Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Transgender Students

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Transgender Students

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Editor's Note

The NASP Delegate Assembly has approved a new position statement: Safe Schools for Transgender and Gender Diverse Students. The position statement constitutes a short course on the characteristics and needs of transgender and gender diverse students and the ways in which school psychologists can support them. It is clearly written, highly informative, and includes a very useful glossary. It would make a terrific handout for professional development activities.

Communiqué is featuring the new NASP position statement in this issue (see page 10) in the hope that everyone will read this important document. In addition, the statement itself is supported by Mary Beth Klotz's interview with members of the writing team (page 14) and a front page article about the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for gender dysphoria. In addition, I would encourage you to take a look at page 36 for a summary of articles in the newest School Psychology Forum, some of which refer specifically to transgender students.

We are supposed to work with our schools to ensure that they are safe places for all of our students. I learned a little more about what this might entail by reading these articles about transgender students. I hope you find them as enlightening as I did.

The May issue is usually fun to put together. There is so much optimism and excitement generated by the convention: dynamic speakers, inspirational award recipients, and just the good spirits generated by thousands of energetic school psychologists gathered in one place-and the excitement extends on through our coverage of those events. …

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