ISPecially Yours – January 2018

The Grocery Quandary

So my favorite grocery store, ALDI, was just completely remodeled. The first time I went back to
the new store I had an immediate sense of awe at how new and shiny everything looked, but
this feeling quickly shifted to a feeling of uneasiness. If you’ve never been in an ALDI, it’s a lot
like IKEA where they heard you through the maze of aisles like cattle. If you’ve never been to
IKEA then drive to Minneapolis and make a day of it, because let me tell you it will take a day.
Sorry, I digress.

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Counseling Defined

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Iowa Administrative Rules of Special Education allow the provision of related services to assist children with disabilities in benefitting from their special education program. Related services include “counseling services”; however, the law does not define counseling services beyond requiring these services be provided by a qualified social worker,…

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ISPecially Yours – March 2017

Um, Professor, Did You Forget to Cover This in Class?

It’s been four years since I left UNI and started my career as a School Psychologist. Four years ago I was assigned to three elementary schools and early childhood and my assignment has remained the same until now. Next year I will have a new assignment which means new responsibilities, relationships, and an opportunity to reintroduce myself as the School Psychologist I am now. This move has me thinking about all that I have learned since graduate school. UNI prepared me for my job responsibilities in so many ways, however there are so many unwritten rules that I feel like I’ve had to learn in practice that will benefit me as I begin my new journey. I’m not the same School Psychologist that I was upon entering the workforce, and I think mostly that’s a good thing. So, I’ve decided to award myself some additional credits for on-the-job training.

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