Program Information: Mental Health & Addiction Medicine Recovery Services Department

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2114
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek
Department: Mental Health & Addiction Medicine Recovery Services Department
Address: 1425 South Main Street
Walnut Creek, California 94596
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA
Distance from Major City: 30 miles East of San Francisco
Phone: 925-295-5217
Fax: 925-295-5226
Email: Margot.L.Green@kp.org
Web Address: http://kp.org/psychtraining
Brochure Website's Address: http://kp.org/psychtraining
Primary Agency Type: Private Outpatient Clinic
Additional Agency Types:
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Private General Hospital
  • Private Outpatient Clinic
  • Other
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Margot Green
Chief Psychologist: Kathryn Wetzler
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 18
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 5
Position Information
Start Date: 08/29/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 5
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 47132
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 80 hours Paid Time Off (PTO) per year for sick leave and vacation; plus 7 Paid Holidays; Up to $3000 tuition reimbursement for select courses, available after intern has completed 30 days of the training year.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Combination of group and individual visits with patients, group and / or individual supervision, training elements, assessment of patients, and multidisciplinary team meetings.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?Yes
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/10/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/17/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

We use the AAPI and follow all APPIC guidelines. Submit AAPI, cover letter, three (3) letters of reference, and CV or resume. All complete submissions will be read and reviewed. Applicants will be notified by phone or email if selected for an interview.  At that time, very detailed and specific instructions will be sent to the invited applicants. Interviews will be conducted VIRTUALLY three different selected days (not yet chosen) in January, 2022. Our faculty and program leadership respect the survey findings regarding intern applicants' preferences for virtual interviews, and believe that we can produce a video presentation for any interested applicants who wish to experience more about the environment at our site than can be done through the virtual interview. An informal VIRTUAL Open House Introductory Session will open each of the Virtual interview days. All the candidates being interviewed that day are expected to attend the Informal Open House before their interview. Much program information will be discussed, and many of the program faculty and current interns will be in attendance. The interview format afterwards is for each applicant to be interviewed VIRTUALLY individually by a few program representatives, and interviews usually last about 45 minutes. There will be formal questions asked by interviewers, and then an opportunity for applicants to make a brief and informal case presentation. Every applicant will meet with at least one training faculty member and / or the Training Director, and as often as possible, a current intern also will be present to attend the interview and to answer questions. A greater number of faculty, interns and staff will be present at the invitational VIRTUAL Open House before the interview. Some candidates will have the opportunity to meet with more of the program faculty, staff and interns, depending on the date and time of an applicant's interview choice.This would not be known in advance, but rather by our own availability on those dates.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Columbia University, Alliant University, PGSP Stanford Psy.D. Consortium, Palo Alto University, The Wright Institute, Adler University, Washington State University
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is Required: No
Masters Degree Required: Yes, by application deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 40
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Accepted
This institution, department, internship, or postdoctoral program requires trainees to sign a statement about personal behavior and/or religious beliefs as a condition of admission and/or retention in the program: Yes
How to obtain text of statement: Kaiser Permanente Mental Health Training Program Values Statement, http://info.kaiserpermanente.org/info_assets/psychtraining/pdfs/Psych_Intern_P&P_Manual_2019-2020.pdf
Other Requirements: Matched candidates will be required soon after match day to complete an online employment application to Kaiser Permanente. The application is free, and does include some redundancy with the AAPI. In addition, our matched candidates will be required to complete standard employment background checks and drug screening immediately after the match and before they can be hired into the internship position. For more information about hiring at Kaiser Permanente, please see jobs.kp.org. Please read the next statement VERY IMPORTANT if you are not a US citizen. A note to applicants who are not US citizens: You must have the legal right to work in the United States without current or future employer sponsorship. For the purpose of this requirement, "employer sponsorship" includes, but is not limited to, H-1B, TN, AC-21, O-1, E-3, F-1 OPT, and F-1 CPT
Program Description

General Information Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek Medical Center provides comprehensive health care to the Diablo Service Area, and surrounding areas.  There are more than 600 physicians and 5,000 employees providing care for our members at Walnut Creek Medical Center (WCR).

The Walnut Creek Internship in Clinical Psychology (WCRICP) supports 5 full-time psychology interns, and provides five distinct training rotations. Residing within a very large outpatient Mental Health Department of over 150 professionals, the internship offers a model of integrated health care within Kaiser Permanente’s busy Walnut Creek Medical Center, providing treatment to more than 350,000 Kaiser Members.  WCR's Mental Health & Addiction Medicine Recovery Services delivers the Northern California region's highest level of care in several specialty areas of treatment, including addiction medicine, intensive outpatient psychiatry (post-hospitalization) and eating disorders intensive outpatient program. While the internship resides on the Adult Addiction medicine Recovery Services Team, it provides supervised professional psychological services throughout our broader mental health department. Intern evaluations of the program are collected twice annually and are an essential aspect of our ongoing program evaluation.

We received our APA accreditation as of June 9, 2015, and our next site visit will be in 2022. Our doctoral internship program has been a member of APPIC since 2010.

Questions related to the internship's accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street NE; Washington, DC 20002-4242. Phone: 202/336-5979; TDD-TTY: 202/336-6123; Email apaaccred@apa.org Web Site: http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/programs/internships-state.aspx.

Mission The mission of WCRICP is to provide comprehensive training opportunities while serving the needs of our members. Our internship is committed to training interns within an integrated healthcare system to prepare them for dynamic roles as practicing psychologists in the health care system of the future.

Goals WCRICP’s comprehensive training goals, objectives and expectations are organized around eleven identified competency areas for the practice of clinical psychology. These competency areas are required for a psychologist practicing in a modern healthcare setting:

Professionalism; Scientific Knowledge & Evidence Based Practice; Diversity; Ethics; Interdisciplinary Systems and Relationships; Assessment; Intervention; Program Evaluation & Research; Management, Development & Administration; Consultation; Supervision; Teaching & Advocacy (Optional)

For further detail about our training goals, objectives, expectations, and specific methods of evaluation, please refer to our online policy and procedure manual which can be viewed by clicking on the link cited at the top of this page.

Prerequisite Training 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. Intern applicants are encouraged also to pursue courses in health psychology, and treatment for trauma related conditions.

Evaluations The primary supervisors are responsible for completing the interns’ evaluations in collaboration with the rest of the training faculty. There are four evaluations, one each quarter. All efforts are made to provide ongoing feedback to interns throughout the year. Interns also are required to evaluate their supervisors once each quarter. In addition, they are required to evaluate the training program twice per year, through an online anonymous survey sent at mid-year and end of year.

Grievances Any problem should be addressed with the intern's primary supervisor. If the problem cannot be resolved, then this matter should be taken up by the training director. A Policy and Procedures manual provides a lengthy description of grievances procedures, and is available to the interns online at all times.

HOW TO APPLY - As an APPIC member, Walnut Creek Internship in Clinical Psychology adheres to all the rules and regulations of the APPIC organization, participating in the annual APPIC match and accepting only applications that follow the APPIC application procedures

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children:
Adolescents:
Adults: Yes
Family:
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
French-speaking:
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: disabled

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Individual Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Primary Care: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other:

Experience

Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Neuropsychology-Child:
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Forensics/Corrections:
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology:
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling:
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research:
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Other:

Utilizing the Practitioner-Scholar training model for clinical psychologists, WCRICP training is comprised of three main elements: supervised provision of psychological services; professional development through group and individual supervision; and education and training through weekly and other didactic seminars. Each of these components has been adapted to the virtual environment so that training can continue and be of service during the era of COVID19.

Supervised Psychological Services

The clinical caseload for interns emphasizes group therapy with some individual case management and psychotherapy, and additional individual visits evaluating incoming new patients. Interns engage in a range of psychotherapy processes in conducting group and individual therapy, and including psycho-education, with varying clinical populations. Interns have the unique opportunity to conduct groups with their supervisors as co-therapists. With regard to individual caseload, the complexity of cases and the intern’s increasing responsibilities are carefully increased throughout the year. Our expectations are developmental, and take into account each unique intern’s readiness and training needs. Supervisors and the training director insure that interns are assigned appropriate cases for their level. Each intern has four clinical rotations during the year.

In addition, interns engage in psychological evaluations, responding to referral questions from a multidisciplinary team within the Mental Health Department. During the first quarter of the year, interns are trained in the appropriate measures for Adult ADHD assessment, and immediately begin responding to referrals from providers on the Adult Mental Health Team. They are taught the measures and supervised in administration and interpretation of results, and also begin consulting with many providers from our Mental Health Department.

During the next quarter, interns receive didactic and experiential training in an array of neuropsychological assessment tools. The assessment supervisor helps select cases which are appropriate to this level of training, and the interns are able to expand their ability to utilize assessment tools for an increasing range of referral questions. Interns are expected to complete several shorter batteries of neuropsychological evaluations, in addition to the Adult ADHD assessments.

Professional Development

Interns receive two (2) hours of regularly scheduled individual supervision, with a primary and a delegated supervisor, and two (2) hours of regularly scheduled group supervision. All supervision is provided by licensed psychologists who are faculty in the training program. Group supervision is divided into two separate one hour meetings, one focusing on clinical interventions and the other on professional development topics such as consultation, supervision and program evaluation. The multidisciplinary treatment team is an ongoing shared experience, considered a major strength for interns’ professional development, and is discussed in all supervisory settings. Additionally, interns meet when appropriate with the assessment supervisors for additional hours of group supervision. Interns develop and execute a program evaluation based on their own interests, or they can participate in ongoing program evaluation on any mental health or chemical dependency team. The development of these projects is discussed in group and individual supervision, and overseen by the training director.

Education and Training

Interns attend weekly 2-hour didactic seminars. Topics address: assessment practices; outcomes and program evaluations; general psychiatry and addiction medicine; evidence based treatment; health psychology. Other topics such as group psychotherapy, Adverse Childhood Events and Serious Mental Illness are provided in a sequential manner that matches the interns’ increasing duties. In addition

Finally, topics related to the professional practice of psychology are incorporated into the didactic curriculum. These include supervision, psychological consultation, and advocacy. The seminars are sequential in order to coordinate with the interns' increasingly complex duties throughout the training year. Additionally, interns attend a monthly multicultural seminar and a supervision fishbowl session. They also attend with their staff teams a peer review and all departmental staff educations held on a monthly basis. Throughout the training year, interns attend five or six 4-hour seminars with other interns and residents from the Northern California region. These Regional seminars focus on Best Practice Guidelines and topics such as Clinical Supervision, Ethics, Psychoneuroimmunology and Diversity. Psychologists and physician speakers with National and International acclaim are recruited for these seminars, which also are well attended by mental health supervisory faculty of the regional training programs.

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at: kp.org/psychtraining  for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Number of Completed Applications: 115 200 86 117 101
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 32 44 29 31 38
Total number of interns: 4 4 4 5 5
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 4 4 5 5
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 2 0 3 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 4 2 4 2 4
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 4 4 4 5 5
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 7 9 3 8 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 21 18 27 28 48
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 4 4 3 4 4
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 4 4 2 4 1
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 1
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 1
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 1 0 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 1 0 1