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POSTDOCTORAL RESIDENCIES IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

The Central Bay Consortium is an APA-accredited* and APPIC-member psychology postdoctoral residency program that is well-integrated into the Kaiser Permanente health care system. The central San Francisco bay region encompasses the cultural and geographic heart of the Bay Area. The training sites of the Central Bay Training Consortium are located in the cities of Oakland and Richmond.

The Central Bay Consortium emerged in 2006 as one of 6 consortia. The consortium system, now with 7 programs, restructured the larger regional Bay Area postdoctoral training programs into sub-regional consortia that localize training and provide an integrated and comprehensive training cohort. One training director oversees the quality assurance of training in each consortium and site directors manage the specific training programs within their departments.

The psychiatry service at each site provides psychotherapy, psychological testing, and psycho-educational programs. Each location includes an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) that provides services to recently hospitalized individuals, or individuals at risk for psychiatric hospitalization. Each site runs many different groups such as Depression, Anxiety, and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

The Central Bay Consortium postdoctoral residency program is sequential, cumulative, and graduated in complexity.  Graduated and sequential aspects of the residency programs are achieved through supervision, evaluation and didactic seminars. Residents may have the opportunity to teach or gain experience conducting supervision. Residents are required to complete a program evaluation of an ongoing program over the course of the training. Furthermore, residents may be required to do a weekend call up to 10 times during the training year. Residents from the two training sites attend weekly didactic seminars which rotate between the Oakland and Richmond locations. To view the current seminar schedule for Central Bay Consortium, click here

Residents also attend periodic half-day Kaiser Permanente Northern California Post-Doctoral regional seminars. One of the early regional seminar focuses on ethics and the law. This ensures all postdoctoral residents have a sound working knowledge of California's professional code of conduct. Other seminar topics have included diversity, neuroscience, and professional development. These seminars provide an opportunity to develop professional relationships with a large community of residents that will help orient the postdoctoral fellow to his or her career as a professional psychologist. A core feature of our training program is supporting and mentoring new professionals in their transition from internship through licensure.

We have made a commitment to evidenced-based treatments. Departments throughout the region have sent specialists to develop Best Practice guidelines based on the most current research for major psychological disorders. The Best Practices literature is made available to all residents and is considered part of the overall curriculum of the residency program.

*Accreditation information can be obtained from the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street NE; Washington, DC 20002-4242.
Phone: 202/336-5979; TDD-TTY: 202/336-6123; Email: apaaccred@apa.org
Web Site: http://apps.apa.org/accredsearch/

**Postdoctoral Residents Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data:  To view these data, click here.

THE CENTRAL BAY

The Central Bay Consortium region encompasses the cultural heart of the Central East Bay Area, including the eastern bay cities of Oakland, Berkeley, Albany, and Richmond. The Bay Bridge and the BART transit system connect the urban areas on the west and east side of the Bay. The area is geographically positioned to have easy access to the ocean and the Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties, and it is only a few hours' drive from the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

PATIENT POPULATION

The patient population consists of Kaiser Health Plan members with psychiatric benefits. Our members consist of a wide spectrum of primarily middle/working class adults, families, couples, and children. The patient population is ethnically diverse and exhibits a wide array of psychological and chemical dependency problems.

LOCATIONS AND SERVICES

The Department of Psychiatry provides individual, group, couples, family, child and adolescent therapy, psychological and neuropsychological testing, and psycho-educational programs such as stress reduction, couples communication, assertiveness, meditation and other classes. We also provide an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) that serves crisis patients and recently hospitalized individuals who would otherwise be at risk for hospitalization. In addition, the department offers a wide range of therapy groups to address problems associated with stages of life (children to elders) and a variety of diagnostic specific groups such as Depression, Anxiety, and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Mindful Mood Management and Job Stress. Members of the staff represent a variety of theoretical orientations.

Oakland Department of Mental Health and Wellness

275 WEST MACARTHUR BLVD
OAKLAND, CA 94611
(510) 752-1075

Site Director and Consortium Director of Training: F. Myron Hays, Ph.D., ABPP
510-752-6685 E-Mail: myron.hays@kp.org

Training is provided in the outpatient psychiatry clinic of the Kaiser Permanente East Bay Medical Center in Oakland, California, a 340-bed teaching hospital and outpatient facility offering a full range of medical services. The Psychiatry Department at the Oakland Medical Center has four postdoctoral residency positions. The Oakland training site provides a range of diagnostic and treatment services organized into basic areas in which the residents train: Hospital and Adult Services, Child and Family Services, and Adult Eating Disorders. The staff consists of clinical staff which includes psychologists, psychiatrists, licensed clinical social workers, nurses, nurse practitioners and marriage and family therapists.  The theoretical orientations of staff members include cognitive-behavioral, biological, psychodynamic, family systems and eclectic, all of which are informed by research findings.

Depending on the position to which the resident applies, opportunities in the department exist to work with adults, children, couples and families who present a wide variety of acute and chronic mental illnesses and interpersonal and family problems. (Please see the Oakland site webpage for specifics). The patient population reflects a wide range of socioeconomic and ethnic groups from the San Leandro, Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, Albany and Piedmont communities. The department emphasizes group treatment approaches consistent with the benefits of a health maintenance organization, as well as limited individual therapy.

Residents are encouraged to keep abreast of current theories and research findings. The hospital's medical library and computer literature searches are available to all residents and attendance at relevant training events within the Kaiser Permanente system is encouraged.

Richmond Department of Mental Health and Wellness

901 NEVIN AVE
RICHMOND, CA 94801
(510) 307-1591

Site Co-Director: Marlen Kanagui-Munoz, PhD
510-307-1655 E-Mail: marlen.kanagui-munoz@kp.org

Site Co-Director: Damian Cassells-Jones, PsyD
510-307-1670 E-Mail: damian.g.cassells-jones@kp.org

 

Richmond is located eight miles north of Oakland on a peninsula dividing the San Francisco and San Pablo Bays. The medical center is located a few blocks from a BART station (Kaiser provides a shuttle) and is close to the 80 and 580 freeways. Richmond's central location makes it within commuting distance of Contra Costa, Alameda, San Francisco, Marin and Solano Counties. Kaiser Richmond is part of the East Bay Service area, one of the most diverse within all of Kaiser. The clinic also serves a fairly large monolingual, Spanish-speaking population. Our patient population is also richly diverse socio-economically, educationally and diagnostically. 

The services available in Richmond are divided into four primary service teams: Adult, Child and Family, Intensive Outpatient/Case Management, and Chemical Dependency. All teams are in the same location allowing for efficient and effective consultation. We provide individual, group, and family (including couples) therapy, psychological assessment, psycho-educational classes, case management, medication management and psychiatric crisis management. Our department provides a broad assortment of groups in both English and Spanish for both children and adults. The Child Team also provides specialized group services in both English and Spanish. The members of the staff represent a variety of theoretical orientations with psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral being the most prominent.


PROGRAM FACULTY

The program faculty includes licensed psychologists and board certified psychiatrists who lead seminars and conduct individual and group supervision. Each site is overseen by a Site Training Director and the Consortium is led by the Consortium Training Director. Additional administrative guidance is provided by the Northern California Director of Training.  To view brief CVs of Central Bay Consortium training faculty, click here.

On-Site Training Directors: Each site training director in cooperation with the supervisors develops the resident’s schedules which includes supervision from the primary and delegated supervisors, group supervision for psychological assessment, case conferences, on site staff meetings, etc. Site training directors assign department programs/groups that meet residents’ particular interests and training goals. Site training directors are responsible for data collection/documentation and record keeping of trainees in their program, as well as program design, development and evaluation. Site training directors meet with supervisors once a week to discuss residents, program coordination, disseminate information, etc.

The site training directors and the consortium director meet with the Northern California Director of Training on a monthly basis to coordinate the consortiums training seminars, problem solve and insure standardization of training. Topics of discussion include: program development/evaluation, maintenance of records, recruitment, and keeping up-to-date with the Board of Psychology, APPIC, and APA standards.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION

General information pertaining to this training program is located on the main web page for Postdoctoral Residency Programs in Clinical Psychology.  Information listed on the main page includes:
  • Program Mission and Training Model
  • Program Background and History
  • Program Aims, Objectives and Competencies
  • Resident Hours, Supervision and Training
  • Resident Competencies Evaluations and Program Surveys
  • Resident Due Process and Grievance Procedures

Accessible from the main page is the Postdoctoral Residency Programs Policy and Procedure Manual, where most program information is located. Information located in this manual includes but is not limited to the items listed above, as well as the following policies:

  • Program Minimum Requirements
  • Program Minimal Levels of Achievement
  • Resident Remediation and Corrective Action Procedures
  • Resident Benefits and Services

 

APPLICANTS

We offer a total of 7 postdoctoral residency positions in two training locations.  In Oakland, we have one position each with: Adult and Hospital services; Child and Family services, Adult Eating Disorders and Behavioral Medicine.  In Richmond, we offer three positions: with Adult and IOP services; Child and Family services and Bilingual services.

Candidates must complete all requirements for their doctoral degree from a clinical or counseling psychology program no later than August 31st for the residency program that begins in September of the same year. Candidates must graduate from APA-accredited doctoral programs, and complete their pre-doctoral internships at APA-accredited or APPIC-member programs.  However, preference is given to applicants who have completed APA-accredited internships, or whose APPIC-member internship site has applied for accreditation or has hosted a site visit.

For additional information, please contact the site directors listed on the page for the medical center.

 

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