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.
Equity, Inclusion & Diversity
We are committed to nurturing and integrating diversity training into all aspects of our training program by:
Providing interns with opportunities to work with patients who represent various aspects of diversity, including age, religion, gender, disability status, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, values, and lifestyle.
Placing a high value on interns’ willingness to engage in self-reflection, and supporting the exploration of attitudes, beliefs and therapeutic postures that could impact clinical interactions.
Maintaining a consistent focus in clinical supervision on expanding interns’ multicultural awareness and competence in the provision of psychotherapeutic services and cultivating a sense of inclusion and belonging in the workplace.
Encouraging interns to participate in the Regional Mental Health Training Program Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Committee’s seminars related to cultural sensitivity and competence as their schedules permits.
Interns will attend didactic seminars within their clinics and have opportunity to attend regional seminars organized by Mental Health Training Programs as their schedules permit. Didactics will cover a range of clinical and professional development topics as well as explore culturally responsive care. Interns will have access to both live and asynchronous exposure to various speakers and topics which are designed to meet their developmental needs over the course of the training year.
Seminars and Meetings
Interns may attend all-staff department meetings, treatment team meetings, and weekly feedback informed care case consultations.
All interns are supervised by licensed mental health professionals who are responsible for overseeing the direct delivery of clinical services. The supervisor takes a role in developing the intern’s learning plan, monitoring their progress, and evaluating their training schedule. The supervisor is also responsible for completing the intern’s evaluation.
Interns will receive a minimum of one hour of individual supervision a week. Two hours of individual supervision will be provided for every 20 hours of service provision at minimum. Interns will also receive at least one hour of group supervision per week which may include case consultation, and topics related to professional development, interdisciplinary communication and systems issues, and multicultural competence and diversity awareness.
Tracks and Rotations
Adult Treatment Track
This track offers interns the opportunity to work on a multidisciplinary treatment team utilizing evidence-based and multimodal treatment with adults. Interns are assigned cases from the broad and diverse patient population seeking services in the clinic for mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, aging, adjustment, work or life stress, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and other issues. Interns 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. Interns will deliver interventions within a feedback informed care model that includes the use of outcomes monitoring at each session. Training in evidence-based group therapy will consist of shadowing and co-facilitating groups under the supervision of licensed therapists.
Current groups/classes offered in our department include DBT, ACT, anxiety, depression management, and trauma recovery. Interns will also have the opportunity, when available, to rotate through the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), KP accelerate treatment program, and the trauma treatment program.
Child Treatment Track
This track offers interns the opportunity to work on a multidisciplinary treatment team utilizing evidence-based and multimodal treatment with children, teens, and their families. Interns are assigned cases from the broad and diverse patient population seeking services in the clinic for mood disorders, anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, attention and impulse control disorders, trauma, behavioral and other issues. Interns 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. Interns will deliver interventions within a feedback informed care model that includes the use of outcomes monitoring at each session. Training in evidence-based group therapy will consist of shadowing or co-facilitating groups and classes under the supervision of licensed therapists.
A wide variety of groups/classes for elementary, middle, and high school aged patients (and parents) are offered in the department to address anxiety, depression, and other conditions common in childhood. Interns will also have the opportunity, when available, to rotate through the Teen Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).
Below is an example of a sample schedule:
- Individual supervision: 2 hours
- Group supervision: 2 hours
- Journal Club and Diversity Conversation: 1 hour
- Case conferences: 2 hours
- Didactic training: 2 hours
- Regional training: one afternoon per month
- Indirect patient care (i.e., clinical documentation): 2-5 hours
- Group/Class Co-Facilitation: 1.5-3 hours
- Number of individual patients will be dependent on hours worked per week and discussion with individual supervisor.
|Graduate||University/Institute||Track/Specialty Rotation||Current Position, Specialty & Location|
|Alma Ventura, APCC||CSU Stanislaus||Adult Rotation||Current Associate Masters MH Prof in KP Modesto|
|Hilda Torres, MSW||CSU Stanislaus||Adult Rotation||Current Associate Masters MH Prof in KP Modesto|
|Karina Olivera||CSU Stanislaus||Adult Rotation||Current Associate Masters MH Prof in KP Modesto|
|Mayra Carriedo, MSW||CSU Stanislaus||Child Rotation||Current Associate Masters MH Prof in KP Modesto|
|Viviana Nides, MSW||CSU Stanislaus||Child Rotation|
|Julianne Nelle, MFT||CSU Stanislaus||Child Rotation|