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Dr. Christopher Arrillaga

Dr. Christopher Arrillaga

Clinical Psychologist
Lafayette, CA, USA


Dr. Christopher Arrillaga is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Oakland and Lafayette, California. Dr. Arrillaga specializes in conducting comprehensive Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE) of children from numerous Bay Area school districts and also provides psychotherapy to both teenage boys and men. Dr. Arrillaga specializes in conducting bilingual psychological assessments (Spanish/English) with children that frequently present with unique needs within the school setting. He has a wealth of experience in identifying complex and unique learning, mood, and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Dr. Arrillaga served as an assessment supervisor at WestCoast Children's Clinic in Oakland, for the past 6 years where he trained and supervised 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. 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 to advocate 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. Christopher Arrillaga is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters The Comprehensive Independent Educational Evaluation: Filling the Gaps of Understanding While Advocating for a Child’s Unique Needs (July 16, 2018) - California Special Education Law 2018, Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment Independent Educational Evaluations in Special Education Cases - California Special Education Law 2018, Thursday, October 04, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Independent Educational Evaluations in Special Education Cases - Independent Educational Evaluations in Special Education Cases, Thursday, October 04, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Independent Educational Evaluations in Special Education Cases - Independent Educational Evaluations in Special Education Cases, Thursday, October 04, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Independent Educational Evaluations in Special Education Cases - Independent Educational Evaluations in Special Education Cases, Thursday, October 04, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs California Special Education Law 2018, Wednesday, October 10, 2018, San Francisco, CA
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