Associate Post Masters
Mental Health Fellowship

Mind, Body,
Spirit, Health

Oakland

East Bay Consortium (Oakland and Richmond)

The Oakland Medical Center was the first of the Kaiser Permanente hospitals and opened in 1942 by the Permanente Foundation. It is the flagship facility of the entire Kaiser Permanente system in which they build a brand-new hospital in 2009. Today the East Bay Area encompasses 11 cities and municipalities within Alameda County and the western part of Contra Costa County. Oakland is the largest city and the county seat of Alameda County. Oakland is also a regional referral center for designated services, such as genetics, spine surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, and transgender services.

Oakland and surrounding areas are among Kaiser Permanente’s most diverse areas, with employees, physicians, and members from many different cultures and ethnic backgrounds. We work with children, adolescents, and families from virtually all psychiatric categories. The department covers a large area of urban and suburban, multi-ethnic community, extending from Richmond, Pinole, and Albany to Alameda and San Leandro, with Oakland and Berkeley between. The ethnic diversity of this community includes large numbers of monolingual and bilingual Spanish speakers, as well as several other languages including Vietnamese, Cantonese, and Mandarin, to name a few. We also hire full-time or contract interpreters as needed and have over-the-phone services available in more than 150 languages, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Program Highlights

The Child and Family Services is a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural team consisting of 3 psychiatrists, 9 psychologists, 11 LCSWs, and 4 LMFTs. A special feature of our department is its breadth of professional expertise and diversity of approaches to mental health care. Our staff view treatment from a range of theoretical orientations, which include Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic, Developmental, Behavioral, Biological and Family System. We are committed to excellent patient care and continuously working to improve the ways we can best serve our patients. The Child and Family Services view inter-discipline collaborations, regular consultation and on-going support as crucial part of our work ethics and moral. Our training team enjoys both guiding new clinicians in sharping their clinical skills and how to balance self-care and patient’s needs. Professionals on our team are capable of providing bilingual and bicultural services in Urdu, Hindi, Mandarin, and Spanish.

Kaiser Oakland is a Regional Center for treatment, so presentations of patients are extremely varied, including socio-economic presentations, medical need, gender identity, and symptom presentations. On the Child and Family Services Team, we specialize in working with children (through age 18) and families undergoing stress due to chronic or acute illnesses, transitions in the family, developmental issues of children, behavioral and social difficulties, parenting issues, and other mental health concerns such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. We often work closely with the Department of Pediatrics, the Chemical Dependency Recovery Program, and the Department of Health Education to provide a continuum of care for our patients at the Oakland Medical Center. We offer individual, family, group and crisis assessment and evaluation and treatment to children, adolescents and families. Additionally, we offer an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) to patients who have recently been hospitalized or who are at high risk for hospitalization. We also work with an Eating Disorders Program in conjunction with Medicine. When necessary, Psychiatrists are available to provide psychotropic medication treatment to children and adolescents. We do not provide educational and learning disability evaluations, but we do advise parents on how to obtain these. We also do not provide Court Mandated Treatments or Custody Evaluations.

We are seeking fellows who are organized, flexible, have good time management skills, can work independently but also enjoy being part of a team, who are eager to learn and are willing to be challenged.

  • Fellows can receive up to $3K tuition reimbursement and up to $500 travel expenses for approved non-KP conferences
  • Fellows can also use the tuition reimbursement for licensing course requirements and license exam study aid
  • Fellows will receive Paid Time Off for licensing exam
  • Centrally located with easy BART/bus access
  • Walking distant to restaurants and shops

Clinical Service Opportunities

  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Family psychotherapy
  • Group therapy/Psychoeducational classes

Specialty Tracks

Location Rotations

  • Child IOP*
  • Child ADHD clinic*
  • Child Trauma program
  • Child Eating Disorder program
  • Child OCD program
  • Psychological consultation for Pedi or ED

*fellows will go through these 2 programs; the others are based on interests and program availability

Oakland, Child Psychiatry Services

  • General clinic
  • Child ADHD clinic
  • Child IOP

Schedule

  • Direct Patient Care: 20 hours
  • Non-Patient Care: 12 hours
  • Individual Supervision: 2-3 hour
  • Group Supervision: 2 hours
  • Didactic Training: 1 hours
  • Diversity Seminar: 1.5 hour (not in July or August)
  • Community Benefit Project: various (total of 32 hr/training year)
  • Specific Team meeting (IOP/ADHD/DBT…):1-2 hours

Didactic Training

  • ADHD
  • Autism/PDD
  • Child & Adolescent Development
  • Child and Family Assessment & Clinical Documentation (include developmental history)
  • DSM IV Overview & Orientation to Clinical Theories
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Therapy
  • Meaning & Metaphors in Talk Therapy
  • Mood & Psychotic Disorders
  • Neuro-Atypical presentation
  • OCD
  • PTSD/Acute Trauma
  • Risk Assessment
  • Self-Harming/Mutilation Safety and Management
  • Social Worker Roles: case management/clinical setting
  • Temperament & Temperament based behavioral therapy & Preschoolers/basic parenting
  • Treatment Planning, Collaborating Care, The 50-min hour
  • Working with “acting-out” children and adolescents
  • Working with Systems, including Urban/Domestic Violence issues

Location

3505 Broadway Boulevard, 4th Floor
Oakland, CA 94611

Training Director

Alice B Chen, LCSW
Child Training Program Director

alice.b.chen@kp.org