Policies and Procedures
Some information included in the policy and procedure manuals pertain to:
- Program Minimum Requirements
- Program Minimal Levels of Achievement
- Resident Remediation and Corrective Action Procedures
- Resident Benefits and Services
Kaiser Permanente Northern California has made a major investment in mental health training programs at both the masters and doctoral level to help address a critical shortage of professionals in this crucial health area in our communities. The mental health training programs are funded in part by Kaiser’s Community Benefits Division, with additional funding coming through the Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine department budgets. Reflecting Kaiser Permanente’s core commitment to mental health and wellness in our communities, every mental health trainee is required to complete at least 32 hours during the year on a Community Partnership Project that focuses on increasing the mental health of the local community in some important respect, beyond just treating Kaiser members. This training not only directly benefits the community but equips the trainee for more effective careers in any mental health setting and makes them more desirable candidate for internal recruitment.
Aubyn Fulton, Ph.D.
Projects are developed in conjunction with local Training Directors and can take a wide range of forms. Many Community Partnership Projects entail psychoeducation programs at local high schools or community centers, with emphasis in such areas as mindfulness techniques, stress reduction, parenting education, anger management or communication training. Other projects have consulted with staff at a number of different county or non-profit agencies in the local community (e.g. homeless shelters, community mental health clinics, prisons, etc.).
Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity
Training Programs Commitment to Diversity
The Kaiser Permanente Mental Health Training Programs (KPMHTP) are committed to diversity in a variety of ways. Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity issues are considered in every aspect of the training program. Across the mental health services that trainees provide, they treat clients from diverse backgrounds and who present with a variety of psychological challenges. Furthermore, we design each of our programs’ curricula with diversity training as a major component. We see the on-going development of cultural competency and cultural sensitivity as integral to training and practice. We encourage training faculty and trainees to foster cultural humility—the ability to see another’s perspective based on cultural factors as significant to the individual. Seeing things beyond our own perspective improves interpersonal interactions with one’s cohort and the people we serve. Providing culturally responsive care ultimately helps one become a better therapist.
Each KP medical center in Northern California serves diverse and unique member populations including differences in age, disability status, race, ethnicity, immigration experiences, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion and spirituality, socioeconomic status, family life, etc. Kaiser Permanente members in Vallejo, Antioch, and South Sacramento inhabit large suburban/rural geographical areas, whereas members in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose are representative of large urban populations. The San Francisco Bay Area, where most of our training sites are located, is one of the most multicultural areas in the nation. Most training sites provide ample exposure to these diverse populations.
The clinical training and experience afforded to residents over the course of the year also reflects a significant emphasis on topics of diversity. Residents are exposed to diverse clientele from a range of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. In addition to clinical work, trainees engage in on-going volunteer and community outreach as a part of their year-long training experience. These projects can include partnerships with community agencies and may include service to diverse and underserved populations.
Within the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Regional Mental Health Training Programs, the Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Committee exists to provide advanced training that promotes cultural competency and cultural sensitivity and honors diversity in our training programs and our service to the community.
We aim to promote diversity as an imperative versus an option by focusing our goals on:
The training programs reflect the populations served, and their experiences related to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, race, spirituality, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
The training programs are designed to enhance and support all trainees and provide a safe space for them to reflect on their experiences without judgment or shame.
The training programs foster and sustain connections with underserved communities through active and reciprocal partnerships.
The Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Liaisons work towards increasing Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity within our recruitment efforts at various local and national conferences. Our programs advertise locally and nationally within periodical journals, raising awareness of our programs among minority populations. Qualified applicants from minority groups and/or people fluent in languages that represent specific populations served by the medical center are encouraged to apply. All of our programs also utilize KP diversity recruitment guidelines in hiring trainees, and trainee positions are posted on the main KP Northern California jobs website, which links to various diversity websites.
In addition to providing trainees with a diverse patient population to work with and recruiting trainees for diversity, KP’s Northern California Mental Health Training Programs are committed to diversity training. Through targeted seminar topics, supervision, and therapeutic work, trainees are informed and sensitized to a variety of diversity topics to prepare them to provide effective mental health services to populations representing a wide variety of ethnicities, religions, socio-economic levels, and sexual identities.
Chinue Brown, PsyD
Kaiser Permanente has a strong commitment to diversity, as exemplified by our CEO and Chairman Bernard Tyson’s words that “we have an obligation and an expressed purpose – at all levels of this organization – to create a diverse and inclusive environment that encourages our employees to reach their full potential, while continually providing the high level of care that people expect from Kaiser Permanente.” To optimize patient care and the appreciation of diversity at an organizational level, Kaiser has established the Institute of Culturally Competent Care as well as “Centers of Excellence” which respond to specific health needs of certain populations. Reflecting these efforts, Kaiser was voted the number one place to work by Diversity, Inc. in 2016 (http://www.diversityinc.com/kaiser-permanente/).
The Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Committee fosters a safe and brave space to enhance cultural humility and increase understanding of emerging topics in the field of psychology. Prior to each regional seminar, a forum is held with experts from the community and within Kaiser Permanente regarding topics related to Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity impacting trainees clinical work and personal development. Forum topics have included: immigration and micro-aggressions, unconscious bias, and gender-affirming care. After each forum, trainees are asked to provide their feedback as well as give ideas and suggestions for future forums that may be beneficial in their training year.
The Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Committee coordinates a Mentorship Program each year in which interested trainees are matched with licensed providers. The licensed providers serve as mentors and offer guidance and support (separate from supervision that is provided by clinical supervisors). Mentorship combines hands-on experience with thoughtful reflection with the underlying goal of promoting a training climate supportive of diversity. Mentors support mentees in their professional development by helping them prepare for entry-level positions, define future goals, network, and hone work/life balance.
American Psychological Association (APA)
Accreditation information can be obtained from the:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street NE;
Washington, DC 20002-4242.