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DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION MEDICINE RECOVERY SERVICES
KAISER PERMANENTE, REDWOOD CITY
1400 VETERANS BLVD
REDWOOD CITY, CA 94063


Director of Training:
Weiling Liu, PhD
650-299-4743
Email: weiling.x.liu@kp.org
 

POSTDOCTORAL RESIDENCIES IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

We offer four postdoctoral residency positions in general clinical psychology, each year.

 

THE SETTING

 

"The Peninsula”

Redwood City lies on a peninsula on the northern edge of Silicon Valley, approximately 25 miles south of San Francisco. Redwood City has a mild climate, moderated by the effects of the San Francisco Bay on the east and the Pacific Ocean just over the coastal range to the west. 

Patient Population

The patient population includes Kaiser Health Plan members with prepaid psychiatric benefits.  With the addition of The San Mateo County Partnership, our clientele also includes people who qualify for Medi-Cal. Our patients fall along a broad ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic spectrum. All age groups and virtually all psychiatric categories are represented. Kaiser-Redwood City is the Neurosurgery Center for Northern California, so it offers the opportunity of treating individuals who might have psychiatric disorders in combination with neurological disorders.

Kaiser-Redwood City has many specialized treatment programs including those in DBT, Mindfulness, Exposure Therapy and CBT. Our clinic houses three  Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) for managing acute concerns.  We have a teen IOP, an adult IOP, and an Eating Disorders IOP. The catchment area for Kaiser-Redwood City includes a large number of Latinos and the Redwood City Department of Psychiatry serves these individuals through the Clinica Latina and other programs.

The Staff

The Kaiser-Redwood City Department of Mental Health and Addiction Medicine Recovery Services is large, consisting of licensed psychologists with PhDs or PsyDs, LMFTs, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, LCSWs,  psychiatric nurses, and a psychological assistant.

Services

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Medicine Recovery Services provides individual and group services. Those who work with children may also work with parents or families as part of the treatment plan. There are specialties in depression, anxiety, eating disorders, behavioral medicine, pain management, personality and neuropsychological assessments (adult and pediatric), as well as psycho-educational programs, such as stress reduction, couple's communication, adult ADHD and so forth, through the Health Education Department. There is also an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) designed to minimize the need for hospitalizing the chronically mental ill and a Regional Eating Disorders Intensive Outpatient Program (EDIOP). In addition to Spanish-speaking providers who treat patients in our Clinica Latina, we have staff members with various language skills. 

 

THE TRAINING PROGRAM

 

General Principles

The basic training philosophy adopted by this department places a strong emphasis on interviewing, continuing reassessment, case formulation, diagnosis and treatment planning. The staff is trained in a variety of theoretical orientations and the clinic emphasis is on brief evidence-based interventions and outcomes assessment.

Postdoctoral residents are exposed to a unique and diverse community. There is a strong emphasis on the role of the psychologist in a multidisciplinary and diverse community. Residents will be encouraged to become familiar with the demographic composition of the community in which our clients reside.

The Kaiser Permanente Best Practices literature serves as the curriculum for the training program. This body of literature provides evidence-based 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:

1. Active participation in all aspects of outpatient services including intakes, individual treatment, groups, and psychological assessment.

2. Professional guidance through sessions of formal individual and group supervision, staff meetings, and informal contacts with staff members.

3. Weekly and quarterly training seminars.

Supervision

Selection of cases is carefully adjusted to the resident's readiness and training needs as determined by his/her supervisor. Each week, residents receive at least two hours of scheduled individual supervision and at least two hours of group supervision per week.  In addition, following weekly seminars with the other residents in the West Bay consortium residents participate in group supervision and/or case conferences. 

Seminars

Residents attend two-hour weekly seminars.  The seminars cover a broad range of theoretical and applied clinical principals.  At regular intervals throughout the training year, Redwood City residents attend 4-hour regional seminars with residents from the other postdoctoral consortia in the Northern California Region.  These seminars focus on Best Practice Guidelines and include topics such as: Ethics and California laws governing the practice of psychology; professional development; and diversity. 

Evaluations

The training director and primary supervisors are responsible for completing the residents' Competencies Evaluation in collaboration with other training staff.  Residents are provided with ongoing feedback throughout the year.  In addition, residents are asked to evaluate the program twice a year.

Grievance Procedure

It is the goal of the Postdoctoral Residency Programs in Clinical Psychology 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 provides a full description of resident grievance procedures. The manual is available on the Postdoctoral Residency Programs in Clinical Psychology main web page.

 

 

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