About Our Program
Kaiser Permanente’s Doctoral Internship Program in Health Service Psychology is comprised of multiple training sites located within the northern California region. The internship is a one-year, full time (40 hours per week), temporary position with benefits. Training begins at the end of August, and the intern accrues 2,000 supervised professional hours over the course of the year.
All of 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. All programs are members of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers and adhere to its policies as well. This includes not soliciting, accepting, or using any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.
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:
- Ethical and Legal Standards
- Individual and Cultural Diversity
- Professional Values, Attitudes and Behaviors
- Communication and Interpersonal Skills
- 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.