Wellness and School Psychology
Steven R. Shaw
The summer issue of School Psychology Forum contains two innovative articles addressing wellness in the schools.
The first paper, by Scott R. McCarthy, Lindsay M. Fallon, and Lisa M. Hagermoser Sanetti, is entitled “The Link Between Obesity and Academics: School Psychologists' Role in Collaborative Prevention.” This paper makes a strong case that issues of wellness, specifically obesity interventions, are entirely consistent with the educational trend of focusing on academic outcomes. From the NASP Practice Model, this paper features skills from Domain 4: Interventions and Mental Health Services to Develop Social and Life Skills and Domain 6: Preventive and Responsive Services.
The second paper, by Melissa A. Bray, Kari A. Sassu, Vineeta Kapoor, Suzanne Margiano, Heather L. Peck, Thomas J. Kehle, and Robin Bertuglia, is entitled “Yoga as an Intervention for Asthma.” This paper is an interesting approach to bringing yoga instruction to a school setting as an intervention for asthma and commonly co-occurring mental health issues. From the NASP Practice Model, this paper features skills from Domain 1: Data-Based Decision Making and Accountability and Domain 4: Interventions and Mental Health Services to Develop Social and Life Skills.
Please consider listening to the interview with the authors, and ask questions and make comments on the NASP Communities page. And, as always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or have an idea for a paper that would fit nicely into School Psychology Forum at SchoolPsychForum@naspweb.org.