Postdoctoral Psychology at San Francisco Psychiatry
DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY
KAISER PERMANENTE, SAN FRANCISCO
4141 GEARY BLVD, 3RD FLOOR
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118
Director of Training: Evelyn Miccio, Psy.D.
POSTDOCTORAL RESIDENCY IN PSYCHOLOGY
We offer 2 full-time postdoctoral residency positions (20 hrs/week in adult outpatient therapy services and 20 hrs/week in adult neuropsychological assessment).
The Department of Psychiatry at Kaiser San Francisco is situated in a large and very diverse urban environment. The area is geographically positioned within the greater San Francisco Bay Area, and includes the urban areas of San Jose and the East Bay Communities of Berkeley and Oakland. The ocean is a 15-minute drive and the Sierra Nevada Mountains are a three hour’s drive away.
The patient population consists of Kaiser Health Plan members possessing prepaid psychiatric benefits and covers a broad ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic spectrum. Virtually all psychiatric categories are represented in our therapy clinic (with anxiety and depression being the most common diagnoses), and the department is separated into an adult team and child/family team. Neuropsych assessment typically focuses on ADHD, dementia, cognitive disorders, TBI, and pre-surgery epilepsy evaluations.
The department is large, with over 100 hundred multidisciplinary staff professional staff consists of full and part-time staff. In addition to the mental health trainees, including postdoctoral residents, ASWs and MFTIs, there are licensed psychologists, licensed psychiatric social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, case managers, physicians, a nurse practitioner, registered nurses, a pharmacist, neuropsychologists, a psychometrist and testing technicians.
The SF Department of Psychiatry provides individual, family, and group psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults. (Residents in this program will only see adults in individual therapy.) We also provide non-forensic neuropsychological testing. We provide various psycho-educational programs and we run approximately 50 different psychotherapy groups. The department also includes an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) that provides services to recently hospitalized individuals or people who would otherwise be at risk for hospitalization. The members of the staff represent a variety of theoretical orientations ranging from psychodynamic to cognitive behavioral therapy.
What To Expect At Our Clinic
The resident training at San Francisco Neuropsychological Testing can expect to find the following: A facility at the heart of the cultural mecca of the Bay Area. A facility where sexual orientation is especially important. We serve displaced/non housed individuals, alongside young adult billionaire IT “hipsters.” San Francisco is 35 % Asian, and we have a large Latino and Russian population. The languages most identified include Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and Russian. Our staff is as diverse as the San Francisco Bay Area-representing diverse cultural, ethnic, SES, sexual and gender backgrounds. Our Neuropsychology Program is the largest in Northern California TPMG/Kaiser Permanente System, with 3 fulltime adult neuropsychologists, 3 residents, 4 practicum students from the ASD program, and Santa Rosa Neurology Department.
THE TRAINING PROGRAM
The basic training philosophy adopted by this department stresses a commitment to a continuous reassessment, modification, and enrichment of counseling techniques. Residents are exposed to a unique and diverse community. There is a clear emphasis on the role of the psychologist in a multi-cultural community and outpatient setting.
The Best Practices literature serves as the curriculum for the training program. This body of literature is comprised of well researched guidelines for the treatment of various mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. The Best Practices Literature is available online and in hard copy form.
The residency is split 50/50 between two psychiatry services: Adult Outpatient Therapy and Neuropsychological Assessment.
• Outpatient therapy duties include providing individual therapy services for adults, seeing 2 new patients per week.
• In the neuropsych program, residents are expected to undertake 2 new full batteries (e.g., dementia, TBI, etc) and 2 new brief adult ADHD assessments each month. In addition, for 2 hours per week residents shadow a staff neuropsychologist on hospital emergency room consults.
Each week residents will receive a total of four (4) hours of regularly scheduled individual supervision [2 hrs for therapy and 2 hrs for neuropsychology] and two (2) hours of group supervision. In addition, they will be supervised on cases in their seminars as needed.
Residents attend 2-hour weekly seminars that focus on neuropsychological assessment. Residents also attend 2-hour didactic seminars on various clinical topics with the 5 other postdoctoral residents from the West Bay Consortium. On a regular basis, residents attend 4-hour regional seminars with other postdoctoral residents from surrounding Bay Area KP medical centers. These seminars focus on Best Practice Guidelines and topics such as ethics and the law, diversity, and neuropsychology.
The training directors and primary supervisors are responsible for completing the resident’s Competencies 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.
It is the goal of the Psychology Postdoctoral 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 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.
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