National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 1, September

A First-Year's Guide to Attending Professional Conferences
With many state-level conferences approaching, I find it crucial to address the benefits of attending either a state-level or a national-level conference as a student. Although most of us are hoarding pennies to pay for our tuition expenses, attending...
A New Normal
REFLECTIONS ON 9/11Terror strikes ... Planes crash ... Chaos ensues ... Wide-eyed students ... Tears in teachers' eyes ... Towers collapse ... Chaos reigns ... "They look to the school psychologist to set the tone during a crisis" ... There is a new...
A Process for Ethical Decision-Making
A Process for Ethical Decision-Making ETHICAL DECISION MAKING IN SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH By J.C. Rainee & N.T. Dibble 2011, Oxford University PressREVIEWED BY JANET KILIANEthical Decision Making in School Mental Health could not replace a school psychology...
A Tsunami's Effect on Family Functioning
Research studies generally reconstruct traumatic incidents by examining the effects on an individual's functioning. This article examines the role of trauma in the family context following the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia. During this natural disaster,...
Back to the Future
History tells us that in order to move forward, we must sometimes look back. And so as we prepare to commemorate the tragic events of September 11, 2001, we as a nation will pause to remember those who perished and reflect upon how our lives have been...
Children's Fund Call for Nominations
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Children's Fund, Inc. announces a call for nominations for positions on the Board of Trustees for the Western and Northeastern regions of NASP. Trustees serve a 4-year term beginning July 1, 2012.Nominees...
Children's Fund Offers Grant Opportunities
The NASP Children's Fund, Inc. was established in 1986 as a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization. The Children's Fund accepts and disburses funds for charitable purposes that are consistent with the priorities of the organization.The purpose...
Editor's Note
For many of us, the first harbingers of the approaching school year are the "Back to School" advertisements that seem to come earlier and earlier every summer. By August, they make it pretty hard to maintain that vacation mindset that allows us to rekindle...
Essential Tools for Prospective and Early Career School Psychologists: Credentialing for School and Independent Practice
Recent demographic data suggest that the majority of school psychologists work within the school setting, and approximately 88% of all practicing school psychologists maintain a school psychology credential through the state department of education (Castillo,...
Examples from the Field
In March, 2010, NASP adopted its revised Professional Standards that consists of four documents: (a) Standards for Graduate Preparation of School Psychologists, (b) Standards for the Credentialing of School Psychologists, (c) Principles for Professional...
Fairfax County, Virginia
REFLECTIONS ON 9/11As I began my workday on 9/11, 1 was driving to a routine meeting. In August, I had become the coordinator of crisis and attendance services for the Fairfax County (VA) Department of Special Services. Fairfax County is located in the...
Flawed Analyses and Old Data Are Misleading/Response to Erchul, Schulte, and Sabourin Ward regarding EPPP Scores
We are writing to register our concern over the article entitled, "School Psychologists' Performance on the Examination for the Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP)"by Joel Kupfersmid [Communiqué, 39(8)]. We maintain the reported data analysis...
Giving Is Better Than Receiving: Recognizing the Accomplishments of Others
NASP continues to make it easy to recognize the students and colleagues that we work with on a regular basis. These awards are a good way not only to bring a smile to the faces of others, but also to bring attention to the work of school psychologists....
Idea in Practice
Delegate Assembly Adopts Four Position StatementsNASP's Delegate Assembly met in July and voted to adopt revisions to four existing position statements: Identification of Students With Specific Learning Disabilities; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder;...
IDEA Requirements for FBAs and BIPs: A Quick Quiz
As a quick way to examine and enhance your knowledge of the legal requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for functional behavior assessments (FBAs) and behavior intervention plans (BIPs), take the following three-item...
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Especially When NASP Comes to Town!
Who comes to Philadelphia in February? School psychologists from around the country who want to be a part of the largest and most important gathering of our profession, the NASP 2012 Annual Convention, that's who! NASP conventions are energizing, inspiring,...
Just a Click Away
Most available trainings that are geared toward school psychologists require travel and an extended period out of the office. Fortunately, NASP is launching a professional development portal on the NASP website, referred to as the Online Learning Center...
Making Connections: Linking Students and Schools for Success
Over recent years, the annual NASP School Psychology Awareness Week poster has been designed with the purpose of doing more than decorating your door, hall, or office. Now, with a message that speaks directly to students as well as staff and parents...
Margaret Moore and Fort Belvoir Elementary School
Finding the "new normal" is a way of life for kids and families at Fort Belvoir Elementary School in Fairfax County, Virginia. Of course, according to Margaret Moore, school psychologist at Fort Belvoir, "That's the nature of life in the military. There...
NASP 2012 Annual Convention Selected Program Highlights
Following are selected highlights from our Featured and Special Sessions at the NASP 2012 Annual Convention in Philadelphia whose theme this year is Advocating for the Emotional Well-Being of Our Nation's Youth. Look in future issues of Communiqué, your...
NASP Coalitions and Partnerships: Making Connections for Kids
NASP is connected to many national organizations and institutions through both the formal and informal coalitions and partnerships in which we participate. A coalitionis an alliance, often temporary, of people, parties, or states organizedfor the purpose...
Off Task
TransitionsHiya! Welcome back to another school year! This will be my 25th year of Off Task, which I find unbelievable. After this year, I plan to retire this column, undoubtedly with some last words of perspective or admonition.I felt bad after my last...
On Impact: A Case of a Student with Head Injuries
Jacob is an 8-year-old third grader who was injured while playing on a trampoline in his family's backyard. He was reported to have fallen off of the equipment and hit his head on the ground. His family brought him to the hospital emergency room where...
On Impact: Students with Head Injuries
RESEARCH-BASED PRACTICEStudents with head injuries may not be as "low incidence" as previously believed. Recent efforts from the American Academy of Pediatrics (2010), the National Football League, and other agencies are attempting to raise awareness...
Peritraumatic Dissociation Predicts Posttraumatic Stress in Youth Following Accidents
In 2004, Schäfer, Barkmann, Riedesser, and Schulte-Markwort published an article in the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation linking the experience of peritraumatic dissociation with posttraumatic stress in children and adolescents following road traffic...
Psychobiology of PTSD
This article contributes to the general understanding of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by providing readers with an overview of the neuroendocrine structures and functions involved in responses to traumatic stressors and by describing the roles...
Publish or Perish: Is an Article in COMMUNIQUÉ a "Publication?"
While the majority of recent school psychology graduates work in public school settings (Guiney, 2010), some choose to enter the world of academia as trainers and scholars. Especially in light of a chronic shortage of school psychology trainers (Akin-Little...
Research with NASP Members: New Procedures Approved
In June, the NASP Executive Council approved new procedures for processing requests from researchers to conduct research with NASP members. The NASP Research Committee proposed these changes based on its experience reviewing more than 200 requests since...
Resilience and Capacity Building: Seeds from 9/11
Ten years can flash by in a blink or they can stretch arduously across the landscape of a generation. For most of us, the decade since September 11, 2001 has done both. It is hard to feel distance from a day to which you can return almost viscerally...
School Psychology Awareness: Making Connections
COMMUNICATION MATTERSA day in the life of a student at school is filled with potential connections (relationships, linkages in learning, behavioral choices, etc.). Friendships with peers, relationships with teachers, acknowledgements from administrators,...
School Psychology Forum Preview
The Summer 2011 issue of School Psychology Forum is available for download at http://www.nasp online.org/publications/spf/spfissues. aspx. There are three excellent articles in this general issue covering topics such as social justice, professional knowledge...
Teaching Students to Manage Behavior
Teaching Students to Manage Behavior SCHOOL DISCIPLINE AND SELFDISCIPLINE: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO PROMOTING PROSOCIAL STUDENT BEHAVIOR By G. G. Bear 2010, GuilfordSchool Discipline and Self-Discipline: A Practical Guide to Promoting Prosocial Student Behavior...
Tech Corner
Online Computing and AppsI just purchased a new laptop with Windows 7 and thought I could use the free suite - Open Office 3 by Sun/Java - to serve as my productivity suite. My new computer came with Microsoft Office 2010 already onboard, but I needed...
The 10th Anniversary of September 11 and Our Response to the Nation's Youth
REFLECTIONS ON 9/11Ten Septembers ago, we witnessed the worst terrorist attack ever committed on American soil. Most of us, if we close our eyes, can still see the images of airplanes violently crashing into buildings. We can see the iconic twin towers...
The 10th Anniversary of September 11: A Time to Elevate Our Game
Life's harsh winds uproot the weak; its hard rains beat down upon our kin. Let those who stand support the falling, keep faith with those who lie in the dust.- New Union Prayer BookThis month marks the ioth anniversary of September 11, 2011 - a day that...
The Safe and Supportive Schools Initiative: Involving School Psychologists
Children who are excited to learn, who are engaged in the curriculum, and who have opportunities to integrate their personal interests into school life perform better in school. These children get better grades, attend school more frequently, and have...
Traumatic Brain Injury: Information for Educators
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is damage to the brain caused by external physical force. Closed-head injuries (e.g., caused from a fall or car crash) are more common than open-head injuries (e.g., caused by a bullet or another penetrating object). Brain...

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