Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling Psychology

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.

The master's program prepares students to function effectively in a wide range of mental health settings with individuals, families, and groups varying widely in age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. The program supports students in thinking critically and self-reflectively, and in exploring the impact of culture and oppression on their clients' lives and the clinical relationship.

A special feature of the two-year program is that classes are held approximately one weekend per month and one evening per week, thus allowing students the opportunity to work while completing the program. In addition to a flexible class schedule which accommodates the needs of working adults, students benefit from the close relationships that form as a result of admitting students as a small cohort who progress through the program together.