Family treatment with Devin.
Graduating trainees give feedback about the program
The Psychiatry Department provides specialized outpatient services to a broad range of patients including out-patient children and families in the community, children brought to the hospital’s emergency room with behavioral emergencies, and pediatric inpatients of Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland. Our clinical staff includes psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and psychiatric nurse practitioners who work closely together in a collaborative team. Our Psychology Interns and Fellows have the opportunity to work closely with a variety of other trainees including pediatric residents, psychiatry residents, social work interns, nurse practitioner trainees. etc.
Department of Psychiatry trainees have the unique opportunity for a wide range of child/adolescent and pediatric psychology training experience in a fast-paced, multidisciplinary environment. Trainees see children with routine mental health concerns (such as ADHD and adjustment issues), as well as more serious disturbance or serious family dysfunction (such as OCD, bipolar disorder, conversion disorders, etc.) In addition we work with pediatric inpatients with significant mental health issues affecting their medical treatment referred to the Psychiatry department for evaluation, acute intervention, or ongoing treatment services.
Pediatricians in both our in-patient units and our primary care clinics refer their pediatric patients to the Department of Psychiatry when they suspect more serious psychological/psychiatric conditions, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette’s syndrome, suicidality, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, major depression, etc. This allows our trainees exposure to a challenging and diverse patient population across the age span as well as some of the more unique and unusual medical and psychiatric presentations not ordinarily seen in community mental health clinics.
Department of Psychiatry Services
Our clinicians and trainees see children for long-term individual and family therapy as well as time-limited, brief therapy, crisis intervention and diagnostic evaluations. Referrals for outpatient treatment and evaluations in our department come directly from families as well as pediatricians, social services, Alameda County’s Access system and other community service providers. Our team shares a common commitment to multicultural learning, community service and a family systems perspective on treatment.
Internship Program Training Goals
In addition to the common goals of the overall Psychology Internship program, a primary placement in the Department of Psychiatry also incorporates the following goals:
Psychology Fellows in the Department of Psychiatry will have the opportunity to share in the clinical and educational experiences available to the Psychology Interns in our out-patient clinic (as described above) as well as more advanced experiences appropriate to their higher level of skills. Our fellows will have an increased level of responsibility and autonomy, and an opportunity for more challenging clinical work in the pediatric hospital setting. This is accomplished through their assignment to a full day per week of coverage for inpatient consultation requests throughout the hospital, and the Behavioral Emergency Response Team (BERT) in the emergency room. Depending on their interests, fellows have the opportunity to choose an inpatient service to serve as designated liaison for Psychiatry services. Our psychology fellows also share weekend and weeknight call duties with our staff. Our proximity to the main hospital building allows our trainees easy access to the training opportunities and educational events taking place on a daily basis at the hospital. Videotape is used extensively in both individual and group supervision of interns’ and fellows’ clinical work. The Fellowship in the Dept. of Psychiatry is a CAPIC-member program and we adhere to their uniform notification guidelines.
Department of Psychiatry Training Staff
Theopia Jackson, PhD
Pamela Orren-Clarke, PhD
Additional Supervisors & Training Staff:
Andrew Giammona, MD
Shelley Nakaishi, RN
Herbert Schreier, MD
Petra Steinbuchel, MD
Joanne Yeaton, LCSW