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Fostering Heroism in Fourth and Fifth Grade Students

Fostering Heroism in Fourth and Fifth Grade Students

Wright Institute Clinical Psychology Program alumnus Elisabeth Heiner, Psy.D., has adapted her dissertation into an article, which was recently published in The Journal of Humanistic Psychology. The article, "Fostering Heroism in Fourth- and Fifth-Grade Students," was published online by the journal in January 2018. The print version will be available later this year.

A desire to research prosocial, heroic behavior led Dr. Heiner to formulate a study that “empirically evaluated the potential effect of a training program...designed to foster heroism in children.” This grew to be her dissertation, which she completed with committee members Dr. Jerry Diller and Dr. Karen Wise.

Dr. Heiner researched the effectiveness of teaching children to think of themselves as “‘heroes in waiting,’ [who] can stand up to injustices they may witness, such as bullying,“ and measured how this affected their internal feelings of courage.

Wright Institute Faculty and Students Active in APA’s Minority Fellowship Program

Wright Institute Faculty and Students Active in APA’s Minority Fellowship Program

See Professor Thakore-Dunlap's professional biography here.

Ulash Thakore-Dunlap Ulash Thakore-Dunlap, MFT, Full-time Faculty member in the Counseling Psychology program, has been selected to serve on the Training Advisory Committee for the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) with a focus on Services for Transition Age Youth.

“It’s an honor to be selected to serve on this committee, which is well-established and highly regarded within the APA and counseling psychology community,” Ulash says. The Training Advisory Committee meets twice a year and works with MFP staff to read and evaluate applications of hundreds of candidates from various graduate programs.

Spotlight on Field Placement, Counseling Psychology Program

Spotlight on Field Placement

For background information on the Counseling Psychology Program field placement department, click here.

Stuart Lee, Director of Field PlacementThe Wright Institute Counseling Psychology Program continues to thrive as we establish and strengthen partnerships in the Bay Area and surrounding areas. Our students are now able to choose from 90 partner agencies offering a variety of settings including school-based sites, community-based clinics, inpatient/outpatient clinics, residential treatment facilities, day treatment centers, and hospitals.

Professor Dr. Anatasia Kim in the APA quarterly

Facing My Money Ghosts: Psychological Residuals of Growing Up Poor

See Dr. Kim's professional biography here.

Dr. Anatasia Kim Anatasia S. Kim, PhD is a Full Time Faculty member in the Clinical Psychology Program and operates a private therapy practice. Dr. Kim contributed a moving article to the Spring 2018 issue of the Independent Practitioner, the quarterly newsletter for the American Psychological Association (APA) Community for Psychologists in Independent Practice.

The Soul in Depression: Dr. Anita Barrows on NPR

The Soul in Depression: Dr. Anita Barrows on NPR

See Dr. Barrow's professional biography here.

Dr. Anita Barrows Depression and anxiety have a common duality in spirituality and the human experience. Is the melancholy of depression akin to the fervor of love? This week, NPR examined this question in its “On Being” radio show and podcast. Along with Andrew Solomon, author of National Book Award winner, Noonday Demon, and Parker Palmer, Quaker author and educator, Wright Institute Clinical Psychology Program faculty member Dr. Anita Barrows spoke with host Krista Tippett.

Student Spotlight: Ian Salvage’s field placement at The Marina Counseling Center

Student Spotlight: Ian Salvage’s field placement at The Marina Counseling Center

For additional information on Marina Counseling Center click here.
See Ian's professional biography here.

Ian Salvage Ian Salvage, a second-year student in the Counseling Psychology Master’s Program at the Wright Institute, is completing his field placement at Marina Counseling Center in San Francisco, CA. The nonprofit provides therapy on a sliding fee scale to adults, couples, and families. It also serves as a training institute, guiding trainees and associates on how to build a private practice.

Richard Lichtman, Ph.D. 1931 - 2018

Richard Lichtman, Ph.D. 1931 - 2018


Dr. Richard Lichtman
Dear Wright Institute Community,

With great sadness we write to inform you of the passing of Professor Emeritus, Richard Lichtman, Ph.D. Dr. Lichtman passed away at home on Friday, just a few days short of his 87th birthday. He has been teaching at the Wright Institute since the early 1970s.

His Wright Institute web-page bio is very informative, as is a Tikkun obituary written by Wright Institute graduate, Rabbi Dr. Michael Lerner.

Alumni Interviews: Monika Parikh

Alumni Interviews: Monika Parikh

Monika had fifteen years of experience working with survivors of human trafficking when she enrolled in the Counseling Psychology Program in 2013. In this interview, she speaks about how the program led her to found a non-profit organization, Partnerships for Trauma Recovery, in Berkeley. We are in awe of the incredible work that Monika and her team are doing for refugees and asylum-seekers here in the Bay Area.

Alumni interviews: Monika Parikh from The Wright Institute Counseling Psychology Program.
Video credit: Madnomad Films

Alumni Interviews: Dylan Kersh-Oliva

Alumni Interviews: Dylan Kersh-Oliva

Dylan, a 2015 graduate of the Counseling Psychology Program, discusses how the Wright Institute prepared him for the work he does now in private practice and as a program coordinator at Shine a Light Addiction Specialists.

Alumni interviews: Dylan Kersh-Oliva from The Wright Institute Counseling Psychology Program.
Video credit: Madnomad Films



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