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The Consortium Programs

Kaiser Permanente’s (KP) Northern California Postdoctoral Residency Programs in Clinical Psychology are organized into seven subregional consortiums.  These programs are described in detail on their individual web pages, accessed by the links, above.  All consortiums are APPIC members and the following consortia are accredited by the American Psychological Association: the North Bay Consortium, the Central Bay Consortium, the South Bay Consortium, the South East Bay Consortium, the West Bay Consortium and the East Bay Consortium. The Sacramento Valley Consortium will be undergoing a site visit for APA accreditation this year.  For links to all consortium programs and each of their training sites click here, or scroll to the bottom of this page.

KP’s postdoctoral residency programs play a vital role in the overall healthcare delivery system of the largest HMO in the United States. Health care, as envisioned by KP, is an integrated system and each training site provides a full range of services to thousands of patients. Each site has psychologists working in various departments including Psychiatry, Chronic Pain, Addiction Medicine and Recovery Services and Behavioral Medicine. Providers from specialty areas such as pediatrics, internal medicine, neurology and psychology work together in a collaborative manner to provide integrated treatment. The postdoctoral residents train within this collaborative system.  Every KP medical center provides extensive clinical services and all training sites provide brief individual, group and family therapy, crisis intervention and an Intensive Outpatient Program as well as access to in-patient treatment.

Background and History

For a full history of the training programs, click here.

Program Mission

The mission of Kaiser Permanente Northern California is to provide integrated, efficient, high-quality, evidence-based health care while supporting innovation and continuous quality improvement. The mission of the Northern California Postdoctoral Residency Programs in Clinical Psychology is to provide residents with advanced training within this highly integrated, multidisciplinary healthcare system, in order to prepare them for dynamic roles as practicing psychologists in the healthcare system of the future. Residents train in collaboration with, and with guidance from, psychologists and physicians.

The Northern California Postdoctoral Residency Programs in Clinical Psychology provide training for the development of professional skills among practitioners who utilize the field's scientific knowledge in their professional practice. The programs are committed to training psychologists whose internships have allowed them to reach entry-level expertise to reach the advanced level of practice, and who are lifelong learners dedicated to engaging in continuous education, scientific inquiry and scholarly endeavors.

Program Aims, Objectives and Competencies

To view the residency program aims, objectives and competencies, click on the following link:

Aims, Objectives & Competencies



The following information is also described in detail in the Policy & Procedure Manual♦  

Resident Hours, Supervision and Training

The postdoctoral training year requires a commitment from the resident to work 40 hours per week during a 12-month period. One-half of the resident’s time (approximately 20 hours per week) is spent providing direct services to clientele through individual, group or family therapy and conducting psychological assessments.

The postdoctoral residency programs are sequential, cumulative, and graduated in complexity.  Graduated and sequential aspects of the residency programs are achieved through supervision, evaluation, didactic seminars. Residents are required to participate in two hours of individual supervision on a weekly basis. Residents also participate weekly in two hours of group supervision and receive supervision in psychological testing, the program evaluation/research project and community outreach activities. Residents from all sites attend weekly didactic seminars, usually held at central consortium locations.

In addition to attending their weekly seminars, residents are expected to attend approximately six half-day seminars during each training year.  These seminars are held in Oakland and are also open to supervising psychologists and other mental health providers for continuing education credits. Regional seminar topics include ethics, supervision and advances in integrated care.

Resident Competencies Evaluations and Program Surveys

Each quarter, the training directors and primary supervisors are responsible for completing residents’ Competency Evaluations in collaboration with the rest of the training staff. All efforts are made to provide ongoing feedback to residents throughout the year. Residents also have an opportunity to evaluate this program twice a year, utilizing the online Resident Program Survey.

Resident Due Process and Grievance Procedures

The primary purpose of due process is to provide a mechanism by which all decisions made by the training program regarding a resident’s evaluation, remediation or corrective action, as well as a resident’s status in the program, can be fairly reviewed.  By employing due process, a resident may challenge any decision made on behalf of the resident by the program.  Due process procedures are outlined in full in the Policy and Procedure Manual. 

In addition, it is the goal of the residency programs to provide learning environments that foster congenial professional interactions among training faculty and residents that are based on mutual respect.  However, it is possible that situations will arise that prompt residents to file grievances.  The Policy and Procedure Manual includes full procedures for the filing of grievances.

Pay Rate for Postdoctoral Residents

Currently (Spring 2019) the pay rate for the Postdoctoral Residents is $27.42/hour.  All positions are 40 hours/week.  Residents also receive paid holidays and Paid Time Off (PTO),  medical insurance and other benefits. More information is available on our Salary and Benefits web page.

Additional Program Information

For any additional information pertaining to the residency programs, please refer to the Policy & Procedure Manual

Included in the manual is information pertaining to:

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




Information on candidate qualifications, selection and the application process is located on the Postdoctoral Residency Programs in Clinical Psychology HOW TO APPLY web page.  Applicants are also advised to check the individual consortium web pages for any additional application requirements.


Postdoctoral Residencies in Clinical Psychology: Consortial Programs


Central Bay *+

Consortium Info

Sacramento Valley *

Consortium Info

East Bay *+

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North Bay *+

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South Bay *+

Consortium Info

South East Bay *+

Consortium Info

West Bay *+

Consortium Info

* All consortia are members of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC)

+ These consortia are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).  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:
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