National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 1, September

40 Years of Excellence in School Psychology
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) is celebrating its 40th anniversary and the 20th anniversary of the Nation- ally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential. NASP was founded on March 15, 1969 during a national planning conference...
Academic Functioning and Quality of Life of Children and Adolescents with Allergic Rhinitis - Part I
PEDIATRIC SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY[Editor's Note: This is the first of a twopart senes on allergic rhinitis. Part II will be published in the October edition.]Allergic rhinitis, which includes seasonal allergies, has been considered by physicians, parents,...
A Cognitive Model of PTSD
Crisis Management in the SchoolsSummarized by Karen Lake, Predoctoral Intern, Psychological & Social Services, APPIC Internship Site, Dallas Independent School District, TXIn an invited essay for Behaviour Research and Therapy, Anke Ehlers and David...
A RESOLUTION: In Honor of 40 Years of Excellence in School Psychology
Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of NASP and 20th Anniversary of the NCSPWHEREAS the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) represents school psychology and supports school psychologists to enhance the learning and mental health of all children...
Assistant Executive Director Ted Feinberg Retires from NASP Office
On August 1, 2008-exactly 8 years from his start as Assistant Executive Director for the National Association of School Psychologists-Ted Feinberg, EdD, NGSP, will transition to other activities that include travel, spending more time with his wife Fran...
Best Practices in School Violence Prevention
FEATURED CHAPTER THIS MONTH: CHAPTER 80CHAPTER ABSTRACTThe high profile school shootings that occurred in the late 1990s changed the face of public education in America. Doors that were once opened were now locked, and a new and chilling vocabulary emerged....
Blaming the Referee
According to recent newspaper articles, parents of students with disabilities earlier this year filed a class action lawsuit in federal court, claiming that the California Office of Admin- istrative Hearings is in violation of the requirements of the...
Children's Fund Grant Helps Create a Resource Center for Gifted Students
In September 2005, I began my career as a school psychologist and, probably like other new school psychologists, I was experiencing both excitement and anxiety. Although serving students in the fourth largest school district in the country would undoubtedly...
Editor's Note
Welcome to another year with NASP and another issue of COMMUNIQUÉ! This year we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the founding of NASP and the 20th anniversary of the NCSP credential.Many of you will be pleased to see that our most successful features...
Effective Brief Counseling Strategies
Effective Brief Counseling Strategies BRIEF INTERVENTIONS FOR SCHOOL PROBLEMS: Outcome-Informed Strategies (2nd Edition) By J. J. Murphy & B. L. Duncan Guilford Press, 2007REVIEWED BY KATHLEEN MINKEThis book provides an excellent, practical introduction...
Employment Notices
AZ*/School Psychology Assistant/Associate/Full Professor: The Division of Psychology in Education of Arizona State University's Mary Lou Fulton College of Education seeks to hire a tenure-track professor at the assistant associate or full level for its...
Even a Little Comma Can Make a Big Difference
"School psychologists make a difference!""School psychologists, make a difference!"The addition of a single punctuation mark-a seemingly insignificant comma-results in a profound difference in meaning! It is my fervent belief that all school psychologists...
Good to Know
Congressional Briefing and Regional Capitol Hill DayTo strengthen awareness of the important role of school mental health service providers in supporting student achievement, NASP cosponsored a Congressional briefing titled Increased Student Support...
Guidelines for School Needs Assessment Interview
Facilitating effective communication between school psychologists and principals is essential in developing optimal working relationships within school communities. In turn, these collaborative relationships enable a more effective match between the...
How to Succeed as a New School Psychologist
As a new school psychologist, you may feel like you're experiencing your first day of school all over again. You might be wondering the following: Will people be nice to me? Will I get lost in the hallways? What if I don't have the right clothes? These...
Idea in Practice
Culturally Responsive Practice Resources and InitiativesNASP is pleased to announce the release of the latest career brochure, School Psychology: The Role of a Native American School Psychologist. The brochure outlines the important contributions indigenous...
Interact with Peers in NASP Communities
Have you visited the NASP Communities yet? If not, you're missing out on the opportunity to:* Access peer input without your workday being interrupted by e-mail messages. You determine when you want to visit the Communities.* Find messages organized...
Joanne Sztogryn: A Generous Spirit Lives On
The NASP Education and Research Trust, Inc. (ERT) and Children's Fund (CF) recently received a wonderful surprise. A school psycholo- gist, Joanne Sztogryn, had made a bequest in her last will and testament: Over $33,000 was bequeathed through her estate,...
MLA Exposé: What's in a Name?
Deepest apologies, dear reader, but we had to put our RTI exposé on hold. Yes, that juicy story has something for everyone - infidelity, unresponsiveness, inexplicable discrepancies. But the economy being what it is, Chief D. insisted we stay close to...
Multitalented School Psychologists
I got a chance to get to know a couple of school psychologists this summer, one of them posthumously. I've written before about my Aunt Gale Beeman, who was the first school psychologist in Sacramento in the 1940s, just after state legislation created...
NASP Announces Editor Searches
Position Opening: Editor of School Psychology ReviewThe National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Publications Board is conducting a search for Editor of School Psychology Review. School Psychology Review is the official journal of NASP and...
NASP-Approved/Nationally-Recognized Graduate Programs in School Psychology
The mission of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) is to represent school psychology and support school psychologists to enhance the learning and mental health of all children and youth. NASP's mission is accomplished through promotion...
NASP Children's Fund Brings "Challenge Days" to Middle School
Think back to your middle school years. You'll likely recall an inspirational teacher, an incredible sports victory (or defeat), or an awkward crush. But these brief memories could also be overshadowed by years of exclusion, name-calling, cliques, and...
NASP Participates in Congressional Briefing and Capitol Hill Day Promoting Student Support Services Bill
Over the last few months, NASP staff and leaders have been working with legislative staff for U.S. Representative Towns (NY), Representative Linda T. Sanchez (CA), Senator Lincoln (AR), and Senator Clinton (NY) to develop abili that would help remedy...
NASP Reaches out to Presidential Candidates
The 2008 presidential election presents a rare opportunity to magnify within policy arenas the role of school psychological services in children's lives and school success. Not only are both Senators McCain and Obama focusing fairly substantively on...
NASP Starts 2009 Election Cycle in October
The NASP elections are entering the annual process that will determine who will be the next leaders of NASP. This year, the membership in 18 states will elect their own state delegates and the entire membership is eligible to choose our next President-Elect....
NASP Training, Credentialing, Ethical Standards, and Practice Guidelines Revisions
The process to revise the four NASP Standards (Training, Credentialing, Ethics, and Practice Guidelines) has begun and is on track to meet its deadline of 2010. The purpose of this article is to update NASP members and COMMUNIQUÉ readers on the work...
NEA Supports Right to Retain "Psychologist" in Our Professional Title
The National Education Association (NEA) and its 3.2 million members have a powerful voice. During the week of July 4, the NEA Representative Assembly (NEA-RA) used that voice for school psychology with a new business item that directed the NEA along...
Partnering with Parents of Special Needs Students: Barriers to Collaboration
In her October 2007 Communiqué President's Message, Rhonda Armistead challenged school psychologists to examine and improve practices with parents. Reminding us that "every child has a family context-a family story," Armistead described working with...
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Youth
Summarized by Elizabeth J. Zhe, PsyD, Culver Academies, Culver, INProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice published a review article by Feeny, Foa, Treadwell, and March (2004) critiquing research on PTSD treatments for youth. Despite the substantial...
Predictors of PTSD among Adults
Summarized by Calissia Thomas Tasby, Predoctoral Intern, Psychological & Social Services, APPIC Internship Site, Dallas Independent School District, Dallas, TXIn the past decade, studies have been conducted to specifically examine the role certain...
Software "Freebies"
Welcome back. I finished last year's Communiqué with a three-part series on security. Other news continues to evolve in technology: the introduction of the Apple iPhone 3G and a host of other "smartphones"; the changing to digital TV format in February...
Strategies for Independent Learning
Strategies for Independent Learning FOSTERING INDEPENDENT LEARNING: Practical Strategies to Promote Student Success By V. S. Harvey & L. A. Chickie-Wolfe The Guilford Press, 2007REVIEW BY LINDA K. PACIELLOIn this book, Harvey and Chickie-Wolfe aim...
Take Strides to Make a Difference: Selected Program Highlights
Following are selected highlights from our featured and special sessions at the NASP 2009 convention in Boston. See the ad on page 27 listing Workshops and look in future issues of COMMUNIQUÉ, your preliminary program, and online at www.nasponline.org/conventions...
The School Psychologists Are Coming!
WHY COME TO BOSTON IN FEBRUARY?Reason number 1. That is where the world's largest, most important gathering of school psychologists-the NASP 2009 Annual Convention-will take place, February 24-28, 2009. There is no better venue in which to expand your...
To Test or Not to Test: Issues Pertaining to Response to Intervention and Cognitive Testing
When Congress passed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act in 2004 (IDEA 2004), local educational agencies (LEA) were permitted to use a response to intervention (RTI) approach to help identify children with possible learning disabilities...
Understanding What Principals Need: Enhance Your Relevance and Demonstrate Your Value
Effective communication between school psychologists and school administrators is key to promoting a better understanding of our role within the school community. Principals and other top administrators can significantly help or hinder our ability to...
YouTube Video Contest: Help Recruit the Next Generation
Do you feel good about becoming or being a school psychologist? Do you believe you can make a difference in the lives of children? Do you think we need more quality people entering the field? Can you explain why in 5 minutes or less?Here's your chance...
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