The Wright Institute School-Based Collaboration (SBC)
The goal of the SBC is to foster academic achievement and healthy development by providing trauma-informed, culturally competent, evidence-based psychological services to children and their families in public school settings. SBC focuses on small, high-need schools in the Oakland and West Contra Costa Unified School Districts. Clients are predominantly low-income children of color attending underfunded schools in neighborhoods with high levels of violence, racism, and poverty.
In 2013-2014, SBC is providing services at Life Academy, Urban Promise Academy, Manzanita SEED Elementary and EnCompass Academy in Oakland, and Gompers Continuation High School in Richmond.
Wright Institute graduate students provide a range of services, including individual and group work with children, family consultation, assessment, parent/community engagement, and teacher consultation. SBC also provides teacher psycho-education and support with information on: the impact of trauma and vicarious trauma on learning; the need for teacher self-care; and peer consultation regarding classroom behavioral issues.
In addition to providing mental health intervention, SBC aims to promote healthy development, foster resilience in the face of trauma and other stressors, and build a positive classroom and school culture.
The SBC's clinical approach to the schools is informed by the recognition that traumatic stress is one of the most important non-academic barriers to learning faced by clients. The Attachment Regulation Competence (ARC) intervention framework is based on the research of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, and applies an understanding of traumatic stress to work with individual clients and the entire school. Group interventions focus on prevention by enabling students to build life-enhancing skills, such as forming positive relationships, resolving conflicts, and making positive life decisions.
The SBC provides its services to clients free of charge and without requiring Medi-Cal eligibility. This allows SBC to serve all children who are in need of services, regardless of their financial situation, immigration status, or other demographic factors.
SBC is supported in part by fees paid by the schools, and by the generous contributions of the Irene S. Scully Family Foundation, the Children's Support league, the June & Julian Foss Foundation, Chevron Corporation, and the Kaiser Foundation.
Crystal A. Johnson, Ph.D.
Director of SBC Services
Naheed Sheikh, Psy.D.
Director of Training
Elena Hernandez, Psy.D.
Intern Supervisor and Supervisor of Group Work
Tracy Smith, Psy.D.
"I am very grateful that I was placed in SBC my first year. Through their training, I was able to embark on my journey to become a multiculturally sensitive, compassionate, and thoughtful clinician who is able to work effectively and confidently with diverse populations. I hope to take all my training and experience from SBC and use the skills and newly acquired knowledge to serve underprivileged populations and bring justice to those who do not have a voice."
"I appreciated the opportunity to dive into counseling within a school setting, and especially the chance to practice my skills at working with the children, their parents, and the team of teachers and staff within my clients' educational world. I valued the emphasis that was placed on gaining proficiency in working with families coming from very different backgrounds from my own... I am grateful for the foundational training and experience it afforded me."