Wright Institute COVID-19 Information

The past 18 months have been very challenging for all, locally and globally. As the widespread uncertainty and impact of COVID-19 and the Delta Variant continue to evolve, we want to let everyone know what we're doing to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and the communities we serve. COVID-19 vaccines are now widely available for the general public, and have been determined to be safe and effective by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), including against the Delta Variant.

Our campuses are open again.

Both campuses of the Wright Institute re-opened for in-person classes on Tuesday, September 7. The Wright Institute Clinic is now open for in-person services.

Vaccination Policy

The Wright Institute requires faculty, staff, students and visitors to be fully vaccinated to limit the transmission of COVID-19 in our community. COVID-19 vaccines are effective at both preventing the transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 and preventing serious illness or death. Students, faculty, and staff must submit proof of vaccination via the Wright Institute Portal. Unvaccinated students and employees who have a medical or religious exemption may be required to obtain weekly or more frequent testing and provide proof of negative test results to the Wright Institute.

Please click here for vaccination sites.

Daily COVID-19 Screening

Students, faculty, staff, and visitors will be required to complete a health screening check-in for each day they plan to be on the site.

Mask Requirements

The Wright Institute adheres to the most restrictive or prescriptive public health order provided by the CDC, City of Berkeley, or the state of California. We will provide masks and ensure they are worn by employees, students and visitors when required by orders from the CDPH or when advisable based on local community health data. Please bring your mask with you and we can also provide you with one if you forget to bring one.

The Wright Institute requires masks to be clean and undamaged. The Wright Institute allows use of face shields to supplement, not supplant, face coverings.

Events

Capacity limits at events will adhere to the most restrictive or prescriptive public health order provided by the CDC, City of Berkeley, or the state of California. Open houses will continue to be held virtually at the present time and until further notice. For all other events, advance registration and RSVP and documentation of vaccine status and other verification is required, which may include a self-attestation or checklist requirement. Upon arrival, attendees may be asked to complete a symptom checklist.

Visitors

All visitors, including guest lecturers and presenters and vendors, must check in at the front desk. Visitors are not permitted to enter the building past the foyer unless cleared by a staff member, unless needed to do so in an emergency situation.

Clients and visitors at the Wright Institute clinics will be provided with specific protocol by the clinic personnel prior to a visit. Speak to the clinic directly for all additional information about visiting the clinic locations. At present, masks are required to be worn by students, faculty and clients in the clinic setting. Visitors, patients, students and employees will also be required to wear masks when in common spaces at the clinics and in the clinic offices.

Parents/Caregivers

We want to acknowledge the incredible amount of additional stress placed on students, faculty, and staff who are caring for children or others at home who require attention and/or home-schooling, and compete for your attention to work and school. The faculty and administration continue to discuss the unique needs of caregivers during this time, and to work with students, faculty, and staff to create individualized accommodations.

Practicum

The Wright Institute has been supporting the practicum sites we work with as they transition back to in-person sessions. Each site has its own rules, and we encourage all students to reach out to the field placement team with any questions.

Admissions

Application review and processing for our two programs continues on schedule, and deadlines remain unchanged; however we have moved all admissions events and interviews to Zoom until further notice.

Please let us know if there's anything we can do to provide information or support as you work on your application. Contact us at admissions@wi.edu

We'll get through this together.

Together, let's stay safe, healthy, and supportive of one another. Since 1968, the Wright Institute has been deeply committed to providing an intellectually stimulating community as well as a supportive and rewarding experience to all of its students, faculty, and staff members. With this background our graduates have gone on to successful careers making a difference in the lives of the individuals and communities they serve. COVID-19 has not halted this pursuit. During these challenging times, the Wright Institute is more certain than ever that such aims must be preserved so that when the COVID-19 outbreak subsides, our community will emerge stronger and better able to fulfill our mission of educating students to be critical thinkers and ethical problem solvers, to address community and societal needs, and to function effectively as professionals in a diverse society.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

Public health organizations
Alameda County Public Health Department COVID-19 Resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus (COVID-19)
National Institutes of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19)
World Health Organization Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic
Official state and professional bodies
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Coronavirus AAMFT Updates
American Counseling Association Counseling in a time of COVID-19
American Psychological Association Pandemics
Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers COVID-19 Resources for the Training Community
Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers APPIC COVID-19 Joint Statement
CA.gov Coronavirus (COVID-19) in California
California Board of Behavioral Sciences Statement on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Telehealth
California Board of Psychology Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
California Psychological Association CPA speaks out against xenophobia amidst COVID-19 pandemic
Stress and coping
Anxiety and Depression Association of America Coronavirus anxiety - helpful expert tips and resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Stress and coping (COVID-19)
The Hill, Changing America Mental health cost of containing the coronavirus outbreak
The National Council for Behavior Health Resources and tools for addressing coronavirus (COVID-19)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Coping with stress during infectious disease outbreaks
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Taking care of your behavioral health: tips for social distancing, quarantine, and isolation during an infectious disease outbreak
UCSF Department of Psychiatry Resources to support your mental health during the outbreak
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs COVID-19: resources for managing stress
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Helping people manage stress associated with the COVID-19 virus outbreak
Children
The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress Helping children cope emotionally with the coronavirus
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Talking with children about coronavirus disease 2019
National Association of School Psychologists Helping children cope with changes resulting from COVID-19
The New York Times A kid's guide to coronavirus
Telepsychology practice
American Psychological Association Keeping the office going: ethical and legal telehealth practices for the provider and staff
American Psychological Association Telepsychology best practices 101 series
National Register of Health Service Psychologists A practical guide to providing telepsychology with minimal risks
National Register of Health Service Psychologists Pragmatics of telepsychology practice in the age of COVID-19