Communiqué

Volume 47, Issue 4 (December 2018 )

Editor: John Desrochers


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  • Administrative Supervision: Underdefined (And Dangerous?) Territory

    This article highlights key concerns regarding the lack of clear professional guidance for administrative supervisors, including issues of liability, distinctions between various supervisory roles when supervising certified staff, blurred lines regarding best practices vs. standards of care, and the responsibility but complexity of supporting implementation of evidence-based practices. Further defining this important role would help ensure that school psychologists who work as administrators have the proper guidance and support they need to, in turn, support the children, families, staff and systems they serve. … more

  • WCPSS School Psychology Mentor Program: A Game Changer

    This article describes a successful mentoring program for school psychologists in a large school district in North Carolina. Not only has it been a source of professional and social–emotional support for staff, but it has helped attract and retain new hires. … more

  • Conditions for Further Study: Proposed Internet Gaming Disorder

    Internet gaming has become an increasingly popular activity among youth. Internet gaming disorder (IGD) is currently included in the DSM-5 as a condition for further study. This article discusses the rationale and implications for the proposed disorder. … more

  • President's Message: Early Childhood: Untapped Potential for School Psychologists

    When I began my career as a school psychologist, I worked primarily with elementary and secondary students. My only involvement in early childhood was the preschool classroom in my elementary school, where I conducted social skills lessons with the teacher. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, but didn't see myself expanding my role with the younger students. That changed when I was given an option to take a birth-to-three and preschool assignment. … more

  • Editor's Note: Greetings of the Season

    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. … more

  • Lead Exposure: The School Psychologist's Role

    With the recent media coverage of lead exposure in cities like Flint, Baltimore, and Newark, it is critical that school psychologists familiarize themselves with symptoms, assessment, and intervention for lead exposure. This article provides an overview of these issues for practitioners. … more

  • Questionable Research Practices and Evidence-Based Practices in School Psychology

    : To strengthen clinical practices, improve the implementation of evidence-based practices, and to create an evidence-based profession, researchers and clinicians must have a strong understanding of all questionable research practices that affect the quality of research. This article is a guide to these questionable practices, their implications, and their remedies. … more

  • Ask Perry: Your Legal Questions Answered by Our Expert

    Perry Zirkel answers your questions about confidentiality, Section 504 assessment and eligibility, and the provision of accommodations by teachers. … more

  • Parent Advocates Champion Evidence-Based Practice Under the Banner of Dyslexia—Part 2

    This second part of the three-part series on the parent-led dyslexia advocacy movement describes the rapid escalation of the movement and advocates’ efforts to influence legislation and public policy. … more

  • Meeting Challenges in Metro Nashville Public Schools

    This article focuses on the changing role of school psychologists within the overall evolution underway in the Metro Nashville Public Schools. … more

  • History of NASP Publications

    Starting with the formation of NASP, the intent of the organization has been to bring greater awareness to the field, increase professionalization of the field, and provide school psychologists with resources that can improve their practice. This article outlines the early development of Communiqué, School Psychology Review, and School Psychology Forum. … more

  • Attractions, Arts, and Entertainment in Atlanta

    As the capital of Georgia, Atlanta delivers a plethora of attractions, arts, and entertainment for the 5.8 million people calling Atlanta home and the millions of visitors visiting this grand city in the south. Downtown Atlanta is the epicenter of the convention and entertainment district, and the location of the NASP 2019 Annual Convention. … more

  • Facing Up to Imposter Syndrome

    I am a first-year, tenure-track assistant professor at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). Since working toward my undergraduate degree in psychology, my ultimate career goal was to be a professor. Choosing when to start searching for faculty positions (right after predoctoral internship or after a post-doc) was the first decision I had to make. … more

  • Time to Vote for NASP Leadership

    The 2019 election cycle has begun and it offers you an opportunity to play a role in the future of NASP leadership. This year, we are electing a president-elect, treasurer, and 17 state delegates. In the coming months, you can find more information on all of the candidates at www.nasponline.org/elections. … more

  • Self-Care Is Best Practice

    The importance of self-care remains critical amid increasing demands, stress, and burnout among school psychologists. While most school psychologists likely recognize the value of self-care, many may view such practices as a luxury or selfish activity rather than a necessity for effective service delivery. … more

  • Learning by Doing: Reflections on Engaging in Research as a Graduate Student

    I (Aleta) expected that becoming a graduate research assistant (GRA) would be a valuable learning experience, but did not anticipate growing as much as I did. During my first year as a GRA, I began a pilot study of an evidence-based, computer-assisted cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) program for elementary-age students with anxiety as part of a research team. I was responsible for implementing an anxiety intervention with one student and delivering an alternative control intervention to a group of five other students. At times, I doubted my ability to effectively meet these demands. … more

  • Call for Book Reviewers

    Communiqué is calling for colleagues to write book reviews for potential publication in upcoming issues. The books for which we are requesting reviews are listed below. If you wish to review one of the following books, please submit your requests to Merryl Bushansky, book reviews editor, at spmerryl@msn.com. Include a short vita or résumé so that I can match the books to the appropriate reviewer. Be sure to include a current address. … more

  • Book Reviews: Perspectives On School Crisis Response: Reflections From the Field

    At a time when it seems that the question is when a crisis affecting school-age children will happen rather than if, school-based mental health professionals may benefit from seeking opportunities to develop their skills in providing the best care during crisis situations. Perspectives on School Crisis Response: Reflections From the Field is an important read in preparing school professionals for the reality of this aspect of their jobs. … more

  • Book Reviews: Restore The Respect: How to Mediate School Conflicts and Keep Students Learning

    Mediation has gained widespread attention as an essential alternative to acrimonious legal disputes and other high-stakes conflict situations. Restore the Respect: How to Mediate School Conflicts and Keep Students Learning, written by a practicing school psychologist, effectively examines how mediation can be used in school settings to break the unproductive cycle of reactionary discipline and to improve relationships, communication, and cooperation within the school setting. … more

  • Book Reviews: Effective Interventions For Social–Emotional Learning

    Effective Interventions for Social–Emotional Learning begins with a brief review of foundational knowledge indicating why interventions for social–emotional learning (SEL) are important, including that research has documented that poor peer relations in childhood are predictive of difficulty later in life in areas of education, vocation, and socialization. Effective interventions for SEL, when applied with treatment integrity, are noted to decrease the negative impact of these risk factors and to increase improvements in social, emotional, and behavioral functioning. … more

  • Book Reviews: Handbook Of Preschool Mental Health: Development, Disorders and Treatment

    As a psychologist who has specialized in early childhood psychopathology, I have observed that many disorders with an onset in the preschool years have stability over time. This book is chock-full of information about changes in neural function associated with early psychopathology. It also reinforces the notion that we as practitioners can intervene intensively during this period of neuroplasticity. … more

  • Finding Validated Mental Health Apps to Use in Schools—Continued

    The use of apps to assist in providing mental health services has been increasing and many of these apps can be used in schools. The need for mental health services is acute, and there never seem to be enough mental health providers to fill the need. This is where apps can be used to help supplement those services and enhance the quality of care. … more