Pleasanton, a major suburb in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, has a population of around 70,000 residents. The city lies adjacent to Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon and Danville and is part of the beautiful “Tri-Valley” area. Pleasanton has the best of both worlds; a small-town atmosphere within a large urban setting. Along with a top rated public school system, Pleasanton is known for its year round farmer’s markets, downtown concerts, and nearby Stoneridge mall, with many specialty shops and restaurants. With more than 1,200 acres of surrounding parks, open spaces, and trails, Pleasanton is a great community for outdoor enthusiasts, including hikers and cyclists. The area is also famous for its Livermore Valley Wine region and growing craft-brew scene.
The Pleasanton Department of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine is part of Kaiser Permanente’s Diablo Service Area. Our community is diverse and includes members of Asian/Pacific Islander, Asian Indian, Latino/a, and Caucasian ethnicities and cultures. Kaiser Permanente is a primary provider of medical services in the area; 87% of members have employer-sponsored health plans, 11% have Medicare, and 2% have Medi-Cal insurance plans. The department has three teams: Adult Services, Child/Family Services, and Addiction Medicine.
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 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.
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: Frontiers in Trauma Treatment; Advanced Risk Assessment; Updates in Substance Abuse Research & treatment; Advancements in Psychopharmacology; Cognitive Processing Therapy; Technology and Mental Health; Trans/Nonbinary Mental Health; Building a Better Brain through Exercise, Nutrition, Sleep and Stress Management; and Self-compassion.
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 team huddles. Fellows also participate in weekly 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.Some additional rotation specific group supervision for language, Triage and crisis team, consultation model, health psychology teamwork.
Group supervision will be shared across the Diablo Service Area to provide broader and more diverse clinical opportunities.
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. Recent Partnerships have been with Trinity Center, Dozier Libbey Medical High School, KP Launch Summer Internship. Other local opportunities available.
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 and Family Generalist
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, including family and parenting groups under the supervision of licensed therapists.
Adult Team Generalist
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.
Fellows generally work a regular medical office building schedule from 9 – 5:30 pm
Each track or rotation is designed to be a hybrid of care with some days conducted physically in the host department and some days provided virtually from home.
This may vary if a treatment track decides to conduct their work entirely in person for the sake of providing the best clinical care.
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