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DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION MEDICINE RECOVERY SERVICES
275 WEST MACARTHUR BLVD
OAKLAND, CA 94611
(510) 752-1075




POSTDOCTORAL RESIDENCY IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Medicine Recovery Services (AMRS, formerly CDRP) at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Oakland offers 4 post-doctoral clinical psychology residency positions.

THE SETTING

Training is provided in the outpatient psychiatry services of the Kaiser Permanente East Bay Medical Center in Oakland, California, a 340-bed teaching hospital and outpatient facility offering a full range of physical medicine services. The Kaiser Permanente Medical Group and Health Plan is a health maintenance organization and is the world's largest non-government system for delivery of health care, serving over four million members nationwide in more than thirty hospitals and eighty medical offices.

THE DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH AND AMRS

The Department of Mental Health and AMRS at the Oakland Medical Center provides a range of diagnostic and treatment services organized into Adult Services (which includes the neuropsychological assessment service and Eating Disorders Program), and Child and Family Services. The staff consists of clinicians from all disciplines including 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 placement, opportunities in the department may exist to work with adults, children, or families who present a wide variety of acute and chronic mental illnesses as well as interpersonal and family problems. The patient population reflects a wide range of socioeconomic and ethnic groups from the Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, Albany and Piedmont communities. The clinic emphasizes the brief, short term and group treatment approaches consistent with the benefits of a health maintenance organization.

Residents are encouraged to keep abreast of current theories and research findings. The hospital’s medical library and computer literature searches are available and attendance at relevant training events within the Kaiser Permanente system is encouraged. All residents will receive supervision by licensed psychologists, including at least two hours of individual supervision per week by a licensed psychologist.

What To Expect At Our Clinic

The resident training at Oakland can expect to find the following: 

  • Spanish-speaking patients as well as patients who use ASL
  • A high number of patients who speak Southeast Asian languages, as well Korean, Chinese and Japanese 
  • Patients with lower socio-economic status
  • Patients who present with trauma, Borderline Personality Disorder and other disorders with affective regulation problems 
  • Brief, 3-5 session models are used for therapy
  • Group therapy is also used as a treatment modality
  • Sophisticated application of CBT techniques is required
  • Staff is ethnically and culturally diverse

RESIDENCY POSITIONS


HOSPITAL AND ADULT SERVICES

This position is placed in the general inpatient medical unit in a tertiary care facility.  Both children as well as adults are seen.  The Oakland Hospital services a major medical center for the San Francisco East Bay region.  The resident in this position performs evaluations of patients in the inpatient units to determine interventions that will reduce morbidities upon discharge.  The resident will also be aiding medical and psychiatry staff in determining which patients require a higher level of care, and which patients will need to be discharged to a facility for persons with comorbid psychiatric and medical problems.  In addition, the resident will be seeing patients who have been non-compliant with treatment and have morbidities around this.  Finally, this resident will be conducting brief assessments to determine if cognitive disorder(s) is/are likely to be present.  The person selected for this position will also be responsible for seeing patients presenting to the outpatient clinic in Oakland (located in walking distance of the hospital), on the Adult team.   This position may involve after-hours call or pager work at some point during the training year.

Adult services provide crisis intervention, brief psychotherapy, psychoeducational groups, psychotropic medications, case management and intensive outpatient treatment services. Many patients receive a team approach consisting of a prescribing psychiatrist or nurse practitioner (who provides medication services), a psychologist or other licensed mental health professional (who provides brief psychotherapy), along with a variety of psychoeducational classes and groups (which teach self-care strategies). The extensive group therapy program addresses a broad range of topics and problems such as depression, anxiety, work stress, and interpersonal/relationship issues. The resident in this position may be required to supervise practicum student(s). The resident may also be required to complete call shifts multiple times during the training year which may include weekends.

CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES

The postdoctoral resident on the multidisciplinary child and family team receives training in general child and family clinic work as well as formal psychological and neuropsychological assessment with children and adolescents. The resident spends half of the clinical time doing individual, family and group therapy, and the other half time performing assessments.

The resident has the opportunity to work with children and adolescents presenting with a range of difficulties, including behavior and peer problems, depression and anxiety, psychosis, psychosomatic concerns, abuse and neglect (of all kinds), divorce, and general family conflict. The resident may also be assigned to conduct ADHD evaluations, co-leads therapy groups and assists in the teaching of psychoeducational parent classes. The extensive group treatment program includes an attention deficit hyperactivity evaluation group, cognitive behavioral treatment groups for anxiety, and teen depression, peer socialization groups, and developmental groups for middle and high school students. The resident usually participates in the Teen Intensive Outpatient Program for adolescents that serves patients both as a post hospital stabilization program as well as an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization.

The resident conducts comprehensive test batteries during the training year performing neuropsychological and psychological testing of children and adolescents which comprises the other half of the training program in the child and family service. Kaiser Oakland’s Pediatrics Department has subspecialty outpatient clinics in neurology, genetics and neurosurgery, and testing referrals come from these clinics as well as the psychologists, social workers and psychiatrists on the child and family team. The resident will assess children with a wide range of conditions such as spina bifida, seizure disorder, head injuries, autistic spectrum disorders, fetal alcohol exposure, attention problems, learning problems, PTSD, mental retardation, depression and schizophrenia.  The resident in this position may be required to supervise practicum student(s). The resident may also be required to complete call shifts multiple times during the training year which may include weekends. 

ADULT EATING DISORDERS

This program is designed to train residents in the assessment and treatment of patients with eating disorders (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, EDNOS) in an HMO context. All training and experience occurs within the context of a multidisciplinary team, allowing opportunities for the resident to gain experience in collaborating and consulting with physicians, psychiatrists, registered dieticians, nurses, psychologists, and social workers.

The resident’s individual caseload consists of both acute and chronic patients with eating disorder and co-occurring diagnoses. Evidence-based treatments for eating disorders are emphasized (CBT, DBT, ACT, FBT) and primary goals of treatment include weight/health restoration, symptom reduction/discontinuation, and practice/maintenance of new skills. Residents are required to facilitate multiple groups, some in the evenings, for patients in the eating disorders program. Opportunities include meal support group, DBT skills group, support person group, and goal setting group. There may also be the opportunity for the resident to develop and implement other groups of the resident's interests, based on program need.

In addition, the resident participates in a specialized Eating Disorder Medical Clinic, allowing for advanced training in medical issues related to eating disorders. The resident in this position may also be required to supervise a practicum student, which is a unique opportunity to gain training and experience with supervising, pre-licensure. Furthermore, residents gain experience in administering psychological testing batteries, including eating disorder assessments, and writing integrated reports for individuals with eating disorder diagnoses. Residents may also be required to complete call shifts multiple times over the course of the training year, which may include nights and weekends.

OAKLAND BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE (NEW POSITION FOR 2019-20)

The resident in this position will be placed in the behavioral medicine clinic, located in a medical service within a large medical center.  Children as well as adults may be seen, depending on placement during the year.  The Kaiser Oakland facility serves a major medical hospital and provides services for the San Francisco East Bay region.

As this is a new training position and supervising faculty are in the process of being hired, final details and placement will be based on faculty competencies and resident needs.  The resident selected must have familiarity with medical terminology.  In addition, prior behavioral medicine experience is preferred, as this is an advanced training program and remediation of basic behavioral medicine skills in rapid assessment is not offered. We expect the resident in this position to be flexible, as the tasks to be performed may change over the course of the year.  The position will require the resident to work as an embedded psychologist, and a portion of the patients will have psychiatric conditions with no medical problems.  This position may involve after-hours call or pager work at some point during the training year.

 

TRAINING YEAR AND HOW TO APPLY

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, below, to learn about the upcoming training year’s start and end dates. The training program requires a commitment of at least 40 hours per week for 52 weeks.

Qualifications of Candidates: 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 and/or APPIC-member programs, although preference is given to applicants who are coming from programs which have achieved APA accreditation, received APA “candidacy” status or who have had their site visit from APA.  Applicants must also have the unrestricted legal right to work in the United States at the time that they apply. If the candidate is retraining in a new specialty, appropriate certification from the training program director will be required.  We regret that we cannot accept any applicant who has already completed a postdoctoral training year.

Oakland Postdoctoral Positions are Program/Team-Specific: Each postdoctoral position corresponds to one of the following programs/teams: 

  • Hospital and Adult Services
  • Child and Family Services
  • Eating Disorders
  • Behavioral Medicine

HOW TO APPLY




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