The Hawaii Psychology Internship Consortium (HI-PIC) represents the collaborative effort of three Hawaii state agencies to share resources and faculty for the purpose of providing a rich and diversified educational program for psychology interns. Consortium sites include: The Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility, Oahu Community Correctional Center, Hilo Family Guidance Center, Kauai School District, West Hawaii Complex, and Kau-Kea`au-Pahoa Complex.
All sites will offer three major training emphases, with culturally relevant components interwoven throughout all emphases:
Behavioral Health Intervention: Each consortium site provides opportunities for interns to work in clinical settings to provide behavioral health interventions 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. Interns at every site will be expected to administer, interpret, and provide written syntheses 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. While each site varies on the number and type of referrals, each intern will complete no less than 5 integrated assessments, averaging about 10-15 hours per week conducting assessment activities.
Systems Collaboration: All 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 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.
Interns will experience the rich cultural history and life of the Hawai'ian Islands and gain experience working with diverse populations, as well as live in the Islands' beautiful and natural settings. All interns participate together in a mini-rotation focused on cultural awareness and competence.
HI-PIC is the ideal internship for applicants wishing to receive specialized training in treating and serving rural and underserved populations and build their cultural competence.