple faculty members and all interns together, typically on the Island of Hawai‘i (Big Island).

Elective Experiences

All sites will offer elective training experiences, which will differ across sites. A sample of potential elective rotations includes:

  • Youth Corrections
  • Developmental Assessment
  • Intensive Learning Centers
  • Disabilities
  • Serious Mental Illness (SMI) or Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED)
  • Forensic Assessment
  • Criminal Competency Evaluation
  • Supervision of others