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David A. Nisthal, MSW
Instructor and Project Coordinator

Gartley Hall Rm 001A
Phone: 808.956.6974
Fax: 808.956.5964
E-mail: dnisthal@hawaii.edu
Website: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/hcwec/


Education

B.A. Psychology and Addiction Studies, Bethany University, Scotts Valley, CA

M.S.W. Concentration in Child and Family, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI

Research Interests

  • Child Welfare
  • Sexual Assault
  • Domestic Violence
  • Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being
  • Community Engagement
  • Healthy Masculinity
  • Leadership

CV

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DAVID A. NISTHAL , M.S.W.

EXPERIENCE SUMMARY
Instructor and Project Manager 1 year
Education Coordinator 5 years
Student Life Coordinator 1.5 years
Social Worker/Counselor 4 years
Teaching Associate 1 year

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND
M.S.W. Concentration in Child and Family, 2013
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI

B.A. Psychology and Addiction Studies, 2010
Bethany University, Scotts Valley, CA

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS
Child Welfare
Sexual Assault
Domestic Violence
Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being
Community Engagement
Healthy Masculinity
Leadership

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Instructor and Project Coordinator , Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work (2019 – Present)
    University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI Manage the Hawaii Child Welfare Education Collaboration (HCWEC) Project,
    which includes recruiting candidates, facilitating interviews, managing budget,
    and promoting the HCWEC project year round. Instruct and develop curriculum
    for the child welfare, and macro practice in social work courses. Facilitate the
    Field Integration Seminar (FIS) for the Child and Family concentration M.S.W.
    students, and the HCWEC cohort.
  • Education Coordinator , The Sex Abuse Treatment Center (2015 – Present )
    Hawai‘i Pacific Health, Honolulu, HI
    Directed the statewide “[respect]” campaign providing education on sexual
    violence prevention. Developed alcohol-related sexual violence prevention
    curriculum for college students. Collaborated with community partners to
    establish outreach events. Provide consultation on prevention and education
    projects. Currently serving on a per diem basis.
  • Interim Student Life Director , Leeward Community College (2018 – 2019)
    University of Hawaiʻi, Pearl City, HI
    Supervised the Student Life Department, including all Student Life programs and
    the Student Life office. Recruited, employed and supervised student employees
    involved in Student Life programs. Managed the Student Life budget, and
    collaborated with student services departments to ensure student success.
  • Social Worker , Adult Client Services Branch (2013 – 2014)
    Hawaiʻi State Judiciary, Honolulu, HI
    Supervised adult clients, created case and treatment plans using Motivational
    Interviewing techniques to establish goals and action steps for client change.
    Constructed court reports and progress updates for the judge overseeing the
    clientʻs case. Collaborated with community agencies to ensure clientʻs progress.
  • Counselor , Alcohol and Drug Education Program (2011- 2013)
    University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI
    Facilitated individual Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College
    Students (BASICS) sessions for students dealing with substance abuse. Educated
    students on behaviors and consequences associated with substance abuse.
    Evaluated, and gave recommendations to students based on assessment results.
  • Teaching Associate , Benjamin Franklin Middle School (2010 – 2011)
    Citizen Schools, Daly City, CA
    Facilitated educational sessions, and taught supplemental lessons. Facilitated
    classroom based apprenticeships and team building exercises. Created action steps
    for students to improve grades and accomplish academic goals.
  • Counselor , Y.E.S. (Youth Experiencing Success) School (2009 – 2010)
    Encompass Community Services, Santa Cruz, CA
    Facilitated individual, group, and family counseling sessions. Provided case
    management services for at-risk youth, and collaborated with clients to develop a
    treatment plan, goals and action steps for recovery.

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

  • University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
    Indigenous Affairs Committee
    Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work
  • Department of Health
    Nā Leo Kane
    Rape Prevention and Education Program
  • University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
    Prevention, Awareness, Understanding (PAU) Violence Program
    Office of Student Affairs

INTERNSHIPS

  • Social Worker, Juvenile Sex Offenders Unit
    Hawaiʻi State Judiciary, Honolulu, HI (2012 – 2013)
    Supervised juvenile clients, developed case plans, authored court reports, made
    independent analysis of juvenile’s progress, and collaborated with juvenile to
    create a case plan to establish goals for future success.
  • Counselor
    New Life Community Services, Santa Cruz, CA (2008 – 2010)
    Facilitated individual substance abuse counseling sessions, supported large group
    counseling sessions, recorded client progress through formal documentation.

DISTINCTIONS

  • Award of Excellence, Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention Program
    United States Army 3 rd Battalion, Honolulu, HI
  • Gordon & June Ito Foundation Scholarship, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work
    University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI
  • Magna Cum Laude, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work
    University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI
  • Cum Laude
    Bethany University, Scotts Valley, CA
  • President, Student Government
    Bethany University, Scotts Valley, CA

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Trainer
    Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Program
  • Registered Recovery Worker
    New Life Community Services, Santa Cruz, CA

MAJOR ADDRESSES (since 2015-)

  • “Sexual Violence Prevention Curriculum for Adolescents”
    National Association of Social Workers – Hawaiʻi Chapter (NASW) Conference, Honolulu, HI
  • “Respect Campaign Toolkit: Shots Film Presentation”
    Annual Statewide Sexual Violence Prevention (SVP) Training, Honolulu, HI.
  • “Sexual Violence Training: Community Resource Panel”
    Office of Institutional Equity, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI.
  • “Sexual Violence Prevention Education for ESOL Students”
    Violence Prevention Task Force, Kapiʻolani Community College, Honolulu, HI
  • “Sexual Violence Prevention on College Campuses”
    Title IX Office and Department of Counseling, Windward Community College, Kaneohe, HI
  • “Respect Campaign Toolkit Training: Sexual Violence Prevention 101 and Shots Film Discussion Guide Training”
    Department of Health Community Action Team Training, Honolulu HI.
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