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Associate Post Master’s Mental Health Fellowship – Fremont

Kaiser Permanente Fremont Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente Fremont Medical Center

Fremont in southern Alameda County is the fourth largest Bay Area city with a population of 230,000. It is also one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse cities in the Bay Area. Fremont offers numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation. Mission Peak, Lake Elizabeth, Quarry Lakes and Coyote Hills are all popular hiking destinations in the area. Other local landmarks include the Ardenwood Historic Farm, the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, and Mission San José. Major employers are from the high tech and automatic industries. Fremont boasts nationally-recognized public schools. The California School for the Blind and the California School for the Deaf are also located here and are within walking distance of the medical center.

The Kaiser Fremont Medical Center offers Emergency, Medical/Surgical, Critical Care, and Preoperative Services. A new Mental Health and Wellness facility is located directly across from the hospital campus and is near a BART station, shops, and restaurants. Kaiser Permanente employees have access to the gym and exercise classes offered on campus and a seasonal farmer’s market is held on Thursdays.

Program Curriculum

Equity, Inclusion & Diversity

Our staff diversity reflects the communities we serve.

We are committed to nurturing and integrating diversity training into every aspect of our Associate Post Masters Mental Health Fellowship Program by:

  • Providing fellows with opportunities to work with patients who represent a wide range of diversity, including ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, socioeconomic status and abilities.
  • Placing a high value on encouraging and supporting fellows’ willingness and ability to engage in self-reflection and learning about their assumptions, privileges and habits that could have a negative impact on clinical interactions with patients who are different in significant ways from them.
  • Maintaining a consistent focus in clinical supervision on expanding fellows’ multicultural awareness and competence in the provision of psychotherapeutic services and by providing guidance and resources on topics related to diversity.
  • Providing formal didactic training on a range of diversity topics (e.g., discovering and mitigating unconscious bias, respecting every voice, and cultivating a sense of inclusion and belonging in the workplace).
  • Encouraging fellows to participate in the Regional Mental Health Training Program EID Forums, which provide advanced training on topics related to cultural humility and competence and a safe space in which to reflect upon and discuss their varied experiences.

Didactic Training

Regularly scheduled weekly didactic seminars are organized and administered at the regional level for all KP Northern California mental health trainees. Post master’s fellows are required to attend the two-hour weekly seminar, which focuses on aspects of clinical practice that the residents may not regularly encounter. Diversity issues are always integrated into seminar presentations. Recent topics have included:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • LGBT Issues
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
  • Eating Disorder Treatment with youth and adults
  • Adult and Child Anxiety
  • Assertive Communication
  • ADHD, LD or PTSD
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Attachment Regulation Competency (ARC)
  • School Avoidance

Our Regional Mental Health Training Program also sponsors professional training courses for continuing professional development. These courses and presentations are offered at select times during the year for all KP mental health trainees and staff at Kaiser Northern California Medical Centers. We bring in national experts and keynote speakers on a variety of cutting-edge topics in mental health treatment and research. Fellows are required to attend these monthly regional trainings in addition to the weekly didactic seminars. Training course dates and a list of speakers and topics can be found on the Regional Mental Health Training Programs website. In addition, many of these lectures are recorded and available under the continuing education lecture library.

Seminars and Meetings

Along with the extensive regional and local didactic program and their weekly individual and group supervision, fellows attend department meetings and professional development seminars. Fellows can also participate in regular Feedback Informed Care (FIC) case consultations.


All fellows are provided with two hours of weekly individual supervision with a primary and secondary supervisor, and two additional hours of weekly group supervision.

The primary and secondary supervisor is responsible for supervising the direct delivery of clinical services. This supervisor takes the lead role in monitoring the fellow’s progress, providing feedback on strengths and areas in need of further development, ensuring effective and safe patient care, adequate documentation, and evaluating training schedules.

Group supervision includes opportunities for fellows to present and discuss cases. Fellows learn how to address treatment through a cultural framework including ethnicity, language, age, gender and sexual identity. Group supervision allows for vicarious learning, practice with professional public clinical presentations, and learning how to give and receive feedback.


Community Partnership Program

Reflecting Kaiser Permanente’s core commitment to mental health and wellness in our communities, each trainee will spend at least 32 hours during their training year on a Community Partnership Project that focuses on improving mental health in the local community beyond our Kaiser Permanente members.

The goal of these projects is to provide outreach to underserved populations in the community to promote healthy behaviors. Training Objectives include developing acquaintance with the tenets of Community Psychology, as well as gaining experience in community outreach, and the development of partnerships within internal and external systems.

Tracks and Rotations

Child / Adolescent and Adult

This track offers fellows the opportunity to work on a multidisciplinary treatment team utilizing evidence-based and multimodal treatment with both children and adults. Fellows are assigned cases from the broad and diverse patient population in the clinic and will address needs related to the treatment of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, attention and impulse control disorders, trauma, aging, adjustment, work or life stress, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, eating disorders, and more. Fellows will evaluate and diagnose mental health conditions based on DSM-5 and ICD-10 criteria, develop treatment plans and learn how to articulate those plans to their patients.

Fellows will utilize evidence-based interventions within a feedback informed care model including the use of outcomes monitoring at each session. Training in evidence-based individual and family treatment will consist of providing therapy within a focused treatment model. Training in evidence-based group therapy will consist of co-facilitating groups and classes under the supervision of licensed therapists including ADHD, Teen Mood, Child Worry, Adult Depression and Anxiety, Work stress, and Autism Acceptance/Parent support . The fellow’s caseload will be split between Child /Adolescent and Adult services. Fellows will be assigned four new patients each week.


Position is 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday, and 8 hours per day. Fellows may have flexible work hours to be able to offer some evening services to patients.

Program Graduates

2021 - 2022 Cohort

Graduate University/Institute Track/Specialty Rotation Current Position, Specialty & Location
Ariana Arenas, ACSW San Jose State University Child/Adolescent and Adult Adult therapist, Kaiser Fremont Mental Health Department

2020 - 2021 Cohort

Graduate University/Institute Track/Specialty Rotation Current Position, Specialty & Location
Lindsey Hodos, LMFT Saint Mary’s College of Ca Child/Adolescent and Adult Adult therapist, Kaiser Fremont Mental Health Department
Trinh Du, LMFT Santa Clara University Child/Adolescent and Adult Adult therapist, Kaiser Fremont Mental Health Department

2019 - 2020 Cohort

Graduate University/Institute Track/Specialty Rotation Current Position, Specialty & Location
Russell Ja, LMFT Western Seminary Child/Adolescent and Adult BMS Therapist , Kaiser Fremont Pediatrics Department

2018 - 2019 Cohort

Graduate University/Institute Track/Specialty Rotation Current Position, Specialty & Location
Mariah Bicomong, LCSW University of Southern Ca Child/Adolescent and Adult Child and Adolescent therapist, Kaiser Fremont Mental Health Department
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