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About Our Program

Kaiser Permanente’s Doctoral Internship Programs in Health Service Psychology are comprised of multiple training sites located within the Northern California region. The Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) Internship Program is a one-year, full-time (40 hours per week) temporary position with benefits. The Kaiser Permanente Counseling Center (KPCC) Doctoral Internship Program is a one-year, full-time (40 hours per week) or a one-year, part-time (20 hours per week), temporary position with benefits.  Training begins at the end of August, and the full-time intern accrues up to 2,000 supervised professional hours over the course of the year.

KPNC’s Internship Programs are accredited, or in the process of seeking accreditation, by the American Psychological Association and follow its training standards, guidelines, and principles. KPNC’s Internship Programs are members of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers and adhere to its policies. This includes not soliciting, accepting, or using any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.

KPCC’s Doctoral Internship Program is a member of the California Psychology Internship Counsel (CAPIC) and adhere to its policies. This includes not soliciting, accepting, or using any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.

Policies and Procedures

Psychology Doctoral Internship Start/End Dates


August 08, 2022 – August 04, 2023

August 7, 2023 – August 02, 2024

August 12, 2024 – August 08, 2025

All Other Locations

August 29, 2022 – August 25, 2023

August 28, 2023 – August 23, 2024

August 26, 2024 – August 22, 2025

Program Mission and Curriculum

The mission of the program is to provide interns with comprehensive training in mental health service delivery within an integrated and multidisciplinary system to prepare them for dynamic roles as practicing psychologists in the health care system of the future. Kaiser Permanente has well-established mental health, addiction medicine, primary care behavioral medicine, and medical specialty departments that are enhanced by the experiences our interns bring.

Training opportunities are site specific and available tracks and rotations can be found on individual program webpages. One-half of the intern’s time (approximately 20 hours per week) is devoted to direct patient care. All sites offer training in individual, group and family therapy, intensive outpatient services, crisis intervention and case management. Interns are also engaged in community partnership projects focused on improving mental health in local communities, perform psychological assessments, and conduct program evaluations. They attend multidisciplinary team meetings, didactic seminars, and a bimonthly diversity forum organized by our Mental Health Training Program EID Officers.

Professional Competencies, Supervision and Evaluation

To accomplish the goals of personal and professional development for each intern, an individual learning plan is developed by the intern and their primary supervisor at the beginning of the training year. The emphasis of the plan is to organize training in a sequential, cumulative, and graded manner. The intern and supervisor review the learning plan quarterly to ensure that training is meeting the needs of the intern and that the intern is sufficiently guided through the professional development process. Particular emphasis is placed on the following APA Profession-Wide Competencies:

  1. Research
  2. Ethical and Legal Standards
  3. Individual and Cultural Diversity
  4. Professional Values, Attitudes and Behaviors
  5. Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  6. Assessment
  7. Intervention
  8. Supervision
  9. Consultation and Interdisciplinary Skills

Intern supervisors, who are all licensed psychologists, use a competency-based supervision model to ensure that all training goals are met. Individual and group supervision including case consultation occur weekly during the training year. Efforts are made to provide ongoing feedback to interns in addition to the quarterly evaluations. Interns also have an opportunity to evaluate the training program twice a year.

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