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Associate Post Master’s Mental Health Fellowship – Santa Rosa

Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center

Santa Rosa in Sonoma County has a population of approximately 180,000 and is the largest city in California’s North Coast area and the county seat. An hour and fifteen minutes north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa is a gateway to the wine country with many wineries and vineyards nearby. It is also a haven for bikers, paddlers, and hikers with its close proximity to the Russian River resort area, Jack London State Historic Park, Armstrong Redwoods Reserve, and Annadel State Park. Additional local attractions include the Charles M. Schulz Museum, creator of the Peanuts comic strip, the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens and the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. Downtown Santa Rosa, which encompasses historic Railroad Square and Old Courthouse Square, is an area of shopping, restaurants, and theaters.

The Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center provides care to more than 169,000 members in Sonoma County and is the largest private employer in the area. Satellite medical clinics are located in Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park. In 2017, Kaiser Permanente opened a second Psychiatry office on Mercury Way. The department is comprised of four teams: Adult, Child/Family, Addiction Medicine, and Behavioral Medicine. Our clientele come from a wide socioeconomic spectrum and reside in mostly urban and some rural areas. The patient population is ethnically diverse and presents with a wide array of treatment issues.

Program Curriculum

Equity, Inclusion & Diversity

We are committed to nurturing and integrating diversity training into every aspect of our Associate Post Master’s 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
  • 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 Kaiser Permanente 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 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

Regional Seminar Trainings, Department Team Meetings, Specialty Team Specific Multidisciplinary Treatment Meetings, Feedback Informed Care Case Consultation,

Along with the extensive regional and local didactic program and their weekly individual and group supervision, fellows participate in Department Team Meetings, Specialty Team Specific Multidisciplinary Treatment Meetings, Feedback Informed Care Case Consultation.

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. Some additional rotation specific group supervision for language, Triage and crisis team, consultation model, health psychology teamwork.

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.

Our Fellows work collaboratively with the Postdoctoral Residents and Doctoral Interns at Kaiser Permanente-Santa Rosa to provide mental health psychoeducation within the community. In previous years curriculum created by the trainees was presented to teachers and staff in the school setting and includes ideas such as self-compassion, emotion regulation, self-care and effective was to communicate while de-escalating challenging situations.

Tracks and Rotations

Adult

Rotations include performing Individual/Group and Couples Therapy. Trainees will shadow and co-facilitating a wide variety of groups including DBT, anxiety, depression, gender care, trauma recovery, eating disorder treatment, intensive outpatient, etc.

Child

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. Available groups include DBT, anxiety, depression, gender care, trauma recovery, eating disorder treatment, and the intensive outpatient program.

Schedule

  • Direct Patient Care: 20 hours (In Person and Virtual Care)
  • Non-Patient Care: 12 hours
  • Individual Supervision: 2 hour
  • Group Supervision: 2 hours
  • Didactic Training: 2 hours
  • Feedback Informed Care and Case Consultation: 1 Hour
  • Community Benefit Project: 32 Hours/Per Year

Program Graduates

2022-2023 Cohort

Graduate University/Institute Track/Specialty Rotation Current Position, Specialty & Location
Emily Roberts, AMFT, APPC Sonoma State University 50/50 Adult and Child Outpatient Mental Health & Wellness Adult generalist Child EDO therapist and group facilitator
Sonia Aguilar, AMFT, APPC University of San Francisco Outpatient Mental Health & Wellness Adult Generalist, Group and Couples Therapy

2021-2022 Cohort

Graduate University/Institute Track/Specialty Rotation Current Position, Specialty & Location
Lauren Myers, AMFT University of San Francisco Outpatient Mental Health & Wellness Child Generalist: Individual/Family/Group Therapy
Hadley Asher, AMFT University of San Francisco Outpatient Mental Health & Wellness Adult Generalist: Individual/Group/Couples Therapy

2020-2021 Cohort

Graduate University/Institute Track/Specialty Rotation Current Position, Specialty & Location
Amanda Minkel, AMFT Sonoma State University Outpatient Mental Health & Wellness Child Generalist: Individual/Family/Group Therapy
Madison Sandreth, AMFT San Jose State Outpatient Mental Health & Wellness Adult Generalist: Individual/Group/Couples Therapy

Current Opportunities

Position Track(s)
Adult or Child Adolescent, Adult

Location

Adult
2235 Mercury Way Suite 240
Santa Rosa, CA 95407

Child
2235 Mercury Way Suite 240
Santa Rosa, CA 95407

Addiction Medicine
3554 Round Barn Blvd
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Training Director

Caitlin Maus, LMFT
Training Program Director
caitlin.m.maus@kp.org


Meet the Santa Rosa Training Team

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