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Dr. Christopher Arrillaga

Dr. Christopher Arrillaga

WestCoast Children’s Clinic
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Oakland, CA, USA


Christopher Arrillaga, Psy.D. is an assessment supervisor at WestCoast Children's Clinic in Oakland, California, where he trains and supervises staff psychologists and postdoctoral residents in conducting pediatric psychological testing from largely urban communities of the San Francisco Bay Area. Training focuses on teaching the Therapeutic Assessment model of assessment created by Dr. Steven Finn from the University of Texas at Austin, which strives to make the testing process empowering and therapeutic for the child and their family. Dr. Arrillaga also specializes in conducting bilingual psychological assessments (Spanish/English) with children that frequently present with unique needs within the school setting. He maintains a private practice in Berkeley where he conducts Independent Educational Evaluations of children from numerous Bay Area school districts and provides psychotherapy to both children and adults. In 2015 Dr. Arrillaga published a chapter in the book “Assessing Children in the Urban Community” by Rutledge Press titled “The Case of the Bullet-Proof Vest: Complex PTSD, Racial Wounds, and Taking Matters into Your Own Hands.” He is especially excited by opportunities to collaborate with educational advocates and attorneys in order to leverage the findings and recommendations from psychological evaluations, as a means of advocating for children’s special education needs from underserved and under-resourced communities. Dr. Arrillaga has served as an expert witness in Bay Area school district due process hearings with favorable outcomes for his clients. He previously trained at UCSF Benioff and Children’s Hospital Oakland as a predoctoral intern and later at WestCoast Children's Clinic. Dr. Arrillaga holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from John F. Kennedy University and a B.A. in Counseling Psychology and Cultural Studies from Prescott College.
Dr. Christopher Arrillaga is associated with the following items:
Live Webcast  Live Webcast California Special Education Law 2018, Wednesday, October 03, 2018, San Francisco, CA
Pro Bono  Pro Bono California Special Education Law 2018 (Free), Wednesday, October 03, 2018, San Francisco, CA
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