Associate Post Masters
Mental Health Fellowship

Mind, Body,
Spirit, Health

Vallejo

Napa Solano Consortium (Vallejo, Vacaville, Fairfield)

First established in Vallejo in 1945, Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano service area spans from the Carquinez Bridge north to Vacaville, Fairfield, and Dixon, through the Napa Valley to Calistoga, and over to Benicia. Napa-Solano Departments of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine serve more than 300,000 members. In addition to Kaiser members, we offer services to approximately 20,000 Medi-Cal patients.
Kaiser Vallejo functions in a similar way to a County hospital and offers services to a broad ethnic, cultural, lifespan, sexual orientation, gender, and socioeconomic spectrum. Virtually all mental health categories are represented, including mood, anxiety, trauma, substance, eating, and psychosis- related disorders. The ethnic diversity of our patient population is broad and includes Latinx, African American, Pacific Islander and other Asian, Caucasian, multiracial, and other backgrounds.
Vallejo is geographically convenient to many parts of the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area, including great restaurants, beaches and beautiful hiking trails. While some of our providers live nearby, others choose to make the easy (reverse!) commute from other parts of the Bay Area such as San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, and more.

Program Highlights

Addiction Medicine and Recovery Services (AMRS), originally known as Chemical Dependency Recovery Services (CDRP), opened in Vallejo in 1995 and became part of Kaiser Permanente’s concerted effort to build an integrated care system for treating addiction. AMRS provides a full range of multidisciplinary chemical dependency and codependency treatments, and a multi-family program for adolescents. We offer early recovery abstinence-based programs as well as continuing treatment for patients in long-term recovery. We also support patients who are interested in harm reduction and who would like to take more time to develop their treatment goals.
We want our patients to benefit from Kaiser’s integrated health care model of treatment and collaborate with many KP departments including Outpatient Psychiatry, Pain Management, and the Emergency Department. AMRS also contracts with outside healthcare agencies to help our patients connect with methadone assisted treatment and residential drug and alcohol services.
For 2020-2021 AMRS will have 4 Post Masters Fellowship positions. We are seeking fellows who are conscientious, professional, and passionate about clinical work and learning new skills. We are also looking for applicants who have a strong orientation to detail, demonstrate good time management skills, and who enjoy multidisciplinary treatment settings.

Clinical Service Opportunities

Clinical service opportunities for fellows at AMRS will include group and individual psychotherapy, crisis intervention and educational groups. All fellows will participate in weekly training and supervision at our primary location in Vallejo. Some clinical hours might also be available at our Vacaville and Fairfield sites.
We anticipate that a typical day will involve collaborating with a multi-disciplinary team to offer structured, milieu-based, outpatient addiction medicine treatment to adults, adolescents, and their families. Fellows will be exposed to a broad range 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, and participating in diagnostic assessment, treatment planning and documentation of progress notes. Fellows will also engage in weekly individual supervision (2 hours), group supervision (2 hours) and didactic trainings (2 hours).
Through all training and service our fellows will build and enhance their knowledge, clinical skills, and professionalism, while valuing personal well-being and self-care. We strive to create safety in the learning experience and have an open-door environment where inquiry and meaningful connections are encouraged. There are department lunches, holiday celebrations, as well as pot lucks throughout the year. We are proud of the community we have created at AMRS.

Specialty Tracks

Clinics within the service area include Vallejo (primary training site), Vacaville, and Fairfield. Rotations may include:

  • Adult Abstinence-Based Programs
  • Adult Harm Reduction Treatment
  • Adolescent and Family Support Services
  • Multidisciplinary team meetings
  • Codependency Program
  • Medication Assisted Treatment
  • Triage and Crisis Support Services
  • Opportunities for cross department collaboration

Schedule

  • Direct Patient Care: 20 hours
  • Team Meetings:1-2 hours
  • Team Meetings:1-2 hours
  • Non-Patient Care: 9 hours
  • Individual Supervision: 2 hours
  • Group Supervision: 2 hours
  • Didactic Training: 2 hours
  • Community Benefit Project: 32 hours (minimum) per training year

Didactic Training

Weekly didactic trainings present a unique opportunity to learn from a variety of practicing professionals and develop clinical skills in the following areas:

  • Motivational Interviewing and Motivational Enhancement Psychotherapy
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Culturally affirmative assessment and treatment
  • Family Issues and Addiction
  • Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders
  • Addiction, Stigma, Power and Privilege
  • Neurobiology of Addiction
  • Community Support Groups and Psychotherapy
  • Foundations of Harm Reduction Approach
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Working with underserved communities
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Trauma and Addiction
  • Chronic Pain and Opiate Replacement Treatment
  • DBT, CBT, and ACT in treatment of chemical dependency
  • Stress Management and Distress Tolerance Techniques
  • Self-care for providers

Location

Vallejo (primary)
800 Sereno Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589

Vacaville
1 Quality Drive
Vacaville, CA 95688

Fairfield
520 Chadbourne Road
Fairfield, CA 94534

Training Director

Mera M Atlis, PhD
Training Director

mera.m.atlis@kp.org

707-651-2648