Psychology Intern

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, child and family psychology, and geropsychology.  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 6 full-time psychology interns, with a preference for those applicants who have demonstrated interest and experience in provision of services to Native Hawaiian, rural, and/or other medically underserved communities.  Completion of advanced practicum and Master’s degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology (or equivalent) 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 are assigned to one or two sites that ensure exposure to a diversity of patients, clinic milieu, and rural communities. Interns assigned site(s) may include Waimanalo Health Center, I Ola Lāhui Honolulu, I Ola Lāhui Kahuku, Lana’i Community Health Center, Big Island Substance Abuse Treatment Center, West Hawai’i Community Health Center, Na Pu’uwai Native Hawaiian Healthcare System Clinic, and/or other sites.  If interns travel to other islands, travel expenses to those sites (flights, housing, and ground transportation) will be covered by I Ola Lāhui.

 

Training Experiences

Interns receive training in 4 core clinical areas: Primary Care /Integrated Behavioral Health, Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology, Adult Outpatient, and Child and Adolescent.

 

Training in these four areas occurs at clinic sites during their training year.  Didactic instruction and supervision will be completed on-site to support interns’ training in these areas.  Interns will also receive didactic instruction, supervision and training by program faculty and guest speakers on topics such as cultural competence, geropsychology, diffusion of innovation, grant writing, ethics, rural psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy and other evidence-based interventions, and psychopharmacology.  Interns receive 2 hours of individual supervision and 2 hours of group supervision per week.  Additionally, interns receive 1 hour per week of professional development supervision designed to assist interns in identifying and building skills relevant to their career goals within the training year.

 

Adult Outpatient

  • Provision of assessment and treatment of a wide array of psychological concerns including: depression, anxiety, substance abuse, PTSD, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder in an integrated behavioral health setting.
  • Individual and couples therapy formats.
  • Consultation and collaboration with interdisciplinary teams within an integrated behavioral health setting.

 

Child and Family

  • Provision of assessment and treatment of psychological concerns affecting children, adolescents, and their parents including anxiety, depression, and disruptive behaviors.
  • Individual, parent, and family formats.
  • Consultation and collaboration with interdisciplinary teams within an integrated behavioral health setting.

 

Primary Care Psychology and Integrated Behavioral Health

  • Provision of rapid assessment, diagnostic formulation, and treatment a wide range of psychological concerns within a primary care clinic setting.  The focus of care in this setting is on early identification and brief intervention.
  • Consultation and collaboration with interdisciplinary teams.

 

Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology

  • Provision of assessment and multi-level intervention for health behaviors with particular emphasis on chronic disease conditions and prevention.
  • Individual and group formatted interventions for tobacco cessation, chronic pain, diabetes management, and weight management.
  • Care coordination and consultation with family practice physicians and other providers.

 

Research

Interns in the training program will participate in research with program faculty on topics related to the clinical work they complete as part of the training program.  Potential research topics include describing co-morbidity of health and mental health problems, service utilization patterns in each setting, examining the effectiveness of group and individual treatment programs in addressing health concerns, and demonstrating the cost-effectiveness of behavioral medicine interventions for chronic diseases.  Interns are strongly encouraged to complete their doctoral projects prior to the start of the internship year so they have more time and energy for research and other projects. Interns are allotted time for research projects including research related to their clinical site placement, and other research projects.

 

Professional Development and Advocacy

Promoting each intern’s personal development is an integral part of all training experiences.  Interns are encouraged to pursue interests and endeavors within the internship program that will enhance their own personal and professional development.  Interns complete a self assessment of professional strengths, weaknesses, and goals for the internship year and receive weekly supervision to support their progress toward these goals.  Interns are encouraged to appreciate and participate in public advocacy and professional activities that inform and improve public policy and the profession of psychology.

 

Information for Applicants

Preference is given to applicants enrolled in an APA Accredited doctoral program.  Minimum criteria for an interview was completion/anticipated completion of 1500 hours of practicum.  However, we understand that trainees have been negatively affected by COVID-19 and so will waive the minimum hours.  Please address this in your cover letter.  A Master’s degree and/or a community based practicum placement is preferable.

Also, due to COVID-19, all interviews will be held via phone or web.

Incoming trainees may also be required to participate in background checks, finger printing, and drug screenings as a condition of their participation in internship.

The stipend for the training year will be $28,352.  Benefits include health insurance, 10 days of vacation/sick leave, and 5 days of professional development leave.

The I Ola Lāhui Rural Hawai`i Behavioral Health Internship Program is APA accredited. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on

Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

American Psychological Association

750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002

Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail:  apaaccred@apa.org

Web:  www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

 

I Ola Lāhui is an APPIC member and meets all criteria and standards set by the association.

The below tables provide further information regarding admissions, other benefits, and post-internship position for the 2017-2020 intern graduates.

Internship Program Admissions

Date Program Tables are updated:

Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program. This description must be consistent with the program’s policies on intern selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:
I Ola Lahui provides training in effective, culturally-minded interventions for use in Hawaii’s rural and medically under served communities. The goal of the program is to increase Hawaii’s capacity to address the existing behavioral health needs through training in traditional mental health care, chronic disease management, and psychopharmacology. Interns are assigned to clinics that ensure that their experiences are diverse.
Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application? If Yes, indicate how many:

Program Disclosures

Internship Program Admissions

Minimum Hours and Other Criteria

Financial and Other Benefit Support

Initial Post-Internship Positions

APPLICATION PROCEDURES and CONTENT

As a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), the program adheres to APPIC’s policies regarding applications, acceptance and notification (see www.appic.org), to include the following:  “This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant” (APPIC, 2007, see www.natmatch.com/psychint/reglink.htm).  Match registration information for applicants is available by contacting National Matching Services at www.natmatch.com/psychint/reglink.htm or (416) 977-3431.

Contents:

  • Cover letter indicating applicant’s plans and special interests in this program.
  • Complete APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI), including certification of readiness by the applicant’s academic Director of Training.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • One copy of official transcripts of all graduate education.
  • Three letters of recommendation from those familiar with the applicant’s background in psychology. One letter should be from either the academic Director of Training or primary research supervisor, speaking to the applicant’s progress on dissertation.  At least two letters should come from registered doctoral psychologists who have provided direct clinical supervision for the applicant’s practicum experiences.  Please note that clinical supervisors’ letters of reference regarding clinical work should provide information regarding the factual nature of the supervisor’s contact with the student (e.g., types of clients seen, services offered, theoretical orientation, hours of direct contact supervised, total hours of supervision, nature of supervision—discussion, audiotape, videotape), to describe a context for their recommendation.  Letters should arrive directly from the referring psychologist or with the application in sealed envelopes (supervisor’s signature over seal).

Complete applications should be submitted by November 20, 2021.  No application will be rejected solely on the basis of late receipt of supporting documentation.

For questions or other information, please contact:

                        Tiffany Wilson-Landrum, Psy.D. – Director of Training

                        1441 Kapi‘olani Blvd. Suite 1802

                         Honolulu, HI 96814

                         Tel:                 (808) 525-6255

                         E-mail             twlandrum@iolalahui.org

 

INTERVIEWS

Applicants will be notified by December 15, 2021 about their interview status.  Interviews are normally conducted in late January and include two (or more) interviewers and the applicant.  The duration of an interview is approximately 3 hours and occurs in both individual and group formats.  During the individual interviews, applicants are given a series of standardized questions, applicants are provided with time to ask questions about the training program.  Applicants participate in a group information session and a group activity with program faculty.  Applicants are also provided with the opportunity to speak confidentially with current interns at another time about their experiences in the program.  Because of the expense for applicants, in-person interviews are not required.