Psychology

Psychology

header-title-decorationPsychology

PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT MISSION STATEMENT  

Our mission is to provide effective and culturally sensitive mental health services to Rancho’s ethnically and linguistically diverse patient population. We seek to assess and treat cognitive, emotional and functional difficulties, and to help patients overcome barriers to participation in rehabilitation therapies and life activities. We specialize in working on interdisciplinary teams, differential diagnosis of mental health conditions and organic symptoms, and how to evaluate and treat emotional coping, mental and psychological conditions, and behavior that promotes positive adaptation to disability. Our mission includes training future clinical psychologists who will have the knowledge and skillset to provide beneficial mental health services to people living with disability or chronic health conditions.  

 

PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT VISION STATEMENT 

We envision a department that maintains the ability to provide high quality psychological assessment and interventions across the lifespan and that include cognitive and neuropsychological assessments. We envision providing psychological services that enhance transdisciplinary collaboration on rehabilitation teams across inpatient and outpatient services to better serve our patients. We envision further development of our training programs to include greater opportunities for assessmentresearch and advocacy. 

 

INPATIENT PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES 

We provide consultation on inpatient services to address pre-existing or acute psychological and cognitive conditions that can affect rehabilitation. We are able to provide all psychological services in both English and Spanish and can offer psychological services with use of interpreters in other languages. We conduct clinical and cognitive assessments and provide psychotherapy for inpatients on the following services: 

Adult and Pediatric Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Adult and Pediatric Spine Injury Rehabilitation
Gerontology and Stroke Rehabilitation
Limb Preservation Service
Epilepsy Assessment Service
Neurology and Acute Stroke Service
Pressure Ulcer Management Service
Chronic Medicine Service
Medicine – Community Adaptive Re-Entry Service
 

 

OUTPATIENT PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES 

Psychotherapy 

We provide individual psychotherapy for Rancho Los Amigos outpatients in both English and Spanish and can provide services in other languages with assistance of interpreter if appropriate. The Psychology Department welcomes physician referrals for outpatient evaluation and treatment. Patients are encouraged to discuss need for referral to psychology with their primary Rancho physician so that a consultation can be placed. 

Assessment 

We provide a variety of psychological and neuropsychological assessments in both English and Spanish. Additional information is available in links below: 

EPILEPSY ASSESSMENT SERVICES 

NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT SERVICES 

OTHER PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT SERVICES 

For more information about our outpatient services please contact the Psychology Department at 562-385-8181.  

 

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY TRAINING PROGRAMS 

We offer training opportunities for postdoctoral psychology trainees seeking further supervision for licensure and expertise in neurorehabilitation psychology, and to predoctoral psychology graduate students through practicum and clerkship experience.  

Resident Training 

The Department of Psychology offers a one to two year clinical training program at the residency level in Clinical Psychology with Specialization in Neurorehabilitation Psychology.  The program strives to implement the Baltimore Guidelines for Rehabilitation Psychology Postdoctoral Training and requirements for board certification in Rehabilitation Psychology. Additional information about the residency program can be found in the brochure below, as well as at the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers website https://appic.org/, and Division of Rehabilitation Psychology website http://www.div22.org/.  

Brochure for Rancho Los Amigos Resident Program 2021-22 with COVID 19 

Virtual Tour of Rancho Psychology Department 2021-22 

Practicum Training 

We maintain an active predoctoral training program and have affiliation contracts with Fuller Theological Seminary, Pepperdine University, University of La Verne and Azusa Pacific University. The goal of the program is to provide clinical training to psychology students who are interested in working with patients with cognitive impairments, disability, and acute and chronic medical conditions. It provides an opportunity to learn about the application of psychological assessment and interventions in a medical setting, working on an interdisciplinary team model, and prepares trainees for future training or positions in primary care psychology, health psychology, rehabilitation psychology, and neuropsychology. Additional information about our predoctoral training program can be found in the brochure below, as well as, the Southern California Association of Psychology Training Programs (SCAPTP) website https://www.scaptp.org/. 

Brochure for Rancho Los Amigos Practicum Program 2021 

Board Certification and Mentoring 

The American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) increases consumer protection through the examination and certification of psychologists who demonstrate competence in approved specialty areas in professional psychology. Rehabilitation Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology are two of the fifteen specialties. At Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center we have three Board Certified Rehabilitation Psychologists (Dr. Gonzalez, Dr. Saldivar, and Dr. Hoover), and one Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist (Dr. Zuverza-Chavarria) on staff. Our Board Certified Rehabilitation Psychologists have served or are currently serving on the American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology Board of Directors and are active reviewers of practice samples for board certification and are involved in oral examinations as needed.  

Mentoring is a key element of our training programs as we strive to provide professional guidance both during training at Rancho and beyond. Of note, Dr. Fernando Gonzalez, Chair of Rancho Los Amigos Psychology Department, was awarded the Mentorship Award in 2013 by the American Psychological Association’s Division 22: Rehabilitation Psychology, for his exceptional dedication to mentoring staff, predoctoral studentspostdoctoral trainees, and ABRP candidates. 

Training Committee and Didactics 

All of the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center Psychology Department staff are involved in the training program as supervisors and as presenters in our didactic program. Due to our staff’s recognized expertise in neurorehabilitation psychology, several of our members have private practices that consist of teaching at local colleges, providing psychotherapy, and forensic work. Thus our didactics are structured to address mood and neuropsychological assessment and topics pertinent to the practice of rehabilitation psychology, as well as, trainings that address working with diverse populations, implementation of a variety of psychological interventions, and topics that address professional practice beyond attaining a doctoral degree. 

For more information about our training programs, please contact: 

Aida Saldivar, Ph.D., ABPP (RP), QME
Clinical Training Director
Psychology Department, OPB Room 2049
Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
7601 E. Imperial Hwy., Downey, CA 90242
Office number: 562-385-6314 / Fax number: 562-385-6678
asaldivar@dhs.lacounty.gov 

 

MEET OUR STAFF 

The Rancho Los Amigos Psychology Department is comprised of clinical psychologists that specialize in Rehabilitation Psychology, Neuropsychology, and Health Psychology. Our department is ethnically and culturally diverse and is reflective of the population served.  

Psychology Department 2020 

 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN PSYCHOLOGY 

If you are interested in learning more about career opportunities for psychologists at Rancho Los Amigos, please contact: 

Fernando Gonzalez, Ph.D., ABPP (RP), QME
Chair of Psychology Department
Psychology Department, OPB Room 2049
Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
7601 E. Imperial Hwy., Downey, CA 90242
Office number: 562-385-8181 / Fax number: 562-385-6678
fgonzalez@dhs.lacounty.gov 

You can also go to the Health Services Job Opportunities webpage: 

DHS employment webpage