Volume 47, Issue 2 (October 2018 )

Editor: John Desrochers

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  • Book Review: Evidence-Based Strategies for Effective Classroom Management

    Essential is an e-word that, while not one of the two in this book's title, is certainly the best one-word review! For university instructors who are preparing educators to teach preschoolers through high school students, this is an essential text. … more

  • Book Review: Coaching College Students With Executive Function Problems

    As school psychologists, we use our skills in assessment, counseling, and consultation to prepare students for the next stage in their development. From early childhood to high school, our training in life span development and experiences in the field allow us to make educated predictions as we guide students and families through these stages. But what about the stage after high school is done? … more

  • Book Review: Supporting Bereaved Students at School

    Bereaved children are in great need of support in schools. The American Federation of Teachers (2012) found that 70% of classroom teachers reported having at least one student in their class who has experienced the loss of a loved one within 1 year. … more

  • Finding Validated Mental Health Apps to Use in Schools

    We live in the age of smartphone apps. We are able to quickly get the weather forecast, sports scores, movie times, and even coupons from restaurants on a variety of apps. There is a constant stream of new apps, updated apps, and apps that disappear. This constant flux of available apps is not a big deal for issues like a weather forecast or breaking news because there are many apps available for these tasks. … more

  • Unlock Potential. Find Your Password! School Psychology Awareness Week 2018

    School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW) is a week dedicated to promoting school psychology. This year, SPAW is November 12–16. During SPAW, students in school psychology graduate programs are encouraged to promote school psychology in their universities, school field placements, and communities. … more

  • School-Based Motivational Interviewing: Promoting Student Success One Conversation at a Time

    Motivation is essential to changing behaviors, overcoming challenges, and achieving goals. School psychologists can play an important role in helping students, particularly those who are struggling, to develop the motivation to adopt the academic enabling behaviors they need to succeed. … more

  • Five Steps to a Great Convention Experience

    The Atlanta convention promises to be an outstanding professional development opportunity. But how do you ensure that you make the most of your time there? People who have attended NASP conventions before know that following these five steps will help you get the most from your trip. … more

  • What's Hot: Atlanta on a Budget

    Attending the annual convention can be expensive. Whether you are a student living on loans and graduate assistant stipends or a practicing school psychologist coming out of pocket to pay for part of the trip, many of you who are reading this article may be strapped for cash. If you want to take time to see parts of Atlanta and this is your financial position, then this article is for you! The ideas presented here are activities that are free of charge. … more

  • Using the Indigenous Conceptual Framework in Assessment—Part 2: A Native American Perspective

    This is part 2 of a two-part series describing the use of the Indigenous Conceptual Framework in psychoeducational assessment of Native American students. … more

  • Teacher–Child Interaction Training

    I am writing regarding the article on Teacher–Child Interaction Training (TCIT) in the June 2018 edition of Communiqué (“School Psychologists’ Role in Teacher–Child Interaction Training”). I was very happy to see this intervention featured, as I have recently been exploring ways to introduce PCIT or TCIT in my school district. However, I am concerned that the article introduces a misconception (which I until recently shared) that there is currently no training option for TCIT. … more

  • Choosing From a Wide Range of Career Options

    Leah C. Marks, PhD, NCSP, is a school psychologist who has recently assumed a position with Primary Care Psychology Associates in Chicago, Illinois, working in integrated behavioral health in pediatricians’ offices. This interview occurred when she was at her previous placement as a postdoctoral fellow at Kennedy Krieger Institute (Baltimore, Maryland) in the Behavior Management Clinic, which is an outpatient setting that services children from age 2 to 12 for a variety of emotional–behavioral concerns. … more

  • NASP Is Turning 50! Help Us Celebrate

    It all began in 1967 with a small group of school psychologists in Ohio and a simple question: “Were school psychologists in other states facing similar challenges in terms of identity, practice, caseload, and training?” … more

  • Statement of Ownership

  • Why Awareness Versus Appreciation?

    Over the past couple of years, we have had some feedback from school psychologists (not necessarily NASP members) who want to know why School Psychology Awareness Week isn't School Psychology Appreciation Week—a good question. … more

  • Help Us Unlock Our Potential This SPAW!

    It's October and everyone here at NASP hopes you are off and running with an exciting and positive start to the 2018–2019 school year. The beginning of a new school year is a great time to try new initiatives, set new goals, and bring fresh perspectives to your work. With this in mind, School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW) offers a terrific opportunity to advance your goals for the year while engaging staff and students in positive, relatable, strength-based activities. … more

  • Ask Perry: Your Legal Questions Answered by Our Expert

    Editor's Note: In this article, Perry Zirkel answers legal questions submitted by readers. If you have a question that you would like considered, please send it to John Desrochers ( … more

  • Send Us Your Legal Questions

    We are inviting you to send in questions about legal issues related to your practice as school psychologists. Perry Zirkel, university professor emeritus of education and law at Lehigh University, will answer selected questions in his Communiqué column, Ask Perry. … more

  • A Deliberate Framework for Supervision in School Psychology

    This article explores the role of supervision in school psychology, especially during practicum and internship. Advice is given for incorporating a deliberate practice framework in supervision. … more

  • Empowering Student Voice in Secondary School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

    This article presents a model for including students in leadership teams in school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports. Suggestions are offered for improving outcomes by including students on these teams. … more

  • President's Message: Self-Care: A Privilege and Responsibility

    My theme of “Unlock Potential: Prevention Is Key” applies not only to the children and youth with whom we work but also to us as professionals. School psychologists are the kindest and most giving people I know, but we often neglect our own needs. … more

  • Editors Note: Let's Celebrate!

  • The Path Into and Out of Violent Extremism—Part 2: Deradicalizing and Leaving Violent Extremism

    This is part 2 of a two-part series describing the pathway that youth can take into and out of violent extremism. This part focuses on the contributing factors that help lead youth away from violent extremism. … more

  • Culturally Responsive Teaching—Part 1: Acknowledging Culture and Self-Cultivation

    This is the first of a two-part article exploring the implementation of culturally responsive teaching. This part focuses on self-cultivated educator factors and acknowledging culture. … more

  • Functional Behavioral Assessment: She Is Just Being Stubborn!

    This article presents a case study to discuss techniques of functional behavioral assessment. The case focuses on problem behaviors as serving the function of escape from tasks that are too difficult for the student to do. … more