Counseling Program Support Services

Advising

Faculty Advisors serve as mentors and guides for students as they progress through the program. The relationship serves to support and advance students’ professional development over the years of study leading to graduation. The ongoing, one-on-one relationship the Faculty Advisor develops with an advisee is also a resource if the student or the program encounter difficulty in the course of the student’s learning experience.

In the first year, new students are assigned a Faculty Advisor, and in the second year, the Professional Development Seminar leader is the student’s advisor. Professional Development Seminars, which span the academic year, have approximately 10 students in each group. Seminar leaders also meet individually with students throughout the year to more closely support their progress in the program.

Field Placement Office

The Counseling Psychology Program Field Placement Office (FPO) supports students in securing a practicum where students gain supervised clinical experience providing counseling services. Students have the opportunity to apply their classroom learning to a broad array of mental health issues, and diverse populations, in a variety of clinical settings.

The FPO maintains an updated and robust practicum database of selected agencies with traineeships that align with the Counseling Psychology Program’s mission to prepare students to provide culturally sensitive mental health services that support resiliency, recovery, and social justice. Traineeship sites demonstrate their commitment to providing high quality didactic trainings, supervision, and a supportive learning environment for students. Recognizing the importance of our alliance with agencies, the FPO proactively cultivates and maintains ongoing positive working relationships with practicum agency training directors and clinical supervisors.

In collaboration with academic advisors, professional development instructors, and the student mentoring team, the FPO supports students with all aspects of the practicum application process. FPO staff offer individual and group meetings and workshops, identify agency training sites that match students’ interests and goals, review and edit curriculum vitae and cover letters, and help students prepare for interviews. FPO staff also provide ongoing support during the practicum year to ensure students have an optimal training experience and are on track to fulfill practicum and MFT/PCC licensure requirements.

The FPO holds itself to the highest standard when conveying to students accurate and updated licensing rules and regulations as mandated by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Clinical Counselors. The FPO reviews and retains all records and documentation associated with students’ practicum experience, and students become well-versed in the requirements for licensure and maintaining accurate documentation required by the BBS.

In addition, students receive ongoing support around post-degree planning and next steps toward licensure. Throughout the year, the FPO shares announcements with students and graduates about post-degree associate placements and employment opportunities within the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Mentoring Program

The Mentoring Program was developed to make the transition into graduate school a little easier. The program is staffed by Mentoring Program Coordinator, Jeri Mares, M.A., as well as second year students who serve as mentors. In the beginning of the first year of school, incoming students are connected to a mentor with whom they can discuss the nuts and bolts of starting graduate school. Mentors, in turn, are able to share their own experiences about learning to thrive at the Wright Institute. Click here to meet the current student mentors.

In addition, mentors collaborate with faculty and staff to provide support to students during the practicum application process and the Multicultural Awareness and Sensitivity class through workshops and drop-in groups. Finally, mentors help build community within the Wright Institute by organizing social events aimed at building connection among first year students.

The student contacts are not meant to replace the services of our administration, faculty, and staff. Questions regarding financial aid, accessibility services, or enrollment should still be directed to the appropriate Wright Institute staff person.