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Psychology Practicum Extern – Vacaville

Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center

The cities of Vacaville and Fairfield are located approximately 35-55 miles between Sacramento and San Francisco and about 2 hours away from Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Both cities are located in Solano County, which neighbors Napa county and the wine country—just a short 20 minute drive away. The city of Fairfield is the county seat with a population of approximately 120,000. It is the home of Travis Air Force Base and the headquarters of the Jelly Belly candy company. Vacaville, with over 100,000 residents, is bordered by rolling hillsides, fruit orchards and fertile farmland. At one time Vacaville was the fresh fruit capital of California. Today it is one of the fastest growing communities in the Bay Area and has become a home to biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

Kaiser Permanente Napa Solano, first established in Vallejo in 1945, has steadily grown to serve 312,000 members, spanning an area stretching from the Carquinez Bridge, north to Vacaville and Dixon, and through the Napa Valley to Calistoga.

Solano County is diverse in terms of racial and ethnic identities with large populations of Filipinx, Latinx, and African American clients who utilize our services. The Kaiser Vacaville Medical Center was opened in 2009 and provides comprehensive medical services in addition to being the county’s only Level II trauma center and the home of a specialty neurosurgery center. Psychiatry services are located within the Vacaville Medical Center and in a Mental Health and Wellness Center opened in Fairfield in 2019.

Program Curriculum

Equity, Inclusion & Diversity

The Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Practicum Extern Program provides services to a culturally diverse population across two counties covering the cities of Vallejo, Vacaville, Fairfield, and Napa. Vallejo, one of the larger covered cities, is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in all of the United States and represents a wide array of backgrounds, cultures, languages, and identities. Kaiser Permanente also serves a large number of Medi-Cal members.

In addition to the inherent diversity of our location, the Napa-Solano Practicum Program provides regular didactics and supervision opportunities that focus on topics of equity, inclusivity, and diversity. Our supervision team is committed to the importance of individual identity for both trainee and patient. There are also opportunities outside of didactic and supervision hours for EID mentorship and consultations hours. This commitment to diversity is also reflected in Kaiser Permanent’s hiring practices and each medical center follows Kaiser Permanente’s guidelines for diversity recruitment.

The Mental Health Training Program’s Regional Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Committee organizes monthly forums that are designed for trainees only. Forums are held with experts from the community, within Kaiser Permanente, and national leaders on EID topics impacting trainees clinical work and personal development. Example of forum topics include immigration, micro-aggression, unconscious bias, Black maternal mental health, white privilege, and gender-affirming care. In addition to the forums, our Regional EID Officers also provide optional monthly consultation sessions for trainees.

Didactic Training

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

Didactic topics include:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Adverse Childhood Experiences, How Wonder Makes Us Happier, and more.

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. Externs 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

Practicum Externs are expected to attend weekly team meetings as a part of their training depending on their current rotations. There will also be opportunities to attend various professional development seminars throughout the year and regular check-ins with their training director.

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

All externs complete psychological/psychodiagnostic testing as part of their training program. Primary referral questions include ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), with opportunities for additional psychological testing and referral questions including personality testing and brief cognitive screening. Residents have weekly supervision for opportunities for support, consultation, and training related to assessment.

Tracks and Rotations

Adult Outpatient

The Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Psychology Practicum Program offers education and training in an integrated health care system with a multidisciplinary team providing empirically supported treatments to a wide variety of patients. Each extern will spend part of their time working in the Adult Outpatient Mental Health clinic as a part of their training year.

The Adult Outpatient Mental Health department has opportunities for intake assessments, individual therapy, group therapy, and ADHD screening. Externs will evaluate and diagnose mental health disorders based on DSM-5 and ICD-11 criteria and will develop treatment plans and learn how to articulate those plans to their patients. The psychology extern will utilize evidence-based interventions within a feedback informed care model and will utilize individual and group supervision for case formulation and treatment planning. The extern will provide individual psychotherapy under supervision and will have the opportunity to co-facilitate groups with licensed staff.
Services are currently largely being offered virtually with some opportunities for in-person work.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

All externs will rotate through our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) which serves patients identified as needing a higher level of care in an outpatient setting. The Adult Intensive Outpatient Program is a two-week comprehensive program that serves as a step-down program for patients who were recently psychiatrically hospitalized or for patients who are needing further support due to higher need or severity of symptoms. Patients attend the program multiple times per week and engage in group therapy, psychiatric medication evaluation, and individual therapy.

Externs in IOP will offer group-based psychoeducational and process support to patients currently enrolled in IOP and assist in intakes for patients referred for care. Training in evidence-based group treatment will consist of co-facilitating groups under the supervision of licensed Adult Intensive Outpatient therapists. It also involves twice daily meetings and consultation with small tight-knit, interdisciplinary treatment team. Externs will be exposed to crisis-based treatments using models from CBT, DBT, mindfulness, and more.

All IOP services are currently virtual.


  • Direct Patient Care: 12-14 hours
  • Individual Supervision: 1 hour
  • Group Supervision: 1 hour
  • Assessment Supervision: 1 hour
  • Didactic Training: 1 hour
  • Supplemental Supervision with Postdoctoral Resident: .5 – 1 hour
  • Team Meeting: 1 hour
  • Non-patient Care: 4 hours


Vacaville Mental Health Clinic and Hospital
1 Quality Drive, Suite A27
Vacaville, CA 95688

Vallejo Mental Health Clinic
1761 Broadway, Suite 100
Vallejo, CA 94589

Vallejo Hospital
975 Sereno Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589

Fairfield Mental Health Clinic
520 Chadbourne Road
Fairfield, CA 94534

Napa Medical Offices
3285 Claremont Way
Napa, CA 94558

Training Director

Supria Gill, PhD
Manager, Assistant Regional Director

Nicola Fiddes, PsyD
Training Program Director

Meet the Vacaville Training Team

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