Associate Post Masters
Mental Health Fellowship

Mind, Body,
Spirit, Health

Vacaville

The Vacaville and Fairfield clinics are in Northern California, an easy day trip to the coast, San Francisco, Napa, or Lake Tahoe. Outdoor activities are popular, especially from April to November, when the weather is warm and dry. The winter affords skiing opportunities in the Sierra. Cost of living is moderate for California communities and much more affordable than the Bay Area.

Between the two clinics, we serve approximately 150,000 Kaiser Permanente members including significant portion of Medi-Cal patients. Solano County is extremely diverse in terms of racial and ethnic identities with large populations of Filipinx, Latinx, and African American clients who utilize our services. Our clinics in serve a vast span with regard to socioeconomic diversity. We serve a number of folks who commute into the larger cities for their jobs and our catchment area also includes patients from more rural nearby towns.

Program Highlights

Our clinics and staffing have been through a number of transitions in the last year, as has our training program. We are excited to revive this program with a new structure, training opportunities and diverse training staff. We will offer year-long fellowships to two or three qualified candidates. All fellows for our service area will gain experience by working on both our Adult and Child & Family teams. We operate in strong team environment, with an open-door policy which ensures quality consultation and collaboration with staff across clinics, teams and licensure. The Vacaville and Fairfield clinics are comprised of the following teams: Adult, Child & Family, Addiction Medicine and Recovery Services, Intensive Outpatient, Eating Disorders Team and Triage.

We value our fellows and appreciate the energy and enthusiasm they have brought to the team in the past. Many of our staff were hired on after completing fellowships and residency programs and have been able to build meaningful positions for themselves within the clinic. Our training team is committed to providing a worthwhile and individualized training experience within a supportive and nurturing environment. The ultimate goal of the training program is to develop well rounded, culturally competent, and forward-thinking therapists prepared for independent practice.

  • Fellows have access to the staff gym on the Vacaville campus as well as a number of fitness and wellness programs offered by staff
  • Excellent lunch options nearby
  • Fellows have access to Kaiser Permanente employee discounts for events such as NBA game tickets and BottleRock Festival day passes

The adult team provides individual and group treatment for a variety of psychiatric disorders as well as case management, Gender Care and Intensive Outpatient Services. We work closely with the interdisciplinary teams at Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center, Emergency Department, and Trauma Unit as well as the Fairfield Outpatient Medical Offices. Fellows will have the opportunity to co-facilitate groups based on their area of interest or build curriculum for a new group based on need of the clinic.

The training year is very fast paced. Our most successful fellows are flexible, open and willing to incorporate feedback into their work, self-sufficient and willing to ask for assistance. Our multidisciplinary team is eager to help and provide support.

The child team provides individual, group, and family treatment for a variety of psychiatric disorders as well as case management and teen and young teen Intensive Outpatient Services and Gender Care. We work closely with the interdisciplinary teams at Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center, Emergency Department as well as the Fairfield Outpatient Medical Offices.

Fellows will have the opportunity to co-facilitate child/teen/multifamily groups based on their area of interest or build curriculum for a new group based on need of the clinic.

The training year is very fast paced. Our most successful fellows are flexible, open and willing to incorporate feedback into their work, self-sufficient and willing to ask for assistance. Our multidisciplinary team is eager to help and provide support.

Clinical Service Opportunities

A typical day for Associate Post Masters Mental Health Fellows in our clinics include conducting intake appointments for new patients (about 1-2 per day), return appointments with existing patients, co-facilitation of groups, documentation of treatment encounters, individual and group supervision, team meetings and opportunities for consultation with other staff members. Opportunities are also offered to shadow services in the Emergency Department.

Specialty Tracks

Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in the following rotations on interest and availability. Depending on number of fellows offered positions this following year, home base will be the Vacaville clinic, but may include some work in the Fairfield clinic

  • Eating Disorders Program
  • Gender Care Program
  • Hospital Based Consult/Liaison Services
  • Adult or Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program
  • Trauma Treatment Track

Rotations include shadowing and co-facilitating a wide variety of groups including DBT, anxiety and depression management, treatment of Bipolar disorders, eating disorders, treatment of Psychotic Disorder, Trauma Recovery, etc. Fellows will also have opportunities, when available, to rotate through Intensive Outpatient Services (IOP), Triage and the Emergency Department (ED).

Rotations include shadowing and co-facilitating a wide variety of groups for preschool, elementary school, middle school and high school aged patients as well as multifamily groups to address anxiety, depression, adjustments to change, eating disorders, trauma. Fellows will also have opportunities, when available, to rotate through Teen Intensive Outpatient Services (IOP) and Emergency Department (ED).

Schedule

  • Direct Patient Care: 20 Hours
  • Individual Supervision: 2 Hours
  • Group Supervision: 2 Hours
  • Didactic Training: 2 Hours
  • Diversity conversation: 1 Hour
  • Feedback Informed Care and Case Consultation: 1 Hour
  • Remaining 12 hours per week will consist of indirect patient care (i.e. documentation, team meetings, community project, etc.)
  • Community Benefit Project: 32 Hours/per Year
  • Schedule is Monday – Friday and will include at least one evening

Didactic Training

  • Mindfulness
  • Transgender and gender nonconforming competency
  • Addiction Medicine
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • PTSD and Acute Trauma
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Culture & Diversity in practice
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Post-Partum Depression/Anxiety/Psychosis
  • ADHD
  • Suicide Assessment
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Eating Disorders Assessment and Treatment

Testimonials

Location

1 Quality Dr
Vacaville
California, CA 95687

520 Chadbourne Rd
Fairfield
California, CA 94534

Training Director

Robynn Thomas, LCSW
Training Director

robynn.thomas@kp.org

707-624-2822

Training Team

Meet the Training Team