>So today was really fun at the gym. First off my ass feels amazing. I
added more weight to my squat and it just burns like awesome. I really
really hit the target muscle right there. Next off, I sound like a
total lamewad, but I got props for my super fun 360 degree pull ups
(best description i can think of where you hang off the pull up bars,
pull your legs up, then over the head, and then bring them back over
again to start). Today I did them real slow to feel the burn, and kind
of feel like a cirque de whatever acrobat. In a gym that is tight to
the max (like gross busy), I somewhat felt the need to distinguish
myself today. For fun. I don't do this everyday. 😛 Most gym rats have
a secret routine they will do, just to be awesome.

Today's discussion involved the licensing of psychologists for
prescribing medicine. There were two main viewpoints that seemed to
dominate the discussion- for and partially for. What I feel is that no
matter how well trained the psychologist is, they should not even be
disclosing any sort of advice, unless they are fully committed to
their choices. To be that committed means to be licensed just as a
medical doctor. A psychologist is held as an authority figure both to
parents, children and school administration. Their words are
considered to be those from a profession, that they can be trusted and
unchallenged (well not entirely so, but the public generally views any
profession as the most knowledgeable in that field). Consider that in
a school setting, there is little direct contact with child
psychiatrist (as well as the difficulty in obtaining an appointment
with one, relative to that of a school psychologist) and we see a
setting where the psychologist is in a very real role where their
words must be as well founded as possible. I believe that they should
either be fully licensed or only let the medical doctors prescribe.
However, given the opportunity to see how integrated the school
psychologist is with the intervention team, I believe it is quite
relevant for them to know how the child should be interacting with

The unfortunate downside to this fluffy cloud is that it takes years
to be licensed in this field. I believe pharmacy is now moving towards
a 5 year program to offer a Pharm D. which is incredibly long,
considering that this would be on top of a M.ED and Ph.D (no fast
track Ph. D in ed psych). Furthermore how this works with child
psychiatry is another story. It turns out that child psychiatry is
quite limited in training for counseling skills, as well as other
cognitive components that psychology touches much deeper on. Do we let
each profession continue in their respective specialties? How does
this work when only one is available for direct/ongoing treatment of
the child in the classroom? One can not be the jack of all trades
(inevitably leading to a master of none scenario). Another further
problem that somebody realized was that if we only specialized in
commonly used drugs for child/adolescents we would have no idea how
these interact with other less commonly prescribed medications. Hence
a simply few psychopharmacology courses just doesn't seem to cut it.

In happier news, the Ph. D program in the school psychology stream
holds 90% of its spots for its own M.Ed students, so getting in
should be far easier than getting into the M.Ed program itself. That
is quite comforting news! It is also far reaching and beyond what I
need to focus on right now, but its nice to know what my options will
be two years down the road.

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