East Bay Consortium (Walnut Creek, Antioch and Pleasanton)
Our Department of Mental Health and Addiction Medicine Recovery Services is close to freeways and the Walnut Creek BART station, allowing for easy commutes to Oakland, San Francisco, and the North Bay. The surrounding area includes urban, suburban and semi-rural communities, and our department is located within walking distance of the shopping, restaurant and entertainment venues of downtown Walnut Creek.
The patient population consists of Kaiser Health Plan members possessing mental health benefits and covers a broad ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic spectrum. A portion of our members are funded through Medi-Cal insurance plans. All age groups and virtually all psychiatric categories are represented. Approximately 130,000 members access medical care at Walnut Creek Kaiser Foundation Hospital and Medical Office Buildings across the year.
The resident training at Walnut Creek can expect to find the following: We have a portion of patients with LGBTQ-related presenting problems and transgender needs. The patients we see span major ethnic groups (African American, Latino, Asian, etc.). Patients range from those with a very high SES to those with a very low SES. Some of our patients are monolingual in Spanish and Mandarin/Cantonese and require an interpreter or bilingual therapist.
Member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC)
There are more than 600 physicians and 5,000 employees providing care for our members at Walnut Creek Medical Center. Residing within a very large outpatient Mental Health and Addiction Medicine Recovery Services of over 100 professionals, The Walnut Creek Postdoctoral Residency training supports four full-time positions on the Adult Outpatient, Chemical Dependency, and Child and Family Teams.
Residents are part of a truly multidisciplinary treatment team within a larger Mental Health Outpatient Clinic and integrated primary care setting. In addition, we have a vibrant training cohort of 13 trainees, including four psychology interns, two psychology practicum students and three post-masters’ interns, in addition to the four post-doctoral residents.
The professional staff consists of full and part-time staff: 54 psychologists, 17 licensed psychiatric social workers, 20 Marriage and Family Therapists, and a team of 15 physicians and six nurses. Also, on staff are neuropsychologists, testing technicians, pharmacists and registered dieticians. A team of triage staff members provides front line access for patients through telephone and face to face contacts.
The Departments provide individual, group, family therapy, psychological testing, and psycho-educational programs. They also offer an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) that provides services to recently hospitalized individuals or those who would otherwise be at risk for hospitalization. In addition, they offer a wide variety of treatment groups to both adults and children, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Life Transitions, Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Depression, Anxiety Management, and “Seeking Safety” groups. Walnut Creek Mental Health and Addiction Medicine Recovery Services provide the region’s highest level of care in several specialty areas of treatment, including chemical dependency, intensive outpatient psychiatry (post-hospitalization), and eating disorders intensive outpatient program. The Eating Disorder Program includes outpatient groups and individual therapy, as well as a regional program for Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient treatment. We also provide treatment for patients with co-occurring disorders. The members of the staff provide treatment to patients utilizing a variety of theoretical orientations ranging from cognitive behavioral therapy to attachment-based relational to psychodynamic. Our departments offer patients brief, short-term and group treatment approaches consistent with the benefits provided by a health maintenance organization.
- Majority of residents are licensed within 1 year of program completion
- Residents receive financial reimbursement for exam study materials and time to attend training activities
- A fair number of residents have been hired by Kaiser Permanente in the past 5 years
Clinical Service Opportunities
- Individual Psychotherapy
- Family Psychotherapy (child resident only)
- Group Therapy/Psychoeducational Classes
- Psychological Consultation
- Psychological Testing (neuropsychological, AD/HD, psychodiagnostic)
- Community Outreach
- Adult Neuropsychological Assessment
- Child Psychodiagnostic Assessment
- Addiction Medicine Recovery Services
- Eating Disorder Treatment Program
- Intensive Outpatient & Adult Generalist
- Eating Disorder & Adult Generalist
- Addiction Medicine & Adult Generalist
- Child & Family Generalist
- Direct patient care (individual & groups): 19 hours
- Non-patient care: 10 hours
- Individual Supervision: 2 hours
- Group Supervision: 2 hours
- Didactic Training: 2 hours
- Clinical Case Conference: 1 hour or more
- Staff Meeting: 1 hour or more
- Program Evaluation: 1 hour
- Assessment: 2 hours
- Community Benefit Project hours as needed (32 across the year)
- Trauma-Informed Treatment
- Health Psychology/Integrated health
- Feedback Informed Care
- Anorexia & Bulimia: Etiology and Treatment
- Dual Diagnosis: Adolescents & Families
- Health Effects of Technology on Children and Teens
- Licensing Law and Ethics
I would highly recommend the postdoctoral residency program at Kaiser Walnut Creek. Through the program I received a wide range of opportunities to grow as clinician and professional in the field. The types of adult patients you can see are highly diverse in their presenting problems and backgrounds (ethnicity, social economic status, age, etc.). You will leave the program feeling prepared for anything. Additionally, the supervisors are so kind, supportive, and caring. I truly felt that they were invested in my professional and personal growth. The weekly group supervision provided a valuable space to connect with and learn from residents at other locations in the East Bay. The educational benefits for EPPP and CPLEE preparation reduced my financial burdens and allowed me to focus on also completing all my licensure requirements during the training year. I feel very grateful to have been able to complete my last training year at Kaiser Walnut Creek.
Postdoctoral Resident 2018-2019
I have found the postdoctoral program at Kaiser Walnut Creek to be the perfect balance of receiving support and protection as a trainee with the respect of being treated as a colleague. I felt embedded and included within two different teams and the staff were reliably warm and competent. It has been a busy, rewarding, and challenging year.
Postdoctoral Resident 2018-2019
This post-doctoral residency training program is well-coordinated, highly supportive, and an incredible forum for professional growth. I am constantly grateful for the supervised experienced I received and continue to encourage others to apply.
Postdoctoral Resident 2018-2019
I was a child postdoctoral resident at Walnut Creek. I really enjoyed my training and feel that the experience I gained throughout my year there has helped me immeasurably as a clinician. I appreciated the diversity of training, which included exposure to various clinical presentations, working with people of different ethnic, racial, and socio-economic statuses, facilitating groups, completing a program evaluation project, and conducting neuropsychological testing. These training experiences helped expand my understanding of the field and hone my diagnostic and clinical skills. In addition to the training, the people at Kaiser were wonderful to work with. I was welcomed and included by the staff and felt that my input and opinions were valued. The supervisors were supportive and flexible, providing a level of guidance that felt nurturing and allowed me to become increasingly independent over the year. All-in-all, I believe that Kaiser was a great place to round out my training.
Postdoctoral Resident 2017-2018
- East Bay ConsortiumAccredited by the American Psychological Association (APA)
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710 South Broadway
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Margot Green, PhD
Ana Zdravkovic Simo, PhD
Training Program Director