Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Greetings of the Season

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Greetings of the Season

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As I began writing this column, I was enjoying the thought that we are right in the middle of the holiday season, people get a little time off from work, and everyone will have time to sit down, relax, and read Communiqué from cover to cover.

Who am I kidding? That may be the fantasy, but for most of us, it is just that—a fantasy. Shopping for gifts, numerous gatherings of friends and family, driving here and there, preparing meals—all on top of our usual activities and responsibilities! I guess I can forgive you for putting Communiqué down the list a few notches this month.

But sneak a peek if you can. There are some really terrific articles here. Starting with the front page, there is an interesting one in our series on DSM-5 and School Psychology all about a proposed “Internet gaming disorder,” just in time as we consider all those electronics and Internet games we bought for holiday gifts! Don't worry; it's only a proposed disorder. Also featured on page one is an excellent article on administrative supervision. Communiqué has had a whole series of articles about clinical supervision, but this one focuses on the various complexities that come into play when school psychologists assume the role of administrators, making for very thought-provoking reading. And finally, I am really pleased about the article about the School Psychology Mentor Program developed by the Wake County Public School System. This article is important for several reasons: It is written as part of NASP's Leadership in Action initiative by a school psychologist who is a veteran of that program, and describes how a very large school district has used mentoring to support school psychologists in a number of significant ways. …

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