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Assessment

Comprehensive assessments are available at the Belin-Blank Center’s Assessment and Counseling Clinic (ACC) to determine the ability and achievement profiles of gifted and talented students, to examine career and area-of-study options, to identify the possible presence of a disability and/ or social-emotional concern, and to help parents and educators determine a student’s psychosocial and educational needs. This assessment typically includes obtaining background information from the family and school, clinical interviews with students and parents, observation, and psychological/ educational testing. You can learn more about educational and twice-exceptional assessments on our blog.

Counseling

Counseling sessions for gifted and talented students and their families are also available at the ACC. These sessions are designed to assist students and their families with adjustment and emotional difficulties that may be related to the students’ giftedness, talents, or twice-exceptionality (a gifted learner who also has a co-existing disability). Family therapy services are provided at the B-BC by doctoral students in the University of Iowa Couple and Family Therapy Program under the supervision of Dr. Armeda Wojciak. More details about family therapy are available on our blog.

Social Skills Group

The ACC offers a social skills intervention group for students in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate strong intellectual or academic skills and social skills challenges (either due to autism spectrum disorder or another diagnosis). The primary goal of the group is to help adolescents build relationship skills and increase self-confidence regarding social interaction.

Outreach and Consultation

A variety of consultation services are offered to parents of gifted and talented students. Topic areas for consultation are diverse, and can include obtaining academic acceleration options, planning for post-secondary education, and obtaining diagnostic second opinions. The ACC staff is available on a limited basis to provide outreach services to child psychology and education professionals.

Webinar

Some of our webinars focus on characteristics of gifted students with academic, social, and/or emotional difficulties.

Training

The Assessment and Counseling Clinic (ACC) provides training opportunities in psychoeducational assessment, counseling, and consultation for pre- and post-doctoral-level supervisees from specialty areas in school, counseling, and clinical psychology, and promotes services for gifted and talented populations through these training opportunities. The ACC training program meets the guidelines of the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (APA, 2003), Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice (ACA, 1995), Principles for Professional Ethics and Guidelines for the Provision of School Psychological Services (NASP, 2000), and Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (AERA, ACA, & NCME, 1999).

Our Staff

The clinical staff of the ACC consists of Dr. Alissa Doobay, Licensed Psychologist; Dr. Joyce Goins, Licensed Psychologist; Dr. Megan Foley Nicpon, Licensed Psychologist and Clinic Researcher; Dr. Susan Assouline, Director of the Belin-Blank Center; Nancy Whetstine, clinic secretary; and graduate and practicum students. Drs. Doobay and Goins clinically supervise practicum students who are enrolled in doctoral programs at The University of Iowa. Dr. Assouline provides administrative supervision. Read more about our clinic staff.

Henry B. and Jocelyn Wallace

Henry B. and Jocelyn Wallace of Scottsdale, Arizona, have been outstanding advocates for gifted students. The ACC was made possible by a generous gift from them. It was the aspiration of Henry B. and Jocelyn that gifted children and their families would have opportunities to receive counseling services. This Clinic is a testament to their vision and generosity and is named in their honor.

Publications

PIP2
The Packet of Information for Professionals - 2nd Edition (PIP2) was developed for educators whose students are identified as both gifted and talented and with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or twice-exceptional. It is available both as a PDF and on the iTunes Store.


PIF
The Packet of Information for Families (PIF) was developed for parents whose children are identified as both gifted and talented and with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or twice-exceptional.