Post-Master's Internship at Vacaville
DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY
1 QUALTIY DR., BLDG A
VACAVILLE, CALIFORNIA 9688
Geographically the Department of Psychiatry draws its clientele from Solano and Napa Counties and, to a smaller extent, Yolo County, and serves primarily suburban and semi-rural communities. The patient population consists of Kaiser Health Plan members possessing prepaid psychiatric benefits and covers a broad ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic spectrum as well as a substantial population of Solano County Medi-Cal patients. Consequently, our service population is significantly broad, with many age groups and virtually all psychiatric categories also represented. The ethnic diversity of the counties from which we draw our clients is also fairly broad. The clinical intern is required to see both Adult and Child/Family cases and receives separate ongoing supervision in each area of population practice.
The clinic leadership currently consists of Jamie Woolery, MD, Department Chief, Deb Miller Teaster, LCSW, PhD, Chief of Adult as well as Child and Family Services, Michell Torres, LCSW Chief of Crisis Services, and Steve Priebe, PhD, Chief of the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Jay M Schnabolk, LCSW, is the Coordinator of the Social Work Internship Program.
The professional staff consists of full and part-time staff: 7 psychiatrists (two with specialization in child psychiatry), 15 Psychiatric Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists as well as 9 Clinical Psychologists. A team of triage staff members provides front line access for patients through telephone and face-to-face contacts.
The Department of Psychiatry provides individual, family and group therapy to adults, children, adolescents and their families. We also are responsible for providing out-patient crisis services and psychiatric consultation to various other departments of the medical center such as Emergency Services, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Both Adult and Child/Family Services have active group programs which include emphases on such issues as depression, anxiety, post- traumatic stress, job stress, dialectical behavior therapy, divorce, parenting skills, social skills and anger management.
Treatment options also include both Adult and Adolescent Intensive Out-Patient (IOP) Programs which provide services to recently hospitalized individuals and to those seen as being at risk of psychiatric hospitalization. We also sponsor an extensive Behavioral Health Education Program with classes in such areas as Couples Communication, Mindfulness Meditation, Stress Reduction, Managing Depression or Anxiety, Anger Management, Parenting Difficult Teens and Parenting a Child with ADHD.
The members of the staff represent a wide variety of theoretical orientations.
THE TRAINING PROGRAM
The basic training philosophy of this department stresses a commitment to a continuous reassessment, modification, and enrichment of clinical intervention techniques. Interns are exposed to a unique and diverse community, with emphasis on the role of the non-medical psychotherapist in a multi-cultural community and outpatient setting.
Kaiser's Best Practices literature serves as primary reference material for the training program. This body of literature is comprised of well researched guidelines for the treatment of various mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.
The internship consists of two basic components:
- - Regular and intensive exposure through active participation to all facets of outpatient services, and
- - Professional guidance through sessions of formal supervision, staff meetings and informal contacts with staff members.
Interns receive at least two (2) hours of regularly scheduled individual supervision per week, with one hour in each area of practice (Adult and Child/Family.) All cases are supervised. Selection of cases and size of caseload is carefully adjusted to the intern's readiness and training needs as determined by his/her supervisor. Interns are expected to have already achieved a level of skill commensurate with their having attained their Master’s Degree as well as any additional work/training/internship experience they have accrued.
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.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION
For general information pertaining to this training program, please visit the main webpage for Post-Master’s Internship Programs.
Included on the main web page is information pertaining to:
- Intern Competencies Evaluations
- Intern Due Process and Grievance Procedures
This information is included in the ASW & MFTI Policy and Procedure Manual, accessible by a link on the main page.