Category Archives: Clinic

Our Clinic Staff Are Hitting the Road

The Assessment and Counseling Clinic staff have a busy fall of presentations scheduled!  Will they be near you?  We made a handy-dandy Google Map so you can find out.

 

Changes to Family Therapy Services

Frequent readers of our blog will remember our posts on the variety of services offered by our Assessment and Counseling Clinic, including family therapy.

Family therapy can help parents, kids, and teens find better ways to communicate and help families create schedules and routines. Family therapy can also help families navigate mental health issues such as depression, anxiety or eating disorders and can help and provide families with a framework for coping through developmental transitions. Previously, we included family therapy as an option on our intake form for clinical services; however, now we are asking that families schedule directly with Dr. Jacob Priest, Assistant Professor in the UI Couple and Family Therapy Doctoral Program and supervisor of the family counseling service. To schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Priest at jacob-b-priest@uiowa.edu or 319-335-6044.  Appointments will occur at the Lindquist Center on the University of Iowa campus, and this service is free of charge.

Services at the ACC: Consultation

We get a variety of questions about what our Assessment and Counseling Clinic does and how to know if a particular service is right for a given child.  This week, we’re focusing on the services the Clinic provides, the people who provide them, and how to know if your child could benefit.  Today, we’re focusing on consultations.

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Dr. Alissa Doobay, Supervisor of Psychological Services

We’ve discussed a variety of services available through the Clinic this week.  From individual therapy to social skills groups to assessment, there are a variety of ways to meet the emotional and psychological needs of high-ability and twice-exceptional students.

Sometimes, however, parents have a very specific question about a single issue, set of test scores, or prior evaluation.  This is where a consultation can be useful.

Joyce Goins, Staff Psychologist

Dr. Joyce Goins, Staff Psychologist

Drs. Alissa Doobay and Joyce Goins can provide a record review (analyzing existing test scores and records) or one-time appointment to discuss specific concern in these cases.

Could a consultation help your child?  You can request an appointment through our online intake form.

Services at the ACC: Educational Assessment

We get a variety of questions about what our Assessment and Counseling Clinic does and how to know if a particular service is right for a given child.  This week, we’re focusing on the services the Clinic provides, the people who provide them, and how to know if your child could benefit.  Today, we’re focusing on educational assessments.

Tracy Ksiazak, Postdoctoral Scholar

Dr. Tracy Ksiazak, Postdoctoral Scholar

Individualized educational assessments are conducted to assist with academic planning.  They involve individual assessment of intellectual and academic skills, including above-level skills, as well as a screening of psychosocial factors that may be relevant in academic planning decisions.  These assessments are not diagnostic in nature; therefore, they cannot be submitted to insurance for reimbursement.  Following the assessment, parents are provided with a comprehensive report detailing the test results and our recommendations. The cost depends on the number of hours spent, but a typical educational assessment includes approximately 6 hours of testing and costs $720.  Some initial reasons to consider an individualized educational assessment include:

  • You’re considering whole grade acceleration and would like to get the bulk of the information needed all at once.
  • The student is in 3rd grade or younger, and therefore too young for most other assessments.
  • The student has behavioral/cognitive factors that result in individualized assessment being more accurate than group-administered (e.g., 2e students who don’t “test” as well as expected based on knowledge).

We also offer twice-exceptional assessments, which include intellectual and academic testing in addition to a diagnostic assessment to determine whether the child meets criteria for a particular psychological diagnosis (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Specific Learning Disorder, anxiety or depression, etc.). These evaluations are conducted by a licensed psychologist and may be submitted to insurance depending on your insurance provider. There is a currently a waitlist for twice-exceptional assessments.

Could an educational assessment help your child?  You can request an appointment through our online intake form.

Services at the ACC: Family Therapy

We get a variety of questions about what our Assessment and Counseling Clinic does and how to know if a particular service is right for a given child.  This week, we’re focusing on the services the Clinic provides, the people who provide them, and how to know if your child could benefit.  Today, we’re focusing on family therapy.

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Nathan Hough, Graduate Student

This week, we’ve already talked about individual therapy, in which the child is the client and the focus is mostly on their individual needs.  In family therapy, the whole family is the client as opposed to one child. Therefore, the whole family is usually involved in the work, although this can vary to some degree based on the needs of the family.

The goals for this kind of therapy are usually to improve ways the family members communicate and relate to each other, as well as to address specific areas of concern.

Nathan Hough, doctoral student in Couple and Family therapy, has experience in working with families of high ability students presenting with a variety of issues, including twice-exceptionality, sibling conflict, and complex mental health concerns.

Family therapy is currently free. If a family indicates interest in this service, their information is shared with Armeda Wojciak, faculty in the Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) doctoral program, and then scheduling is handled by the individual therapist (currently, Nathan). Supervision is provided by the CFT faculty, but Belin-Blank Center psychologists are available for consultation with the CFT student as needed. Appointments take place in the Assessment and Counseling Clinic.

Does family therapy sound like a good fit for your family?  You can request to participate in family therapy through our online intake form.

[EDIT, September 2017]: We are now asking that families schedule directly with Dr. Jacob Priest.  To schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Priest at jacob-b-priest@uiowa.edu or 319-335-6044.

Services at the ACC: Social Skills Group

We get a variety of questions about what our Assessment and Counseling Clinic does and how to know if a particular service is right for a given child.  This week, we’re focusing on the services the Clinic provides, the people who provide them, and how to know if your child could benefit.  Today, we’re focusing on our upcoming social skills group.

Staci Fosenburg, Graduate Student

Staci Fosenburg, Graduate Student

The ACC’s social skills intervention group is for students in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate strong intellectual or academic skills and social skills challenges (either due to ASD or another diagnosis).

Chuck Cederberg, Graduate Student

Chuck Cederberg, Graduate Student

There will be 10 group sessions, each 45 minutes in length, conducted at the Belin-Blank Center Assessment and Counseling Clinic during the Spring 2017 semester.

Katie Schabilion, Graduate Student

Katie Schabilion, Graduate Student

The goal of the group is to facilitate development of improved social skills and peer relationships for the students in the group through natural social interaction and video modeling techniques.

The charge for the group is $45 per session. We will accept up to 6 students per group. We are hoping to have 2 groups, both for 9th-12th graders.

Alyssa Zwicker, Graduate Student

Alyssa Zwicker, Practicum Student, Doctoral Student in Counseling Psychology

The group will be co-led by clinic practicum students Staci Fosenburg, Chuck Cederberg, Katie Schabilion, and Alyssa Zwicker under the supervision of Dr. Alissa Doobay.

The groups will meet from January 31st through April 13th. One group will be Tuesdays from 4-4:45, the other will be Thursdays from 4-4:45. We will not meet during University of Iowa/Iowa City Community School District spring break week. UPDATE: we are looking for an additional student as of late March.

Could the social skills group help your child?  You can request to participate in the group through our online intake form.

Services at the ACC: Individual Therapy

We get a variety of questions about what our Assessment and Counseling Clinic does and how to know if a particular service is right for a given child.  This week, we’re focusing on the services the Clinic provides, the people who provide them, and how to know if your child could benefit.  Today, we’re focusing on individual therapy.

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Dr. Tracy Ksiazak, Postdoctoral Scholar

One option at the ACC is individual therapy, provided by Dr. Tracy Ksiazak and Alyssa Zwicker.  Drs. Alissa Doobay and Joyce Goins also see therapy clients.  Common reasons families seek therapy include anxiety or mood concerns, behavioral challenges, addressing symptoms of ADHD or autism spectrum disorder, developing coping skills, addressing problems with peer relationships and building social skills, adjustment to life transitions, and helping parents develop behavior management strategies.  With individual therapy, the client is the child and therapeutic strategies aim to address either the child’s concerns or concerns the parents have about the child.

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Alyssa Zwicker, Practicum Student, Doctoral Student in Counseling Psychology

Parents are often involved in at least some aspects of the counseling so that they can reinforce strategies the child learns in session and possibly make changes to certain parenting practices to promote change in the child’s behavior.

We provide both short and long-term therapy.  Individual therapy by a practicum student or postdoctoral scholar is $10 per session out of pocket (fee is not submitted to insurance).  Our practicum students are here for one year at a time, but if a client wants to work with us beyond that time, we will work with them to transfer to another provider in the clinic.

Scheduling is managed by Nancy Whetstine, our clinic secretary.  Appointments take place in the Clinic.

Could individual therapy help your child?  You can request an appointment through our online intake form.