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MA Program Director, Dr. Milena Esherick, speaks at the East Bay Women's Conference

Dr. Milena Esherick, PsyD

MA Program Director, Dr. Milena Esherick, speaks at the East Bay Women's Conference

The Wright Institute's Counseling Psychology Program Director, Milena Esherick, Psy.D., was a featured speaker at the eighth annual East Bay Women's Conference. The aim of the conference, which was attended by over 500 people, is to "provide women an opportunity to come together and participate in a program of personal and professional enrichment, development and networking activities and provide the tools they need on their journey to their personal best as individuals, team members and leaders in family, community, political and business arenas." Dr. Esherick's presentation, "Extreme Networking," was an interactive session designed to inspire conference attendees to connect with their female peers on a more substantial, genuine level.

MA Student Paula Averruz awarded by ACBHCS

MA Student Paula Averruz awarded by ACBHCS

Paula Averruz, a second year Master's student at the Wright Institute, has been awarded a $6,000 stipend from Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (ACBHCS). Developed as a component of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), the stipend aims to address occupational shortages in the public mental health field by recruiting individuals into "county-operated programs and contracted, mental health community-based organizations." To receive a stipend, students must demonstrate expertise in resiliency, recovery, and wellness models, as well as experience working with underserved populations in integrated care settings.

Eric Samuels, PsyD Student, Selected for APA Presidential Internship Panel

Eric Samuels, PsyD Student, Selected for APA Presidential Internship Panel

Eric Samuels, a PsyD student at the Wright Institute, has been selected to participate on the Presidential Internship Panel on the Internship Crisis at the August 2014 APA Annual Convention in Washington, D.C. The panel of five students and one Early Career Psychologist was chosen at the request of Nadine Kaslow, current APA President. The goal of the panel is to bring together students with six leaders in the training community. Each panelist is charged with proposing a creative, progressive solution to ending the internship crisis, and leaders in the training community will respond to these suggestions. The panel is designed to foster a critical dialogue and represent a working through of potential actions and solutions.

Wright PsyD Student Grace Kiriakos Writes Article for California Psychological Association of Graduate Students (CPAGS) Blog

Wright PsyD Student Grace Kiriakos Writes Article for California Psychological Association of Graduate Students (CPAGS) Blog

Grace Kiriakos, PsyD student, wrote an article for the California Psychological Association of Graduate Students (CPAGS) blog about her experiences at the CPA Student Leadership and Advocacy Conference (SLAC) in November, 2013.

In the article, she described learning about legislative processes that advance an awareness of the psychology profession, and how to redress major social and health problems related to mental health care inequities.

A member of the CPAGS Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs, Grace hopes "to promote awareness of military suicide and participate in legislative advocacy that seeks to mitigate the alarming system failures leading to the ever-growing death-by-suicide count."

My Diem Nguyen, PsyD Student, Named 2014 Scholar by APA

My Diem Nguyen, PsyD Student, Named 2014 Scholar by APA

The Multicultural Concerns Committee (MCC) of the American Psychological Association Division of Psychoanalysis named My Diem Nguyen a winner of the 2014 Scholars Program. Selection of this year's 22 scholars was based on:

  • knowledge of psychoanalytic ideas and multicultural literature;
  • ability to reflect on one's minority experience; and
  • capacity to make future scholarly and/or clinical contributions to psychoanalytic psychology by bringing in insights from the ethnic minority experience.

This year's winners represent a diverse cultural, ethnic, and sexual orientation backgrounds, as well as academic and clinical experiences.

In New York this April, all award winners will attend a reception, an MCC board meeting, and an evening reception co-sponsored by The Psychoanalytic Network.

Wright Alumni Publish Psychology Books

Wright Alumni Publish Psychology Books

Rebecca Bailey, PhD (alumna, 1993) and Nicole Kosanke, PhD (alumna, 2000) have recently published notable psychology books.

Dr. Bailey collaborated with her sister, Elizabeth Bailey, RN BC to write Safe Kids, Smart Parents: What Parents Need to Know to Keep Their Children Safe (Simon and Schuster, 2013). The book offers practical steps for reducing the risks of child abduction and abuse, and guides parents in discussing these issues with their children. Dr. Bailey is a leading family psychologist and personal therapist. She has worked as the director of her local police department's youth and family services program and is the founder of Transitioning Families.

UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center and The Wright Institute to Present CE Workshop: "The Science of a Meaningful Life: Self-Care for Health Professionals"

UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center and The Wright Institute to Present CE Workshop: "The Science of a Meaningful Life: Self-Care for Health Professionals"

The Wright Institute is co-sponsoring with UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center to present a Continuing Education workshop "The Science of a Meaningful Life: Self-Care for Health Professionals." on Friday, April 4 from 8:30am-4:30pm.

At this all-day seminar geared toward health care professionals, Shana Shapiro, PhD, will offer concrete, research-based strategies for combatting stress and burnout as well at boosting compassion and mindfulness. Special guest presenter Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, will supplement Shapiro's presentation by providing innovative methods for care providers to connect with their patients. 6 CE credit hours for attending in-person or online.

For more information: 510.841.9230 x114, julie@wi.edu, CE webpage.

Dale Siperstein, Ph.D., to Give Faculty Forum Presentation on Monday, March 3, 2014

Dr. Dale Siperstein, PhD

Dale Siperstein, Ph.D., to Give Faculty Forum Presentation on Monday, March 3, 2014

This Faculty Forum will be a preview of Dr. Siperstein's forthcoming forensic case presentation at the Society for Personality Assessment in Arlington, Virginia. She will provide a retrospective case analysis with psychological testing of a 10 year-old boy who, at the age of 20, murdered his father. The case discussion is entitled "The Child is Father of the Man."

Wright Alumni Assuming Key Leadership Roles

Wright Alumni Assuming Key Leadership Roles

The following are among our outstanding graduates assuming leadership positions in clinical psychology graduate programs:

Rob Perl, Psy.D., is chair of the Clinical Psychology program at the American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University (San Francisco Bay Area).
In addition to serving as an associate professor at Argosy, Dr. Perl maintains an independent psychotherapy practice in Berkeley, where he works with adults and adolescents in brief and long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Ron Pilato, Psy.D., is an executive core faculty member and Director of Clinical Training in the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program in Clinical Psychology
at Sofia University (Palo Alto).

Megan O'Banion, Psy.D., serves as Director of Clinical Training in the Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) program, and assistant professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. Dr. O'Banion is also the Vice Chairperson of the Board of the CAPIC Board Executive Committee.

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