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Fremont Psychiatry Front Entrance
DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY
39400 PASEO PADRE PKWY
FREMONT, CA 94538
(510) 248-3060

POSTDOCTORAL RESIDENCY IN PSYCHOLOGY

The Fremont Department of Psychiatry hosts two postdoctoral residency positions that combine child/family and adult services.  These positions give residents opportunities to sharpen clinical and assessments skills with children/family and adults. The program consists of regularly scheduled training seminars, individual and group supervision, and direct clinical experiences with a broad array of clients and treatment modalities.

THE SETTING

The City of Fremont (estimated population 203,600) has been cited as a rapidly growing community of professionals and families that continues to maintain a suburban atmosphere. It is located in the San Francisco Bay area within commuting distance of San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. The Kaiser-Fremont campus is strategically located within walking distance from BART (Northern California’s Bay Area Rapid Transit rail system) and a short distance from major highways. Surrounding areas within an hour and a half to two hour's drive include Napa Valley and coastal regions along the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur.

Patient Population

The patient population consists of Kaiser Health Plan members possessing prepaid benefits. Individuals seeking services are broadly represented in terms of age and ethnicity. The California School for the Deaf is also located in Fremont so we regularly work with hearing-impaired adults and youth. Presenting problems are varied and span all psychiatric conditions.

The Staff

Currently, the professional staff consists of full and part-time staff: 17 psychologists, 6 licensed, clinical social workers, 6 psychiatrists, and 3 psychiatric nurses. There is an exceptionally supportive and collegial atmosphere. Patient-focused care is emphasized and the Psychiatry Department in Fremont has consistently been among the top performers in the region on measures of patient satisfaction.

Services

The Department of Psychiatry provides individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, with children and adolescents, and psychological assessments. Treatment is often focused and brief in nature and geared towards providing empirically validated therapies. Staff lead groups on depression, assertiveness, separation/divorce, grief, anxiety, binge eating, dialectical behavior therapy, and ADHD as well as run psycho-educational classes on anger management and couples communication. A triage team consisting of adult and child team members provides telephone and face to face screenings, crisis intervention, and consultations to the emergency department and hospital wards. Staff has experience with many treatment modalities including cognitive behavioral, family systems, dialectical behavior, and psychodynamic therapy.

What To Expect At Our Clinic

The resident training at Fremont Psychiatry can expect to find the following: A large Southeast Asian community.  A very small African American population 1 out of 30 pts.  Mandarin, Spanish, and Cantonese languages spoken.  Additionally the staffed clinicians use DBT and CBT with a foundation in psychodynamic. The staff is diverse across the spectrum of ethnicities. A collection of LMFT's LCSW's and several psychologists make up the adult team. There are more Master level clinicians on the child team.

THE TRAINING PROGRAM

General Principles

The basic training philosophy adopted by this department stresses a commitment to a continuous reassessment, modification, and enrichment of psychotherapy techniques. Residents are exposed to a unique and diverse community. There is a clear emphasis on the role of the psychologist in a multicultural community and outpatient setting. Residents are encouraged to become familiar with the demographic composition of the community in which our clients reside.

The Best Practices literature serves as the curriculum for the training program. This body of literature is comprised of well researched guidelines for the treatment of various mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. The Best Practices Literature is available on-line and in hard copy form.

The residency consists of three components:

  • Regular exposure through active participation to all facets of outpatient services
  • Professional guidance through sessions of formal supervision, staff meetings and informal contacts with staff members
  • Regular weekly and monthly training seminars

Supervision

Residents receive at least two (2) hours of regularly scheduled individual supervision and at least two (2) more hours of individual and/or group supervision per week, to meet the California State Board of Psychology requirements. In addition, they have the opportunity for case consultation in their seminars. Selection of cases and size of caseload is carefully adjusted to the resident's readiness and training needs as determined by his/her supervisor.

Seminars

Residents from Fremont and Union City, our sister-clinic, attend a two hour weekly seminar three times per month. Seminars are held at either the Fremont or Union City campuses and are presented by staff from either of these facilities.

At regular intervals throughout the training year, residents attend 4-hour seminars at the Oakland Regional site, together with postdocs who train at other Kaiser Permanente Northern California medical centers. Regional seminars focus on Best Practice Guidelines and include topics such as Ethics and the Law, Diversity, and Neuropsychology.

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

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