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Leilani Auna

Clinical Counselor and Disability Services Coordinator
Former Employee


I was born in the Philippines and raised in Kealakekua-Kona, Hawaii. I am the mother of 8 children, ages ranging from 18 years old to 30 years old.I have two grandchildren.I am married to Vanley K. Auna for the past 31 years.I love Karate, to go on walks on the beach, appreciate beautiful sunsets, enjoy spending time with family, and read a good book.


  • MS W, Accredited School of Social Work University of Hawaii- Manoa 1987
  • Kaneohe Marina Corp Air Station Family Service Center Internship 1986-87
  • Hawaii State Mental Hospital Internship 1985-86
  • BSW, Minor, Child Development Accredited School of Social Work Brigham Young University-Hawaii, 1985

Areas Of Interest

  • Post Secondary Education for people with a disability/special needs
  • Intercultural relationships
  • Mindfulness
  • Motherhood/Career
  • Sexual Abuse/ Domestic Violence
  • Same-Gender Attraction
  • Individual/ Family therapy
  • Parent/Child interaction
  • Play Therapy
  • Academic/Career Issues

Certifications & Awards

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Hawaii
  • TEAACH certified (Treatment & Education of Autistic & Related Communication Handicapped Children)
  • MEMOS (Parenting Certification)

Professional Affiliations

  • (NASW) National Association of Social Work
  • (AHEAD) Association on Higher Education And Disability
  • (A.M.I) American Mother Incorporated

Primary Theoretical Orientation

  • Person-centered with an integrative approach
  • Brain-Based Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Strengths Model
  • Person in Environment