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Newman and Kim Publish Report on Education Advocacy in California Psychologist Magazine

Dr. Anatasia Kim

Newman and Kim Publish Report on Education Advocacy in California Psychologist Magazine

Dr. Gilbert Newman, Dean, and Dr. Anatasia Kim, Associate Professor, have published an article on "Fifteen Years Later...A Report from the Education Advocacy Front Line" in the Spring 2015 issue of California Psychologist magazine.

The article traces the origins of student involvement in organized psychology advocacy, the pressing shortage of APA accredited internships, and the effect of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) on requirements for health care workforce qualifications. Newman and Kim also discuss the importance of educating and training doctoral students about legislative advocacy to advance the psychology profession and the communities it serves.

MA Alumna to Lead Panel Discussion

MA Alumna to Lead Panel Discussion

As part of Postpartum Support International's Social Support Webinar Series, MA alumna Natashia Fuksman will lead a panel discussion on Cultural Awareness for Caretakers within Maternal Health and Wellbeing. This is an event for all who work with women and their families during the perinatal time period in a supportive capacity. The discussion will take place at 11am on April 22.

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Wright Alumnus Jack Daniels III, Madison College President, Profiled

Wright Alumnus Jack Daniels III, Madison College President, Profiled

Wright Institute alumnus Jack Daniels III, PhD, the current President of Madison College, was profiled in the Waunakee Tribune on April 15, 2015.

Daniels' education career includes serving as assistant director of research at Chicago State University, vice president of Academic Affairs at Grossmont College (San Diego), and president of Los Angeles Southwest College.

To read the entire profile, go to: http://www.hngnews.com/waunakee_tribune/community/arts_and_entertainment...

Kevin Nadal Speaks at the Wright Institute

Kevin Nadal Speaks at the Wright Institute

On March 21st, 2015, Dr. Kevin Nadal facilitated a full day continuing education training on "Culturally Competent Services for Filipino Americans".

Dr. Nadal is an award-winning psychologist and professor; has authored over 60 publications on multicultural issues; and is currently president-elect of the Asian American Psychological Association.

Wright Institute students, faculty, supervisors, as well as members of the broader community participated in this seminar dedicated to enhancing clinical outreach and health services for Filipino Americans, who are currently the largest Asian American group in California.

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Dr. Bernadette Torrez to Conduct Training on DSM-IV to DSM-V

Dr. Bernadette Torrez

Dr. Bernadette Torrez to Conduct Training on DSM-IV to the DSM-V

Full-time Master's faculty member Dr. Bernadette Torrez will give a training on May 7 at The Gathering Place: Alternative Family Services in Oakland.

The training, "The Revisions from the DSM-IV to the DSM-V," will focus on specific revisions, including diagnostic changes, the dimensional approach, and WHO's Disability Assessment Schedule 2.0.

Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith in the News

Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith, PhD

Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith in the News

Please view Dr. Briscoe-Smith's recent radio program titled "Are our schools re-segregating?," and a presentation titled "How to Talk to Your Kids about Race." Please follow her on her website as well: drbriscoesmith.com.

Dr. Milena Esherick speaks to Kaiser's "Food is Medicine Healthy Eating Group"

Dr. Milena Esherick, PsyD

Dr. Milena Esherick speaks to Kaiser's "Food is Medicine Healthy Eating Group"

On March 26, Master's Program Director Dr. Milena Esherick presented a webinar to the Kaiser Permanente "Food is Medicine Healthy Eating Group."

Over 170 clinicians from across Kaiser's national network participated in the webinar to learn how to help patients transition to a plant-based diet.

Dr. Esherick shared psychological strategies for motivating patients to make a successful shift to a plant-strong diet - a diet Kaiser endorses for its many health benefits.

Alexandra Lee to Participate in APA Spring Meeting on Psychoanalysis

Alexandra Lee to Participate in APA Spring Meeting on Psychoanalysis

Alexandra Lee, Wright Institute student, will participate in a conversation with former Wright Institute faculty member, Joan E. Sarnat, PhD, at the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) APA 35th Annual Spring Meeting. The meeting will take place at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco on Thursday, April 23, at 9 a.m.

The discussion, entitled "Colloquy Close Analysis of an Excerpt from a Videotaped Supervisory Hour," is based on their taping of a new APA Psychotherapy Supervision DVD produced by Wright Institute faculty member, Hanna Levenson, PhD.

Lee and Dr. Sarnat will invite the audience to view a 15-minute excerpt from the videotape in order to identify what facilitates the transition from relational disconnection and "as if" teaching and learning, to connection and authentic teaching and learning.

The APA spring meeting, entitled "Life in Psychoanalysis in Life," will take place April 23 - 26, 2015,with pre-conference activities scheduled on April 22.

Eric A. Samuels, PsyD Candidate, Awarded Bronze Psi Award by California Psychological Association

Eric A. Samuels, PsyD Candidate, Awarded Bronze Psi Award by California Psychological Association

Eric A. Samuels, PsyD candidate, has been awarded the Bronze Psi Award by the California Psychological Association (CPA). The Bronze Psi Award recognizes one student each year for outstanding service to CPA.

Eric also has been slated for the position of Member-at-Large, Education Focus for the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS), and elections will take place in April. If elected, he will serve for two years and be responsible for working with APA's Education Directorate, representing the interests of students in regards to training issues (most-specifically working to end the internship crisis), and advocating for advances in the quality of education for graduate students.

Wright Institute Dean Gilbert Newman Appointed to APA Commission on Accreditation

Wright Institute Dean Gilbert Newman Appointed to APA Commission on Accreditation

Wright Institute Dean Gilbert Newman, Ph.D., has been appointed to the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation for a three-year term.

The APA Commission is recognized by the secretary of the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, as the national accrediting authority for professional education and training in psychology. The 32-member Commission evaluates doctoral, internship, and postdoctoral residency programs in professional psychology.

Dean Newman is holding the seat designated as the joint Board of Educational Affairs and the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology.

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