Clinical Training Opportunities

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.

Because we are less dependent on external agencies, we are meticulous about controlling the quality of those external placements we approve for our students. In other words, our standards are very high, and when our students apply externally, training directors throughout the region are happy to offer placements to Wright Institute students.

  • The Wright Institute Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology programField Placement Sequence
    Students 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 »
  • The Wright Institute Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology programIntegrated 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 »
  • The Wright Institute Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology programBerkeley Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinic
    The 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 Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology programThe Wright Institute Clinic
    Since 1969, The Wright Institute Clinic has provided training in depth-oriented psychotherapy for students of The Wright Institute, while providing sliding scale psychotherapy services to the Bay Area Community and beyond. The Wright Institute Clinic meets the graduate program criteria for a practicum facility. The 12-month training year begins at the start of the Fall term and ends in the Fall term of the following year. The time commitment is approximately 15-18 hours per week, including your clinical caseload, intake interviewing, integrated assessments, individual and group supervision, didactic, and administrative paperwork. Additional time may be spent with our affiliate programs -Youth Radio, and The North Berkeley Senior Center. As a trainee at the Clinic you will be clinically and administratively supported by a personal mentor and Medi-cal advisor in additional to your individual supervisor and Clinic Conference Leader. The clinic is staffed by advanced students who fulfill the role of mentor/advisor and every trainee receives individual support around issues of clinical and professional development. Additionally, the clinic is staffed by a psychologist who provides training and individual support related to billing Medi-cal. Read more »
  • The Wright Institute Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology programThe Wright Institute Assessment Clinic
    The Wright Institute Assessment Services (WIAS) is a department of the Wright Institute Clinical Services, which is operated by the Wright Institute. Currently, WIAS operates the Wright Institute Advanced Supplemental Assessment Practicum and the Wright Institute 2nd Year (Y2) Assessment Program, whereby doctorate program practicum students receive training and conduct evaluations under the supervision of licensed psychologists. Read more »
  • The Wright Institute Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology programThe Wright Institute Recovery Clinic (WIRC)
    The Wright Institute Recovery Clinic (WIRC) is an outpatient community mental health clinic providing low-fee psychotherapy to adults with co-occurring addiction and mental health issues. The WIRC partners with Options Recovery Services, Inc., a non-profit day treatment facility working with a diverse population of clients. Many of these clients have been sentenced by drug court and most have experienced homelessness and/or incarceration. Read more »
  • The Wright Institute Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology programThe Wright Institute School-Based Collaboration (SBC)
    The Wright Institute School-Based Collaboration (SBC) is a strategic clinical and social response to barriers that affect the academic performance and social-emotional development of youth. These include but are not limited to growing up in communities challenged by violence, poverty, racism, discrimination, and general lack of access to basic services and resources. Read more »
  • The Wright Institute Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology programThe Wright Institute Sanctuary Project (WISP)
    A supplemental practicum (P3 and above) 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 psychosocial evaluations for clients seeking asylum through our community partners. Read more »
  • The Wright Institute Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology programThe Counseling Program at Contra Costa High Schools
    The Counseling Program at Contra Costa College High Schools serves students in two high schools located on the Contra Costa Community College campus in San Pablo. Gateway to College is an alternative high school for students with low GPA who are at risk of not graduating. Middle College works with students earning a high school diploma while simultaneously working toward the completion of AA degrees. We work with young people ages 13-21, many of whom face continuous traumatic stress and multiple kinds of oppression. The training is rooted in an integrative, social justice perspective, with an emphasis on community building and close collaboration with school staff. Read more »
  • The Wright Institute Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology programElementary Schools Program
    The Wright Institute Elementary Schools Program is an effort to collaborate with Chabot Elementary and Thornhill Elementary, to provide social and emotional support to children in these schools. The Wright Institute engages in these partnerships with the goal of fostering academic achievement and life success through provision of culturally competent, evidence-based psychological services to the school community. This includes clinical services to children and their families, supports for teachers in the classroom, bullying and violence prevention, engagement with community partners to meet children's needs, promotion of positive school climate and other activities as appropriate. Read more »