Matthew Brittain, MA, LCSW, DCSW, DABFSW
Clinical Forensic Social Worker

Effective Change, LLC
224 Kamehameha Ave. #207 Hilo HI 96720
(808) 934-7566 (Office) 934-9442 (Fax)

8/1997 to Present
Private Practice - Effective Change, LLC
56 Waianuenue Ave. #207
Hilo, HI 96720-2474
Individual, group and family therapy; most insurance accepted.

6/1999 to 6/30/2001
Administrator, Pacific Regional Psychological Associates (PARPA)
Management of a network of mental health professionals serving the Big Island of Hawaii Felix class youth. State Dept. of Health contract for 2 years.

11/1996 to 10/1998
Kahi Mohala Crisis Service
PO Box 1376, Pahoa, HI 96778 (808) 965-4002
Supervisor: D.D. Hackley
Position:  Crisis Counselor.
Description of Duties:  Provide crisis outreach and stabilization to suicidal, homicidal and acutely mentally ill children/adults.

3/1997 to 7/1997
Na Laukoa Program
69 Railroad Ave. Hilo, HI 96720 (808) 961-0031
Supervisor:  Kaniu Kinimaka-Stocksdale
Position:  Mea Malamalama (Clinician)
Description of Duties: Provide clinical supervision for ‘Ohana Kako’o (case managers) and assist with treatment planning for mentally ill youth 

8/1994 to 2/1998
Hilo Medical Center Extended Care Facility (ECF)
1190 Waianuenue Ave. Hilo, HI 96720  (808) 974-6971
Supervisors:  Dr. Ernest Bade, Medical Director; Sandra Thompson, ADON
Position:  Social Worker III
Description of Duties:  Assessment of residents for mood, behavior and psychosocial changes and care plan accordingly; supervise two social service designees, one of which is at Ka’u Hospital; supervise the Ka’u Hospital Social Service program; PASARR liaison for Hilo Medical Center ECF. Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), Quality Assurance (QA) and Utilization Review (UR) Committee Chair from 02/1995 to 02/1998. Member of the ECF Management Team from 10/1995 to 02/1998. 

6/1993 to 7/1994
The Institute for Family Enrichment (TIFFE)
1465 Kilauea Ave. Hilo, HI 96720  (808) 961-5166
Supervisor:  Lois Fopiano
Position:  Therapist
Description of Duties:  Provide home-based family preservation therapy to mandated clients referred by court or CPS.

5/1992 to 6/1993
State of Hawaii, Department of Health, Adult Mental Health Division
East Hawaii Community Mental Health Center
37 Kekaulike Street, Hilo HI 96720   (808) 974-4300
Supervisor:  Glenn Kondo, MSW, CSAC, Case Management Head
Position: Case Manager III
Description of Duties: Case coordination to adults with severe mental illness 

8/1989 to 5/1992
Catholic Charities
250 S. Vineyard Street, Honolulu, HI 96813
Supervisor:  David Ridley, Chief, EHCMHC  (808) 974-4300
Position:  Neighbor Islands Homeless Mentally Ill Outreach Case Coordinator
Description of Duties:  Locate and provide housing, financial and mental health services to homeless mentally ill with or without substance abuse 

8/1988 to 8/1989
Hilo Transitional Services, Inc. (No longer in operation)
PO Box 1385, Hilo, HI 96721
Supervisor:  Susan Zimmerman
Position:  Special Needs Case Manager
Description of Duties:  Provide housing, financial and mental health case management services to homeless mentally ill substance abusers.

12/1986 to 5/1987
Po’ailani, Inc.
1111 Hala Drive Honolulu, HI 96817  (808) 841-0421
Supervisor:  Karl Muller
Position:  Crisis Shelter Resident Manager
Description of Duties:  84 hours on, 84 hours off, maintaining the house and monitoring the clients for acute exacerbation of mental illness. 

9/1982 to 8/1985
Hilo Transitional Services, Inc. (No longer in operation)
PO Box 1385 Hilo, HI 96721
Supervisor:  Susan Zimmerman
Position:  Night/weekend staff
Description of Duties:  Monitor clients for acute exacerbation of mental illness and respond appropriately; assist with teaching of activities of daily living.


MSW Degree with Mental Health Concentration, 1993

University of Hawaii at Manoa

18 months Practicum placement at Kulani Prison working with incarcerated male sex offenders, including physiological assessment of arousal, cognitive-behavioral treatment and aversion therapy.

Dr. Barry Coyne was my instructor. Extensive use of Dr. Jack Annon’s approaches.

 MA Degree in Pacific Islands Studies with Sociology and Linguistic specialization, 1993

            University of Hawaii at Manoa

Linguistic work in Polynesian languages, including comparative analysis of causative prefixes.
Social, cultural and mental health topics in Micronesia and Polynesia were covered.

BA Degree in Psychology and Hawaiian Studies (Dual major), 1985

            University of Hawaii at Hilo


  • Hawaii state clinical social worker license # LCSW-3048.   

  • Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (DCSW) administered by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Listed in the NASW Register of Clinical Social Workers. See the NASW Website at

  • Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Social Work (DABFSW); Member of the American Board of Forensic Examiners


  • Item Writer for the Association of Social Work Boards national licensing test

  • Proficient in Hawaiian

  • Counseling/Clinical Tools used:

    • Cognitive-behavioral Therapy, Insight Oriented

    • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, advanced level prepared (Mitchell model)

    • Standardized Psychometric Testing for Reliable and Valid Outcomes Measures


I have assisted with the following Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) events.  In addition, I have helped train dozens of individuals in CISD.

  • Hurricane Iniki State mental health needs assessment/CISD day 4-10 post-impact, 1992

  • HI Volcanoes Natl. Park ranger debriefing following steam vent death, 1993

  • Mauna Kea Subaru lethal observatory fire, 1996

  • Assisted with training Hawaii Island firefighters

  • Training of Kahi Mohala Big Island Crisis Service CISD program

  • Sprint Call Center Layoff incident July 2001



  • HMSA Commercial plans    


  • University Health Alliance (UHA)

  • HMA

  • HMAA

  • Aloha Care