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Associate Post Master’s Mental Health Fellowship – Modesto

Kaiser Permanente Modesto Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente Modesto Medical Center

Founded in 1870, Modesto is located in inland central California and has a population of approximately 218,000. It is part of the San Joaquin Valley, one of the greatest farming regions in the country. Major agricultural products include dairy products, nuts, fruits, wine grapes and poultry products. Modesto is also home to the largest winery in the world, the E & J Gallo Winery. Local attractions include the McHenry Mansion, Modesto Carnegie Art Center, and John Thurman Field, a minor league baseball stadium. Foodies will love sampling all the delicious eats, and shoppers can find deals at Vintage Faire Mall. Sacramento and San Francisco are about a 90-minute drive away and Yosemite National Park is two hours from Modesto to the east.

The Kaiser Permanente Modesto Medical Center opened in 2008 and serves health plan members living in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

Program Curriculum

Equity, Inclusion & Diversity

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 monthly presentations from local EID consultant
  • One hour a week of Journal Club and diversity conversations
  • Monthly department presentations and activities with focus on diversity
  • 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 seminar topics have included:

  • Mindfulness
  • Addiction Assessment and Treatment
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • PTSD and Acute Trauma
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Culture & Diversity in practice
  • ADHD Assessment and Interventions
  • Positive Psychology
  • Suicide Assessment and Safety Plan Development
  • Crises Stabilization
  • Initial Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Treatment Plan Development
  • Short Term/Accelerated Treatment Model
  • Self-Care as Clinicians

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 participate in weekly and monthly staff meetings, and clinical case conferences.Fellows also have the opportunity to participate in weekly Feedback Informed Care (FIC) case consultations.

Supervision

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

Adult Treatment Track

This track offers fellows the opportunity to work on a multidisciplinary treatment team utilizing evidence-based and multimodal treatment with 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, personality disorders, trauma, aging, adjustment, crises, work or life stress, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, bipolar disorder, and eating disorders. 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 under the supervision of licensed therapists. Current groups/classes offered in our department include Anger Management, Essential Tools for Mental Health, Level One Depression, Depression Group, Anxiety Class, Post-Partum Depression Group, Spanish Depression/Anxiety Class, Rapid Recovery Group, Trauma Skills Class, Young Adults Group, and the Intensive Outpatient Program.

Child Treatment Track

This track offers fellows the opportunity to work on a multidisciplinary treatment team utilizing evidence-based and multimodal treatment with children, teens, and their families. 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, behavioral issues, 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. Current groups/classes offered in our department include ADHD Parenting Class, Teen Anger Class, Teen Anxiety Class, Teen Depression Class, Teen Rapid Recovery Group, Worry Group, Positive Parenting Group, and the Teen Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).

Schedule

  • Direct Patient Care: 20 hours
  • Non-Patient Care: 12 hours
  • Individual Supervision: 2 hours
  • Group Supervision: 2 hours
  • Didactic Training: 2 hours
  • Feedback Informed Care and case consultation: 2 hours
  • Community Benefit Project: 32 hours over the course of the year
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