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Pre-Master's Internships in Social Work at Richmond Campus

(510) 307-1591



We offer two MSW intern positions on the Clinical Case Management Program with possible rotations on the Adult Generalists Service, Chemical Dependency Services, and the Adult Intensive Outpatient Program.






The East Bay Area
Kaiser Permanente's East Bay Area includes its flagship Oakland and Richmond medical centers, which first took care of Richmond shipyard workers during World War II, then opened to the public in 1945. Today the East Bay Area encompasses 11 cities and municipalities within Alameda County and the western part of Contra Costa County. About 700 physicians and 5,000 employees serve 260,000 members in the East Bay Area. Hospitals, medical office buildings, and pharmacies are located in the East Bay Medical Centers (including medical offices in Alameda). The City of Richmond has 95,000 residents and is home to Gayle McLaughlin, the first Green mayor of a major U.S. city.

Patient Population
The patient population consists of Kaiser Health Plan members having prepaid psychiatric benefits and covering a broad ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic spectrum. All age groups and virtually all psychiatric categories are represented. The Clinical Case Management Program serves patients with severe and persistent mental illnesses with a history of psychiatric hospitalizations and current psychosocial stressors including poverty, tenuous family relationships, substance use, and adjustment to new psychiatric diagnoses. As part of the DBT Program, MSW Interns will also be able to work with higher functioning patients struggling with emotion dysregulation disorders who engage in self destructive behaviors including cutting, binge eating, high risk sex, and episodic high risk substance use.

The Staff
The Kaiser Richmond Department of Psychiatry is large, consisting of Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) , Psychologists (PhD and PsyD), Psychiatrists (MD) , 1 Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and 1 Clinical Nurse Specialist (RN, CNS). The Department has 35 clinicians and additional support staff. In addition to Social Work Interns, there will be psychology practicum students and psychology Post Docs.

The Department of Psychiatry provides individual, group, adult, child and family services. There are specialties in depression, anxiety, personality disorders, and neuropsychological assessments (adult and pediatric), as well as psycho-educational programs including Couples Communication and Depression classes through the Health Education Department. There is also an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) designed to address the needs of high acuity psychiatric patients. The Department also offers an intensive Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Program aimed at reducing high risk behaviors and increasing the quality of life for patients with Personality Disorders. The Department offers bilingual services to the Spanish Speaking Kaiser members as well as providing Translators in multiple languages.




General Principles
The training philosophy is steeped in the tradition of clinical social work and utilizes the Biopsychosocialspiritual Model in assessing and treating the patients. Interns are exposed to a unique and diverse community with complex demands. There is a clear emphasis on the role of the clinical social worker in a multi-disciplinary setting serving a multicultural community in an outpatient setting. Interns will work with individual patients in addition to co-facilitating therapy groups. This is a demanding and challenging placement that will emphasize clinical training in a supportive and structured environment.

The internship consists of three components:

  • Regular exposure to clinical work through active participation in all facets of outpatient services, including collaboration with clinic staff and co-facilitating groups and treating individual patients.
  • Professional guidance through sessions of formal individual supervision, process recordings, group supervision, and informal clinical consultations with other clinical staff.
  • Regular weekly 1.5 Hour training seminars.


Residents will receive at least one (1) hour of regularly scheduled individual supervision. In addition, they will be supervised on cases in their seminars. Selection of cases and size of caseload is carefully adjusted to the intern's readiness and training needs as determined by the training supervisor. Regular process recordings are expected from the clinical supervisors.

Interns attend 2.5 hours of group training per week.: 1) Didactic trainings, including crisis work, psychopharmacology, mental status exams, and working with dually-diagnosed patients and self-mutilating patients; and 2) Group supervision, rooted in a particular clinical theory of psychotherapy, such as psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, dialectic-behavioral, and family work. Seminars are taught by social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists.

The primary supervisors are responsible for completing the interns’ evaluations. There are two evaluations of the interns; at mid-year and at the end of the year. An effort is made to provide ongoing feedback. Interns have an opportunity to evaluate the Kaiser-Northern California Training program/staff twice a year.

It is the goal of the Social Work Internship Programs to provide learning environments that foster congenial professional interactions among training faculty and interns that are based on mutual respect.  However, it is possible that situations will arise that prompt interns to file grievances.

The Regional Policy and Procedure manual provides a full description of grievance procedures.  This manual is available on the Social Work Internship Programs main web page.

Prerequisite Courses
Before they see patients individually, all interns must have prior training in the following areas:

  • Mental Status Evaluation
  • Mandated Reporting (CPS, APS, etc.)
  • Suicide/Homicide/Danger Assessment (Tarasoff, etc.)
  • Ethics (i.e. confidentiality, professional boundaries, etc.)
  • Psychopathology/Abnormal Psychology
  • Theories and Practices of Psychotherapy
  • Personality and Psychological Development
  • Domestic Violence
  • Chemical Dependency

The intern and his/her training director will insure that these competencies are met before the intern begins seeing patients.


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