Volume 29, Issue 4 (2000)
Commentary: NASP and Division 16: Vehicles for Influencing Schools and Their Constituents?
Jack A. Cummings
NASP and APA Division 16 exist to promote integrity and professionalism, to provide controls that allow self-regulation, to inspire public confidence, to influence state/national legislation and regulation processes, and, above all, to promote the provision of psychological services that produce positive effects on children and adolescents in the schooling process. Professional organizations serve as conduits of cutting-edge research and practice. Communication is at the heart of an effective professional organization. Fagan, Gorin, and Tharinger (2000) recount important and impressive accomplishments of NASP and Division 16 during the decade of the 1990s. The scholarly products that relate to genuine field-based problems represent a corpus of new knowledge in which both associations should take pride. The School Psychology Quarterly, School Psychology Review and books published by NASP and APA in the past decade are valuable resources that give direction to the field of school psychology. Likewise, the newsletters of both NASP and APA have increased in volume and relevance in addressing practice and training issues.
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