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Psychology Practicum Extern – Roseville/Sacramento

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center

The city of Roseville is firmly rooted in the Northern Sacramento Valley and was named for the wild roses that grow in the area. It is the most populous city in Placer County with over 140,000 residents and lies 16 miles northeast of Sacramento. Roseville’s scenic natural areas, extensive park system and bike trails, excellent schools and job opportunities attract individuals, families and retirees to the area. Within an hour’s drive there are Gold Rush towns to explore, water sports in nearby lakes and rivers, and skiing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Given its’ proximity to Sacramento, Roseville offers easy access to a large city, while still providing the best of suburban living, including renowned dining, arts, and retail shopping. Roseville is an easy day trip to the coast, San Francisco, Napa, Lake Tahoe or Sonoma County. The cost of living is moderate compared to other California communities and more affordable than the SF Bay Area.

Kaiser Permanente has three medical centers and 10 medical offices in the four-county greater Sacramento region. The Kaiser Roseville service area includes the hospital center on Eureka Road and outpatient facilities in Roseville, Folsom and Lincoln. Approximately 365,000 KP health plan members receive care in this service area. The Roseville Psychiatry Department serves a range of patients, with a variety of clinical presentations.

Program Curriculum

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 schedule permits.

Didactic Training

Regularly scheduled weekly didactic seminars are now organized and administered at the regional level for KP NorCal trainees. Doctoral externs are required to attend the one-hour weekly seminar. Diversity issues are always integrated into seminar presentations.

Our Regional Mental Health Training Program also sponsors 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. Externs are required to attend these monthly regional trainings as their schedule permits. 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

Monthly Department meetings (optional)
Monthly Department CME trainings (optional)
Monthly Regional Seminars (required)

Telehealth Training:
Kaiser Permanente has greatly expanded its’ virtual presence, which will allow residents to fully train and practice in a variety of trailblazing platforms in telemedicine to provide accessible mental health care.


Each practicum extern is supervised by a licensed psychologist who meets with the extern for one hour a week in individual face-to-face supervision. This supervisor takes the lead role in developing the extern’s learning plan and schedule, supervising their clinical work, and helping them navigating the KP mental health system. This supervisor additionally is responsible for completing the extern’s evaluation after gathering input from other staff members who have worked with the extern. At some practicum training sites, externs may receive supplemental individual supervision from Psychology Postdoctoral Residents.

Practicum externs also receive 1 hour of group supervision per week for case presentation and consultation. Depending on the training site, externs may also participate in group supervision for psychological testing/ADHD assessment and in a cultural conversation/diversity seminar. Group supervision allows for vicarious learning and modeling as well as giving and receiving feedback. These experiences help the extern to develop both the collegial and supervisory aspects of their professional identity.

Psychological Assessment

Adult psychological assessment is the primary training focus of this practicum site.

Tracks and Rotations

Adult Psychiatry

Primary focus of the training year: Adult Psychological Assessment which includes Standard Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) evaluation, Complex ADHD evaluation, Diagnostic Clarification evaluation, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) evaluation, and ASD screening.

Trainees will partake in assessment-focused clinical interviewing, psychological report writing, and provision of psychological assessment feedback.

Optional add on: co-facilitating a psychoeducational group. Trainees who may be interested in co-facilitating a psychoeducational group are encouraged to consult with their primary supervisor about their interest and further explore the opportunity and availability of groups to partake in.


Trainees are expected to be onsite 20-24 hours per week. Each trainee’s specific schedule depends on their class schedule and availability of their supervisor.

  • Direct Patient Care: 12-16 hours
  • Individual Supervision: 1 hour
  • Group Supervision: 1 hour
  • Journal Club and Diversity Conversation: 1 hour
  • Indirect Patient Care: (ie, charting): 2-4 hours

Program Graduates

2021-2022 Cohort

Graduate University/Institute Track/Specialty Rotation Current Position, Specialty & Location
Kimberly Ellen Spencer, MFT Fielding Graduate University Adult Psychological Assessment Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) Adult Outpatient, Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente, Roseville

2018-2020 Cohort

Graduate University/Institute Track/Specialty Rotation Current Position, Specialty & Location
Stacie Lloyd, PhD Fielding Graduate University Adult Psychological Assessment Lead Senior Research Project Manager (Research Faculty) Adult and Family Medicine Residency, Kaiser Permanent, Sacramento
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