Associate Post Masters
Mental Health Fellowship

Mind, Body,
Spirit, Health

Santa Clara

The Santa Clara medical center is located in Northern California, approximately 35 miles south of San Francisco, in the heart of Silicon Valley. The region has a near-perfect climate that is temperate year around. It is considered one of the most desirable places in the United States to live not only because of its climate but also because of its scenic attractiveness, economic diversity, as well as exciting research, development, and academic opportunities. In addition, it is rich in history, cultural diversity, sports, and the arts. The Psychiatry Department at the medical center is comprised of a larger clinic housed in Cupertino and smaller satellite clinics in Campbell, Mountain View, Milpitas and Skyport.

Santa Clara Psychiatry department draws its clientele from Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. The clientele is derived from Kaiser Health Plan members possessing pre-paid psychiatric benefits. It covers largely an urban and suburban, lower middle to upper middle-class, multi-ethnic community with some rural families from the central valley and coastal hills. The ethnic diversity of this community lends its appeal with large numbers of monolingual and bilingual Spanish speakers, as well as several other languages such as Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian, Hindu, to name a few.

Clinics within Service Area

  • Campbell
  • Milpitas
  • Mountain View
  • Skyport

Program Highlights

The Adult Psychiatry department is a multidisciplinary team composed of Psychiatrists, LCSW’s, LMFT’s, Psychologists, Post-Doc’s, ASW’s, AMFT’s and trainees. Adult Psych is a collaborative, fast passed, dynamic and integrated team that focuses on providing evidence-based treatment with an emphasis on quality of care and excellence. Even within the fast-paced environment, colleagues will always lend a hand and share resources with each other to ensure the team is supported, questions are answered, and patients receive the best possible care. The staff is flexible, supportive and strives to offer a positive experience for its Post-Masters Fellows.

The Department of Adult Psychiatry at the Santa Clara medical center provide individual therapy, group therapy and psycho-educational programs such as stress reduction, anxiety management and other classes. They also include an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) that provides services to recently hospitalized individuals or people who would otherwise be at risk for hospitalization. Adult Psychiatry runs approximately 40 different groups per week, from Dialectic Behavioral Therapy to Job Stress. The members of the staff represent a variety of evidence-based theoretical orientations.

  • Excellent opportunities for cross department collaboration and training
  • Opportunity to work on a multidisciplinary team in an organization that promotes integrated health care
  • 40+ groups offered to patients weekly in Santa Clara alone
  • Opportunity to provide treatment to wide variety of individuals with a wide array of diagnoses and levels of acuity
  • Trainings offered regionally, locally and in the community by experts in their field of study

The Santa Clara Child Psychiatry clinic is a multi-disciplinary team composed of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, LMFT’s, LCSW’s, AMFT’s, ASW’s and Post-Doc’s. The staff is close-knit, supportive and shares a wide variety of knowledge and areas of specialty with its trainees. The team is lively, energetic and friendly! They enjoy working hard and celebrating with potlucks and other morale boosting activities.

The Department of Child Psychiatry at the Santa Clara medical center provide individual, group, family and play therapy with children, and psycho-educational programs such as social skills and parent education. They also include an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) that provides services to recently hospitalized individuals or people who would otherwise be at risk for hospitalization. Child Psychiatry runs a variety of groups for preschool, elementary school, middle school and high school aged patients. The members of the staff represent a variety of theoretical orientations and relies heavily on evidenced-based approaches to treatment.

  • The Post Masters Fellow Program doubled in Child Psych this year
  • Opportunities to collaborate with the San Jose Post Master’s Fellow treatment team for trainings and supervision
  • Exposure to clients ranging in age from 2 years old to young adults coming from a wide array of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, diagnoses and levels of acuity.
  • Opportunity to participate in preschool, elementary and high school aged groups and parenting classes.
  • Trainings offered regionally, locally and in the community by experts in their field of study

AMRS is a highly cohesive, team oriented and supportive group of professionals who are passionate about providing services to individuals impacted by Substance Use Disorders. The team is multidisciplinary and includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Registered Nurse Practitioners, LCSW’s, LMFT’s, ASW’s, AMFT’s, CADAC’s, Post-Doc’s, Medical Assistants and support staff. The AMRS team collaborates in providing treatment to its patients and meets daily to consult and partner in making treatment recommendations. The AMRS team is adaptable, flexible and willing to pitch in to ensure that the all patients are being served. It is a team that both works hard and enjoys socializing, laughing and celebrating with each other. The training team for AMRS are available to provide consultation, education, mentorship and guidance to its Post Master’s Fellows. Being a part of the AMRS team is a lot like being a part of a big, tight-knit family!

The Addiction Medicine & Recovery Services program at the Santa Clara medical center provides outpatient services for individual affected by substance use disorders. The program offers both harm reduction and abstinence-based services that are provided based on the patients’ stage of change. SUD services include individual case management, group counseling, psycho-education, psychiatric services, detox services and medication assisted treatment for adolescents and adults. Several adjunct groups are offered to SUD patients, including dual diagnosis, DBT, Relapse Prevention and Pain Management. Services are also offered for the loved one’s of individuals with substance use disorders which includes individual case management, psychoeducation and groups. AMRS contracts with outside treatment programs to assist patients in connecting with methadone assisted treatment or residential drug and alcohol services when medically indicated. The staff relies heavily on Motivational Interviewing, CBT, DBT and Solution Focused and 12-Step Facilitation modalities.

  • Many of our previous Post Master’s Fellows are now permanent members of the AMRS team.
  • The Santa Clara AMRS is a regional hub within Kaiser for addiction medicine treatment making it an excellent clinic for training.
  • Joining the AMRS team is like joining a family. AMRS staff get along, build strong connections with each other and are supportive of each other professionally and personally.
  • Trainings offered regionally, locally and in the community by experts in their field of study.
  • AMRS works closely with many KP programs including Pain Management, the Emergency Department, Child Psych, Adult Psych and Adult IOP to name a few, creating opportunities for Fellows to benefit from Kaiser’s integrated health care model of treatment.

Clinical Service Opportunities

A typical day for a Post-Masters Fellow in Adult Psychiatry include conducting intake appointments for new patients (about 1-2 per day), return appointments with existing patients, co-facilitation of groups, writing assessments and treatment plan, documentation of treatment encounters, individual and group supervision, team meetings and opportunities for consultation with other staff members. Opportunities are also offered provided services in the Emergency Department and to shadow services in the Behavioral Health Center, Pain Management Clinic, Adult IOP and Addiction Medicine.

A typical day for a Post-Masters Fellow in Child Psychiatry includes conducting intake appointments for new patients, meeting with existing patients and their parents/caregivers for return appointments, co-facilitation of groups, writing assessments and treatment plans, documentation of treatment encounters, individual and group supervision, team meetings and opportunities for consultation with other staff members. Opportunities are also offered providing services in the Emergency Department and shadowing services in the Behavioral Health Center, Pain Management Clinic, Adolescent and Child IOP and Addiction Medicine.

A typical day working as a Post Master’s Fellow in the AMRS program involves collaborating as part of multi-disciplinary team in providing structured, milieu-based, outpatient addiction medicine treatment to adolescents and adults and their loved ones. Fellows will be exposed to a rich variety of services from seeing new patients for intake appointments, meeting with patients for return appointments, co-facilitating early recovery groups, teaching classes, attending daily case consultation meetings with staff, participating in therapeutic treatment review panels, diagnosing, assessing, treatment planning and documentation of progress notes. Fellows will also be provided with weekly individual supervision (2 hours), group supervision (2 hours) and trainings (2 hours).

Specialty Tracks

Rotations include shadowing a wide variety of groups including DBT, mindfulness, anxiety and depression management, treatment of Bipolar disorders, treatment of Psychotic Disorder, Coping Skills, Trauma recovery, etc. Fellows will also have opportunities, when available, to rotate through Intensive Outpatient Services (IOP), Triage, Pain Management (PMRP), Addiction Medicine (AMRS), the Emergency Department (ED) and the Behavioral Health Center (inpatient treatment).

Rotations include shadowing a wide variety of groups for preschool, elementary school, middle school and high school aged patients as well as parent education classes. Fellows will also have opportunities, when available, to rotate through Adolescent and Child Intensive Outpatient Services (IOP), Pain Management (PMRP), Addiction Medicine (AMRS), the Emergency Department (ED) and the Behavioral Health Center (psychiatric hospitalization).

  • Adult Abstinence-based treatment
  • Adult Harm Reduction treatment
  • Adolescent CD services (harm reduction & abstinence-based treatment)
  • Multidisciplinary team meetings
  • Codependency Treatment
  • Medication Assisted treatment
  • Opportunities for cross department collaboration (Teen IOP, Adult IOP, Pain Management)

Schedule

  • Direct Patient Care: 20 hours
  • Non-Patient Care – 14 hours
  • Individual Supervision: 2 hours
  • Group Supervision: 2 hours
  • Didactic Training: 2 hours
  • Community Benefit Project: 32 hours (total)
  • Direct Patient Care: 20 hours
  • Non-Patient Care – 14 hours
  • Individual Supervision: 2 hours
  • Group Supervision: 2 hours
  • Didactic Training: 2 hours
  • Community Benefit Project: 32 hours (total)
  • Direct Patient Care: 20 hours
  • Non-Patient Care – 9 hours
  • Team Consultation: 5 hours
  • Individual Supervision: 2 hours
  • Group Supervision: 2 hours
  • Didactic Training: 2 hours
  • Community Benefit Project: 32 hours (total)

Didactic Training

  • Trauma-informed care
  • Mindfulness
  • Motivational Interviewing/Stages of Change
  • Crisis Intervention/Risk Management
  • Neurobiology
  • Cultural Issues in Treatment
  • CBT for Psychosis
  • DBT
  • Eating Disorders – Interventions
  • DSM-V Diagnosis
  • Adult Addiction Medicine Treatment
  • Adolescent Addiction Medicine Treatment
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • ADHD Treatment
  • Parenting Skills
  • Treating Bipolar Disorders
  • Self-Care for the Healing Professional
  • Professional Codependency
  • Multidisciplinary Team Treatment
  • Adult IOP/Wrap
  • Resources – Housing/Disability/Money/Insurance
  • CBT – Core Beliefs
  • Trauma and Substance Use
  • Neurobiology of Trauma
  • Harm Reduction

Testimonials

Location

19000 Homestead Rd, Bldg. 1
Cupertino, CA 95014

Training Director

Kristi Van Pykeren, LMFT
Training Program Director

kristi.van-pykeren@kp.org

408-366-4302