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Interim Director of Training: Bradley Siu, PsyD


We offer 4 postdoctoral residency positions. One position is based in Addiction Medicine Recovery Services, the second and third positions are based in the Child and Family team and the fourth position is based in the Adult team. One of the positions at the Child Team provides specific focus on diversity training, in order to offer cultural and linguistic appropriate mental health services for Latino patients.


South San Francisco

South San Francisco occupies portions of a broad valley formed by the San Bruno Mountains on the north and the Coast Range on the west. Most of the valley faces adjacent to San Francisco Bay, affording sweeping vistas from the higher elevations of the city. South San Francisco experiences generally mild winters and dry cool summers. The hills to the west shield the city from much of the fog that prevails in neighboring areas.

Patient Population

The patient population consists of Kaiser Health Plan members possessing prepaid psychiatric benefits and covers a broad ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic spectrum. All age groups and virtually all psychiatric categories are represented. Ethnic diversity is also fairly broad, and includes Caucasians, African-Americans, Latinos, and Asians. Our clients also include monolingual families who speak languages such as Chinese, Spanish and Tagalog.

The Staff

The department includes a multidisciplinary team of licensed mental health professionals consisting of psychologists, physicians, social workers, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and LMFTs.


The department consists of three distinct teams: Adult; Child and Adolescent; and Addiction Medicine Recovery Services.  The Adult team provides comprehensive mental health services to adults ages 18 and over.  The Child and Adolescent team provides individual, play, group, and family therapy to children, adolescents, and their families. Psychodiagnostic assessment is provided on a case by case basis.  Typically, residents are asked to perform four psychodiagnostic assessments throughout the course of the training year.  The department also offers a variety of group therapy and classes covering such topics as coping with anxiety and depression, social skills, and parenting issues.

Addiciton Medicine Recovery Services offers pre-recovery, early recovery, continuing recovery, and aftercare for adolescents and adults.  Each of the psychiatry teams 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.

Residents participate in the full range of clinical responsibilities including individual, group and family therapy, crisis work, and class instruction. Residents function as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive mental health treatment. In addition, residents must complete a research project as part of their residency.


General Principles

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. Residents will be encouraged to become familiar with the demographic composition of the community in which our clients reside. 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 on-line and in hard copy form.

The residency consists of three components:

  1. 1. Regular exposure through active participation to all facets of outpatient services.
  2. 2. Professional guidance through sessions of formal supervision, staff meetings and informal contacts with staff members.
  3. 3. Local training seminars held weekly, and regional seminars held at regular intervals throughout the training year.


Residents will receive at least two (2) hours of regularly scheduled individual supervision and two (2) hours of group supervision/case conference. Selection of cases and size of caseload is carefully adjusted to the resident's readiness and training needs as determined by his/her supervisor.


Residents attend 2 hour weekly seminars. Seminars cover various topics, including chemical dependency treatment, psychological and neuropsychological assessment and treatment, chronic pain, various therapy modalities including CBT, DBT, schema and narrative therapies, and issues related to the treatment of children and families.

At regular intervals throughout the training year, South San Francisco residents attend 4-hour regional seminars with residents from the other medical centers in the Northern California Region. Seminars focus on Best Practice Guidelines and topics such as Ethics and the Law, Diversity, Neuropsychology, and Professional Development.


The training directors and primary supervisors are responsible for completing the resident’s Competencies Evaluation 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.

Grievance Procedure

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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