The Wright Institute Field Placement Program maintains an impressive list of approved practicum training sites throughout the wider San Francisco Bay Area. Our students also have had great success in attaining internships both locally and throughout the United States. One of the most distinguishing features about the Wright Institute Psy.D. program is that we also operate an extensive, sophisticated network of our own community-based practica, internship, and postdoctoral clinical placements. By facilitating our own network of clinical service agencies, we ensure that our doctoral students apply classroom knowledge of psychological science and theory to a broad spectrum of human problems confronting professional psychologists. Students are carefully supervised by several psychologists to develop their clinical skills by utilizing a variety of treatment and assessment interventions in diverse settings.
Field Placement SequenceStudents accessing external field placements gain experiences that might not be available through our system network. These include field placements at in-patient psychiatric and medical hospitals, public community health and mental health centers, residential treatment programs, physical and cognitive rehabilitation centers, day treatment facilities, geriatric programs, forensic settings, child and family service agencies and more. While most of our students are placed "in-house" during the first two years, the third-year practicum is typically completed at an external placement. The third-year practica are impressive, and include premier Bay Area psychology and healthcare service/ training agencies, such as Veterans Administration sites, university and college counseling centers, medical centers, teaching hospitals, neuropsychological testing programs, family and child treatment programs, and more. The Wright Institute was instrumental in establishing the Bay Area Practicum Information Collaborative (BAPIC, www.bapic.info). Housed at our program, BAPIC is a coalition of Bay Area doctoral psychology programs and practicum agencies aimed at disseminating practicum training information, and coordinating a systematic practicum application process for doctoral students and agencies throughout the Bay Area. Read more » Integrated Health Psychology Training Program (IHPTP)The Wright Institute's Integrated Health Psychology Training Program (IHPTP) provides a vital and highly sought primary care training experience. IHPTP develops students' competence in providing psychological services within an integrated community health setting. Interns are instructed and supervised in the biopsychosocial model with a focus on evidence-based practice and research in behavioral medicine. Interdisciplinary teamwork, cultural competency, ethics, and professionalism are emphasized throughout the practicum, internship and postdoctoral training. Depending upon level of training, yearlong seminars include behavioral medicine, psychopharmacology and neuropsychological assessment. Read more » Berkeley Cognitive Behavioral Therapy ClinicThe Wright Institute Berkeley Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinic provides brief and long-term, solution-focused, low-fee therapy for children, adolescents, adults and couples. Services are offered in English and Spanish. While the primary focus of training is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), exposure to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and schema-focused treatment is also emphasized. Read more » The Wright Institute ClinicFounded in 1969, the Wright Institute Clinic was the first clinic established by the Wright Institute. The Clinic has a longstanding reputation for providing high-quality, community mental health psychotherapy services to Bay Area clients on a sliding scale fee. Clinic therapists provide approximately 6,000 hours of direct service to the community each year. Trainees are supervised by some of the most well respected Bay Area clinicians who help student therapists develop their clinical and professional skills. Clinic therapists bring a wealth of diverse personal, cultural, and professional experiences to their clinical work. They are sensitive to, and understand the needs of the diverse community they serve, and work with each individual, couple, or family to identify treatment needs and goals. The theoretical focus is primarily psychodynamic, with a special focus on social and cultural concerns. Caseloads are structured according to the ability and comfort level of the student clinician, with a focus on distributing cases according to client age, gender, race, ethnicity, and type of concern. Treatments can last up to a year, but can also be as brief as six weeks. Read more » The Wright Institute Assessment ClinicStudents provide assessments in the Wright Institute's low-fee psychological and neuropsychological testing clinic for children (age six and above), adolescents, and adults. Under the supervision of licensed clinical psychologists and board-certified neuropsychologists, students conduct assessments to develop diagnoses and recommendations that can assist with client difficulties. Conditions that are addressed range from developmental and mood disorders, to substance abuse and behavioral disorders. Read more » The Wright Institute Recovery ClinicThe Wright Institute Recovery Clinic is an outpatient community mental health clinic providing low fee psychotherapy to Bay Area clients. Services include individual, couples, and family therapy for adults and the elderly. Therapy is provided by graduate students from the Wright Institute's clinical psychology doctoral program under the supervision of licensed clinical psychologists. Trainees work predominantly with clients and staff from Options Recovery Services, Inc., a non-profit day treatment facility serving adults with addiction and mental health disorders. The mission of Options is to help addicted mentally ill ex-offenders and other indigent adults improve their health and stability to reintegrate into the community. This clinic facilitates individual and group therapy using psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral approaches. Read more » The Wright Institute School-Based Collaboration (SBC)The Wright Institute School-Based Collaboration (SBC) is a strategic response to systemic barriers that affect the academic performance and social-emotional development of youth growing up in communities challenged by violence, racism, discrimination, and lack of access to basic services and resources. Read more » The Wright Institute Sanctuary Project (WISP)A supplemental practicum (P4) that offers training and clinical experiences for advanced students in the doctoral program, who have an interest in working with immigrant and refugee populations. The primary focus of the program is on provision of culturally competent psychological evaluations for clients seeking asylum through the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant (EBSC) in Berkeley,CA. EBSC is a non-political organization offering sanctuary and support to immigrant and refugee communities. Services include support, community organizing assistance, advocacy, and legal services to those escaping war, terror, political persecution, intolerance, exploitation, and other expressions of violence. EBSC provides opportunities for transformational learning that arises from relationships fostered among refugees, immigrants, and host communities. Read more » The Solano County Jail Counseling ProgramAt the Solano County Jail Counseling Program, Wright Institute graduate student clinicians work with inmates to promote inmate and societal welfare by supporting positive inmate life choices and increasing inmates’ chances of building a meaningful and sustainable life upon release. Clients bring a broad range of concerns to therapy, giving student clinicians experience with a wide variety of presenting problems. Read more » Anka Behavioral Health Homeless Multi-Service CentersAt Anka Behavioral Health Homeless Multi-Service Centers, graduate student clinicians work with clients who face, and have faced, many challenges in their lives, including trauma, abuse, drug addiction, violence, oppression, poverty, and physical and mental illness. Clinicians work in a multi-disciplinary team providing individual, group, and milieu treatment. Read more » The Counseling Program at Contra Costa High SchoolsThe Counseling Program at Contra Costa College High Schools serves students in two high schools on Contra Costa College Campus, Gateway to College and Middle College High School. Both high schools work to improve the academic achievement of students with a history of failing to perform up to their full potential. The Counseling Program seeks to bolster students in the community in the face of challenging systemic problems through strength-based and collaborative therapy techniques. Read more »