The Wright Institute

  1. The Wright Institute's Psy.D. curriculum is carefully designed so that students systematically acquire progressively more sophisticated knowledge and clinical capabilities. This developmental approach to learning builds on a solid foundation of research, assessment techniques, and theoretical knowledge. The orientation in all cases is toward applying what students have learned to the clinical realm.

    This innovative Psy.D. program immerses students in the broad body of psychological science and asks them to think critically while using subjective and objective sources of knowledge in their clinical work. The Psy.D. curriculum at the Wright emphasizes the interdependence of observer and observed, of clinician and client. Throughout the Psy.D. coursework from the study of lifespan development, research, and psychological testing to the clinical process, even the learning process itself – the student is asked to sharpen her/his awareness of the complex system of interpersonal forces that come into play in the clinical setting.

    The Wright Institute Psy.D. curriculum continues the school's long tradition of rigorous, in-depth clinical education. Students get a broad exposure to both theory and research. Respect for a wide range of theoretical approaches is highly valued at the Wright Institute; faculty have special strengths in the areas of contemporary psychoanalytic, cognitive behavioral, family systems, social justice, brief treatment and relational approaches. They hold the conviction that theory and research are intimately interrelated elements that are most useful to the practitioner when taught in a clinically relevant way.

    The Psy.D. coursework at the Wright spans three years of study. The fall and winter trimesters last 13 weeks; the spring trimester is ten weeks long. The Wright student is engaged in clinical practica in all three years. All academic coursework relates to this practice base through the Case Conference/Professional Development Seminar Sequence, which spans the three years of academic residency. These small classes provide a home base where each student's professional identity can be developed and supported.

    The Wright Institute's Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association's Committee on Accreditation. In its most recent review, the American Psychological Association's Committee on Accreditation awarded the Psy.D. program its highest rating - seven years of continued accreditation.

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  2. In the tradition of the Wright Institute's founder, Nevitt Sanford, the Wright Institute educates "clinicians to society" - clinical practitioners who bring a deep awareness of cultural and social context to the practice of psychology. The mission of the master's program is to prepare and inspire a diverse student body to provide culturally sensitive mental health services that support resiliency, recovery, and social justice.

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  3. The Institute is housed in a beautiful three-story English Tudor building that underwent a $3.5 million renovation in 2000 - 2001. The building meets the highest seismic safety standards, is ADA compliant, and has new environmentally sound electrical, plumbing, heating and air-conditioning systems. A significant feature of the renovation is a large meeting room used for Institute events as well as activities, such as lectures and continuing education workshops, that bring the wider mental health community to the Institute.

    The San Francisco Bay Area offers a multicultural, cosmopolitan environment that attracts an extraordinary community of psychologists, scholars and other intellectuals from around the world. Students benefit from the area's abundance of clinical training settings, as well as leading educational and research institutions including the University of California, Berkeley (one block from the Wright Institute), the University of California, San Francisco, and Stanford University.

    The neighborhood restaurants, cafes, bookstores and shops that surround the UC Berkeley campus create a vibrant social and intellectual atmosphere. Students also enjoy the region's array of sporting events, recreational facilities, world class museums, theater and musical events, regional and national parks, and Pacific Coast beaches.

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  4. The Institute is housed in a beautiful three-story English Tudor building that underwent a $3.5 million renovation in 2000 - 2001. The building meets the highest seismic safety standards, is ADA compliant, and has new environmentally sound electrical, plumbing, heating and air-conditioning systems. A significant feature of the renovation is a large meeting room used for Institute events as well as activities, such as lectures and continuing education workshops, that bring the wider mental health community to the Institute.

    The San Francisco Bay Area offers a multicultural, cosmopolitan environment that attracts an extraordinary community of psychologists, scholars and other intellectuals from around the world. Students benefit from the area's abundance of clinical training settings, as well as leading educational and research institutions including the University of California, Berkeley (one block from the Wright Institute), the University of California, San Francisco, and Stanford University.

    The neighborhood restaurants, cafes, bookstores and shops that surround the UC Berkeley campus create a vibrant social and intellectual atmosphere. Students also enjoy the region's array of sporting events, recreational facilities, world class museums, theater and musical events, regional and national parks, and Pacific Coast beaches.

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The mission of the Wright Institute is to educate psychologists to practice at the highest level of professional competence; analyze and evaluate research, theory, and practice; and make appropriate life-long use of the evolving body of psychological…


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The mission of the Wright Institute is to educate psychologists to practice at the highest level of professional competence; analyze and evaluate research, theory, and practice; and make appropriate life-long use of the evolving body of psychological knowledge.

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