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About Our Program

Kaiser Permanente’s Postdoctoral Residency Program in Health Service Psychology is comprised of multiple training sites organized into seven consortia which are located in the northern California region. The residency is a one-year, full time (40 hours per week), temporary position with benefits. Training begins at the end of August, and the resident accrues 2,000 supervised professional hours over the course of the year.

All of KPNC’s Residency Programs are accredited 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 resident applicant.

Policies and Procedures

Training Program Start/End Dates

September 12, 2022 – September 08, 2023

September 11, 2023 – September 06, 2024

September 9, 2024 – September 5, 2025

Program Mission and Curriculum

The mission of the program is to provide residents with advanced 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 residents bring.

Training opportunities are site specific and available tracks and rotations can be found on individual program webpages. One-half of the resident’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. Residents 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 resident, an individual learning plan is developed by the resident 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 resident and supervisor review the learning plan quarterly to ensure that training is meeting the needs of the resident and that the resident is sufficiently guided through the professional development process. Particular emphasis is placed on the following APA Profession-Wide Competencies:

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

Resident 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 residents in addition to the quarterly evaluations. Residents also have an opportunity to evaluate the training program twice a year.

The Consortium Programs

Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Postdoctoral Residency Programs in Clinical Psychology are organized into seven consortiums.

Kaiser Permanente’s Mental Health Postdoctoral Residency Programs play a vital role in the overall healthcare delivery system of America’s leading, integrated health care system. Health care, as envisioned by Kaiser Permanente, is an integrated system and each training site provides a full range of services to thousands of patients.

Each site has psychologists working in various departments including Psychiatry, Chronic Pain, Addiction Medicine and Recovery Services and Behavioral Medicine. Providers from specialty areas such as pediatrics, internal medicine, neurology and psychology work together in a collaborative manner to provide integrated treatment. The postdoctoral residents train within this collaborative system. Every KP medical center provides extensive clinical services and all training sites provide brief individual, group and family therapy, crisis intervention and an Intensive Outpatient Program as well as access to in-patient treatment.


Central Bay Consortium
(Oakland and Richmond)

East Bay Consortium
(Antioch, Pleasanton and Walnut Creek)

North Bay Consortium
(San Rafael, Santa Rosa, Vacaville and Vallejo)

Sacramento Valley Consortium
(Roseville/Sacramento and South Sacramento)

South Bay Consortium
(San Jose and Santa Clara)

South East Bay Consortium
(Fremont, San Leandro and Union City)

West Bay Consortium
(Redwood City, San Francisco and South San Francisco)

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