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DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION MEDICINE RECOVERY SERVICES
KAISER PERMANENTE, WALNUT CREEK
710 SOUTH BROADWAY, SUITE 300
WALNUT CREEK, CA 94596



POSTDOCTORAL RESIDENCY IN PSYCHOLOGY

We offer four post-doctoral, full-time residency positions, each with a primary emphasis on the Adult, Child and Family, Eating Disorder, or Addiction Medicine Teams.

 

THE SETTING


The Walnut Creek Area

Walnut Creek is situated northeast of Oakland and San Francisco. Our Department of Mental Health and Addiction Medicine Recovery Services is close to freeways and the Walnut Creek BART station, allowing for easy commutes to Oakland, San Francisco, and the North Bay. The surrounding area includes urban, suburban and semi-rural communities, and our department is located within walking distance of the shopping, restaurant and entertainment venues of downtown Walnut Creek.

Patient Population

The patient population consists of Kaiser Health Plan members possessing mental health benefits and covers a broad ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic spectrum. A portion of our members are funded through Medi-Cal insurance plans.  All age groups and virtually all psychiatric categories are represented. Approximately 130,000 members access medical care at Walnut Creek Kaiser Foundation Hospital and Medical Office Buildings.

The Training Environment

There are more than 600 physicians and 5,000 employees providing care for our members at Walnut Creek Medical Center.  Residing within a very large outpatient Mental Health and Addiction Medicine Recovery Services of over 100 professionals, The Walnut Creek Postdoctoral Residency training supports four full-time positions on the Adult Outpatient, Chemical Dependency, and Child and Family Teams.

Walnut Creek Mental Health and Addiction Medicine Recovery Services provide the region’s highest level of care in several specialty areas of treatment, including chemical dependency, intensive outpatient psychiatry (post-hospitalization), and eating disorders intensive outpatient program. Residents are part of a truly multidisciplinary treatment team within a larger Mental Health Outpatient Clinic and integrated primary care setting. In addition, we have a vibrant training cohort of 13 trainees, including four psychology interns, two psychology practicum students and three post-masters  interns, in addition to the four post-doctoral residents.

The professional staff consists of full and part-time staff: 54 psychologists, 17 licensed psychiatric social workers, 20 Marriage and Family Therapists, and a team of 15 physicians and six nurses. Also on staff are neuropsychologists, testing technicians, pharmacists and registered dieticians.  A team of triage staff members provides front line access for patients through telephone and face to face contacts.

Services

The Departments provide individual, group, family therapy, psychological testing, and psycho-educational programs. They also offer an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) that provides services to recently hospitalized individuals or those who would otherwise be at risk for hospitalization. In addition, they offer a wide variety of treatment groups to both adults and children, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Life Transitions, Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Depression, Anxiety Management, and "Seeking Safety" groups. Our Chemical Dependency Program offers primarily group treatment to adults, and has a regional center for Day Treatment as well as Intensive Outpatient Treatment. The Eating Disorder Program includes outpatient groups and individual therapy, as well as a regional program for Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient treatment.  We also provide treatment for patients with co-occurring disorders. The members of the staff provide treatment to patients utilizing a variety of theoretical orientations ranging from cognitive behavioral therapy to attachment-based relational to psychodynamic.  Our departments offer patients brief, short-term and group treatment approaches consistent with the benefits provided by a health maintenance organization.

What To Expect At Our Clinic

The resident training at Walnut Creek can expect to find the following:  We have a portion of patients with LGBTQ-related presenting problems and transgender needs.  The patient we see span major ethnic groups (African American, Latino, Asian, etc.).  Patients range from those with a very high SES to those with a very low SES.  Spanish and Mandarin/Cantonese languages are spoken by patients.  Our staff is relatively diverse: spanning Latino, Asian, Indian, European, and African American backgrounds. Theoretical orientations are also diverse, including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and solution-focused.

THE TRAINING PROGRAM

 

Available Resident Positions

Adult and Chemical Dependency Teams: This resident shares time practicing on the outpatient adult team and chemical dependency teams. Depending on the resident’s interest, the clinical schedule can be flexible to accommodate particular training opportunities on both teams, and includes group and individual treatment modalities using a variety of evidenced based practices.

Adult and Eating Disorders Teams: This resident shares time on the Adult Outpatient and Eating Disorders Intensive Outpatient (EDIOP) teams. The resident’s individual interests help shape the schedule, which allows for a wide range of training opportunities on both teams. The Adult Outpatient team utilizes individual and group modalities, for a wide range of patients.  In EDIOP specifically, treatment focuses on adult and teen patients who have moderate to severe Anorexia/Bulimia Nervosa, OSFED or ARFID.  We utilize a multi-disciplinary, team-based treatment model that combines regular food exposure, DBT, ACT, and FBT in our 3-day/week intensive program, and regularly leverage clinic-based resources to treat co-occurring issues such as substance use and trauma. 

EDIOP is also the treatment "hub" for Kaiser's continuum of eating disorder care, and provides ongoing consultation to medical and psychiatric providers in our outpatient, residential, and inpatient settings. Opportunities to facilitate outpatient eating disorder group work with patients who have Binge Eating Disorder many also be available, if the resident has an interest.

Adult and Intensive Outpatient Teams: This position provides opportunity for a resident to function within a multidisciplinary intensive outpatient team, working with patients at the highest level of acuity. Many are post-hospitalization, and others are seeking structure and treatment to prevent further hospitalization. The adult team portion of the resident’s schedule allows for balance and breadth of training.

Child and Family Team: This resident provides clinical assessment, individual therapy, family therapy, and group therapy to children and families, with an emphasis on brief evidence-based practice. Presenting problems can vary in complexity from an AD/HD assessment to serious self-injurious behavior. Groups are co-facilitated to support graduated involvement and residents are encouraged to contribute to the application of the group material as well as the development of the curriculum.

Consortium Information

Information pertaining to the training experiences shared by residents within the East Bay Consortium is located on the page for East Bay Consortium.  Information listed on this page includes:

  • Seminar Schedule and Topics
  • Assessment Requirements
  • Program Structure
  • Schedule Details
  • Evaluation of Resident Performance

General Program Information

General information pertaining to this training program is located on the main web page for Postdoctoral Residency Programs in Clinical Psychology.  Information listed on the main page includes:

  • Program Mission and Training Model
  • Program Background and History
  • Program Goals, Objectives and Competencies
  • Resident Hours, Supervision and Training
  • Resident Competencies Evaluations and Program Surveys
  • Resident Due Process and Grievance Procedures

Accessible from the main page is the Postdoctoral Residency Programs Policy and Procedure Manual, where most program information is located. Information located in this manual includes but is not limited to the items listed above, as well as the following policies:

  • Program Minimum Requirements
  • Program Minimal Levels of Achievement
  • Resident Remediation and Corrective Action Procedures
  • Resident Benefits and Services

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

 

 

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