Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Facing Terrorism: Q&A WITH TODD SAVAGE

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Facing Terrorism: Q&A WITH TODD SAVAGE

Article excerpt

Todd Savage, PhD, NCSP, is the past president of the National Association of School Psychologists. In this interview, he describes how he was able to manage early career problems that he encountered and forge his identity as a school psychologist. He also provides advice for current early career school psychologists.

Would you explain to us what your "early career problem" was? What was the experience?

9/11 was huge in magnitude and I had no background in crisis training, which made this disaster even more daunting. At the time, I was an early career school psychologist working in Omaha, Nebraska, and I felt completely caught off guard. I wasn't alone in this regard.

The fiancée of a teacher at one of my schools worked in Trade Center #7. News of the disaster broke around 9:30 a.m. local time and she couldn't keep her composure in front of 25 frightened first grade students, yet she refused to leave the classroom. In hindsight, I would have worked with administration to help remove her and ensure that she and her students' emotional needs were met immediately.

Who did you turn to for support?

I turned to two school psychologists who were more senior. …

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