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The Chemical Dependency Recovery Program (CDRP) in Union City hosts one full-time postdoctoral residency position, each training year. This APA-accredited postdoctoral residency offers the unique opportunity to focus upon the assessment and treatment of problematic drug and alcohol use, which is a clinical presentation commonly encountered in many general mental health settings. The resident serves as an active member on both the Adult and Adolescent Treatment Teams, thus providing a more comprehensive understanding of addiction from a developmental perspective.

This CDRP postdoctoral residency begins in early September and concludes 52 weeks later (usually by the end of August or early September). The resident accrues 2000 hours towards licensure. Training and supervision meets the California Board of Psychology requirements.



Union City, California

The CDRP is located in Union City while the main hospital is located in San Leandro. Union City is nestled in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California. It is situated approximately 30 miles southeast of San Francisco, 20 miles north of San Jose, and 30 miles from California’s finest beaches.

The area offers many opportunities for dining, shopping, arts, science, and recreation. Union City is home to many beautiful parks, sports fields, community facilities, and recreational programs for people of all ages.

Client Population

Our clients primarily reside in the Union City, Hayward, Fremont, San Leandro and San Lorenzo areas. The clientele are diverse in terms of socioeconomic, age, sexuality, disability, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds. We work with translators and interpreters to aid in assessment and treatment when needed. The patient population consists of Kaiser Health Plan members possessing prepaid psychiatric benefits.

The Staff

Our staff consists of psychologists, psychological assistants working towards licensure, psychiatrists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and a nurse practitioner. Our department is growing and we anticipate hiring more staff to augment our program over the coming years. The CDRP staff represents a variety of theoretical orientations and all staff specialize in addiction and recovery.


The CDRP offers an Adult Treatment Program and an Adolescent Treatment Program. Psychological services are provided to clients who are in the contemplation phase, the early stages of their recovery, and clients with longer-term sobriety. Separate and conjoint treatments for family members are also available. Clinical opportunities for postdoctoral residents include short and longer-term individual therapy, family therapy, crisis intervention, chemical dependency evaluation, adult and adolescent group therapy, psycho-educational groups, and psychological assessment.

Other services offered through our program include medical detoxification as well as psychiatric medication evaluation and treatment. Postdoctoral residents work closely with medical staff, and there is ongoing medical consultation with our medical director, nurse practitioner, and psychiatrists.

Professional skills necessary to function within a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) are developed throughout the year.



General Principles

The training program is designed to help the postdoctoral resident further develop the skills needed to become an independent psychologist within the community. Clinical and ethical skills are further developed over the course of the year. Opportunities to improve skills in teaching, supervision, program development, cultural competence, community education, and community outreach are available.

We believe that a sense of professional connection and community is important for the postdoctoral resident during the training year. We consider our resident to be an integral member of our Chemical Dependency Recovery Program team. A sense of connection and community with other Psychology Postdoctoral Residents is equally important. Our training program is well-integrated with the Kaiser Union City Psychiatry and Kaiser Fremont training programs and together we constitute the South East Bay Consortium. All five residents from the consortium regularly convene for research, community outreach, and didactic training seminars. Union City CDRP and Union City Psychiatry residents share group supervision, department staff meetings, and department staff parties. Additionally, all Northern California Kaiser Postdoctoral residents convene regularly at regional training seminars.

Goals, Objectives, and Competencies


Best Practices

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. The Best Practices literature is available on-line and hard copy form.


The postdoctoral resident will receive a minimum of four hours of supervision each week. Two hours of supervision will be individual supervision (one hour with the primary supervisor, one hour with the secondary supervisor). The other two hours will consist of either individual or group supervision. Presently, residents participate in regularly scheduled group supervision with our staff Neuropsychologist, Union City Psychiatry, and Union City Chemical Dependency staff psychologists. Case complexity and size of caseload are adjusted to the resident’s readiness and training needs as determined by the supervisors.

Our department values and appreciates the importance of staff training and supervision. Supervision and case consultation is well-integrated into the routines of all staff members. Clinical cases are reviewed in regularly scheduled Adult and Adolescent Team Meetings.


The postdoctoral resident attends a two-hour weekly seminar facilitated by various licensed psychologists and psychiatrists at Kaiser Union City CDRP, Kaiser Union City Psychiatry, and Kaiser Fremont Psychiatry. Topics from prior years included Eating Disorders, Bereavement, Motivational Interviewing, Psychopharmacology During a Woman’s Lifespan, and Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse.

At regular intervals throughout the training year, residents attend 4-hour seminars with the other postdoctoral residents from Northern California medical centers. Regional seminars focus on Best Practice Guidelines and include topics such as ethics and professional issues, clinical supervision, and chemical dependency and the brain.



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