Department : Behavioral Health

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2024
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center
Department: Behavioral Health
Address: 86-260 Farrington Highway
Waianae, Hawaii 96792
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 30 Miles from Downtown, Honolulu
Phone: 808-697-3469x
Fax: 808-696-1551
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Community Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Kristy Sakai-Costigan Psy.D.
Chief Psychologist: John Myhre Psy.D.
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 16
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 5
Position Information
Start Date: 09/01/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 5
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 33280
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): ***Please note the professional development time, sick leave, and vacation listed above is for a total of 15 days (10 days sick and vacation time, and 5 days professional development time) and is unpaid. Holidays are unpaid as well. However, please also note our significantly increased intern salary of $33,280.***
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Monday through Thursday, interns generally participate in clinical activities including therapy, assessment, psychological testing and report writing, research and program development, and individual supervision with their rotation supervisors. On Fridays interns engage in didactics, group supervision, supervision of supervision seminar, journal club, and other training activities. In addition, please see COVID-19 Updates on page 5 of our Psychology Internship Brochure
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?Yes
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/28/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2022
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

Applicants will be notified of their interview status via email. Interviews will be with a panel of program faculty, and applicants will be provided the opportunity to speak with current interns as well. Interviews in 2023 will be conducted via teleVideo.

In addition, we understand that possible training disruptions may have occurred as a result of COVID-19, and that this may have impacted direct service hours for some applicants. Therefore, the minimum direct hours requirement may be flexible for qualified applicants for this selection year. 

We will be hosting a Virtual Open House on 1/10/22 to provide more information about our training program and the opportunity to meet some of our program supervisors. Tentative interview dates for 2022 (subject to change) include the following: 1/10, 1/18, 1/19. and 1/24.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs:
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 75
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Not Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Not Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Not Accepted
This institution, department, internship, or postdoctoral program requires trainees to sign a statement about personal behavior and/or religious beliefs as a condition of admission and/or retention in the program: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements: COVID-19 Vaccination: WCCHC requires all staff, which includes interns, to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, including any required boosters. Applicants will be required to provide proof of vaccination, or written request for reasonable accommodation exempting them from the requirement, upon invitation for interview. Applicants who do not promptly submit this information will no longer be eligible for consideration. Please see our program brochure for more details. Additional Requirements: Interns must successfully complete/clear the following pre-employment process: 1) Criminal History Check – Applicants employment is subject to the condition that a prospective criminal conviction record is acceptable. The offer may be withdrawn consistent with the requirements of the law. A juvenile criminal conviction is not required and will not be considered; 2) Office of Inspector General – Applicant cannot be excluded by the federal government from participating in any governmental programs; 3) Drug Screening - A withdrawal of any offer of employment will be made for refusal to submit to testing or to reporting for a scheduled appointment, alteration or tampering of a specimen, or if the result of the analysis is anything other than a clear negative. Please note that since federal law makes medical use of marijuana illegal, the Health Center, in adherence to such federal law, accordingly prohibits use of marijuana, without any exception; and 4) Employee Health Clearance – We require your vaccination records to verify immunity prior to issuing clearance. Your vaccination record should include: MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) 2 shots; Hepatitis B 3 shots; Varicella (chickenpox) 2 shots (or documentation of natural disease); Tdap (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis)1 shot within the past 10 years; most recent flu shot 1 shot within the past 6 months; and most recent tuberculous (TB) test. Applicants must be eligible to work in the US throughout the duration of their internship.
Program Description

The Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center serves the federally designated, medically underserved communities on the Waianae coast and surrounding communities in the Leeward and Central regions of Oahu. At the WCCHC campus, integrative medicine is practiced to include primary care, pediatrics, obstetrics, chronic pain management, dentistry, preventative health, a free standing 24-hour emergency department, Native Hawaiian Healing, and a fully integrated behavioral health program that includes psychiatry, psychology, health psychology, and substance abuse treatment. The population served is culturally diverse, predominantly of Native Hawaiian ancestry, and many have traditional cultural ideologies. Interns will provide assessment and treatment for a wide range of presenting concerns including acute, chronic, severe, and complex psychological, organic, and/or substance related conditions. All interns will receive generalist training and will participate in a rotation that emphasizes the provision of traditional psychotherapy services to children and families, as well a rotation that emphasizes the provision of traditional psychotherapy services to adults. These may include the Child and Family, Adult Outpatient, Kapolei Behavioral Health, Ewa West Oahu Community Health, and Waipahu Behavioral Health Clinic rotations. They will also participate in a minimum total of 6 months on the Assessment rotation, and a portion of time on the Research and Program Development rotation. They also have the opportunity to request a minimum of 1, and up to 2, of the following rotations: Crisis Intervention and Outpatient Mental Health, Women's Health, Nanakuli Clinic, Pediatric Clinic, and Biological Bases of Severe Psychopathology. Opportunity for training and experience in telehealth will be provided as well. Interns receive weekly didactics on various topics and participate in a biweekly seminar on psychopharmacology and the biological etiologies of mental illness. They will have the opportunity to provide supervision to practicum students and attend a supervision seminar. They will attend a weekly journal club led by a postdoctoral fellow, and monthly grand rounds with multidisciplinary students. Applicants with experience or interest in working with the Native Hawaiian population and/or medically underserved populations are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have written a minimum of 5 integrated assessment reports. Please see our program brochure for additional information, including COVID-19 updates on page 5. 

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy:
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Women's Health: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Pediatrics: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
School: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Integrated health care - specialty: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at:  for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023
Number of Completed Applications: 83 63 60 67 66 82
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 29 29 29 29 29 32
Total number of interns: 5 5 5 5 5 5
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 5 5 5 5 5 5
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 3 1 1 1 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 4 2 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 5 5 5 5 5 5
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 8 8 7 5 8 7
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 38 31 93 38 24 58
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 5 5 5 5 5 5
Community Mental Health Center: 2 3 2 3 4 4
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 1 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 1 0 0 0
General Hospital: 1 1 1 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 1 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 1 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 1 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 1 0 1 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 1 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0