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NEW MCHC Specialist: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
KAUNAKAKAI, August 10, 2018: Molokai Ohana Health Care, Inc., dba Molokai Community Health Center (MCHC) is pleased to announce the addition of our New Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Michele “Shelby” Scofield. Shelby began her studies with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (BSW) in 2003 and Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) specializing in Geriatric Social Work in 2004 from the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the University of Hawai`i-Manoa Campus. Shelby also comes to us with a specialization in the field of substance abuse treatment as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) where she has been practicing and treating addiction for the last 14 years. Ms. Scofield, in 2015, then went on to achieve her Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Studies from the Capella University in Minneapolis, MN completing her program with her dissertation entitled: “Culturally Expanded Perspectives: A Grounded Theoretical Study of a Drug Court Program”.
As a Masters-level clinician and CSAC counselor, Shelby has taken on positions within the criminal justice system as probation officer for the seriously mentally ill population on conditional release and as a drug court case manager. Shelby also specializes as an addiction counselor and co-occurring specialist and practicum program coordinator at the Hina Mauka treatment center. Because of the immense love she feels for learning, teaching and sharing knowledge, she returned to her Alma Mater as an instructor, field (practicum) clinical supervisor and field instructor doing her best to do her part in educating future social workers.
Born and raised here in Hawai`i, Ms. Scofield is proud to come from a long line of strong women who worked as indentured pineapple field workers on the island of Lana`i, Shelby states that she is “proud of my genealogical roots and the way I have come to understand my kuleana…”raised to be humble, and honest, and to stand up for those who are suffering as a result of generational oppressive forces such as poverty, sexism, racism, and other forms of discrimination; I value kindness, hard work, compassionate care of the “underdog”, ohana, kupuna and keiki.”
Additional experience and achievement include certification as a Trauma Professional specialized in counseling services directly associated with preventing and treating child abuse survivors and perpetrators.
Shelby will be officially accepting patients on August 16th! Clinic Hours will be Thursday through Saturday from 8am to 6pm. To hear more about her availability and scheduling an appointment in person, please contact MCHC Case Manager, Chelsea Kapuni, at 808-660-2588 or call our Registrars at 808-553-5038 to establish care as a new patient.