MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING PROGRAMS
Kaiser Permanente's Mental Health Training Programs enroll approximately one hundred and thirty social work and marriage and family therapy interns, and clinical psychology practicum students, interns and postdoctoral residents in the Northern California region each year. Kaiser Permanente is a health maintenance organization and the world's largest non-government system for the delivery of health care, serving over 9.1 million members nationwide in 32 hospitals and 413 medical office buildings. Our Northern California region serves over 3.5 million members at our 22 medical centers and hospitals as well as over 80 medical office buildings. Our mental health trainees are hosted by 21 training sites across the region. The patient population consists of Kaiser Health Plan members having prepaid mental health benefits and covering a broad ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic spectrum. All age groups are represented.
Mission and Training Model
The mission of Kaiser Permanente (KP) Medical Centers is to provide integrated, efficient, high-quality, evidence-based health care while supporting innovation and continuous quality improvement. The mission of KP's Northern California Mental Health Training Program is to provide interns and residents with advanced training within this highly integrated, multidisciplinary healthcare system, in order to prepare them for dynamic roles as mental health practitioners in the healthcare system of the future. Interns and residents train in collaboration with, and with guidance from, psychologists and physicians.
The mental health training programs subscribe to the Practitioner-Scholar model of training. This model emphasizes the development of professional skills among practitioners who utilize the field's scientific knowledge (Evidence-Based Practices) in their professional practice. The program is committed to training mental health professionals who are life-long learners dedicated to engaging in continuous education, scientific inquiry, and scholarly endeavors.