Pre-Masters Mental
Health Internship

Building
Your Future

Vacaville

The Vacaville and Fairfield clinics are in Northern California, an easy day trip to the coast, San Francisco, Napa, or Lake Tahoe. Outdoor activities are popular, especially from April to November, when the weather is warm and dry. The winter affords skiing opportunities in the Sierra. Cost of living is moderate for California communities and much more affordable than the Bay Area.
Between the two clinics, we serve approximately 150,000 Kaiser members including a significant portion of Medi-Cal patients. Solano County is extremely diverse in terms of racial and ethnic identities with large populations of Filipinx, Latinx, and African American clients who utilize our services. Our clinics in serve a vast span with regard to socioeconomic diversity. We serve a number of folks who commute into the larger cities for their jobs and our catchment area also includes patients from more rural nearby towns.

Program Highlights

Our clinics and staffing have been through a number of transitions in the last year, as has our training program. We are excited to revive this program with a new structure, training opportunities and diverse training staff. We will offer an academic year-long internship to two or three qualified candidates. Our Pre-Master’s intern training program will be primarily housed in our Fairfield clinic, but training/shadowing opportunities in our Vacaville clinic may be offered as well. All interns for our service area will gain experience by working on both our Adult and Child & Family teams. We operate in a strong team environment, with an open-door policy which ensures quality consultation and collaboration with staff across clinics, teams and licensure. The Vacaville and Fairfield clinics are comprised of the following teams: Adult, Child & Family, Addiction Medicine and Recovery Services, Intensive Outpatient, Eating Disorders team and triage.
We value our trainees and appreciate the energy and enthusiasm they have brought to the team in the past. Many of our staff were hired on after completing fellowships and residency programs and have been able to build meaningful positions for themselves within the clinic. Our training team is committed to providing a worthwhile and individualized training experience within a supportive and nurturing environment. The ultimate goal of the training program is to develop well rounded, culturally competent, and forward-thinking therapists.

• Stipend of $4,500
• Interns have access to the staff gym on the Vacaville campus as well as a number of fitness and wellness programs offered to staff
• Excellent lunch options nearby

The adult team provides individual and group treatment for a variety of psychiatric disorders as well as case management, Gender Care and Intensive Outpatient Services. We work closely with the interdisciplinary teams at Kaiser Vacaville Medical Center, Emergency department, and Trauma Unit as well as the Fairfield Outpatient Medical Offices. Interns will have the opportunity to shadow and co-facilitate groups based on their area of interest.
The training year is very fast paced. Our most successful interns are flexible, open and willing to incorporate feedback into their work, self-sufficient but willing to ask for assistance. Our multidisciplinary team is eager to help and provide support for your training year.

The child team provides individual, group, and family treatment for a variety of psychiatric disorders as well as case management and Teen and young teen Intensive Outpatient Services and Gender Care. We work closely with the interdisciplinary teams at Kaiser Vacaville Medical Center, Emergency department, Fairfield Outpatient Medical clinics as well as the Vacaville Outpatient Psychiatry.
Interns will have the opportunity to co-facilitate child/teen/multifamily groups based on their area of interest.
The training year is very fast paced. Our most successful interns are flexible, open and willing to incorporate feedback into their work, self-sufficient but willing to ask for assistance. Our multidisciplinary team is eager to help and provide support.

Clinical Service Opportunities

A typical day for a Pre-Master’s intern will include elements of supervision, team meetings, shadowing or co-facilitating groups, attending didactic trainings and meeting with individual patients and documenting these interactions. Number of individual patients and groups will be dependent on hours worked per week and discussion with individual supervisor.

Specialty Tracks

A typical day for a Pre-Master’s intern will include elements of supervision, team meetings, shadowing or co-facilitating groups, attending didactic trainings and meeting with individual patients and documenting these interactions. Number of individual patients and groups will be dependent on hours worked per week and discussion with individual supervisor.
Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in the following rotations based on interest and availability. Depending on number of fellows offered positions this following year, home base will be the Fairfield clinic, but may include some work or supervision in the Vacaville clinic.
• Eating Disorders Program
• Gender Care Program
• Hospital Based Consult/Liaison Services
• Triage

Rotations include shadowing and co-facilitating a wide variety of groups including DBT, anxiety and depression management, treatment of Bipolar disorders, eating disorders, Gender, Trauma recovery, etc. Interns will also have opportunities, when available, to rotate through Intensive Outpatient Services (IOP), Triage and the Emergency Department (ED).

Rotations include shadowing and co-facilitating a wide variety of groups for preschool, elementary school, middle school and high school aged patients as well as multifamily groups to address anxiety, depression. Interns will also have opportunities, when available, to rotate through Teen Intensive Outpatient Services (IOP) Emergency Department (ED).

Schedule

• Individual supervision: 1 hour
• Group supervision: 1 hour
• Diversity conversation: 1 hour
• Team meeting: 1 hour
• Didactic training: 2 hours
• Co-facilitate group: 2 hours
• Regional training: one afternoon per month

Didactic Training

• Mindfulness
• Transgender and gender nonconforming competency
• Addiction Medicine
• Motivational Interviewing
• PTSD and Acute Trauma
• Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
• Culture & Diversity in practice
• Intimate Partner Violence
• Post-Partum Depression/Anxiety/Psychosis
• ADHD
• Positive Psychology
• Suicide Assessment
• Adverse Childhood Experiences
• Eating Disorders Assessment and Treatment

Location

520 Chadbourne Road
Fairfield, CA

Training Director

Robynn Thomas, LCSW
Training Director

robynn.thomas@kp.org

707-624-2822