The Wright Institute News & Events

Alumni Spotlight: Caiti Crum, Class of 2010

Alumni Spotlight: Caiti Crum, Class of 2010

"Whatever can be done to reduce stigma around therapy and improve access to therapy is critically important. We all communicate differently, so any modality that can help someone is valuable."

Now a decade removed from her time at the Wright Institute Counseling Psychology Program, Caiti Crum is focused on improving access to therapy in communities where it is needed most. To accomplish that, she's exploring using telehealth as a medium to reach people. "I see telehealth as a method to provide greater access to therapy to those who may not have had access otherwise," she says.

Student Spotlight: Pearl Penumaka

Student Spotlight: Pearl Penumaka

"I believe that there need to be more therapists who share lived experiences with people from my community. I realize that if that is something I want to see in the world, then I need to be the one to actually make that change." Just a few months into her time at the Wright Institute Counseling Psychology Program, Pearl Penumaka already has a strong idea of what impact she wants to have on the mental health field.

Get to know Beth Greivel - Core Faculty, Counseling Psychology Program

Get to know Beth Greivel - Core Faculty, Counseling Psychology Program

Beth Greivel, LMFT, LPCC, recently became a core faculty member with the Wright Institute Counseling Psychology Program. Greivel teaches Counseling Theories and Techniques, Couples Counseling, Sexual Development and Health, and Diagnosis and Empirically Supported Treatments, and serves as the Mentoring Program Coordinator. She sat down with the Wright Institute's Dalton Green to discuss her time as a student at the Wright Institute, her work for LGBTQQIA+ rights in the behavioral health field, and her plans for the future.

Dalton Green: You started here at the Counseling Psychology Program as a student in 2012. What was your career before that?

Beth Greviel: I worked for about 15 years in a mid-sized law firm, supporting attorneys with services like filing and technical support. Before that, I was a high school English teacher back home in Colorado.

Students and Agencies Meet at The Wright Institute's Second Annual Practicum Fair

Students and Agencies Meet at The Wright Institute's Second Annual Practicum Fair

On January 14, representatives from over 40 community-based agencies came from around the Bay Area to visit the Wright Institute Counseling Psychology Program campus. The agency representatives met with over 70 Counseling Psychology students, each of whom are in the process of applying for practicum placements.

While first-year students have done plenty of research on which sites they would consider, most had not yet had opportunities to meet any representatives in person. "It's a good opportunity to see faces and get a feel for the personalities we'll be working with," said first-year student Anna Tyrer-Vasell. "A lot of agencies seem similar on paper, so you can't really get a sense of who they are without meeting the people themselves."

Wright Institute hosts Diversity Recruitment Intensive event

Wright Institute hosts Diversity Recruitment Intensive event

The Wright Institute hosted a day-long event for applicants who identify as first-generation college students and/or people of color to explore degree options in the psychology field, meet students and faculty, and ask questions about graduate school. We were lucky to spend the day with such strong prospective students!

This event was hosted as part of the Wright Institute Pipeline to Advanced Degrees. We look forward to hosting additional events in the future to support students from underrepresented groups as they explore their options.


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Get to know Jeanette Lopez-Urbina - Core Faculty, Counseling Psychology Program

Get to know Jeanette Lopez-Urbina - Core Faculty, Counseling Psychology Program

Jeanette Lopez-Urbina, LCSW, recently became a core faculty member with the Wright Institute Counseling Psychology Program. Lopez-Urbina teaches Community Mental Health, Family Therapy II, Family Violence & Protection, and Professional Development Seminar, and serves on the program's diversity committee. She sat down with the Wright Institute's Dalton Green to discuss her career, what she enjoys about teaching, the importance of diverse representation in psychology, and her plans for the future.

Alumni Spotlight: Alonso Medrano, Class of 2018

Alumni Spotlight: Alonso Medrano, Class of 2018

In the 11 months since graduating from the Wright Institute Counseling Psychology Program, Alonso Medrano has had no problems keeping busy. On top of raising his three children with his wife, Maria, Medrano spent time at Napa County Department of Children's Mental Health and Mentis before settling at Camille Creek Community School.

"I get the summers off at Camille Creek, which has been nice. Having time where I'm not working has really allowed me to realize how quickly life picks up," says Medrano, who lives in Napa County. "It was just a year ago that I graduated, and this summer I've been able to reflect on all the adjustments I've made in my life recently."

The ACT Workbook for Teens with OCD: Unhook Yourself and Live Life to the Full

The ACT Workbook for Teens with OCD: Unhook Yourself and Live Life to the Full

Wright Institute Clinical Psychology Adjunct Faculty member Patricia Zurita Ona, PsyD, is releasing a new workbook based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Exposure Response Prevention (ERP). The ACT Workbook, to be released in December, teaches teens with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) "new skills to handle the stream of pesky obsessions" that show up in their mind.

Zurita Ona dedicates this workbook to all the teens she's worked with. They are "the best consultants I have ever had," says Zurita Ona. "With this workbook, I hope to make ACT and ERP less mysterious and more accessible."

Zurita Ona continues:
There are countless teens that wake up every day struggling with disturbing thoughts. Despite all the research we have on ERP, many teens still end up not receiving proper care.

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