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I am a very satisfied alum of theQuite BrightPsychology
I am a very satisfied alum of the Wright Institute. The degree I received launched me onto a career path that has been very rewarding. I was in the original Social-Clinical Ph.D. program, and I had the chance to study under founder Nevitt Sanford as well as Charles Hampden-Turner, Stephen Pittel, Doris Gilbert, Phil Ratoosh and Richard Lichtman. This was a stellar of mostly Ivy League-trained professors who combined deep understanding of neo-Freudianism, object relations, personality, social and organizational psychology to provide us with a well-rounded education in psychology. I have gone on to a career as a consulting psychologist specializing in executive coaching and assessment, executive team alignment and leadership development. I am grateful to the Wright Institute for all it gave to me.
5th Year Male -- Class 1990
Education Quality: A+, Campus Aesthetics: C
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Although the Wright has many areas where improvementsQuite BrightPsychology
Although the Wright has many areas where improvements can be made, i.e., faculty diversity, involvement and enthusiasm of the administration, and accountability to the student body, I believe that there are many opportunities available at this school to participate and get involved in the process of change. It is small enough where you have access to your faculty and administration if you have interest in getting involved. Also, the student body is very motivated and quite bright overall. I have found that the students in my year have been very supportive and more interested in integrating theoretical orientations rather then splitting off into theoretical camps. I have learned the most from my interactions and collaborations with other students and faculty and although academics could be more challenging - the program is what you make it in the end.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2011
Campus Maintenance: A, Faculty Accessibility: C+
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There is much talk of social responsibility andQuite BrightPsychology
There is much talk of social responsibility and diversity, but the action is little. The classes on diversity are 20 years behind the times, which is no surprise given how establishment and dominant culture the stewards of the school are (versus their opinions of themselves). The president of the school was quick to send out a memo condemning the appearance of nooses in East Coast colleges, but still has only one tenured African-American professor and lists the winter break as "Christmas Break".

If you want a school that is small, gives you good hands-on training and you have good self-direction, then you might fare well here. If you really want challenging training, none of the California Psy.D. schools will cut it. Apparently, The Wright has better training than most in California, but the majority of the people in my class find their academics to be weak.

Socially, The Wright is regressed, elitist, competitive and most folks dislike each other by the third year. It's an institutional problem, but like most such problems they are swept under the carpet by a lazy administration.

In the end, despite my dislike of large universities, I wish I had gone to Cal or moved East for a better educational experience, and I have heard a number of my classmates voice the same sentiment.All of this said, one should not judge the students based on the school; a great number of us have expanded our educations and skills through other studies. The school manages to draw motivated students.

3rd Year Female -- Class 2012
Campus Aesthetics: A, Social Life: F
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