Overview

The Sonoma Recovery Services Olympia House Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellowship is an intensive, comprehensive, and competency-based training program for individuals desiring advanced training working with adults suffering from a substance use disorder. The overarching goal is to provide fellows with the tools and guidance necessary for the achievement of competency in the treatment of substance use and co-occurring disorders as they prepare for independent practice. The fellowship meets the requirements for post-doctoral training as specified by the California Board of Psychology.

The fellowships are year-long full-time positions that begin on July 1 and end on July 7 of the following year. Fellows will receive training and provide services in both the Olympia House Residential Treatment Program (OH) and the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). The residential facility provides detoxification and rehabilitation with lengths of stay from 28 days to 6 months. The IOP provides groups three hours per day with an average length of stay of 2 months. Clients range in age from 18 to 75 years old.

Fellows will have the ability to see residential clients three times per week for individual and family therapy. They will also provide a variety of groups at the facility including: CBT, DBT, Trauma-Informed, Relapse Prevention, and others. In the outpatient program, fellows will see clients once per week as well as facilitate groups.

Fellows are provided with office space, telephone, direct telephone number, computer and business cards that identify their credentials in accordance with rules governed by the California Board of Psychology. Clinical Supervisors are available to the Fellow whenever services are being provided. Due to the 24/7 nature of the residential facility, Fellows should anticipate working some weekend and evening hours. On-call hours are not expected.

Supervision and training will be provided at the facility. Each fellow will have 2 supervisors who are licensed psychologists with a specialty in substance use disorders. Fellows will also participate in group supervision, didactic training (both at the facility and in the community), rounds, and staff meetings. Special emphasis will be on the ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

The Organization

Sonoma Recovery Services, LLC (SRS) was established in 2011 with the goal of establishing the highest quality treatment for chemical dependency. SRS is owned by a group of individuals who are concerned with the devastation that is wrought on the lives of individuals and families affected by chemical dependency. Many of the members of SRS have personal experience, either personally or in their families, with recovery from chemical dependency. In accordance with the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs guidelines, an advisory board has been established to work with the management of Sonoma Recovery Services to help guide its programs and policies to best address the needs of those wishing to recover from chemical dependency.

The organization has adopted the following mission and values. These principles guide every aspect of the programs provided by SRS. They provide the guiding principles by which administrative, managerial, financial and clinical decisions are made.

Mission

To provide the highest quality, clinical housing and support services to individuals with a substance use disorder.

Values

The following values underlie all Sonoma Recovery Services, LLC programs.

  1. Client Centered. We value each of our client’s experiences, values, histories, and goals.
  2. Diversity. We honor diversity and invite each client to be an active participant in his or her own recovery and wellness planning. We emphasize individual diversity throughout the programs. We respect and embrace differences in culture, race, religion, gender, and sexual identity.
  3. Honesty, Ethics, and Integrity. We relate to each other with honesty, promoting a dialogue of direct, helpful, and timely feedback. We display the highest ethics in all our endeavors. Acting with integrity, we build trust through transparency.
  4. Treating the Whole Person. We work with each client as a whole person—mind, body, and spirit—and not just as someone with an addiction.
  5. Integrated Care. All programs integrate all available resources. Our philosophy is that treatment is not something that happens to the individual; it is something in which the individuals is an active participant.
  6. Whatever It Takes. All Sonoma Recovery Services programs customize services to the unique needs of the individual.
  7. Dignity and Respect. We value treating others with dignity, respect, and kindness just as we would want to be treated ourselves.
  8. Teamwork. Staff members collaborate as a team, supporting each other, exhibiting positivity and inspiration to support each individual’s skills and strengths.
  9. Care Coordination. All programs collaborate with family members, outside agencies, and healthcare providers to ensure continuity of care for our clients.

Program Goals

The Post-Doctoral Fellowship is designed to provide advanced training in the areas of substance use and co-occurring disorders. The goal of the program is to assure that each fellow has achieved the level of competence expected of someone about to begin independent practice. the area of substance use disorders.

Specifically, fellows will develop:

  1. Knowledge of the biopsychosocial and spiritual impact of substance use disorders on the individual and family system within a multi-cultural context.
  2. The ability to accurately assess and diagnosis substance use and co-occurring disorders.
  3. The ability to accurately assess and intervene in crisis situations.
  4. Knowledge of the pharmacological interventions used in detoxification and maintenance in the treatment of substance use disorders.
  5. Competence in providing individual, group, and family therapy to persons impacted by a substance use or co-occurring disorder.
  6. The ability to develop and implement person-centered treatment and discharge plans.
  7. The ability to develop and implement therapeutic groups.
  8. The ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  9. The ability to supervise support staff and evaluate program components.
  10. The ability to provide consultative services to members of the community on topics related to substance use disorder.

Foundational Competencies

The following Competency Areas have been recommended by the Assessment of Competency Benchmarks Work Group (2007). They established the expected level of competency to have been achieved by someone about to begin independent practice. These competency areas form the basis upon which fellows will be evaluated.

  • Reflective Practice
  • Professionalism
  • Scientific Knowledge
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Intradisciplinary Respect
  • Use of Ethical Decision-Making Model
  • Diversity Applied Knowledge
  • Diagnosis
  • Interview
  • Integration
  • Integrated Skills
  • Intervention Planning
  • Intervention Progress Evaluation
  • Consultation
  • Supervision
  • Management/Administration
  • Self-Assessment and Self-Care
  • Scientific Mindedness
  • Scientific Foundations
  • Affective Skills
  • Ethical/Legal Knowledge
  • Individual/Cultural Diversity and Self Awareness
  • Interdisciplinary systems
  • Assessment
  • Tests/Measurement
  • Communication of Results
  • Intervention-Knowledge
  • Intervention Implementation
  • Intervention Skills
  • Research/Evaluation
  • Teaching

Clinical Services

Fellows will have the opportunity to provide clinical services in both the inpatient residential treatment center and intensive outpatient program. The following breakdown is given as an example of a typical 40-hour work week.

ActivityFrequencyHrs. Per Week
Residential
Individual Intensive Psychotherapy4 clients seen 3 times per week12
Group TherapyDaily5
Family Therapyas Needed1
Intensive Outpatient
Individual Psychotherapy1 client seen once per week1
Group TherapyWeekly1

Clinical Training

Didactic Training one hour per week: Trainings cover a range of topics pertinent to the acquisition of knowledge and skills in the treatment of substance use and co-occurring disorders as well as the field of psychology in general. Fellows will have the opportunity to attend off-site trainings in the community, in addition to on-site training, to further integrate into the greater treatment community.

The didactic curriculum includes:

  • Drugs of Addiction
  • Theories of Addiction
  • Evidence Based Practice-CBT
  • Evidence Based Practice-DBT
  • Motivational Strategies and Relapse Prevention
  • Medication Assisted Treatment
  • Peer Support Groups
  • Addiction and the Family
  • Co-occurring Disorders
  • Psychiatric Medication
  • Trauma and Substance Use
  • Multi-cultural considerations

Case Conference/Group Supervision two hours per week: Each fellow will present formal written case presentations that include a thorough history diagnosis, clinical formulation, treatment and transcript of a session periodically through the year. Additionally, all conference participants will review the work that they are doing with current cases and receive feedback from the group. During the second half of the training year, each fellow will have the opportunity to lead para-professional team meetings.

Individual Supervision two hours per week: Each fellow will meet individually with two assigned licensed clinical psychologist supervisors. All supervisors have substantial experience in working with individuals with a substance use disorder. All supervisors have also reviewed and follow the guidelines of the Assessment of Competency Benchmarks Work Group: A Developmental Model for the Defining and Measuring Competence in Professional Psychology (2007).

Interdisciplinary Meetings 1 hour daily: Fellows will participate in twice daily shift exchanges/rounds where the status of all clients is reviewed. During this meeting, high-risk situations are identified, and possible interventions determined. Over the course of the training year, all fellows will have the opportunity to lead the meetings.

Other Experiences

Teaching: Over the course of the training year each fellow will present at least 2 trainings at the monthly staff meeting on topics pertinent to the field.

Quality Assurance/Utilization Review: All fellows will participate in the organizations quality assurance activities and be provided the opportunity to make recommendations to improve care. All fellows will also receive training on Utilization Review both from the perspective of the organization as well as with working with insurance companies.

Evaluation: Fellows are evaluated both on an ongoing basis as well as at mid-year and year-end. A variety of evaluation measures are gathered including: supervisor reports, case conference evaluations, teaching presentations, and peer reviews. A formal summary of the evaluative findings is presented in terms of the individuals’ competency level and behavioral anchors as outlined by the Benchmarks group. Supervisors and fellow discuss these outcomes at both mid-year and year-end. Fellows are also given the opportunity to evaluate both the program and supervisors at mid-year and year-end.

Fellows who need to file a work-related complaint will follow the written grievance procedure provided to them at orientation and included in the Employee Handbook. Fellows shall also be provided with the Due Process Agreement for Clinical Training utilized by the organization.

Stipend And Benefits

Fellows are entitled to an annual stipend as indicated on the placement organization’s website. This amount is paid to the fellow in semi-monthly paychecks subject to payroll taxes. Pay dates are the 15th and last day of each month. Direct deposit is available.

In addition to the stipend, Fellows are entitled to the same benefits as regular staff. Currently, this includes 15 days of accrued personal time off by the end of the year. This may be used as needed by the fellow after following appropriate request procedures. The company also offers 10 paid holidays.

Health, dental, vision, and life insurance are also available the first of the month following 60 days of employment. The company will pay 75% of the premium and the employee pays the remaining 25% as a direct payroll deduction.

Applications

Applicants must have completed at least a 1500-hour pre-doctoral internship in an APA, CPA, or APPIC accredited program and have graduated from an APA accredited institution with a doctoral degree prior to starting the program.

Applications will be considered from individuals who have previously received a doctoral degree in some other area of psychology who have received a certificate of equivalency from an APA/CPA program designed for “retraining.” The individual must provide proof of completion of all requirements, including an internship meeting APPC standards.

All applicants should follow the instructions as outlined in the placement organization’s website. At a minimum, applicants should provide at time of application:

  1. Applicable Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Two letters of recommendation from prior clinical supervisors
  4. Letter of intent outlining interest in advanced training in substance use disorders.

Following the timelines established, applications will be reviewed by the Clinical Training Director. Applicants under consideration will be contacted to schedule an in-person interview. When an in-person interview is not practical, then a web-based interview will be arranged.

Candidates who are deemed appropriate for the training program will be ranked followed guidelines established. As a licensed facility all individuals accepted into the program will need to undergo a background clearance, TB test, and medical evaluation prior to beginning the training year.