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Richard Espinoza, PsyD Student, to Present Study on Life Coaching at International Conference

Richard Espinoza, PsyD Student, to Present Study on Life Coaching at International Conference

This April, PsyD student Richard Espinoza, MA, will present his study on "The Psychotherapist/Life Coach: Role Differentiation in Psychotherapists Practicing Life Coaching" at the International Psychological Applications Conference and Trends in Porto, Portugal.

According to Espinoza's abstract, life coaching has an increasing number of practitioners, and is a mental health related profession with no system of centralized accreditation, licensing, or unified definition. The limited research on coaching suggests a tentative definition as an unlicensed mental health practitioner without formal training or supervision in psychotherapy.

This international conference seeks to provide a wide connection between researchers, lecturers, students, professionals from psychology, and human sciences and their peers.

Wright Institute and ACPA to Present CE Workshop "From Exner to R-PAS: Surviving the Transition"

Wright Institute and ACPA to Present CE Workshop "From Exner to R-PAS: Surviving the Transition"

The Wright Institute and ACPA will present an intermediate Continuing Education workshop "From Exner to R-PAS: Surviving the Transition," on Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 9 am - 4 pm.

Faculty members Barbara Peterson, PhD, and Andrew Pojman, EdD, will present "From Exner to R-PAS: Surviving the Transition," a Continuing Education workshop on Saturday, February 1, 2014, from 9 am - 4 pm at the Wright Institute. The workshop will focus on bringing Comprehensive System trained psychologists up to date on the new Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS), which builds on and expands the rich Exner tradition. Participants will learn about changes in administration, coding, and interpretation of the R-PAS system. The program will also include a presentation of case material and analysis of the material using the R-PAS system. This intermediate course presumes previous knowledge of the Rorschach Inkblot Method.

Wright Institute Program Receives APA Grant for Internships

Wright Institute Program Receives APA Grant for Internships

The Wright Institute Integrated Health Psychology Training Program (IHPTP) has received a $20,000 grant from the American Psychological Association (APA) to advance APA-accredited internship programs.

The APA Grants for Internship Programs is a three-year initiative to increase the number of APA-accredited internship programs and positions. IHPTP was awarded $20,000 on December 13 to assist with its goal of becoming an exclusively-affiliated accredited internship site during the 2014-15 year.

Dr. Patricia Wood to Present Faculty Forum, "Making Sense of Social Class," January 6, 2014

Dr. Patricia Wood to Present Faculty Forum, "Making Sense of Social Class," January 6, 2014

Dr. Patricia Wood, PhD, will give a noon Faculty Forum presentation on "Making Sense of Social Class," January 6, 2014 at the Wright Institute, Room 109/110. This Forum will begin by identifying some of the complexities in defining social class and the numerous ways class status has been measured in psychology.

Issues of downward and upward class mobility, in addition to the culture of class status will be explored. Finally, we will review two contrasting models of social class used in clinical psychology, and discuss how each model informs the way we work with clients around issues of class status, class culture and class mobility.

Hanna Levenson to Create Book and DVD Series on Supervision

Hanna Levenson to Create Book and DVD Series on Supervision

Hanna Levenson, PhD, core faculty member, has contracted with the American Psychological Association to create a 12 DVD and book series on supervision.

Hanna Levenson, PhD, an Institute Faculty member, has just signed a contract with APA to create a 12 DVD and book series on supervision that she has been planning for several years. Dr. Levenson and her colleague Dr. Arpana Inman from Lehigh University will interview 12 expert supervisors from various orientations for the series. In addition, each supervisor will conduct a demonstration supervision session with a student, including voiceovers. The supervision DVDs will be modeled after APA's Expert Therapist series and will be accompanied by a book on each topic. The first four videos to be filmed in 2014 explore supervision from dynamic relational, cognitive-behavioral, critical incidents, and competency perspectives.

Dr. Steven Kanofsky presented on how aspects of Narrative Therapy and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Therapy might enrich Control Mastery Theory and practice.

Dr. Steven Kanofsky presented on how aspects of Narrative Therapy and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Therapy might enrich Control Mastery Theory and practice.

Dr. Steven Kanofsky recently gave a presentation on how some concepts and methods of Narrative Therapy and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Therapy (AEDP) might enrich Control Mastery Theory and practice.

Wright Institute Dean, Dr. Gilbert Newman, lobbied U.S. Congress on passing the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act to reduce suicide risk in college students.

Wright Institute Dean, Dr. Gilbert Newman, lobbied U.S. Congress on passing the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act to reduce suicide risk in college students.

The Wright Institute Dean, Dr. Gilbert Newman, recently lobbied the U.S. Congress regarding passage of the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act designed to reduce the risk of suicide in college students.

Dr. Susana Winkel was invited to participate in public forum/discussion "Safe at Work: Reducing Workplace Harassment and Violence for Low-Income and Immigrant Women."

Dr. Susana Winkel was invited to participate in public forum/discussion "Safe at Work: Reducing Workplace Harassment and Violence for Low-Income and Immigrant Women."

Dr. Susana Winkel was invited to participate in "Safe at Work: Reducing Workplace Harassment and Violence for Low-Income and Immigrant Women," a public forum and discussion on sexual harassment and assault in San Francisco.

September/October California Psychologist features guest column by Dr. Howard Friedman on "The Value of Neuropsychological Testing: ADHD as an Example."

September/October California Psychologist features guest column by Dr. Howard Friedman on "The Value of Neuropsychological Testing: ADHD as an Example."

Adjunct faculty member Howard J. Friedman, Ph.D., ABPP, recently published a guest column in the September/October issue of California Psychologist. The column entitled "The Value of Neuropsychological Testing: ADHD as an Example" explores the key elements intrinsic to assessing adolescents and adults in order to obtain accuracy and distinguish ADHD from other conditions.

He states, "I see our role as neuropsychologists as critical not just in establishing a diagnosis, but more importantly, in establishing whether co-morbid conditions may be present and determining specific treatment needs. We are objectively measuring clients' strengths and limitations beyond the yes or no of whether a condition is present."

Nicole Calma Publishes on Psychiatric Patient Boarding Times In ERs

Nicole Calma Publishes on Psychiatric Patient Boarding Times In ERs

Nicole Calma, MA, a fourth-year Wright Institute student, has co-written an article published in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine (June 2013) on the boarding times in emergency departments for psychiatric patients.

The article entitled "Effects of a Dedicated Regional Psychiatric Emergency Service on Boarding of Psychiatric Patients in Area Emergency Departments" was co-written with Scott Zeller, MD (Department of Psychiatric Emergency Services, Alameda Health System) and Ashley Stone, MPH (California Hospital Association).

The data suggests that having a regional psychiatric emergency service would be beneficial to the health care system.

View the article at: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/01s9h6wp

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