Postdoctoral Residency

Cutting Edge
Treatment

San Rafael

North Bay Consortium (Vallejo, Vacavile, 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

While our training program can be fast-paced and demanding, we offer ongoing consultation and an open-door policy to support our residents throughout the year as they encounter a broad range of patients and clinical situations. Our residents’ contributions are highly valued by the team, and the post-docs are seen and mentored as potential future permanent staff.

Our Mental Health Department in San Rafael is comprised of 5 teams: The Adult Team, the Child and Family team, the Intensive Outpatient Program, the Eating Disorder program, and the Addiction Medicine Recovery Services (AMRS).

The Department of Mental Health at the San Rafael Medical Center is located at 111 Smith Ranch Road. It is the second largest department in the medical center and provides a range of diagnostic and treatment services organized into three basic areas: Adult Services, including an Intensive Outpatient Program, Addiction Medicine Recovery Services and Child and Family Services. The clinic also provides for 24-hour psychiatric emergency services for acute psychiatric or addiction medicine needs. Our staff has a wide range of theoretical orientations, although Kaiser emphasizes a multi-modal approach to treatment involving brief therapy and a wide variety of group treatment programs, including both traditional EBT as well as third wave therapies.

Approximately 43 of our providers are licensed psychologists. Other disciplines on staff include psychiatrists, licensed clinical social workers, registered nurses and marriage and family therapists. A team of triage staff members provide front line access for patients through telephone and face-to-face contacts

Top values in our clinic are kindness, team work, and providing excellent patient care. We value trainees who are open and participate as key members of our treatment team.

On average, 50% of our post-docs are hired on to our permanent staff at the San Rafael and Petaluma clinic.

Several of our top managers and training directors completed their residency within the Kaiser Post-doctoral program.

Clinical Service Opportunities

  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Group Psychotherapy/Psychoeducational Classes
  • Family Therapy (for residents in Child/Family Track)
  • Crisis Services
  • Psychological Testing
  • Program Evaluation Project
  • Community Service and Outreach

Specialty Tracks

Postdoctoral Residents on the Adult track will work in a multi-disciplinary team including therapists, psychiatrists, RNs, and pharmacists to treat patients, 18 years and above on a wide range of diagnosis and presenting problems. Post-doctoral residents will provide a range of clinical services including individual intake assessments and 1:1 therapy, assessment, and co-facilitation of groups. We host over 50 groups each week for various populations and presenting problems including Depression and Anxiety management, Trauma Recovery, DBT, Bipolar, Mindfulness, Couples Work, Self-compassion, ACT, and many more! Assignment of groups will be based on the trainees’ areas of interests and clinical need.

Postdoctoral Residents on the Adult track will also have a unique opportunity to gain focused competency on Trauma treatment. Time will be allocated for case consultation and didactics with trauma specialists, and the resident will be learning and gaining expertise in trauma treatment protocols.

Postdoctoral Residents on the Child/Family Services track will work in a multi-disciplinary team including therapists, psychiatrists, RNs, and pharmacists to treat patients, 18 years and younger on a wide range of diagnosis and presenting problems.

Postdoctoral Residents will provide a range of clinical services including intake assessments, 1:1 and family therapy, assessment, and co-facilitation of groups. There are over 20 Child groups each week for various populations and presenting problems including Depression and Anxiety management, DBT, Stress Management, Parent Support group, and many more! Assignment of groups will be based on the trainees’ areas of interests and clinical need.

Postdoctoral Residents on the Adult/Child track will split their time in the Adult and Child team. They will be in a multi-disciplinary team including therapists, psychiatrists, RNs, and pharmacists, carrying a split case load of half Adults and half Child and Family.

Postdoctoral Residents will provide a range of clinical services including intake assessments, 1:1 and family therapy, assessment, and co-facilitation of both Adult and Child groups. We host over 70 groups each week for various populations and presenting problems including Depression and Anxiety management, Trauma Recovery, DBT, Bipolar, Mindfulness, Couples Work, Self-compassion, ACT, Parent Support, and many more! Assignment of groups will be based on the trainees’ areas of interests and clinical need.

Postdoctoral Residents on the Adult/Child track will also have a unique opportunity to gain focused competency on Trauma treatment. Time will be allocated for case consultation and didactics with trauma specialists, and the resident will be learning and gaining expertise in trauma treatment protocols.

The eating disorder postdoctoral resident will be an integrated member of our close-knit multi-disciplinary team of specialists including mental health providers, dietitians, adult medicine physicians, pediatricians, and Hospital-Based Services. Together we treat patients of all ages, genders, and with a range of eating disorder symptomology (AN, BN, OSFED, ARFID). The post-doctoral resident will get training and practice in the provision of evidence-based treatment models for EDOs, including FBT, MI, RFBT for ARFID, and CBT. Our EDO team meets 2-4 times a week to round on our patients, collaborate, and get support.

As a resident, you can expect to:

  • Conduct 1:1 and family therapy
  • Co-lead groups
  • Treat patients at all levels of programming: Early Recovery, Outpatient, Enhanced and Inpatient Medical
  • Collaborate extensively with various members of our multidisciplinary team and colleagues
  • Assist in ongoing program development and refinement
  • Receive extensive training, supervision, and support

We LOVE having residents join us!

Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Addiction Medicine and Recovery Services (AMRS) is an outpatient treatment program providing recovery services for adults and adolescents with substance use disorders and co-occurring psychiatric disorders.

We work closely with the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) team as well as Kaiser’s nearby hospital emergency department, chronic pain center and medical offices.

Adult Programming
Outpatient Abstinence-based Program (OP), Psychoeducation and Relapse Prevention, Continuing and Long-Term Recovery, Harm Reduction and Controlled Use Support, Dual Diagnosis, Men’s & Women’s Recovery, Codependency/Family Support

Adolescent Programming
Teen early intervention, harm reduction, and abstinence-based programs; Family therapy and psychoeducation

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Detoxification and withdrawal, Anti-craving (Naltrexone, Camphral, Antabuse, Buprenorphine), General psychiatric medication support

Addiction Medicine residents receive advanced training, supervision and clinical experience in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorders. Residents work four 10-hour days, typically with Wednesdays off. Approximately 20 hours per week are dedicated to direct patient care through individual and group therapy and psychological assessment.

Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Addiction Medicine and Recovery Services (AMRS) is an outpatient treatment program providing recovery services for adults and adolescents with substance use disorders and co-occurring psychiatric disorders.

We work closely with the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) team as well as Kaiser’s nearby hospital emergency department, chronic pain center and medical offices.

Adult Programming
Outpatient Abstinence-based Program (OP), Psychoeducation and Relapse Prevention, Continuing and Long-Term Recovery, Harm Reduction and Controlled Use Support, Dual Diagnosis, Men’s & Women’s Recovery, Codependency/Family Support

Adolescent Programming
Teen early intervention, harm reduction, and abstinence-based programs; Family therapy and psychoeducation

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Detoxification and withdrawal, Anti-craving (Naltrexone, Camphral, Antabuse, Buprenorphine), General psychiatric medication support

Addiction Medicine residents receive advanced training, supervision and clinical experience in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorders. Residents work four 10-hour days, typically with Wednesdays off. Approximately 20 hours per week are dedicated to direct patient care through individual and group therapy and psychological assessment. The resident’s 20 direct service clinical hours will be shared between AMRS and MH IOP Teams providing individual and group outpatient treatment to pts with co-occurring substance use and severe & persistent mental health disorders.

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
  • Community Benefit Project: 1 hour
  • Assessment support time: 1 hour
  • Team Meeting: 1 hour
  • Case Consultation: 1 hour
  • Indirect-Patient Care: 8 hours

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)
Adult Team Postdoctoral Residency Adult San Rafael
Addiction Medicine Recovery Services Postdoctoral Residency Addiction Medicine Recovery Services San Rafael
Addiction Medicine Recovery Services/Adult Team Postdoctoral Residency Addiction Medicine Recovery Services, Adult San Rafael
Adult/Child Team Postdoctoral Residency Adult, Child San Rafael
Child/Adolescent Team Postdoctoral Residency Adolescent, Child San Rafael
Eating Disorders Team Postdoctoral Residency Eating Disorders San Rafael

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

111 Smith Ranch Road
San Rafael, CA 94903

Training Director

Jennifer L Gershen, Psy.D
Consortium Director

jennifer.l.gershen@kp.org

Thu Pham PhD
Training Program Director

thu.d.pham@kp.org

Carl Oddo, PhD
Training Program Director

carl.g.oddo@kp.org