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ERIC Number: ED550881
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 115
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-2679-8060-1
The Wright Institute Sanctuary Project: Development and Proposed Evaluation of a Graduate Training Program Providing Clinical Services to Asylum Seekers in the Bay Area
Padilla, Brenda Lisa
ProQuest LLC, Psy.D. Dissertation, The Wright Institute
This study highlights the development of a graduate training program at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA, which provides assessment services for undocumented immigrants seeking asylum. This program focuses on the needs of a general asylum seeking population, with a specific relevance to some of the populations that may be served in the Northern California area due to its particular immigration patterns and demographics. The program was developed in order to provide services to an underserved population, undocumented immigrants seeking asylum, and to further address the educational needs of graduate psychology students in the developing competency of assessment. This dissertation reviews the literature relevant to the asylum seeking process, the specific populations served by the training program and the components of a psychological evaluation. A student satisfaction survey was developed to obtain feedback from students who participated in the pilot year of the program. A combination of semi-structured interviews, survey results, and action research methods were used to document the development of the training program and assess progress during its pilot year. The results of the initial gathering of data have shown that students experienced their participation in the pilot year of the program as a mostly positive experience, highlighting areas for future learning and more focused training. These results have informed the current syllabus for didactic training and the formal procedures and supervision for the upcoming year of the program. This study also details a plan for future program evaluation, informed by the initial gathering of data. The proposed program evaluation addresses the identified goals of determining efficacy in provision of services, identifying continued changes that could improve the practicum and determining the success of the practicum in meeting students' training needs in the area of assessment. The limitations of the initial data and results are discussed in the context of the need for future program evaluation and expansion of clinical services in order to meet the identified needs of the population served. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California