Doctoral Internship

Adaptive
Health Care

Oakland

The East Bay Oakland Medical Center is in the central portion of the city near public transit. Oakland is noted for its long-standing diversity. Oakland also prides itself on being more affordable that San Francisco. It near enough that the resources of San Francisco are easily accessible after work when wanted or needed.

According to the 2010 Census, the racial and ethnic composition of Oakland was: White: 34.5% (non-Hispanic: 25.9%) Black or African American: 28.0% Asian: 16.8% (8.7% Chinese, 2.2% Vietnamese, 1.6% Filipino, 0.7% Cambodian, 0.7% Laotian, 0.6% Korean, 0.5% Japanese, 0.5% Indian, 0.1% Mongolian) Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 0.6% American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.8% Other race: 13.7% Two or more races: 5.6% Hispanic or Latino of any race: 25.4% (18.1% Mexican, 1.9% Salvadoran, 1.3% Guatemalan, 0.7% Puerto Rican). It serves one of the largest sexual minority populations in the United States (data indicate that only Los Angeles and Seattle have larger populations on the West Coast). 2010 census data indicates that ~5% of the patient population served in the clinics are sexual minorities. The clinic serves as the primary clinic for the cities of Oakland
and Berkeley and smaller surrounding towns.

As an organization, Kaiser serves over 4 million people in Northern California. The total population served by Kaiser in Oakland and Richmond (those who are health plan members, which, as noted, closely match the broader population) is approximately 1 million persons.

Program Highlights

The Oakland Medical Center has had psychologists in training since the 1980s. Oakland has well trained faculty and all supervisors choose to be part of the training program. There are regularly several psychologists who would like to be involved in training but cannot. The medical center also offers training for master’s level clinicians, psychologists at all levels of training, and hosts a psychiatry residency program.

  • All interns received offers on national notification day
  • 75% of interns go on to a Kaiser Residency Program

Clinical Service Opportunities

M-F 8 AM to 8 PM (exact hours vary by day and rotation, with most being 830-530 M-F)

Specialty Tracks

Please see introduction to all programs for program specific competencies required for the completion of the program.

For 2022/2023, we will have 12 interns across multiple different positions.

For students applying to any position in the Kaiser Oakland Psychology Internship, please note the following:

We will only offer interviews for people who indicate an interest in a specific track

We will not use an expressed interest in multiple tracks in any ranking decisions

Make sure that in the APPI you mark all positions you are interested in working in

Ensure that your cover letter clearly and specifically lays out why you are interested in a specific training experience AND your background that makes you a good for the position

We are using a virtual interview process format for the 2022/2023 training year.  In person interviews will not be offered and are not available nor are visits to the program site.  A virtual opportunity to meet current interns will be offered at least 24 hours before rankings are due.

All interns, regardless of placement are required to complete approximately 30 ADD/HD (or other formal testing approximating the same amount of testing time) assessments during the training year.

Candidates applying to multiple tracks need to clearly identify how their background or interest makes them a good candidate. We aim to interview 8-12 candidates for each placement.

Location: Oakland, CA

The 3 interns in this placement serve 3 shifts per week in pediatrics and the pediatric unit in the tertiary medical care hospital, 3 shifts per week in the adult crisis service and the adult units in the tertiary medical care hospital, and 3 shifts per week in the testing services for adult patients in the clinic. All interns in the track are required to successfully complete all three rotations. Interns are not allowed to spend additional time in any rotation or extend any rotation based on interest. Successful applicants should have interest and abilities to see both children and adults. Limited exposure to patient in the emergency department may be provided.  Please note that interns in this placement are required to work with medically compromised and physically ill patients and must always work on site.

Successful interns will need to be able to work in fast paced environments with a focus on immediate interventions and not long-term work with patients.

 

Two interns serve in the adult services team providing clinical care to patients with a wide ranging set of disorders.    Caseloads are heavy and new patients are seen every week.  In addition, one half day a week will be doing testing with adults in Oakland. Interns will be asked to work with adults only.  Child experience is not provided. Limited exposure to patient in the emergency department may be provided at some point but is not ensured.  Please note that interns in this placement are required to work with medically compromised and physically ill patients and must always be available to work on site.

Successful interns will need to be able to work in fast paced environments with a focus on immediate interventions and not long-term work with patients.

One intern serves part time in the Gastroenterology department working with patients with what is presumptively gastro-intestinal distress related to psychological distress. The focus is on immediate relief of symptoms using short and fast interventions. Interns will typically only see patients once and provide interventions immediately after the patient is seen by the treating provider. The intern may also provide a few sessions of brief follow up if clinically indicated.  Assessment services will occupy the remained of the time and will emphasize ADHD assessment services although exposure to bariatric assessment may be provided.

Successful interns will need to be able to work in fast paced environments with a focus on immediate interventions and not long-term work with patients.

One intern serves in our pediatric behavioral medicine clinics. This intern works with cases where the focus is on increasing patient compliance with medical interventions and managing psychological distress in patients with medical problems. The intern in this position will need to be comfortable working with both young child and adolescents and feel comfortable working with parents who may not always be in support of the medical interventions recommended.

 

One intern serves in our eating disorders program. These patients have a variety of disordered eating issues and the intern may be required to work with both adolescents and adults. The intern in this position will need to have an interest in eating disorders and be willing to take on role as a junior staff member.


One intern will be placed with the “The Multi-Specialty Transitions (MST) Department” at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center which is a regional hub for gender-affirming medical care in Northern CA. The clinic’s mental health model is rooted in self-determination and informed consent, and providers on this team support patients holistically as they pursue gender affirming medical care. The mental health service in the clinic also closely collaborate with medical providers to offer a range of services that support patients’ emotional and psychological well-being. These services are affirmative, sex-positive, respectful and culturally sensitive.

The clinic team consists of mental health providers as well as clinicians from surgery, internal medicine, gynecology, social work, and nursing, who work together to provide comprehensive healthcare for Kaiser Permanente members needing gender-affirming health care services.

A mental health clinician in this role has the opportunity to provide the following services:

  • Conduct informing sessions for gender affirming medical care including hormones and surgeries
  • Provide ongoing support for patients as they prepare for and recover from gender affirming surgeries
  • Facilitate support groups
  • Short term psychotherapy
  • Present mental health and wellness material at surgical education classes
  • Provide support for youth and families navigating decisions related to medical and social transition
  • Coordinate care across an interdisciplinary team of providers
  • Develop patient education material and resources

An ideal candidate for this position has a working knowledge of transgender and non-binary identities, is rooted in social justice frameworks, and understands the historical gatekeeping role that mental health providers have played in trans health and are willing to interrogate their own subjectivities in clinical encounters with patients.

For students applying to any position in the Kaiser Oakland Psychology Internship, please do the following:
* We will only offer interviews for people who indicate an interest in a specific track
* We will not use an expressed interest in multiple tracks in any ranking decisions
* Make sure that in the APPI you mark all positions you are interested in working in
* Ensure that your cover letter clearly and specifically lays out why you are interested in a specific training experience AND your background that makes you a good for the position

* We are using a virtual interview process format for the 2021/2022 training year

The intern in this position will be placed in the behavioral medicine service, located in a medical service within a large medical center. The intern selected should have a basic familiarity with medical terminology. In addition, prior behavioral medicine experience is preferred, but not required. The position will require the intern to work as an embedded “psychologist”, and the major portion of the patients will have psychiatric conditions with no medical problems (except for somatization) . This position may involve after-hours call or pager work at some point during the training year.

Our behavioral medicine service is primarily a co-location/consultant model, and not a health psychology position so skills in rapid assessment of psychiatric disorders is required. The applicants in this position will be well qualified to move into advanced training in health psychology and other areas, although the program itself will be more focused in treating primarily mild to moderate psychiatric patients in a general medical center. We expect the intern in this position to be flexible, as the tasks to be performed may change over the course of the year, including reassignment to other services/departments if needed. The intern in this position will be required to change offices on a daily basis, with limited ability to make accommodations.

For students applying to any position in the Kaiser Oakland Psychology Internship, please do the following:
* We will only offer interviews for people who indicate an interest in a specific track
* We will not use an expressed interest in multiple tracks in any ranking decisions
* Make sure that in the APPI you mark all positions you are interested in working in
* Ensure that your cover letter clearly and specifically lays out why you are interested in a specific training experience AND your background that makes you a good for the position

* We are using a virtual interview process format for the 2021/2022 training year

IOP is an outpatient crisis stabilization program designed to help our most vulnerable mental health patient population. The program has been successful in helping clinic patients avoid hospitalization and offering a step-down from a higher level of care to prevent quick return of symptoms and possible rehospitalization. The intern in this placement will actively participate in co-facilitating 3x/week process and psychoeducation groups, complete 2 IOP Intake Assessments each week and closely monitor and case manage a small caseload of IOP patients during their program stay.

The intern in this position will be assigned to the Oakland Adult Services and will be working with a general adult service case load and will be conducting multiple groups over the course of the training year.  Interns in this position will be required to manage a large and growing caseload (between 3 and 5 new patients per week most weeks) providing very brief interventions and using group treatment as a primary modality for interventions.  Applicants should have experience using short term, behaviorally focused interventions.   Cases are not carried for long term and persons who desire psychodynamic training or long-term therapy will not find this position rewarding work.   Candidates with experience in working in busy settings such as medical offices in health psychology, crisis services, or other settings where there are tight limitations on the number of sessions will be the most successful.

Schedule

  • Direct Patient Care 25-30 Hours (lower for testing rotation)
  • Non-Direct Patient Care 5 Hours (higher for testing experiences)
  • Individual Supervision 2 hours
  • Group Supervision 2 hours
  • Community Benefits Project .75 Hours
  • Didactic Experiences 2 hours

Didactic Training

Each intern will have (over the course of the year) 100 hours of didactic training. This will be a mixture of organizational required trainings, training specifically on health care terminology and language, medical grand rounds (adult and pediatric), professional development (including residency application processes), application of diversity training, and use of professional resources in treatment. Specific examples include:

  • Mental Status Exam
  • Diversity and Cultural Understanding
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Suicide and Risk Assessment

Current Opportunities

Position Program Track(s) Location(s)
Oakland Psychology Doctoral Intern – Child/Adult Acute Care ADHD Match#245911 Doctoral Internship Adult, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Child Oakland
Oakland Psychology Doctoral Intern – Adult Generalist Match#245912 Doctoral Internship Adult Oakland
Oakland Psychology Doctoral Intern – Gender Transitions (MST) Match#245913 Doctoral Internship Gender Transitions (MST) Oakland
Oakland Psychology Doctoral Intern – Pediatric Behavioral Medicine Match#245914 Doctoral Internship Pediatric BMS Oakland
Oakland Psychology Doctoral Intern – Adult Behavioral Medicine Match#245915 Doctoral Internship Adult, Behavioral Medicine Oakland
Oakland Psychology Doctoral Intern – Gastroenterology and Assessment Match#245916 Doctoral Internship Assessment, Gastroenterology Oakland
Oakland Psychology Doctoral Intern – Eating Disorders Match#245917 Doctoral Internship Eating Disorders Oakland
Oakland Psychology Doctoral Intern – Intensive Outpatient Program Match#245918 Doctoral Internship Intensive Outpatient Services (IOP) Oakland
Oakland Psychology Doctoral Intern – Adult Services and Group Treatment Match#245919 Doctoral Internship Adult Oakland

Accreditation

  • Accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

Member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC)

Location

280 W. MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94611

Training Director

F. Myron Hays, PhD, ABPP
Training Director

myron.hays@kp.org