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The Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers in Northern California offer internships in social work at eleven medical centers throughout Northern California.


General Principles


The basic training philosophy adopted by these training programs stresses a commitment to a continuous reassessment, modification, and enrichment of counseling techniques. Interns are exposed to a unique and diverse community. There is a clear emphasis on the role of the clinical social worker in a multi-cultural community and outpatient setting. Interns are encouraged to become familiar with the demographic composition of the community in which our clients reside.

The internships consist of three components:

  • Regular exposure through active participation to all facets of outpatient services, including collaboration with staff to co-lead groups.
  • Professional guidance through sessions of formal individual supervision and informal contacts with staff members
  • Regular weekly training seminars


Program Locations


Each program is unique. Please see individual program pages for more information


Recorded Trainings


Recorded trainings are available to view from the WebEx website.  Each training is between 1 and 2 hours in length.  Please note: Some recordings begin during the setting-up stage, and viewers may want to advance these recordings through this period to locate where the presentations begin. 

Interns and program faculty can access recorded trainings by clicking on the links, below.


Anxiety Disorders, presented by Elizabeth McMahon, PhD


Assessment of the Traumatized Patient, presented by Anne Menahemy, MD


Behavioral and Cognitive Strategies for Depression, presented by Michael Skolnick, LCSW 


DBT with Adolescents, presented by Amy Schaffer, LCSW, and Nan Santiago, LMFT (this recording requires a password: 2012mhtraining)  


Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), presented by Rick Shoninger, LCSW


Motivational Interviewing, presented by Rick Barth, PhD


Working With Psychotic Patients, presented by Patrik Karlsson, LCSW




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