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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School Psych Spotlight – Stephanie Dredge

Our first School Psychologist Spotlight for this year takes us to the Western edge of the state and Green Hills AEA. Stephanie Dredge started working with Green Hills after graduating from the program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha 4 years ago. Stephanie is originally from Illinois, but transplanted herself to the Omaha in pursuit of her bachelor’s degree at Creighton University. She has made Omaha her home since then. She said, “Omaha has truly become my home and even though the rest of my family resides in the Chicago area I enjoy the easy access between the two locations.” (more…)

Transitions Assessment: Summer Edition


Summer is just around the corner and I was curious about what other school based professionals do with a few weeks of “free time” during the summer.  If you are having a hard time remembering what “Free Time” is click here.  I created an informal survey to answer my looming question’s.  What I learned from the survey, you might not expect.

Method:  School psychologists and school based professionals who belong to ISPA had the opportunity to complete a 6 question Google Form.  A link to the Google Form was available on the ISPA website and promoted via Facebook.

Results: 4 individuals (1 of those being me) completed the survey.  Here are the results of the survey: 100% of the individuals surveyed do not plan to work this summer and enjoy having summers off.  25% of people plan to attend a professional conference and 75% plan to go on a vacation or travel around the US; potentially in a camper.  Finally, 50% of individual’s consider their days to be generally carefree with only a few obligations here and there, while the other half add more structure to their days.  This may be a bit of a stretch but based on the results, if anything at all can be inferred, it is that school psych’s are pretty fun people who deserve a few weeks off because we work really hard and do a lot of good non-stop throughout the school year.

Discussion:  The results of this survey have very little meaning to anyone anywhere and the results are considered insignificant because the sample size was so small (n=4).  However, we now have more data to support a lack of engagement within our online community.  This suggests that we could all step-it-up by interacting and engaging a little more  with our fellow colleagues.  We can share more posts, comment more often and get more involved because the information that we have to share is important for our schools & the kids that we work with.  We have lots of room to grow!  Lets get active!


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The last several weeks of school are going to fly by!  Summer is just around the corner.  I know you are busy digging in your heals, adding your last parent request to your list and starting your last intervention before your contract calendar runs out of days.  ISPA wants to know what you are up to this summer so take a few minutes to complete this Transitions Assessment: Summer Edition 

 This quick survey will ask you to report out on your plans for the summer.  Based on the response’s I will write a results post so that you have an idea of what other school based professionals will be doing with their summer!  Click here to complete the short survey.


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