Pre-Masters Mental
Health Internship

Building
Your Future

Richmond

Kaiser Permanente’s Richmond Medical Center is part of the East Bay Service Area, which includes its flagship Oakland and Richmond Medical Centers, as well as the Pinole and Alameda medical office sites. Kaiser Permanente got started taking care of Richmond shipyard workers during World War II, and then opened to the public in 1945.

The city of Richmond is racially and ethnically diverse and has approximately 107,000 residents. Located just 18 miles northeast of San Francisco, Richmond has a mild Mediterranean climate and offers easy access to numerous outdoor activities like hiking and bike trails. Richmond continues to be an important industrial and shipping center, and has good transportation services, including local access to the BART, Amtrak, and ferry services to San Francisco.

Currently, Kaiser Permanente Richmond Medical Center (including the Pinole Medical Offices) serves approximately 128,000 members. Richmond Medical Center is located in the “Iron Triangle”, a predominantly Black and Brown neighborhood, and serves both the local community as well as members from Berkeley, Oakland and West Contra Costa County. In addition to outpatient Psychiatry, Kaiser Richmond Medical Center offers Emergency Department Services, Inpatient Medical Hospital Care, Primary Care, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Physical Therapy, Health Education, Pharmacy, and various other specialty medical services on campus, including Primary Care’s “Salud” clinic, which serves the local Spanish-speaking community.

The patient population in the Department of Psychiatry consists of Kaiser Health Plan members who have prepaid psychiatric benefits, including Medi-Cal and Medicare, and covers a broad ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic spectrum. All age groups and virtually all psychiatric diagnostic categories are represented.

Program Highlights

The Department of Psychiatry in Richmond is committed to culturally- and linguistically-responsive patient care and is continuously working to improve the ways we can best serve our community. The Richmond clinic has a strong morale, and staff provide ongoing support to one other, embracing an “open door policy” which offers opportunity for regular consultation and support. The training team is passionate about teaching new clinicians both clinical skills and practices to integrate their own intersecting cultural identities into their work to facilitate the development of a sustainable mental health career.

The Department of Psychiatry provides individual and group treatments to adults, children, and families. There are specialties in depression, anxiety, PTSD and trauma, and psychological testing. Below is a list of some of the innovative programs housed in the Richmond Psychiatry department that our interns have been involved with:

The Clinical Case Management (CCM) program provides four-day-a-week intensive treatment to patients struggling with psychotic spectrum disorders, with a focus on early intervention and evidence-based and person-centered practices.

Kaiser’s first comprehensive Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Program aimed at reducing high risk behaviors and increasing quality of life for patients with severe emotion regulation problems.

Behavioral Medicine Consultation (BMC) where mental health providers are embedded in medicine to provide same-day consultation to primary care providers, treat mild-to-moderate mental health symptoms, and support patients overcome adjustment to and barriers with their medical conditions.

The La Clínica program is a multi-disciplinary team of clinicians who provide culturally and linguistically client-centered mental health care for Latinx-identified clients, centering culture and the needs of both our clients and providers through advocacy, innovation, and collaboration.

The first Affirmations For Your Ancestors (AFYA) program creates a safe therapeutic space that honors the unique contributions, wisdom, knowledge and experiences of people in the African Diaspora.

The Queer and Trans Coalition (QTC) offers a community to LBGTQ+ providers for support, consultation, and connection in order to build culturally-affirming care for patients.

The Collective Health For Asians (CHA) program exists to develop and provide culturally-responsive care for members of the diverse Asian diaspora through Kaiser and our local communities.

 

 

Clinical Service Opportunities

 

  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Group Therapy and Psychoeducation Classes
  • Clinical Consultation

Specialty Tracks

We are seeking interns who are organized, flexible, have good time management skills, can work independently but also enjoy being part of a team, who are eager to learn and are willing to be challenged.

We will have 3 adult track intern positions. Each will be individually housed within one of the 3 Sub-Specialty Teams:

  • Richmond La Clínica
  • Richmond Peripartum Wellness Team
  • Richmond Clinical Case Management

Didactic Training

Didactic trainings are 1 hour per week and may include the following:

  • Critical Race Theory
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Perinatal Mental Health
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • PTSD Assessment and Treatment
  • Decolonizing Mental Health Care

Location

901 Nevin Ave
Richmond, CA 94801

Training Director

Maggie Mullen, LCSW, DBT-LBC (they/them)
Training Director

margaret.mullen@kp.org

Margaret Lamb, LCSW, PMH-C (she/her)
Training Director

margaret.lamb@kp.org

Training Team

Meet the Training Team