POSTDOCTORAL RESIDENCIES IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
The North Bay Consortium (NBC) is an APA-accredited* and APPIC-member psychology postdoctoral residency program that is an integral part of the Kaiser Permanente health care system. A total of 15 Clinical Psychology Residents are placed in local departments of Psychiatry and Chemical Dependency. They are required to complete 40 hours of training per week over a 12-month period. One-half of the residents’ time is spent providing direct services to clientele through individual, group, family, or couple therapy and conducting psychological assessments.
The North 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, didactic seminars. On a weekly basis, residents receive two hours of individual supervision by a licensed psychologist, two hours of group supervision, and attend two-hour training seminars. Residents also participate in case conferences and team meetings, and attend monthly grand rounds.
Weekly training seminars are held at the Kaiser Permanente, Petaluma, campus. Seminar topics are graduated and sequential, beginning with general skills such as structuring the intake, CDS, and Crisis Services, and then moving into more specific treatment overviews, such as for dual diagnosis, bipolar, and ASD patients, as well as a variety of diversity issues.
At regular intervals throughout the training year, NBC residents attend four-hour seminars at the Oakland Regional site, along with residents training at other KP Northern California medical centers. Regional seminars include topics such as ethics and the law, diversity, and neuropsychology.
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The NBC is administered by the Consortium Training Director, Dr. Kathryn Wetzler, whose duties include working with the site training directors and their respective supervisory teams to ensure that program standards follow APPIC and APA guidelines.
The NBC Site Training Directors oversee the training and supervision of residents at their particular sites. For more information on site training directors’ responsibilities, see Program Faculty section below.
The NBC training supervisors are responsible for the training and supervision of the residents. For more information on training supervisors, see Program Faculty section below.
The NBC receives guidance from the Northern California Regional Training Director, Dr. John B. Arden (see Mental Health Training Administrative Structure).
Department of Psychiatry
Kaiser Permanente, Vallejo
1761 Broadway, Suite 100
Vallejo, CA. 95472
Consortium Training Director: Kathryn Wetzler, Psy.D.
San Rafael, Department of Psychiatry and Chemical Dependency ServicesDepartment of Psychiatry
Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael
820 Las Gallinas Avenue
San Rafael CA 94903-3452
Site Training Co-Director for Psychiatry: Lindsay Kittredge, Ph.D.
Site Training Co-Director for Chemical Dependancy Services: Susan Dyer, Psy.D.
The San Rafael training site, in Marin County, is located north of the Golden Gate Bridge and south of Santa Rosa. Marin County includes coastal areas and both suburban and semi-rural communities. The training program provides four residencies in Outpatient Psychiatry and two positions in Chemical Dependency Services. These residencies include clinical work with adults, children, and families. The professional staff consists of 20 psychologists, 12 psychiatrists, 1 marriage and family therapist, 6 licensed psychiatric social workers, and 4 psychiatric nurses. For more information on the San Rafael training site, go to our San Rafael web page.
Santa Rosa, Department of PsychiatryDepartment of Psychiatry
Kaiser Permanente, Santa Rosa
401 Bicentennial Way
Santa Rosa, Ca. 95403
Site Training Co-Director: Jennifer G. Brandt, Psy.D.
Site Training Co-Director: Christopher S. Evans, Psy.D.
Santa Rosa is the northernmost clinic in the North Bay Consortium. It is located in the Sonoma County wine country about an hour and fifteen minutes north of San Francisco and about 45 minutes from the Pacific coast. The Postdoctoral Residency program at the Santa Rosa Department of Psychiatry offers four residency positions with specializations in adult or child/family treatment. Currently, the department includes 25 psychologists, 26 social workers, and 12 psychiatrists. For more information on the Santa Rosa training site, go to our Santa Rosa web page.
Vallejo, Department of Psychiatry and Chemical DependencyDepartment of Psychiatry
Kaiser Permanente, Vallejo
1761 Broadway, Suite 100
Vallejo, CA. 95472
Site Training Director: Kathryn Wetzler, Psy.D.
The Vallejo training site, located within the Northeast San Francisco Bay Region, is geographically positioned for easy drives to the urban areas of San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland. This site offers three postdoctoral residency positions, with rotations possible in Adult, Child and Family, Chemical Dependency and/or Behavioral Medicine Teams. The professional staff consists of 18 psychologists, 11 psychiatrists, 15 licensed psychiatric social workers, 3 Marriage and Family Therapists, and 3 psychiatric nurses. For more information on the Vallejo training site, go to our Vallejo web page.
The NBC residency 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 a Consortium Training Director. Additional administrative guidance is provided by the Northern California Director of Training. To read more about NBC program faculty, click here.
Consortium Training Directors
The consortium training director is responsible for: chairing the monthly NBC site training director meetings; working with the site training directors and their respective supervisory teams to ensure that program standards are followed and the highest level of training is provided to the residents; writing program guidelines, including an annual program evaluation; verifying that all semi-annual resident performance evaluations and other measures are performed in a timely manner; reviewing residents’ evaluations to confirm their satisfactory progress and ascertain the program’s overall functioning; and implementing changes as needed.
Site Training Directors
Each site training director develops residents' schedules, which include supervision from the primary and delegated supervisors and group supervision for psych assessment, case conferences, on site staff meetings, etc. They also assign department programs/groups that meet residents’ particular interests and training goals. In addition, they are responsible for data collection/documentation and record keeping of trainees in their program, as well as program design, development and evaluation. They meet with supervisors once a week to discuss residents, program coordination, disseminate information, etc.
North Bay Consortium site training directors and the consortium director meet with the Northern California regional training director on a monthly basis to coordinate the consortium's 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.
The NBC has approximately 60 full-time licensed psychologists on staff at the three medical centers. Of these psychologists, 34 are training supervisors who participate in the residency program each year, and include the consortium and site training directors. They participate in regular, continuing education seminars: the BOP requires all psychologists to earn 36 continuing education units (CEUs) during every two-year licensing renewal period. These required trainings include a six-hour (six CEU) seminar on supervision, to be taken every licensing cycle for primary supervisors. Supervision seminars are organized by the regional training director.
All of the primary training supervisors in the NBC are licensed psychologists within the State of California. All psychologists involved in clinical training provide direct clinical services to patients in the same department where they supervise residents. All primary supervisors have professional responsibility for the cases on which they provide supervision. Training supervisors spend an average of two hours per week engaged in supervisory duties.
A majority of supervisory staff have attended APA-approved graduate programs. Many also are presenters at the NBC and/or regional seminars. These psychologists provide the residents at their sites with a wide range of expertise. They have been recognized by site directors and administrative clinical staff, such as the Department of Psychiatry Chiefs and the Team Chiefs (Adult, Child and Family and Chemical Dependency) as individuals who have professional leadership skills as general practice psychologists.
Training supervisors are acknowledged as people who are dedicated to their profession and area of expertise, and to the teaching, training, and mentoring postdoctoral residents. They serve to provide residents with models of professional behavior: teaching, consulting, providing leadership, modeling expertise with individual and group therapies, and modeling participation in professional organizations and associations.
The NBC training supervisors have a wide range of accomplishments: some are published authors of books and/or articles in professional journals, others are seasoned presenters and/or national speakers. Training supervisors are also members of various national, state and local psychological organizations and associations. In addition, training supervisors support the NBC and KPMC through a variety of leadership roles, including training directors, program developers, Best Practices contributors, grant recipients, committee members, and staff educators. Three of the NBC training supervisors are Chiefs of Psychology or Chemical Dependency Services at their training sites.
Supervisors participate actively in the program’s planning, its implementation and its evaluation in a variety of ways. They serve as interfaces between site directors and residents in regard to implementing standards to insure quality of patient care, program competencies, and performance evaluations. Supervisors oversee the residents’ day-to-day clinical work and help the residents to develop core competencies that have been addressed in their self-evaluations, the Individual Training Contracts and the Competencies Quarterly Progress Reports.
Training supervisors help residents identify changing training needs over the course of the year. Supervisory staff is committed to providing residents with experiences that address the goals, objectives, and competencies of the program. Supervisors contribute to program evaluation and make suggestions for improving the program or meeting residents’ needs for professional development, expectations, and competencies. They also provide feedback to the site directors, the consortium director, and the regional director.
The NBC expects high professional and ethical conduct from staff, and any deviation from this norm makes supervisors subject to elimination from the supervisory staff. Should a problem arise with a supervisor, the consortium and site directors will meet with the supervisor to discuss appropriate remedial measures. Feedback regarding supervisors from residents is also taken into account: residents evaluate supervisor’s competencies twice a year, and this information is reviewed by the site directors. Residents’ evaluations of seminar presenters are also examined, for conduct and quality control.
THE NORTH BAY
The Northern San Francisco Bay Region (North Bay) encompasses much of the Marin, Sonoma, and Solano Counties, the “wine country”, and suburban as well as semi-rural communities. Our setting is geographically positioned for easy drives to the urban areas of San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland. The Golden Gate Bridge and the North Coast are within short driving distances, and the Sierra Nevada Mountains are 3 hours away.
The patient population consists of Kaiser Health Plan members possessing prepaid 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.
The Departments of Psychiatry at the three training sites provide individual, group, couples, family, child and adolescent therapy, psychological testing, and psycho-educational programs such as stress reduction, couples communication, assertiveness, mindful meditation and other classes. Chemical dependency services include outpatient adult programs, as well as adolescent and family programs. Our departments also provide Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) that serve crisis patients and recently hospitalized individuals, or those who would otherwise be at risk for hospitalization. In addition, the departments offer 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 Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Mindful Mood Management and Job Stress. Members of the staff represent a variety of theoretical orientations ranging from psychodynamic to cognitive behavioral therapy.
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 Goals, 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
The North Bay Consortium offers 15 postdoctoral residency positions with possible rotations based on preference on the Adult, Child and Family, Chemical Dependency, and/or Behavioral Medicine Teams.
The NBC only accepts applications from candidates who have completed their doctoral degrees at APA-accredited institutions and who have completed their pre-doctoral internships at APA-accredited or APPIC-member internship programs.
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