Sacramento, “The City of Trees,” is the heart of California’s Central Valley and the state’s capitol. The city has experienced significant growth and development in recent years and includes top farm-to-fork restaurants, professional sports teams, and access to amazing outdoor activities. The cost of living is moderate compared to other California communities and more affordable than the SF Bay Area. The city of Sacramento and its suburbs has a population of approximately 500,000 and is one of the most ethnically and racially diverse urban regions in the country. Entertainment venues range from professional sports (Sacramento Kings of the NBA), Mondavi Center for Performing Arts, to local theater and museums. The city’s economy has historically been dominated by state and federal government employment. Sacramento is an easy day trip to San Francisco, Napa, or Lake Tahoe. Outdoor activities are popular, especially from April to November, when the weather is warm and dry. The winter affords skiing opportunities in the Sierras.
Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento is the largest not-for-profit health care provider in the southern region. More than 233,000 members—or 56% of south area’s commercially-insured population—receive care at the South Sacramento Medical Center and two medical office buildings in Elk Grove. KP is one of the largest employers in the area. A large building expansion project was completed in 2011 and included a new five-story hospital tower with a larger ED and trauma unit, additional outpatient space and a second medical office in Elk Grove. KP South Sacramento is the area’s only Level II Trauma Center and has the fifth busiest Emergency Department in the state.
The South Sacramento Psychiatry Department is comprised of the following programs and teams: adult outpatient and intensive outpatient services, child and adolescent outpatient and intensive outpatient services; addiction medicine and recovery services, memory care, behavioral health education, behavioral medicine, transgender care, triage and urgent care services, TMS and ECT services. The diversity of South Sacramento is reflected in our patient population with major ethnicities such as Caucasian, Latino/a, Asian, African American as well as others represented.
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
Patients receiving services from adult outpatient providers range in age from 18 (and graduated from high school) and up. Presenting problems and diagnoses are wide ranging – including depressive, anxiety, trauma, relationship/work/life stress, and more. Many appointments are individual and may be in-person, via video, or over the phone. We also offer a range of groups covering topics like grief, CBT for depression, CBT for anxiety, DBT skills, wellness skills, etc.
Our associates will be placed with a facilitator (either their supervisor or another clinician in the department, depending on need) to co-lead at least one group during their time in our program. Case load will be evaluated on an ongoing basis to make sure it remains manageable. Intakes per week will be based on an individual basis (e.g., participating in more than one specialty). The number of intakes in a provider’s schedule will decrease as the training program progresses.
Patients receiving services from child outpatient providers range in age from 4 or 5 years up to 18 (if still in high school). Presenting problems and diagnoses are wide ranging – including depressive, anxiety, trauma, family/school/life stress, and more. Many appointments are individual and may be in-person, via video, or over the phone. We also offer a range of groups covering topics like social skills, managing stress, parenting classes (for patients’ parents), among many others.
Our associates will be placed with a facilitator (either their supervisor or another clinician in the department, depending on need and availability) to co-lead at least one group during their time in our program. The number of intakes in a provider’s schedule will decrease as the training program progresses, unless the provider is hired into a full-time position. Case load will be evaluated on an ongoing basis to make sure it remains manageable. Intakes per week will decrease as the training year progresses.
A schedule may include:
- 24 hours per week, 8 hours per day – start and stop times will vary based on participation in group treatments
- ½ of those hours will be clinically based e.g., meeting for individual appointments, leading groups, etc.
- The other ½ of those hours are didactic oriented e.g., participating in the shared didactics mentioned previously, shadowing appointments, studying for the law and ethics exam, etc.
- Right now, tracks are being run as a hybrid schedule
|Graduate||University/Institute||Track/Specialty Rotation||Current Position, Specialty & Location|
|Emily March||Sacramento State University||Adult Outpatient Psychiatry||Returning as a Post-Masters Fellow in Adult Outpatient and Adult Intensive Outpatient|