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DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY
3555 WHIPPLE ROAD, BUILDING A
UNION CITY, CALIFORNIA 94587
(510) 675-3080

 

POSTDOCTORAL RESIDENCY IN PSYCHOLOGY

The Union City Department of Psychiatry has three full-time post-doctoral residency positions in the Outpatient Program. All positions are forty hours per week. One position trains on the Child and Adolescent Services Team, and two positions train on the Adult Services Team. The start and end dates of the postdoctoral residency training year vary from year to year.  Please use the How to Apply web page link, located at the bottom of this page, to learn about the upcoming training year’s start and end dates.

THE SETTING

The Southeast Bay

The Union City Department of Psychiatry is located within a three-building complex of outpatient medical clinics for Kaiser Permanente members. Our hospital is located in San Leandro, about thirty minutes away. Union City is located in the Southeast Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California. The area offers many opportunities for dining, entertainment, the arts, science, and recreation. Enjoyable day trips include San Francisco, the Pacific Ocean or the Napa/Sonoma wine country. Weekend excursions to ski resorts, Yosemite National Park and the Monterey Bay Area are also popular.

Patient Population

The patient population consists of Kaiser Health Plan members possessing prepaid psychiatric benefits. The ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic make-up of this population is diverse: 50% Caucasian, 26% Hispanic, 10% Asian, 5% African American, and 9% other. There are monolingual families who speak Spanish, Tagalog or other Asian languages. All ages and socioeconomic groups are represented, with a predominance of middle class persons in skilled occupations.

The Staff

The professional staff is divided into four teams: Adult Services, Child and Adolescent Services, Chemical Dependency Services, and Medication Services. Each team has an Intensive Outpatient Program and Case Management Services. Psychiatric Consultation Services are provided to the persons receiving services in the Hospital and the Emergency Department. In all, we have a staff of over ninety service providers, including psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, a dietician, and psychiatric nurses.

Services

The Department of Psychiatry provides diagnostic, crisis intervention and psychotherapy services to children, adolescents, adults and families including clinical assessment, psychological testing, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, play therapy with children, family therapy, psycho-education, and crisis triage services. It also offers psychiatric consultation services to the hospital, emergency department and the outpatient medical clinics. Intensive Outpatient Programs serve the needs of patients who were recently discharged from a psychiatric hospital, at risk for hospitalization or need a higher level of care. The members of the staff represent a variety of theoretical orientations including psychodynamic therapies, family systems therapies, cognitive behavior therapies, dialectical behavior therapy and acceptance commitment therapy. Some of our staff have specialized areas of treatment such as eating disorders, sexual dysfunction, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, gender identity issues, geriatric issues, women’s issues and men’s issues.

THE TRAINING PROGRAM

General Principles

The postdoctoral residency program is designed to lay the foundation for clinical competence sufficient for independent functioning in the practice of clinical psychology. In addition, the program will facilitate the growth of the resident’s professional identity while working in a multidisciplinary team.

The resident will have twenty direct patient hours in their schedule each week. This time may be spent:

  • Conducting diagnostic intake interviews and developing treatment plans
  • Providing individual therapy, family therapy and group therapy
  • Using assessment instruments for the purpose of evaluation, diagnosis and treatment planning

The resident will be introduced to the psychiatric consultation services. He or she will also participate in a community service project with other residents and/or interns in the Department of Psychiatry under the supervision of a professional staff member. All of these services occur within the context of a stimulating, multidisciplinary team of psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, physicians, nurse practitioners and psychiatric nurses.

Supervision

Residents meet weekly for one hour with their primary supervisor and for one hour with their delegated supervisor for the purpose of clinical case supervision, guidance with administrative tasks, integration into the treatment team and development of their professional identity. Residents receive two hours per week of group supervision to engage in ongoing case discussion, practice peer supervision and address professional issues (such as preparation for licensure and securing a job). Residents also receive ongoing assessment supervision. Selection of cases and the size of one’s caseload are carefully adjusted to the resident's readiness and training needs as determined by his/her supervisors.

Seminars

Residents will attend a weekly two hour didactic seminar with the residents from Fremont Psychiatry. Residents will make two presentations during the year to his/her peers. On a regular basis, residents will travel to Oakland to attend a four hour seminar with residents from all of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers in Northern California. Seminars are taught by psychiatric professionals from Kaiser and the community on topics related to the practice of psychology. Residents will have an opportunity to socialize with other Kaiser residents either before or after each local and regional seminar.

Propram Policies

The Regional Policy and Procedure manual provides a full description of grievance procedures.  The manual is available on the Psychology Postdoctoral Residency Programs main web page.

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

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