Postdoctoral Residency

Cutting Edge

South Sacramento

Sacramento Valley Consortium (Sacramento/Roseville and South Sacramento)

The Sacramento Valley Training Consortium is centrally located in Sacramento, California. “The City of Trees” is the heart of California’s Central Valley and the state capitol. The city has experienced significant growth and development in the past years and includes top farm-to-fork restaurants, professional sports, and access to amazing outdoor activities. 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. The city of Sacramento and its surrounding suburbs are frequently identified as a top city among multiple polls.

Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento cares for ~213,000+ members, which is 41% of the residents in this area. The diversity of the South Sacramento area is reflected in our patient population: White= 34%; Hispanic= 28%; Asian= 26%; African-American= 14%; Other= 3%.

Program Highlights

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

The South Sacramento and Elk Grove training team consists of highly skilled clinical psychologists, many of whom are former residents of this program. As a result, supervisors are personally invested in the success of this training program and its residents.

Postdoctoral residents are exposed to evidence-based treatment modalities during their training year. In addition to these modalities, the training faculty are committed to providing multiculturally aware and informed treatment to those who seek our services. We value the unique knowledge and experiences individuals have when they seek therapy, and it is our belief, that these experiences should be respected and not pathologized. We believe symptoms are often the result of contextual factors, and that individuals and families may simply need assistance in recognizing these factors in order to find and/or connect to their preferred ways of being. Supervisor theoretical frameworks include CBT, DBT, ACT, Narrative Therapy, Solutions Focused-Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Interventions, and Family Systems.

Our outpatient psychiatry clinics pride itself in being incredibly supportive, innovative and collegial. The clinical team consists of psychiatrists, registered nurses, psychologists, LCSWs ,MFTs and neuropsychologist. Residents are integrated into clinics to build support, cohesion, mentorship and to further develop their professional identities.

Similarly, the Behavioral Medicine team (integrated primary care) prides itself in being driven, collaborative and supportive. The Behavioral Medicine team consists of psychologists and psychiatrists. Adult and Pediatric residents are welcomed into a fast-paced, collaborative medical center that relies heavily on our psychologists to provide support for our diverse patient population.

With a supportive leadership team, innovation and emphasis on empirically driven treatments, the South Sacramento Medical Center welcomes residents with similar mindsets. We pride ourselves in being Simply the Best and providing the best patient care experience.

The departments of Psychiatry at South Sacramento and Elk Grove offer outpatient therapy to adults, families, and children. The therapy coverage for most Kaiser members is focused, brief treatment, although patients with severe and chronic problems have access to ongoing services. Treatment for many diagnostic groups is informed by Best Practice guidelines, developed and periodically updated by regional work groups. Patients are encouraged to participate in classes and groups that are offered for most problem areas. A treatment “package” often includes a combination of individual, group, classes, and possibly psychopharmacologic treatment. We also offer Intensive Outpatient (“day treatment”), Addiction Medicine Recovery Services, Eating Disorders, and Dialectic Behavior Programs to provide intensive, focused treatment options.

We are looking for trainees with experience in brief-therapy approaches and have demonstrated commitment to multiculturally aware and informed treatment. We are a fast-paced clinic with staff who enjoy working together. Our recipe for group cohesion tends to be equal parts hard work and good humor. We believe that as psychologists, our task is, in large part, to help our patients form healthy sustainable relationships with themselves, others, and the world. We believe that work begins with our efforts to take care of ourselves and our relationships as a treatment team. We seek postdoctoral residents who are interested in growth and becoming a part of a cohesive team.

  • Majority of residents are licensed within 1 year of program completion.
  • 89% of South Sacramento/Elk Grove residents have been hired by Kaiser Permanente from 2013-2018.
  • Residents participate in Cultural Conversations, which encourages residents to assess their backgrounds, identities and awareness of cultural factors that influence their practice as a clinical psychologist.
  • Residents have opportunities to train in a variety of health psychology settings across the medical center.
  • The Sacramento Valley Training Consortium is currently in the process of APA accreditation.

Clinical Service Opportunities

  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Family Psychotherapy (pediatric resident only)
  • Group therapy
  • Psychoeducational Classes
  • Psychological Consultation
  • Psychological Testing

Specialty Tracks

Behavioral Medicine (Adult & Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Women’s Health, Chronic Pain, Bariatrics), Lifestyle Medicine, Memory Clinic, Adult ADHD Clinic, Child ADHD Clinic, Addiction Medicine Recovery Services

Location Rotations

  • Elk Grove Outpatient Adult Psychiatry
  • Elk Grove Promenade Pediatric Lifestyle Medicine
  • Elk Grove Child ADHD Clinic
  • Elk Grove Memory Clinic
  • South Sacramento Adult & Family Medicine Behavioral Medicine
  • South Sacramento Bariatrics
  • South Sacramento Pediatric Behavioral Medicine
  • South Sacramento Outpatient Child Psychiatry


  • Direct Patient Care: 20 hours
  • Non-Patient Time: 12 hours
  • Individual Supervision with Primary Supervisor: 2 hours
  • Individual Supervision with Rotation Supervisor: 1 hour
  • Assessment Supervision: 1 hour
  • Group Supervision: 1 hour
  • Didactic Training: 2 hours
  • Cultural Conversations: 1 hour

Didactic Training

  • Adult Psychopharmacology
  • Pediatric Psychopharmacology
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
  • Bariatric Psychology
  • Culture & Diversity in Emergency Room Evaluations
  • Transgender & Nonbinary Care
  • Chronic Medical Issues & End of Life
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Current Opportunities

Position Program Track(s) Location(s)
South Sacramento Psychology Postdoctoral Resident – Adult Psychiatry with Rotation in Primary Care (2 positions) Postdoctoral Residency Adult South Sacramento
South Sacramento Psychology Postdoctoral Resident – Pediatric Primary Care with Child Psych rotation Postdoctoral Residency Child, Pediatric South Sacramento



  • Sacramento Valley Consortium (Roseville/Sacramento and South Sacramento) 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: Web:


6600 Bruceville Road
Sacramento, CA 95823

Training Director

Jarrett Takayama, PsyD
Training Program Director