Volume 47, Issue 8 (June 2019)

Editor: John Desrochers

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  • Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Autism is one of the most prevalent and often misunderstood diagnoses that affect children today. The Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (2nd edition), edited by Sam Goldstein and Sally Ozonoff, helps to clarify the process of diagnosing and assessing children on the spectrum through a thorough investigation of new research and rich discussion of the new diagnostic criteria that is required by the DSM-V. … more

  • CBT Toolbox for Children and Adolescents

    CBT Toolbox for Children and Adolescents is a compendium of child- and adolescent-oriented tools designed to enhance traditional cognitive behavioral therapy. According to the authors, the activity-centric text is intended to decrease dependency on language-based techniques and increase the availability of visual supports for children presenting with various emotional and behavioral concerns. … more

  • Exposure Therapy for Treating Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: A Comprehensive Guide

    Exposure Therapy for Treating Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: A Comprehensive Guide provides a thorough and coherent overview of anxiety in children and adolescents in addition to offering practical techniques for clinicians when treating anxiety and related disorders. The authors begin by examining various factors that may lead to anxiety for children and adolescents. … more

  • Building Competence in School Consultation: A Developmental Approach

    Building Competence in School Consultation: A Developmental Approach is a useful guidebook for early career and seasoned practitioners hoping to understand, improve, and polish their consultation skills. The authors state that the information and activities in the book are intended to “support the development of self-efficacy and competence to provide effective consultation services” (p. xi). … more

  • Needing to Be Forgotten: Deleting Student Data

    For those who grew up in the 2000s, there was an explosion of online platforms that promised constant connection with friends and classmates. There was AOL's Instant Messenger, which provided constant text communication in real time, and the most popular social networking site online, MySpace. … more

  • How to Turn Coursework Into a Publication

    Projects, papers, and presentations consume our time during our graduate education, but who says that the work should only be shared within the classroom? The time it takes to complete many of these projects mirrors the time and effort put into a draft of a published manuscript. Assignments for coursework often require novel perspectives or require adding to an area or practice with a limited research base. … more

  • Meet All the NASP 2019 Award Recipients

    As it does each year, NASP took the opportunity at the convention in Atlanta to honor recipients of NASP awards. The Awards Reception is a special event where friends, family, and colleagues can celebrate the achievements of individuals who exemplify professional excellence in school psychology or in supporting the mission of the profession in a significant way. … more

  • NASP Awards Rhonda Armistead Lifetime Achievement Award

    The Awards Subcommittee of the Leadership Development Committee is pleased to announce that Rhonda Armistead is our 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Individuals recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award represent the best of NASP. They are school psychologists with at least 25 years of service in the field, 20 years membership in NASP, and 10 years or more leadership service to NASP. They have researched, written, published, taught, edited, mentored, and been exemplary models of professionalism and ethical responsibility. … more

  • NASP Names Leigh Kokenes School Psychologist of the Year

    The Awards Subcommittee of the Leadership Development Committee is pleased to announce that Leigh Kokenes is our 2019 school psychologist of the year. The School Psychologist of the Year Award recognizes excellence in the provision of school psychological services by a field-based practitioner. … more

  • Paul H. Henkin Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Adam Lockwood

    The Paul H. Henkin Memorial Scholarship Award recognizes excellence in applied research or program design by a school psychologist who has recently been credentialed in the field. Eligible individuals are selected from accepted convention presentation submissions. Candidates must be primary presenters for that paper and must have been newly credentialed within 3 years prior to submitting the paper. Paul H. Henkin, PhD, was a NASP member and NCSP from California. … more

  • Leadership in Action Spotlight: Increasing the School Psychology Workforce in Independence, Missouri

    This article describes the advocacy effort by school psychologists in a Missouri school district that resulted in an increase in staffing from one to six full-time school psychologists, lowering the district ratio from 1:11,500 to 1:2,500. The increase in staffing led to delivery of more comprehensive services to students and school staff. … more

  • NCSP Parity in Colorado: Grassroots Campaign Leads to Positive Outcome for School Psychologists

    This article describes a successful effort by Colorado school psychologists to advocate for legislation to provide stipends ranging from $1,600 to $4,800 to those possessing the NCSP credential. Tips for pursuing this kind of legislative agenda are provided. … more

  • Call for Book Reviewers

    Communiqué is seeking reviewers for the books listed below. … more

  • “Find Your Focus” for School Psychology Awareness Week

    This year's theme, “Find Your Focus,” is action oriented, flexible, and relevant to all age groups. Finding your focus can have a variety of meanings from paying attention, to being able to see an idea more clearly, to identifying an area of interest, to being persistent or determined in one's effort. Focusing can help us set goals, identify action steps, communicate need, and engage in discussions to help create the connections necessary for students to develop critical academic and social–emotional skills. … more

  • Crossover Youth and Multisystem Collaboration—Part 2

    Crossover youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems face significant challenges when it comes to achieving school success. Recent practice and research literature has started to recognize the importance of collaborative initiatives to help youth involved with multiple systems (Farn & Adams, 2016). Multisystem collaboration is a promising practice that may address the unmet educational needs of crossover youth. Part two of this two-part series describes barriers to collaborating between service systems, and offers both research and practice recommendations to bridge the gap. … more

  • NASP Represented on the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities

    NASP is one of 11 member organizations that make up the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD). The other members include: the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Association of Higher Education and Disability, Association of Educational Therapists, Council for Learning Disabilities, the Council for Exceptional Children's (CEC) Division for Communicative Disabilities and Deafness, CEC Division for Learning Disabilities, International Dyslexia Association, International Literacy Association, Learning Disabilities Association of America, and the National Center for Learning Disabilities. … more

  • Using State-Level Surveys to Evaluate School Climate Improvement

    School climate is linked to a host of student outcomes from achievement to overall mental well-being. School psychologists are well positioned to assist schools and school districts to facilitate change by focusing on improving their climates. This article describes how this was done by three school psychologists leveraging tools that were part of an existing statewide evaluation system. … more

  • Professional Misconceptions of the Supreme Court's Decision in Endrew F.

    This article addresses quality concerns about articles in the school psychology and special education literature regarding the Endrew F. case. It critiques representative articles from this literature and offers recommendations for improving coverage of legal topics in these fields. … more

  • NASP Conventions Over the Years

    The annual convention has been a part of NASP since its founding at the first convention in St. Louis in 1969. It was at the first convention where 400 school psychologists from 24 states decided to form a new national organization to represent the field of school psychology. Since then, the convention has served as one of the most visible NASP activities. … more

  • Learn Spanish and Work in Mexico: A How-To Guide for School Psychologists

    Working as a school psychologist in Mexico is possible, even with no previous experience speaking Spanish. After graduate school, I deferred my student loan repayments, enrolled in Spanish classes at a public Mexican university, and later got a job as a school psychologist in a private, bilingual, pre-K–12 school in Mexico City. This article is a basic how-to guide that encourages more school psychologists from the United States to venture out of their comfort zone, and out of the country, to learn from and support our neighbors in Mexico. … more

  • Video Self-Modeling: Research to Practice for School Psychologists

    Video self-modeling (VSM) is an intervention that involves defining a goal behavior, collecting baseline data, planning and creating a video showing the goal behavior being engaged in correctly, and viewing the video with the individual whose behavior is to be changed. This article reviews recent research supporting the use of VSM for improving social behaviors, externalizing and internalizing behaviors, communication, and sports and physical health. VSM can be easily implemented by a range of professionals within the school, following several simple steps defined within the article. … more

  • Endings That Are Beginnings to Unlocking Potential

    I’ve always thought that one of the many perks of being a school psychologist is that we experience beginnings and endings. The beginning of a new school year is filled with excitement and hope. I love seeing the new kindergarten class come in with smiles and new shoes they want to show off. The excitement of first-year graduate students embarking on their training is contagious. There are challenges throughout the year, but we persist. … more

  • Writing, Anyone?

    We often hear about the lack of connection between what is known about best practices from research and what school psychologists do in their day-to-day practice. Among the many reasons cited for this research-to-practice gap is the difficulty in finding publications that translate research findings into recommendations that are accessible to the typical practitioner and relevant to meeting the challenges of school-based practice. … more

  • Reducing the Use of Language That Stigmatizes Students

    This article reviews literature on the significant problem of language used by school- and community-based mental health systems that stigmatizes students. It provides practical practice- and policy-focused strategies to reduce the use and impact of stigmatizing language, with emphasis on doing this within the context of more comprehensive mental health services in schools. … more

  • Gentrification and Homelessness

    This paper investigates the relationship between gentrification and homelessness using the Denver metropolitan area as a case example. Insight was also gathered from multiple partners in order to provide a community perspective. … more

  • Self-Care in Supervision: How Do We Teach Others to Care for Themselves?

    Self-care (broadly defined as engaging in behaviors that support one's own health and well-being; Lee & Miller, 2013) is understood as an important aspect of occupational and personal health. Self-care is particularly salient in human service careers such as school psychology. School psychologists are often exposed to challenging work (e.g., trauma, ethical concerns, high-stakes decision making), which has the potential to lead to burnout. … more