Academic journal article School Psychology Review

Epilogue

Academic journal article School Psychology Review

Epilogue

Article excerpt

SMS, Editor

September 11, 2001. As I returned home from my daily run, I turned on the television to listen to the Today Show while preparing for another day full of meetings, paperwork, and carpools. Pretty much routine, really. The moment an image appeared on the screen, however, I knew that there would be nothing routine about this day, this week, or civilization ever again. As is true for many Americans and many humans, I watched in shock and disbelief. I functioned in a haze for much of the upcoming days trying to fathom this surreal event. But it was all too real, and like no other time in history, we are faced with some harsh realities about our own vulnerabilities and the fragility of life itself.

Many school, clinical, counseling, and community psychologists have given of themselves to help. Many individuals in the fields of mental health, medicine, education, disease control, emergency services, law enforcement, social services, theology, child care, entertainment, transportation... you name it... have come together to support a shared cause. We are seeing heretofore inconceivable signs of brotherhood and sisterhood, of family and community support, of aid and well-being, of patience, solidarity, and respect. More than ever before, the adages "it takes a village" and "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts" capture the spirit of America.

School psychology has for many years approached work with children, families, schools, and communities from a systems orientation. We recognize that collaboration within and across systems is essential to repair many of the ills facing society. There are many "things" that we can do, and services that we can provide, to assist children and families who have been affected and will continue to suffer as a result of this tragedy. …

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