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DIVERSITY: IN PATIENT POPULATION, TRAINEE SELECTION & TRAINING CURRICULUM


The Kaiser Permanente (KP) Mental Health Training Programs are committed to diversity in a variety of ways.  We offer training opportunities involving patients from diverse backgrounds and who present with a variety of psychological challenges.   We also advertise and select for our trainees with diversity as a core consideration.  Furthermore, we design each of our training programs' curricula with diversity training as a major component. 

Each KP medical center in Northern California serves diverse and unique member populations. For example, KP members in Kaiser-Vallejo, Kaiser-Martinez, and Kaiser-South Sacramento inhabit large suburban/rural geographical areas, whereas members in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose are representative of large urban populations. Overall, KP patients in the Northern California region represent a broad range of ethnic, racial, socioeconomic, religious and other groups. The San Francisco Bay Area, where most of our training sites are located, is one of the richest multicultural areas in the nation. Most training sites provide ample exposure to these diverse populations.

In recruiting applicants, our programs advertise locally and nationally within periodical journals which target specific minority populations. Qualified applicants are given additional consideration if they come from minority groups and/or are fluent in languages that represent specific populations served by the particular medical center where they apply. All of our programs also utilize KP diversity recruitment guidelines in hiring trainees, and trainee positions are posted on the main KP Northern California jobs website, which links to various diversity websites. 

In addition to providing trainees with a diverse patient population to work with and recruiting trainees for diversity, KP's Northern California Mental Health Training Programs are committed to diversity training. Through targeted seminar topics, supervision, and therapeutic work, trainees are informed and sensitized to a variety of diversity topics to prepare them to provide effective mental health services to populations representing a wide variety of ethnicities, religions, socio-economic levels, and sexual identities.