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The West Bay Consortium is an APA-accredited* and APPIC-member psychology postdoctoral residency program that is well-integrated into the Kaiser Permanente health care system. The consortium is situated in the central San Francisco Bay region, which encompasses the cultural and geographic heart of the Bay Area. The consortium training sites are located in San Francisco, Daly City, San Bruno and Redwood City.

The Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Medicine Recovery Services at each training site provide psychotherapy, psychological testing, and psycho-educational programs to adults and children afflicted by a variety of mental health problems.  Each department includes an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) that provides services to recently hospitalized individuals, or individuals at risk for psychiatric hospitalization. The San Francisco Chronic Pain program provides services for those patients with chronic pain/behavioral health concerns.

San Francisco Adult Mental Health offers training focused on Neuropsychological assessment services. Redwood City offers an Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program (EDIOP), which provides services to individuals that need higher level of care to address acute eating disorders, in order to prevent hospitalization. On South San Francisco’s Child Team, one of the two positions is focused on training on cultural and language competency to work with Latino patients. Each site offers many different treatment groups, for focus areas including Depression, Anxiety, substance use, social thinking differences, eating disorders, personality disorders, and using different modalities such as Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), ACT, MI.

The West Bay Consortium postdoctoral residency program is sequential, cumulative, and graduated in complexity.  Graduated and sequential aspects of the residency programs are achieved through supervision, evaluation, and didactic seminars.  Ten postdoctoral residents are required to complete 40 hours per week of supervised training over a 12-month period. In addition to the required two hours of individual supervision weekly by licensed psychologists, the residents also participate in two or more hours of group supervision, case conference, and/or team meetings and a weekly seminar. To view the current West Bay Consortium seminar schedule, click here. In addition, residents are encouraged to attend departmental grand rounds and seminars, and have opportunities to teach and to gain experience in program development.

Residents from each of the sites attend weekly seminars at the South San Francisco-San Bruno site. Residents also attend regular half-day Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Programs' regional seminars in Oakland. The first seminar focuses on ethics and the law. This ensures all postdoctoral residents have a sound working knowledge of APA's Code of Ethics and California laws. Other examples of seminar topics include clinical supervision, EPPP statistics prep, psychoneuroimmunology, health psychology, diversity and chemical dependency. These seminars provide opportunities for residents to develop professional relationships with a large community of psychologists that can help orient the post-doctoral fellow to his or her career as a professional psychologist.

A core feature of our training program is supporting and mentoring new professionals in their transition from internship through licensure to professional practice.  Special emphasis is placed on supporting the residents through the process of licensing during their resident year with us providing training opportunities, financial, and time support for licensing preparation.

Kaiser Permanente is committed to develop and employ evidence-based treatments for patients seeking mental health services. Departments throughout the region send specialists to develop Best Practice guidelines based on the most current research for major psychological disorders. The Best Practices literature is made available to all residents and is considered part of the overall curriculum of the residency program.

*Accreditation information can be obtained from the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street NE; Washington, DC 20002-4242.
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**Postdoctoral Residency Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data:  To view these data, click here.


The West Bay Consortium training sites encompass the cultural heart of the Bay Area, including San Francisco and the “Peninsula”. The Bay Bridge and the BART transit system connect the urban areas on the west and east sides of San Francisco Bay. The area is geographically positioned for its residents to have easy access to the ocean, to the west, and the wine country, to the north.  In addition, the Sierra Nevada mountains are within only a three-hour drive, to the east.


The patient population consists of Kaiser Health Plan members possessing prepaid psychiatric benefits. Our members consist of a wide spectrum of primarily middle/working class adults, families, couples, and children. The patient population is ethnically diverse and exhibits a wide array of psychological and chemical dependency problems.


The Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Medicine Recovery Services, and Chronic Pain provide individual, group, family, child and adolescent therapy, psychological testing, and psycho-educational programs such as stress reduction, couples communication, assertiveness, mindful meditation and other classes. Addiction Medicine Recovery Services include outpatient adult programs, as well as adolescent and family programs. This department also provides an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) that serves patients in crisis and recently hospitalized individuals who would otherwise be at risk for hospitalization. In addition, the department offers a wide range of therapy groups to address problems associated with stages of life (from children to elders) and a variety of diagnostic specific groups through different interventions, which include Dialectic Behavioral Therapy skills group, CBT interventions, Mindfulness based interventions, as well as other third wave interventions and Job Stress Reduction Programs. In their provision of mental health services, members of the staff employ a variety of theoretical orientations ranging from psychodynamic to cognitive behavioral to brief systemic therapies.

Redwood City


Director of Training:
Weiling Liu, PhD

The Redwood City training site lies on the peninsula approximately 25 miles south of San Francisco, on the northern edge of Silicon Valley. Redwood City has a mild climate, moderated by the effects of the San Francisco Bay on the east and the Pacific Ocean just over the coastal range to the west.

The Redwood City training site offers 4 full-time postdoctoral residency positions each year, within the following tracks: Child Mental Health, Adult Mental Health, Addiction Medicine Recovery  Services and Eating Disorders Program. Residents train in the department of Psychiatry. The catchment area for Kaiser-Redwood City includes virtually all ethnic groups. A large number of Latina/o patients are served by the Redwood City Department of Psychiatry through the Clinica Latina. In addition, there are staff members who speak French, Farsi, Signing Exact English and the Chinese dialects of Mandarin, Cantonese and Taishanese. With the addition of The San Mateo County Partnership, our clientele also includes people who qualify for Medi-Cal.

In their service provision, staff members employ a variety of theoretical orientations, but their emphasis is on brief interventions using primarily cognitive and behavioral methods. Redwood City is Kaiser's Neurosurgery Center for Northern California and it offers residents opportunities to treat individuals who have psychiatric disorders in combination with neurological disorders. The Kaiser-Redwood City Department consists of psychologists with PhDs or PsyDs, LMFTs, psychiatrists, LCSWs, advice nurses, nurse practitioners and a psychological assistant.

San Francisco


Director of Training: Evelyn Miccio, PsyD


The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Medicine Recovery Services at Kaiser San Francisco is situated in a large and very diverse urban environment. The area is geographically positioned within the greater Bay Area including urban areas of San Jose and the East Bay Communities of Berkeley and Oakland. The ocean is within a 15 minute drive, and the Sierra Nevada Mountains are a three hour drive away.

The San Francisco training site offers 2 full-time postdoctoral residency positions.  The positions are split with 50 % of the time for psychotherapy, and the other 50 % of the time is spent on adult neuropsychological evaluations. Residents are to complete one adult neuropsychological battery per week, or roughly 45 for the training year. Strong candidates have completed 20+ batteries prior to interviewing at our site. Residents train within the Adult Team. 

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 Adult team at Department of Psychiatry provides individual, family and group psychotherapy with adults. They also provide neuropsychological and psychological testing. They offer various psycho-educational programs and 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.

In their provision of mental health services, staff members employ a variety of theoretical orientations ranging from psychodynamic to cognitive behavioral therapy. 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 training environment. There is a clear emphasis on the role of the psychologist in a multi-cultural community and outpatient setting. Residents are encouraged to become familiar with the demographic composition of the community in which our clients reside.

San Francisco Department of Chronic Pain Management


Director of Training: Sloan Norman, Ph.D.


The San Francisco Chronic Pain Management Center is appropriate for all adult patients with benign physical pain for whom medical and diagnostic interventions have been unsuccessful. The Chronic Pain Department is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of service providers, including physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, physical therapists,  acupuncturists, a pharmacist and a postdoctoral resident, along with case managers and support staff. Chronic pain is a difficult and complex problem for which, in many cases, no one discipline has an adequate answer. A multidisciplinary approach which combines the unique contributions of health psychology, medicine, physical therapy and other interventions has been proven to be very effective treatment for most people.

Services within the Chronic Pain Department fall into four main categories – evaluation, medical intervention, behavioral and psychological therapies, and physical reconditioning.

  • Evaluation: All patients complete a multidisciplinary evaluation by a physician, a physical therapist, and a health psychologist to determine their individual needs.
  • Medical Intervention: Our physicians are trained and practiced in state-of-the-art medical therapy for chronic pain.
  • Behavioral and Psychological Therapies: Our behavioral team provides powerful tools to enable patients to manage pain and improve quality of life. The program offers several different treatment groups, at varying levels of intensity, as well as individual and family counseling, biofeedback, and an ongoing program for follow-up and support.
  • Physical Reconditioning: Using both traditional and non-traditional approaches, physical therapists help chronic pain patients to regain ease of movement, strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance.

Kaiser San Francisco Chronic Pain Department has been involved in postdoctoral training since 1995. We offer 1 full-time postdoctoral residency position. Postdoctoral residents participate fully in staff meetings and patient rounds and are involved in many of the department’s work teams and committees.

South San Francisco


Interim Director of Training: Bradley Siu, Psy.D.


The South San Francisco site is situated in a broad valley formed by the San Bruno Mountains to the north and the Coast Range to the west. Most of the valley is 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.

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.

The ethnic diversity of the county 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 Psychiatry Department includes a multidisciplinary team of licensed mental health professionals consisting of psychologists, physicians, social workers, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and LMFTs.

The Child and Family team provides individual, group, and family therapy for children and adolescents, psychological testing, psychotherapy groups and psychoeducational programs. The department also provides an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) to teens just released from psychiatric hospitals. The Addiction Medicine Recovery Services team provides pre-recovery, early recovery, continuing recovery, and aftercare for adults as well as teens. Staff members in the Department of Psychiatry employ a variety of theoretical orientations ranging from psychodynamic to cognitive behavioral therapy.

West Bay Consortium Seminars

To view a schedule of our didactic seminar topics for the West Bay Consortium, click here.

Additional 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 Aims, 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



We offer 11 postdoctoral residency positions with possible rotations based on preference on the Adult, Child and Family, Chemical Dependency, Chronic Pain, and/or Behavioral Medicine Teams.




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