Doctoral Internship

Adaptive
Health Care

Vallejo

Application for APPIC membership submitted and awaiting decision

The Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Internship in Health Service Psychology is located in Northern Bay Area California in Solano and Napa Counties. Our two beautiful counties encompass several major communities including Vallejo, Benicia, Vacaville, Napa, Calistoga, and many notable others. The area easily provides for a number of fun activities, including outdoor hobbies in nearby scenic trails/lakes/rivers, family friendly fun at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom or the Jelly Belly Candy Company, easy access to the city of San Francisco via the Vallejo Ferry, and of course wine tasting. Not to mention the more affordable cost of living within the Bay Area!

The Napa-Solano service area encompasses rural farming communities and suburban communities for the Bay Area and Central Valley. The Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Internship in Health Service Psychology is in a culturally diverse area and its clients reflect this level of diversity. In particular, the city of Vallejo is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the United States. As Kaiser Permanente is an option in Medi-Cal coverage, our clinic offers services to this population. Approximately 34% of Vallejo residents are speakers of a non-English language, higher than the 21% national average.

Program Highlights

Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano offers a multidisciplinary approach with frequent team collaboration, giving our interns the opportunity to be an integral part of an integrated healthcare setting. The team at Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano locations are known for their collegial, warm, and cohesive relationships. The culture of the clinics boast a friendly and playful sense of humor, yet we take the care of our patients very seriously to provide the best holistic care possible. In fact, our internship program places great importance on collaboration and team bonding. As such, unique to the Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano internship program is the opportunity for doctoral interns to meet weekly for different supervision activities to facilitate a sense of cohesion and support including process type supervision, meetings with the training director, and meetings for interns only in order to foster team bonding.

In addition to the culture of our clinics, Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano internship provides a varied range of rotations. Each rotation is designed to provide a breath of training experiences with the purpose of developing a generalist practitioner in health service psychology.
The Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Internship offers opportunities for rotations in the Vallejo, Fairfield, Vacaville, and Napa locations which include the departments of Adult Psychiatry, Behavioral Medicine Services, and Adult Intensive Outpatient Program. Additionally, interns will participate in assessment, a limited program evaluation/research project, community service outreach, and supervised supervision of practicum students.

Each intern has the opportunity to complete a 12-month track in Adult Psychiatry and two 6-month rotations over the course of the training year. For further information please see Specialty Rotations below. Candidates with interest and experience in working with general mental health as well as in a behavioral medicine or medical settings preferred.

Clinical Service Opportunities

  • Individual therapy and group therapy in multiple different locations
  • Psychological assessment
  • Supervision experience with practicum students
  • Program evaluation/research project
  • Community involvement
  • Integrated team meetings
  • Collaboration with wide array of multidisciplinary professionals
  • Provide services to broadly representative population

Specialty Tracks

Interns within our program have a variety of opportunities to work with a wide range of clinical presentations and diversity within the Napa-Solano region. Due to our rotational structure, interns can have the opportunity to gain clinical experience in a variety of settings. As mentioned previously, each intern has the opportunity to complete one 12-month track in Adult Psychiatry and two 6-month rotations over the course of the training year.

  • The three major rotations include:
  • One 12-month track in Adult Outpatient Mental Health Department
  • Two 6-month rotations in Behavioral Medicine Services and the Adult Intensive Outpatient Program.

Doctoral interns will gain experience in being a part of the Adult Outpatient Mental Health team. The Adult Outpatient Mental Health department has opportunities for intake assessments, individual therapy, group therapy, and ADHD screening. 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! Doctoral interns are expected to attend weekly Adult Team Staff meetings and case consultation. Monthly in-service training is also provided.

There are a variety of patient presentations from mild adjustment disorders to severe mental illness. There is opportunity to work with underserved populations with a large proportion of MediCal insured patients and the population is highly diverse in culture.

The Adult Outpatient Mental Health team is made up of an interdisciplinary team with multiple psychiatrists on staff. The psychiatrists, primary care physicians, and nurse practitioners are very open to collaboration for the best possible integrated services to the patient. The team is made up of generalists as well as providers with specialties in areas such as treating trauma, eating disorders, domestic violence/interpersonal violence, and immigrant populations.

 

In the Behavioral Medicine Services (BMS) rotation, doctoral interns will receive excellent training in health service psychology while working in a medical setting within a tight-knit team. Behavioral Medicine Team is a collaborative and cohesive group who regularly coordinates care with physicians, OBGYNs, pharmacists and ancillary staff in an effort to provide optimal patient care. Doctoral interns work in the Kaiser Vallejo, Vacaville, Fairfield, or Napa Medical Offices in primary care or the women’s health clinic where they receive referrals from physicians to assess patients for possible mental health problems. The doctoral intern will assist medical care providers and their patients by addressing behavioral and psychological factors that contribute to overall improved health. In this role, doctoral interns will have the opportunity to diagnose, provide brief interventions and develop treatment plans, and learn how to articulate those plans to their patients and the interdisciplinary team. Doctoral interns will provide focused, brief individual therapy. Behavioral medicine providers also 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. An additional responsibility of the doctoral intern is performing brief cognitive screenings as requested by the primary care physicians. Opportunities to conduct Bariatric surgery evaluations available depending on interest and experience.

Despite the BMS providers being dispersed through different medical offices, they still closely collaborate with each other and meet for their own department staff meetings and huddles in order to provide consultation and updates for optimal care. The BMS team is very collaborative and warm and time together is typically spent in offering consultation, providing support, and laughing at each other’s jokes

This position requires autonomy and flexibility in fast-paced medical settings. Candidates with interest and experience in working with general mental health as well as in a behavioral medicine or medical setting preferred.

 

This extraordinary training opportunity will allow doctoral interns to focus on providing treatment to more acute and chronic patients. The Adult Intensive Outpatient Program is a two-week comprehensive program designed for patients that have a need for a higher level of care. It serves as a step-down program for patients who were recently psychiatrically hospitalized or also for patients who are needing further support due to higher need or severity of symptoms. Patients attend the program multiple times per week and engage in group therapy, psychiatric medication evaluation, and individual therapy. The experience includes individual intakes and facilitating both psychoeducational and process groups. It also involves twice daily meetings and consultation with small tight-knit, interdisciplinary treatment team. During this rotation, doctoral interns will carry a smaller caseload and will focus a considerable part of their clinical time working with short-term crisis stabilization. This rotation broadens and deepens clinical skills across all diagnoses with a very diverse group of patients while working closely with a supportive group of colleagues.

 

Schedule

  • Direct Patient Care: 20
  • 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

Didactic Training

  • CPS/APS Reporting
  • Assessment Bootcamp
  • Asian and Pacific Islander Psychology and Health
  • Gender and Sexual Minorities Psychology and Health
  • APPIC Postdoctoral Application Process, Timeline, and Interview Tips
  • Recovering from Trauma: Overview of the Assessment and Treatment of Post-Trauma Symptoms
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Pediatric Behavioral Medicine Services
  • Chronic Pain
  • Supervision
  • And many more…

Location

Vallejo Mental Health Outpatient Clinic
1761 Broadway, Ste 100
Vallejo, CA 94589

Vallejo Hospital and Medical Offices
975 Sereno Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589

Vacaville Hospital and Medical Offices
1 Quality Drive
Vacaville, CA 95688

Fairfield Mental Health Outpatient Clinic
520 Chadbourne Rd.
Fairfield, CA 94534

Napa Medical Offices
3285 Claremont Way
Napa, CA 94558

Training Director

Supria Gill, PhD
Training Director

Supria.K.Gill@kp.org

707-624-2794

Neda Soussanbari, PsyD
Training Director

Neda.Soussanbari@kp.org

707-651-2945

Training Team

Meet the Training Team