Department : Family Strengthening Center

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2496
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Family Programs Hawaii
Department: Family Strengthening Center
Address: Family Strengthening Center
2752 Woodlawn Drive, Suite 5-214
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: Metropolitian Honolulu, Hawaii on Island of Oahu
Phone: 808-371-3184
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Community Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Community Mental Health Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director: Cheryl Andaya
Chief Psychologist: Steven Choy
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Position Information
Start Date: 09/02/2024
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 30000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 13 Paid State Holidays
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site The mornings are usually reserved for psychological evaluations and the afternoon consist of individual, couples, group therapy, Play Therapy, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. Thursday morning is reserved for Group Supervision and case presentations and Friday afternoons reserved for Training. Tuesdays and Friday mornings are usually reserved for the Specialty Court (0-3, Family Drug Court, and Juvenile Drug Court). Group Therapy usually occur on Wednesdays and Friday late afternoons. Direct in-person supervision occurs during the Psychological Evaluations and Treatment session and at least another 2 hours during the week with the intern's direct supervising Clinical Psychologist. The Interns also works with the doctoral practicum students and obtained some supervision experience in the evaluations and treatment of clients.
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? Yes
Details of the above affiliations The Family Strengthening Center is affiliated with Hawaii School of Professional Psychology at Chaminade University of Honolulu and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. We accept and supervise Doctoral Psychology Practicum Students from HSPP and UH Manoa. The FSC Staff currently consists of a part-time Adjunct Professor at the HSPP.
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/30/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Preferred
A Virtual Interview is: Optional
Interview notification date: 12/22/2023
Tentative interview date: 01/5/2024
Interview process description:

The interview is set for 45 minutes.  The interview is comprised of our selection committe, which consist of the Internship Training Director or designee and at least 2 other Licensed Supervising Clinical Psychologists.  The interview will start with a summary of the internship program and will allow the applicant to ask any questions about the program.  The application will then be asked how the Family Strengthening Center's Internship program would meet their interest and their training needs and how their experiences adn education are consistent with the Family Strengthening Center mission.  The selection committee will then be given a chance to ask any training questions to the applicant.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Hawaii School of Professional Psychology as Chaminade University; University of San Francisco; Wright Institute; Alliant International University/CSPP-San Francisco; Roberts Wesleyan College; Tennessee State University; Wayne State University
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: No
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): 500
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: Criminal Check Clearance (Felony) Child Maltreatment Clearance Negative Pre-Employment Drug Screen
Program Description

The Family Strengthening Center (FSC) is a non-profit community mental health Center whose mission is to protect children and facilitate healthy development by strengthening their families.  Through its parent organization, FSC is accredited by the Council on Accreditation, a nonprofit accreditor of human services since 1977.  The Center provides services statewide with psychological evaluations offered on all of the Hawaiian Islands.   The FSC is also a training center and provides Clinical Psychology Practicum, Mental Health Practicum, Doctoral Psychology Internship and Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellowship training.  This Doctoral Internship provides 2,000 hours of supervised Doctoral Psychology Internship training with at least 500 hours of direct services.  This more than qualifies for the required Internship training for the Psy.D. and Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology for most universities, and for licensure in most States including Hawaii.  The Training Salary is $30,000 a year with Full Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance coverage and two weeks of Paid Time Off with 13 paid holidays.  The Center is staffed by five on-site Licensed Clinical Psychologists for supervision. Master-level licensed therapist are also part of the treatment services staff.  The FSC is a paperless Center with all forms, psycholgoical tests and all records stored on-line and are accessable remotely.  Each Doctoral Intern will be provide a laptop/Tablet computer for their use during their internship year.  There is also office and IT support services available.  Upon completion of training, the Interns can earn a Certificate of Completion as a trained Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Therapist, and a Certification in Child Maltreatment.

The Internship training includes opportunities in the following areas:

  • Forensic Comprehensive Psychological Evaluations for Adults (Parents/Caretakers) and Children (Victims of Child Maltreatment)
  • Opportunity to develop psychological evaluations skills to assess the needs of Hawaii’s diverse population including completing evaluations on Kauai, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Hawaii Island in addition to Oahu (Interns are on staff at our Oahu Center and have some opportunity to take periodic day trips to the other islands)
  • Evidence-based child and family treatment to include Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Child Parent Psychotherapy
  • Evidence-based individual trauma focused psychological treatment and trauma informed care
  • Children’s Group Therapy and Child Crisis Therapy and Mental Health Crisis Management
  • Comprehensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of Child Maltreatment with an opportunity to obtain certification in child maltreatment at the end of internship year
  • Training in clinical consultation and clinical supervision and opportunity to participate in the clinical supervision of Doctoral Psychology Practicum Students
  • Opportunity to participate in the Annual Hawaii International Trauma Conference
  • Opportunity to participate in Hawaii’s Specialty Courts:  Zero-To-Three; Family Drug Court, and Juvenile Drug Court 
  • Opportunity to participate in the psychosocial support services programs at the Family Programs Hawaii that focuses on strengthening children in foster care, resource caregivers, and youths that have aged-out of foster care 
  • Opportunity to develop program management and grant writing skills through the specialty programs at Family Programs Hawaii


Internship Training Opportunities


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

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology: Experience (21% to 30%)
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: Experience (21% to 30%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Anxiety Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Trauma/PTSD: Experience (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: Experience (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: Experience (21% to 30%)
Forensics/Corrections: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

Opportunity to obtain exposure to the family court system and develop experience as an expert witness in child maltreatment

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 2023-2024
Number of Completed Applications: 5 4 11 12 8
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 2 2 8 12 7
Total number of interns: 2 1 3 2 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 1 3 2 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 1 3 1 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 3 0
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 2
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 20 10
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 5 34 23
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 0
Consortium: 0
University Counseling Center: 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 0
Psychiatric facility: 0
Correctional facility: 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0
School district/system: 0
Independent practice setting: 0
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0