Postdoctoral Residency

Cutting Edge
Treatment

San Francisco

West Bay Consortium (San Francisco, South San Francisco and Redwood City)

The Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Training Programs at West Bay Consortium started in 2008 and APA-accredited since 2013. The training programs function as a consortium and is now comprised of four training sites including: Redwood City Medical Center, San Francisco Medical Center: Department of Mental Health and Department of Chronic Pain, and South San Francisco Medical Center. Each of these training sites is administratively independent, but each site contributes faculty, financial support, and other resources to the Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Training Program. All residents meet weekly for didactics and professional networking in Daly City.

Located in Daly City, just south of San Francisco and along the north side of the West Bay Peninsula, the South San Francisco Department of Mental Health is central to an exciting global urban hub and breathtakingly beautiful natural settings.

The patient population consists of Kaiser Health Plan members and represents a broad ethnic, cultural, lifespan, sexual orientation, gender, and socioeconomic spectrum. To provide culturally appropriate care, our clinicians represent The spectrum of diversity. Below are additional highlights:

  • Many clinicians are former KP postdoctoral residents
  • Trainings offered in a wide variety of evidence-based treatment modalities
  • BART accessible and free parking

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

Program Highlights

The San Francisco team is located in San Francisco’s Inner Richmond district, an accessible and historic neighborhood reputed for its diverse cuisine and proximity to Golden Gate Park. Situated midway between the downtown and the impressively expansive Ocean Beach, the Inner Richmond truly reflects a “changing of the gears” as city melds into a more suburban vibe. Downtown, however, for those who seek it, is easily in reach via bicycle or numerous bus routes that pass through the Richmond neighborhood. During lunchtime, a stroll through Golden Gate Park is an irresistible lure for many of our employees seeking to recharge, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself making an ever so slight detour on Clement Street, famed for a multitude of friendly, unpretentious, and most notably delicious multiethnic eateries along the way!

Our Kaiser Permanente member population is approximately 230,000 –within the city and county of San Francisco. · Membership by ethnicity: approximately 38 % White, 6% African American, 30% Asian, and 10.5% Latino. · 95% of our members speak English, Chinese or Spanish. · Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to providing culturally competent care with well-established Spanish and Chinese language modules since the late 1990’s.

Warm, hard-working, dedicated staff with respect and collaboration across disciplines, differences of opinion shared and discussed openly.

From a recent patient: “Why don’t all Kaiser departments collaborate with one another as effectively as this one does? I’ve been dealing with this pain for 13 years. I finally have my life back.”

  • Multidisciplinary evaluations
  • Psychoeducation
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Biofeedback Training
  • Psychological Testing (mostly limited to psychological evaluations for implantable therapies)

Qualities we seek:

  • Clinical background in health psychology/behavioral medicine
  • Previous experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team preferred
  • Enjoys and works well within a collaborative work environment
  • Strong clinical skills
  • Open and interested in working with supervisors with diverse theoretical orientations
  • Capable and comfortable working independently but seeks consultation whenever needed
  • Good sense of humor always a plus!

In our clinic you have:

  • Unique opportunity to work closely with a truly integrated multidisciplinary treatment team
  • Excellent individual and group psychotherapy training
  • Biofeedback training!
  • Training staff are extremely supportive and invested in residents having a stimulating and enjoyable training year
  • Competitive edge on the job market due to specialty training
  • Numerous residents have been hired on to the staff or in other Kaiser departments

Many providers in the department have worked here for over a decade, demonstrating a solid commitment to the community, as well as to the department.

Our department provides specialty services for the diverse DSM5 clinical conditions. The training program is focused on our adult population. Child treatment and assessment are not included in the current training program.

Individuals that have thrived in our department’s resident training program are skilled at multi-tasking, are versed in the “EPIC” electronic records system and enjoy a fast-paced environment. We also highly value cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and cognitive diversity.

The San Francisco Department of Psychiatry has the largest Neuropsychology program in Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California clinics. We are also involved in pre/post epilepsy surgery evaluations, with an opportunity for research in this area.

The training program residents participate in the weekly Neuropsychology case conferences and lecture series. Although residents will not be involved in neuropsychological assessments, they will participate in the weekly meetings and will have completed approximately 40 hours of case presentations and 40 hours of neuropsychology lectures at the end of their training year.

Residents will participate by presenting two power point presentations on an area of clinical psychology or neuropsychology. Additionally, residents will be part of a case presentation rotation, to assist with developing case conceptualizations and refining public speaking abilities.

Many of the clinical supervisors were once residents in our department; we like it here, and hope you will too.

Clinical Service Opportunities

Residents are engaged in providing a broad array of clinical services offered by the clinic. A resident’s specific clinical activities vary from week to week but generally a work week involves:

  • 8-10 hours of individual psychotherapy
  • 5-7 hours group-based psychotherapy
  • 3-4 hours multidisciplinary intakes
  • 8-10 hours of supervision/training
  • 8-10 hours clinical/administrative meetings, chart time, time for testing & research project work, other

We offer adult psychiatry positions for outpatient mental health. Training opportunities at San Francisco Kaiser include individual psychotherapy with a wide variety of populations and presentations. As a medical facility, Kaiser Permanente uses the medical model of mental health treatment to guide treatment planning, and residents will have an excellent opportunity to learn (or continue their knowledge) within a large medical facility working with interdisciplinary teams and other types of treatment providers.

There are many diverse opportunities for residents to gain experience in different clinical services. If interested, residents may have the opportunity to co-facilitate group therapy, as SFO Kaiser Permanente has extensive group therapy opportunities for patients. If interested, residents may also gain experience in our IOP program for experience with more acute patients.

Specialty Tracks

  • Multidisciplinary Chronic Pain Management
  • Biofeedback Training
  • Headache Management
  • Day Treatment

Other Clinics within the Service Area

  • San Francisco Adult Services
  • San Francisco Child Services
  • San Francisco Behavioral Medicine

Evelyn Miccio, PsyD, the Training Director, is invested in residents becoming licensed by the end of the training year, if you desire. Given this passion, group supervision is provided to help guide you along the licensure process, including assisting in developing a study plan, checking in about your progress, as well as assisting with any studying challenges.

As part of the Neuropsychology team, you will present clinical cases throughout the year to the team and two power-point presentations on any neuropsychology topic you desire, in an effort to develop your expertise in this area.

Other Clinics within the Service Area

  • San Francisco Adult Services
  • San Francisco Child Services
  • San Francisco Behavioral Medicine

Schedule

  • Direct Patient Care: 18- 20 hours
  • Non-Patient Time: 10-12 hours
  • Individual Supervision: 3 hours
  • Group Supervision: 1 hour
  • Didactic Trainings: 3 hours
  • Research Project: 1 hour
  • Community Project: 1 hour
  • License Prep: 1 hour
  • Direct patient care: 27 hours (includes Hospital Duty/On call: 3 hours)
  • Non-patient care: 4 hours
  • Individual clinical supervision: 1 hour
  • Individual neuropsychological supervision: 1 hour
  • Group supervision: 2 (+ as needed) hours
  • Didactic Training: 5 hours (WBC 3, Neuropsych conference 2)
  • Cultural conversations: throughout the week, varies
  • Community Benefit Project: 32 hours for the training year
  • Research project: 20 hours for the training year

Didactic Training

  • Yearlong Biofeedback Training Seminar
  • Weekly Didactics (Selected Topics Include):
  • Acupuncture for Physical and Emotional Pain
  • Eating Disorder Treatment and Nutrition Myths
  • ADHD Across the Lifespan
  • End of Life Issues
  • Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness
  • Identification and Treatment of Chronic Pain Patients with Opioid Use Disorders

We follow the Houston Conference Guidelines regarding general training in Neuropsychology and lectures include topics such as:

  • Neuropsychological interviewing, report writing and feedback
  • Validity testing
  • Capacity evaluations
  • Neuropsychology and neurobiology of Neurocognitive disorders
  • Memory: anatomy and assessment.
  • General Neuroanatomy: Basal Ganglia, thalamus, Central Nervous System Infections, Cerebral hemispheres: Blood supply, strokes, etc.
  • Neuropsychology of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Current Opportunities

Position Program Track(s) Location(s)
San Francisco Psychology Postdoctoral Resident – Adult Team (4 positions) Postdoctoral Residency Adult San Francisco
San Francisco Psychology Postdoctoral Resident – Chronic Pain (2 positions) Postdoctoral Residency Chronic Pain San Francisco

Testimonials

Accreditation

  • West Bay Consortium 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

Location

4141 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118

Training Director

Aaron Trinh, Psy.D
Consortium Director

aaron.l.trinh@kp.org

Sloan Norman, Ph.D.
Training Program Director - Chronic Pain

sloan.norman@kp.org

415-833-4777

Evelyn Miccio, PsyD
Training Program Director - Neuropsychology and General Psychology

evelyn.miccio@kp.org

415-833-0208