Postdoctoral Residency

Cutting Edge
Treatment

Vallejo

North Bay Consortium (Vallejo, Vacaville, Santa Rosa and San Rafael)

The North Bay Consortium (NBC) includes Santa Rosa, San Rafael, Vallejo, Vacaville and Fairfield medical centers. We have a long and rich history in providing Postdoctoral Residency training. The NBC was the first consortium to receive APA accreditation, which was initially obtained on December 4, 2009.

While we maintain our APA status, psychologists across the 4 clinics collaborate to provide robust didactic training capitalizing on the clinical expertise spread across the region and creating a cutting-edge training experience for our residents. We collaborate regularly across service areas seeking consultation from our counterparts in other locations of NBC to provide the best quality care to our patients and the best quality training to our residents. We continue to grow and expand, what was once a small consortium of 13 residents and a few clinics has now grown to a robust 23 residents (and counting) spanning 5 clinics and 3 service areas.

We value diversity, equity, and inclusion and are proud to provide excellent clinical care to our vast patient populations and local communities.

Program Highlights

The Kaiser Vallejo Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine departments offer cutting-edge training in a supportive and warm environment. As the largest training program in the Bay Area, our staff consists of numerous former trainees which helps contribute to a culture of growth and learning for each cohort. Postdoctoral residents are made to feel welcome and are truly valued as part of our team.

Our Mental Health Department is comprised of 3 teams: The Adult Team, the Child and Family team and the Intensive Outpatient Program. The medical center also has an Addiction Medicine Recovery Services (AMRS), a Behavioral Medicine Program (BMS), Behavioral Health Education, and a Chronic Pain program. In addition, there are full-time mental health staff covering our Emergency Department.

Our Adult and Child/Family postdocs spend the bulk of their time in the Psychiatry Department but can rotate through any of the above clinics for one-quarter of their clinical time. Our Health Psychology postdocs are embedded in Primary Care but can rotate through other departments in the medical center including oncology, women’s health, and Chronic Pain.

Our Health Psychology Residents will be housed in Primary Care, Women’s Health, and our Level II Trauma Unit.

The Behavioral Medicine Team is a collaborative and cohesive group who regularly coordinates care with primary care providers, OBGYNs, pharmacists and ancillary staff in an effort to provide optimal patient care. The residents will collaborate with physicians on the evaluation of psychotropic medications within their scope of practice. Residents serve as a liaison between the patient and physician, especially in monitoring response to medications. The resident will assist medical care providers and their patients in Women’s Health and Primary Care by addressing behavioral and psychological factors that contribute to overall improved health.

Consultation/Liaison work in the Level II Trauma Center involves bedside consultation with various services including assessment and screeners specific to trauma and cognitive functioning. The Consultation/Liaison/BMS Resident will also provide psychoeducation and brief interventions to help with adjustment. This rotation will also involve rounding with the trauma teams and providing consultation for which patients could benefit from additional intervention. Residents are integrated into these respective clinics and build support and collaboration throughout the residency year.

Our staff consists of a vibrant mix of psychologists, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, marriage and family therapists, postdoctoral residents, and practicum students. In addition to individual psychotherapy and medication management, our clinic hosts over 40 groups each week for various populations and presenting problems (examples include Depression, PTSD, Happiness, DBT, Bipolar, Mindfulness, and much more!).

We’re a tight-knit clinic and think of ourselves as family. We value trainees who work well with others and are open and receptive to feedback. Trainees who are hard-working, flexible, and eager to learn tend to flourish at our site.

  • Kaiser Vallejo is located in one of the most diverse cities in the United States
  • Over the past 5 years, we’ve hired over 50% of our postdoctoral residents onto our permanent staff, and over 80% have been hired on within Kaiser.
  • Our program is one of the most flexible around – we aim to tailor the training year to match your specific training goals

The department of Psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente Vallejo provides services to more than 300,000 members. In addition to Kaiser members, the departments provide services to approximately 20,000 Medi-Cal patients. Kaiser Vallejo functions in a similar way to a County hospital and provides services to a very diverse community including African Americans, Latino/a, Filipino/a, and Caucasians. In fact, by some measures Vallejo is the most diverse city in the United States!

Our clinic is geographically convenient to many parts of the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area, including wine country, beaches and beautiful hiking trails. While some of our residents live nearby, others choose to make the easy (reverse!) commute from other beautiful parts of the Bay Area such as San Francisco, Oakland, Marin County, and more.

Clinical Service Opportunities

Tracks

  • Adult Team
  • Child & Family
  • Health Psychology (Vallejo and Vacaville)
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Group Psychotherapy/Psychoeducational Classes
  • Family Therapy (for residents in Child/Family Track)
  • Psychological Testing
  • Program Evaluation Project
  • Community Service and Outreach
  • Integrative Health Psychology (full-time for Health Psych residents, or shorter rotation for Psychiatry residents)

Other Clinics within Service Area

  • Vallejo
  • Vacaville
  • Fairfield
  • Napa

Specialty Tracks

This extraordinary training opportunity will allow the resident to focus on providing treatment to more acute and chronic patients. Patients in the intensive outpatient program (IOP) may have recently been hospitalized, or are at risk for hospitalization. The resident will spend allotted time creating curriculum, co-facilitating and developing treatment geared towards stabilization for patients in acute psychiatric crises. The experience includes individual intakes, facilitating both psychoeducational and process groups, and family meetings when indicated. It also involves twice daily meetings and consultation with small tight-knit, interdisciplinary treatment team. The residents will carry a smaller ongoing caseload and will focus a considerable part of their clinical time working with short-term crisis stabilization. This position broadens and deepens your clinical skills across all diagnoses with a very diverse group of patients while working closely with a supportive group of colleagues. Program development project focused on care improvement for patients with chronic or serious mental illness.

This resident will also gain experience in being a part of the Psychiatry Adult Team. The Adult Team provides a variety of clinical services including individual intake assessments, intervention, and co-facilitation of groups. We host over 40 groups each week for various populations and presenting problems including depression management, Trauma Recovery, Happiness & Wellbeing, DBT, Bipolar, Mindfulness, and many more! Residents are expected to attend weekly Adult Team Staff meetings and case consultation. Monthly in-service training is also provided.

Candidates with interest and experience in working with serious mental illness as well as general mental health preferred.

PLEASE NOTE: Residents are classified as essential employees under California regulations and Kaiser policy. As such, any resident may be required to work on site at any time and may be required to come in during a natural disaster or other event such as COVID19.

The residents on the Child & Family Team receives advanced training in general child and family clinical service provision. The resident will provide treatment to children and adolescents presenting with a wide range of presenting problems including depression, anxiety, family conflict, divorce, behavioral and peer problems.  This position broadens and deepens your clinical skills across all diagnoses with a very diverse group of patients while working closely with a supportive group of colleagues. Residents will conduct intakes, provide individual and family treatment as indicated, and co-lead therapy groups. There are a wide variety of group options available including Teen Stress, Skill Building for Parents, Child Social Skills Group, Child Anxiety Group, and many others. Rotation opportunities include Concussion/Sports Medicine Clinic, pediatric behavioral medicine services, emergency room, and addiction medicine services.

Residents will participate in the Teen Intensive Outpatient Programs and Middle School Intensive Outpatient Programs which serve as stabilization for patients stepping down from hospitalization or who are at risk for hospitalization. The resident will also conduct ADHD evaluations, and may have opportunities to conduct psych diagnostic assessments depending on interest and experience.

Candidates with advanced competency and experience working with children and adolescents preferred.

PLEASE NOTE: Residents are classified as essential employees under California regulations and Kaiser policy. As such, any resident may be required to work on site at any time and may be required to come in during a natural disaster or other event such as COVID19.

The Health Psychology Postdoctoral Residents will receive excellent training in primary care psychology while working within a tight knit team. The residents will spend approximately half of their time in Behavioral Medicine Services (BMS), embedded within primary care or OBGYN.  Residents are integrated into these respective clinics and build support and collaboration throughout the residency year. The residents will assist medical care providers and their patients by addressing behavioral and psychological factors that contribute to overall improved health. In this role, residents will have the opportunity to diagnose, develop treatment plans, and care for patients within the department of medicine.  Behavioral medicine providers co-treat chronic conditions such as diabetes mellitus, chronic pain, headaches, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome. In addition, BMS providers are integral in treating adjustment disorders often related to coping with medical diagnoses and help to improve whole health patient outcomes.  This position broadens and deepens your brief assessment and intervention skills across many diagnoses with a very diverse group of patients.

The BMS model allows for warm handoffs from the physicians, for patients who may be ambivalent about treatment engagement or likely to benefit from a brief intervention.  The residents will collaborate with physicians on the evaluation of psychotropic medications within their scope of practice.  Residents serve as a liaison between the patient and physician, especially in monitoring response to medications.  Residents will also aid in general medication compliance with the goal of optimizing overall health.  An additional responsibility of the residents is performing brief cognitive screenings as requested by the primary care physicians.  Opportunities to conduct Bariatric surgery evaluations available depending on interest and experience. Residents are expected to attend weekly BMS staff meetings and case consultation.

While the residents will be housed primarily in Behavioral Medicine, they will also have opportunities to work and train in other areas of the medical center. Available opportunities include: Consultation/Liaison in the Emergency Department, chronic pain program, Parkinson’s support group, oncology, Concussion/Sports Medicine Clinic and Diabetes Classes. This position requires autonomy and flexibility in fast-paced medical settings. Candidates with education and previous experience working in behavioral medicine or health psychology settings strongly preferred.

PLEASE NOTE: Residents are classified as essential employees under California regulations and Kaiser policy. As such, any resident may be required to work on site at any time and may be required to come in during a natural disaster or other event such as COVID19

LEVEL II TRAUMA SURGERY CONSULTATION LIASON AND WOMEN’S HEALTH – (Based in Vacaville Trauma Surgery Center and Vacaville Women’s Health Clinic/OBGYN)

The resident selected for Consultation/Liaison (CL) work in the Level II Trauma Surgery Center will have a unique and rich opportunity to serve as part of the tight-knit trauma surgery team in the role of an embedded psychologist. This position involves bedside consultation with various services including assessment and screeners specific to trauma and cognitive functioning. The Consultation & Liaison/BMS Resident will also provide psychoeducation and brief interventions to help with adjustment. This rotation will involve morning rounding with the trauma surgery team, and providing consultation in identifying patients who could benefit from additional psychological intervention. The resident will also regularly round in the hospital with the Delirium Team, increasing exposure to a wide range of patients and presenting problems.

This position also includes clinical care in Women’s Health working as an embedded Behavioral Medicine Psychologist. In this role, residents will have the opportunity to diagnose, develop treatment plans, and care for patients within OBGYN. The resident will treat conditions such as peripartum mood and anxiety disorders, loss, pelvic pain, infertility, birth trauma, etc. In addition, BMS providers are integral in treating adjustment disorders often related to coping with medical diagnoses and help to improve whole health patient outcomes. The BMS model allows for warm handoffs from the physicians, for patients who may be ambivalent about treatment engagement or likely to benefit from a brief intervention. Residents serve as a liaison between the patient and physician, especially in monitoring response to medications when applicable. Residents will also aid in general treatment compliance with the goal of optimizing overall health. Resident will be expected to attend OBYGN huddles, as well as weekly Behavioral Medicine Staff and case consultation meetings.

Candidates with education and previous experience working in consultation & liaison, emergency department and Women’s Health preferred.

PLEASE NOTE: Residents are classified as essential employees under California regulations and Kaiser policy. As such, any resident may be required to work on site at any time and may be required to come in during a natural disaster or other event such as COVID19.

 

ADULT GENERALIST WITH TRAUMA FOCUS COMPETENCY EMPHASIS (Based in Vallejo and Fairfield as applicable)

 

This incredible residency opportunity will allow the resident to focus their training on specializing in trauma treatment. The resident in this track will spend allotted time providing individual intakes, individual and group treatment of trauma related disorders. Time will be allocated for case consultation with trauma specialists, and the resident will be learning and creating treatment protocols to serve our population affected by trauma related disorders as part of their program development project. The resident will gain experience and expertise in utilizing evidence-based trauma treatment across a diverse patient population with high rates of trauma in the Napa-Solano service area. Additionally, the resident will receive training and treatment with individual and group cognitive processing therapy (CPT). Individual supervision provided by CPT certified psychologist.

 

This resident will also gain experience in being a part of the Psychiatry Adult Team. The Adult Team provides a variety of clinical services including individual intake assessments, intervention, and co-facilitation of groups. We host over 40 groups each week for various populations and presenting problems including depression management, Trauma Recovery, Happiness & Wellbeing, DBT, Bipolar, Mindfulness, and many more! Residents are expected to attend weekly Adult Team Staff meetings and case consultation. Monthly in-service training is also provided.

Candidates with interest and experience in working with trauma as well as general mental health preferred.

PLEASE NOTE: Residents are classified as essential employees under California regulations and Kaiser policy. As such, any resident may be required to work on site at any time and may be required to come in during a natural disaster or other event such as COVID19.

ADULT GENERALIST WITH BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE EMPHASIS (Based in Vallejo)

This resident will gain experience in being a part of the Psychiatry Adult Team. The Adult Team provides a variety of clinical services including individual intake assessments, intervention, and co-facilitation of groups. We host over 40 groups each week for various populations and presenting problems including depression management, Trauma Recovery, Happiness & Wellbeing, DBT, Bipolar, Mindfulness, and many more! Residents are expected to attend weekly Adult Team Staff meetings and case consultation. Monthly in-service training is also provided.

This position also includes an optional emphasis in provision of clinical care in Primary Care working as an embedded Behavioral Medicine Psychologist. In this role, residents will have the opportunity to diagnose, develop treatment plans, and care for patients within Medicine. The resident will treat conditions such as mild to moderate depression and anxiety disorders, chronic conditions such as diabetes mellitus, chronic pain, headaches, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome and peripartum mood and anxiety disorders. In addition, BMS providers are integral in treating adjustment disorders often related to coping with medical diagnoses and help to improve whole health patient outcomes. The BMS model allows for warm handoffs from the physicians, for patients who may be ambivalent about treatment engagement or likely to benefit from a brief intervention. Residents serve as a liaison between the patient and physician, especially in monitoring response to medications when applicable. Residents will also aid in general treatment compliance with the goal of optimizing overall health.

Candidates with interest and experience in working with general mental health as well as in a behavioral medicine setting preferred.

PLEASE NOTE: Residents are classified as essential employees under California regulations and Kaiser policy. As such, any resident may be required to work on site at any time and may be required to come in during a natural disaster or other event such as COVID19.

Schedule

  • Direct Patient Care: 20 hours
  • Individual Supervision: 2 hours
  • Group Supervision 2 hours
  • Assessment Supervision: 1 hour
  • Didactic Training: 2 hours
  • Program Evaluation: 1 hour
  • Supervision of Practicum Students: 1 hour
  • Community Benefit Project: 1 hour
  • Team Meeting: 1 hour
  • Case Consultation: 1 hour
  • Non-Patient Care: 8 hours

Group Supervision:

Intersecting Identities in Clinical Practice

This monthly supervision provides postdoctoral residents the opportunity to discuss cases and obtain support with cultural and identity issues that arise in clinical work. Discussion of clinical cases, presentations, and reflection on topics including racial identity, gender, sexual orientation, and other current events occurs in this supervision as well. Cultural humility and growth are encouraged and developed in this supervision, through the discussions and presentations, as opposed to merely learning facts or cultural competence.

Supervision Training:

All residents will receive training in supervised supervision, and will participate in supervising a practicum extern during the course of the training year. Residents will also lead 1-2 didactics for the practicum externs, and gain experience in facilitating didactics as well as receiving feedback.

Feedback informed care case consultation:

All residents will meet biweekly for outcome-based feedback informed care case consultation. Residents will have the opportunities to present patient cases in this format, as well as provide clinical feedback to peers.

Telehealth Training:

Kaiser Permanente has greatly expanded its’ virtual presence, which will allow residents to fully train and practice in a variety of trailblazing platforms in telemedicine to provide accessible mental health care.

Didactic Training

  • Cultural Conversations
  • Frontiers in Trauma Treatment
  • Advanced Risk Assessment
  • Updates in Cannabis Research
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • Technology and Mental Health
  • Advancements in Psychopharmacology
  • Trans/Nonbinary Mental Health
  • Building a Better Brain through Exercise

Current Opportunities

Position Program Track(s) Location(s)
Vallejo Psychology Postdoctoral Resident – Adult Psych with optional emphasis in Behavioral Medicine Services OR all Adult Team Postdoctoral Residency Adult, Behavioral Medicine Vallejo
Vallejo Psychology Postdoctoral Resident – Adult Psych/IOP Postdoctoral Residency Adult, Intensive Outpatient Services (IOP) Vallejo
Vallejo Psychology Postdoctoral Resident – Behavioral Medicine Services (2 positions) Postdoctoral Residency Behavioral Medicine Vallejo
Vallejo Psychology Postdoctoral Resident – Child/Family (2 positions) Postdoctoral Residency Child, Family Vallejo
Vallejo Psychology Postdoctoral Resident – Trauma Surgery/Behavioral Medicine Services Postdoctoral Residency Behavioral Medicine, Trauma Unit Vallejo
Vallejo Psychology Postdoctoral Resident – Psych/Trauma Focus Postdoctoral Residency Behavioral Medicine, Trauma Unit Vallejo

Testimonials

Accreditation

  • North 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

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

Location

1761 Broadway, Suite 100
Vallejo, CA 94589

975 Sereno Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589

Training Director

Supria Gill PhD
Training Program Director

supria.k.gill@kp.org

Patricia Eaton Psy.D
Training Program Director

patricia.x.eaton@kp.org

Jennifer Gershen, Psy.D
Consortium Director

jennifer.l.gershen@kp.org