Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Bullying Is Bad for Your Health

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Bullying Is Bad for Your Health

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Despite all the attention paid to the issue over the past several years, bullying in schools remains a significant challenge. Meanwhile, everyone involved with the transaction of bullying-the bullies, the direct victims, and indirect participants such as witnesses and those school personnel working within a culture of bullying-continues to suffer its effects on mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Bullying is clearly bad for your health, and as school psychologists, we have to keep working toward a cure.

When contributing editor Dave Shriberg sent in the latest installment in his series on social justice, I knew at once that it could be the centerpiece of a special report on bullying for Communiqué. Starting with that article (page 1) and continuing with four other pieces on bullying, this special report is an excellent update on the state of bullying prevention in our schools. Contributing editor Perry Zirkel's article on the legal responsibilities that schools have in dealing with bullying is particularly noteworthy reading for all school psychologists. These articles certainly made me reconsider my thinking on a number of these issues, and I hope they do the same for you.

Next, I want to bring your attention to some important news coming from NASP. First is the availability of the new NASP app for mobile access to NASP publications such as School Psychology Review and School Psychology Forum and books such as the new edition of Best Practices in School Psychology. …

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