Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Happy New Year!

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Happy New Year!

Article excerpt

I’ve been staring at our front-page picture of people in Puerto Rico trying to recover from the devastation of their homes and lives and wondering how I could reconcile an image like that on page 1 with proclaiming “Happy New Year!” on page 2. It looks like Puerto Rico will be in long-term recovery mode for some time. How happy could the new year be for our fellow citizens, colleagues, family members, and friends in Puerto Rico?

I don't know the answer to this question. But I do believe that people naturally strive toward happiness and try to find (and even create) it where they can. Life is difficult, yet people are resilient. Without understating the gravity of the crisis, I'm reminded that “Happy New Year!” is not a proclamation; it is a wish—an expression of hope and optimism. I hope that every day this year brings recovery to Puerto Rico. I hope that we all support them in any way we can. I have faith that the people there will stay strong and that they will help the island rise again. I know that they will find and create happiness in ways big and small. I want to say to them, and all of you, regardless of your circumstances, Happy New Year!

So, we have two articles on crisis preparedness and response this month, one on the front page specifically about Puerto Rico, and one inside (p. 23) that provides guidance on how to help children cope with trauma after natural disasters. There are also two articles on legal issues in school psychology: You Be the Judge #15 deals with drawing the line between advocacy and insubordination when interacting with administrators, and the front-page article on the Endrew F. …

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