Practicum Extern



Central Bay Consortium

The Oakland Medical Center is in the central portion of the city near public transit. Oakland is noted for its long-standing diversity. Oakland also prides itself on being more affordable that San Francisco. It near enough that the resources of San Francisco are easily accessible after work when wanted or needed. The training sites the Napa Valley and Lake Tahoe areas and make for nice weekend trips.

According to the 2010 Census, the racial and ethnic composition of Oakland was: White: 34.5% (non-Hispanic: 25.9%) Black or African American: 28.0% Asian: 16.8% (8.7% Chinese, 2.2% Vietnamese, 1.6% Filipino, 0.7% Cambodian, 0.7% Laotian, 0.6% Korean, 0.5% Japanese, 0.5% Indian, 0.1% Mongolian) Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 0.6% American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.8% Other race: 13.7% Two or more races: 5.6% Hispanic or Latino of any race: 25.4% (18.1% Mexican, 1.9% Salvadoran, 1.3% Guatemalan, 0.7% Puerto Rican). It serves one of the largest sexual minority populations in the United States (data indicate that only Los Angeles and Seattle have larger populations on the West Coast). 2010 census data indicates that ~5% of the patient population served in the clinics are sexual minorities. The clinic serves as the primary clinic for the cities of Oakland and Berkeley and smaller surrounding towns.

As an organization, Kaiser Permanente serves over 4 million people in Northern California. The total population served by Kaiser Permanente in Oakland and Richmond (those who are health plan members, which, as noted, closely match the broader population) is approximately 1 million persons.

Program Highlights

The Oakland Medical Center has had psychologists in training since the 1980s. Oakland has well trained faculty and all supervisors choose to be part of the training program. There are regularly several psychologists who would like to be involved in training but cannot. The medical center also offers training for master’s level clinicians, psychologists at all levels of training, and hosts a psychiatry residency program.

  • Only eating disorder practicum inside Kaiser
  • Former students have been successful in getting internship inside Kaiser programs

Clinical Service Opportunities

  • All programs run M-F 8 AM to 8 PM

Specialty Tracks

  • Eating Disorders – Adult
  • Serious Mental Illness – Adult/Clinical Case Management
  • Hospital – Adult


  • Direct Patient Care 8-13 hours (varies by position)
  • Supervision 2-3 hours
  • Indirect patient care 5-7 hours(varies by position)

Didactic Training

  • We have students attend hospital, regional and department grand rounds, topics vary

Current Opportunities

Position Program Track(s) Location(s)
Adult (2 Positions) Psychology Practicum Extern Adult, Adult Outpatient Oakland
Child (6 Positions) Psychology Practicum Extern Child Oakland


280 W. MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94611

Training Director

F. Myron Hays, PhD
Training Director