Program Philosophy The philosophy of the training program is based on a scientist-practitioner model with a focus on training the generalist practitioner supplemented by exposure to specialty areas including primary care psychology, health psychology and behavioral medicine, and child psychology. Interns are trained within a community-based, integrated and collaborative behavioral health model of service delivery and receive exposure to various diverse cultural and patient groups, as well as, community and primary care clinic settings.
Structure of the Program This year we will be accepting 2 full-time psychology interns, with a preference for those applicants who have demonstrated interest and experience in provision of services to Native Hawaiian and other medically underserved communities. Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship recipients are encouraged to apply for the program. Completion of advanced practicum and Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology preferred.
The I Ola Lāhui internship training program ensures that clinical psychology interns receive the required supervised experience necessary to function as practicing clinical psychologists, and meet the training requirements for the various state license boards and the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. This is understood to be a minimum of at least 50 weeks or 2000 hours of supervised experience during the training year. The training year extends over 12 calendar months. Training begins approximately the middle of August and ends the last week of August of the next year.
Interns participate in a periodic comprehensive examination at the start of the internship year, at midyear, and at the end of the training year. This examination includes both written and oral components. The examination evaluates the intern’s ability to demonstrate treatment competency in initial diagnosis, case conceptualization, treatment planning, diversity issues, and ethical judgment. The focus of the examination is on an integration of knowledge acquired primarily, though not exclusively, through the core skills training activities.
Throughout the year, three days per week are dedicated to clinical experiences, and two days per week are dedicated to didactic training, research, supervision, and community outreach projects. There are four required clinical experiences for the training year (adult outpatient, child and family outpatient, primary care psychology and integrated behavioral health, and behavioral medicine/health psychology). Interns acquire these experiences during their three days per week at the clinic sites. Interns rotate between training sites to increase exposure to a diversity of patients, clinic milieu, and rural communities. Interns will work three days per week for a 6- month placement at Waimānalo Health Center on the island of O'ahu and three days per week at Nā Pu'uwai Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems Clinic for a second 6-month placement on the island of Moloka'i.