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The Department of Mental Health and Wellness at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Rosa offers 4 post-doctoral clinical psychology residency positions. The four positions for the 2019-2020 training year will be as follows: two split positions between the Adult and Child/Family Teams, and two split positions between the Adult and Addiction Medicine Recovery Teams. Depending on the interest and experience of the postdoctoral residents, it may be possible to gain additional experience across multiple teams during the year. 


Training is provided in the mental health departments of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Rosa, California.

Santa Rosa is part of the Sonoma County wine country and is an hour and fifteen minutes north of San Francisco and  45 minutes from the Pacific coast. The Sierra Nevada mountains are about 3-½ hours away. Our clientele come from Sonoma County, which is mostly urban with some rural areas. We see children, adolescents, families, and adults at a multidisciplinary HMO setting, which has an affiliated medical facility.

Kaiser Health Plan members are from a wide spectrum of primarily middle/working class adults, families, adolescents, and children. The patient population is ethnically diverse and exhibits a wide array of psychological problems.


The department of Mental Health and Wellness at Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center is the second largest department in a medical center that serves more than 135,000 members. The Mental Health and Wellness Department at Santa Rosa provides a range of diagnostic and treatment services organized into three basic areas: Adult Services, including an Intensive Outpatient Program, Addiction Medicine 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. More than half of our psychologists were former postdoctoral residents. Our staff members practice with a wide range of theoretical orientations.

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 clinic emphasizes brief, short term and group treatment approaches.

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. Residents will participate in group treatment based ontheir interests and clinic needs. Group assignments typically change halfway through the year. Residents can refer patients to specialty groups; and, whenever appropriate, to treatment-specialty providers (i.e., EMDR treatment for a patient with PTSD). Residents have the option to create their own group should they see a patient need.


The Adult Mental Health and Wellness Department provides brief individual therapy, long-term individual therapy, family therapy, and extensive specialized therapy programs in a group treatment setting. These programs are based on ongoing and up-to-date research of the best empirically-supported treatments. For example, we offer structured mindfulness and CBT treatment for depression, DBT, cognitive processing therapy for PTSD, and exposure-based CBT for panic/phobia, social anxiety, OCD, GAD, and eating disorders. In addition, we offer group treatment for bipolar disorder, separation/divorce, work wellness, codependency, HIV, hoarding, assertiveness, and women’s issues. The Adult Mental Health and Wellness  Department also has an Intensive Outpatient Program.

Kaiser Santa Rosa is proud to offer a year-long Dialectical Behavior Therapy program for our patients. All Santa Rosa postdoctoral residents participate in this program as primary DBT therapists and take part in a weekly consultation group with senior DBT staff. DBT training is ongoing throughout the year.

Residents participating in the behavioral health integration rotation will receive additional supervision and training focusing on implementation of best practices.  Residents will assist in facilitating psychoeducational workshops focusing on behavioral health integration and the Linkage intervention, an evidence-based practice that strengthens the bridge between addiction medicine treatment and overall healthcare. Residents will also contribute to efforts seeking to implement evidence-based practices across the NCAL region, collaborating with leaders in substance use research at Kaiser Permanente.  Residents will contribute to and work towards leading regional trainings and/or regional implementation calls, connecting with leaders in chemical dependency care across Northern California.  Postdoctoral residents may also seek opportunities to contribute to ongoing research regarding the Linkage intervention.


Our multidisciplinary Child/Family team offers group programs such as teen DBT, teen Intensive Outpatient Program, high school groups, anxiety and depression groups, younger latency age skills group, and a “TOTs” program for 3-5 year old children and their parents.

The Child/Family Team has an emphasis on providing family therapy to our patients. Residents working on the Child/Family team can expect to be involved in a year-long family therapy case conference along with senior staff. These residents may also provide individual therapy to children, conduct ADHD evaluation, and co-lead therapy groups.


Kaiser Santa Rosa’s Addiction Medicine Recovery Services department offers a full range of multidisciplinary CD and codependency treatments, and in addition has a multi-family program for adolescents. We offer a full Early Recovery abstinence-based program, as well as continuing treatment for patients in longer-term recovery. In addition, we offer treatment for patients in the contemplative/precontemplative phase and who are interested in harm reduction.

Clinical opportunities for residents may include adult and adolescent group therapy, individual therapy, family therapy, crisis intervention, educational groups, and psychological assessment.


Postdoctoral residents conduct fourl psychological test batteries during the training year. Batteries typically involve cognitive assessment, personality assessment measures and projective tests, including the Rorschach. Residents participate in a weekly assessment seminar where they have an opportunity to present and get feedback on their testing cases.

Supervision: On a weekly basis, residents receive two hours of individual supervision from two licensed psychologists who are chosen to be supervisors by the training directors based on the residents’ theoretical orientations, interests and needs. These supervisors change mid-year. An additional one to two hours of group supervision is provided per week throughout the year. Residents receive supervision of how to do supervision in a group (“fishbowl”) format.  Residents co-lead specialized therapy programs with licensed psychologists, thus getting direct feedback or “live” supervision while providing services. 

Program Evaluation Project: Residentsparticipate in a program evaluation study to improve services within the department.  Residents are supervised on these projects by a licensed psychologist. 

Teaching Opportunities: Residents present at a Grand Rounds to members of the Mental Health and Wellness Department, as well as at the training seminars within the North Bay Consortium. In addition, residents may present to local clinics on areas of expertise.

Weekly Educational Seminars: Residents attend weekly educational seminars in Petaluma, CA with the other North Bay Consortium residents. Residents also attend up to seven seminars in Oakland, CA with Northern California Mental Health training Program residents, interns, post-Master's Fellows and/or practicum students.

Description of Benefits: Residents receive full medical and dental benefits. They may add spouses and dependents free of charge and domestic partners for a small fee. They also receive up to $3,000 of tuition reimbursement that can be used for license-prep courses, workshops or materials or for approved courses that offer credits/units/hours. For more information, please view the Policy and Procedure Manual, accessible through the Kaiser Permanente Postdoctoral Residency website:


The start and end dates of the postdoctoral residency training year vary from year to year but typically start after the Labor Day holiday in September.  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. The deadline for applications is in early January for positions beginning the following September.

Qualifications of Candidates: Candidates must complete all requirements for their doctoral degree, including successful defesne of dissertation, from a clinical or counseling psychology program no later than the last business day in August 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. Applicants must also have the unrestricted legal right to work in the United States at the time that they apply.  We regret that we cannot accept any applicant who has already completed a postdoctoral residency.



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