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Huebner, Scott – Communique, 2019
Positive mental health is more than the absence of psychological symptoms. Considerable research has focused on positive indicators of strengths, including emotional strengths such as gratitude, life satisfaction, and hope. These three constructs, which have been referred to as the "triad of positive emotions"represent emotional…
Descriptors: Positive Attitudes, Well Being, Life Satisfaction, Psychological Patterns
Poland, Scott; Lieberman, Richard; Niznik, Marina – Communique, 2019
The suicide of a student has a rippling effect in the school environment as well as in the greater community, as a single adolescent death by suicide increases the risk of additional suicides. The process by which a completed suicide (or at times, suicidal behavior) increases the suicidal behavior of others is called contagion. When multiple…
Descriptors: Suicide, School Psychologists, Crisis Management, Crisis Intervention
Zirkel, Perry A. – Communique, 2019
For this 17th article in the series reviewing recent court decisions concerning appropriate school psychology practice from both professional and legal perspectives, the topic is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act's (IDEA) central obligation, free appropriate public education (FAPE). More specifically, the focus here is procedural and…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Equal Education, Federal Legislation
Anater, Alexine F.; Dion, Tessa – Communique, 2019
Approximately 30% of adolescents in the United States who date were affected by teen dating violence (TDV) in 2013, according to self-report from the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS; Vagi, Olsen, Basile, & Vivolo-Kantor, 2015). Limited interest in researching TDV arose around 30 years ago. In the past 10 years, research on TDV and…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Dating (Social), Violence, Interpersonal Relationship
Dryden, Mary – Communique, 2019
School psychologists are asked to provide a number of different services in schools, including evaluating and providing recommendations to educators and parents on children and adolescents with rare genetic conditions. One genetic disorder with physical, cognitive, and behavioral features is Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS). PWS is a unique genetic…
Descriptors: School Psychologists, Knowledge Level, Genetic Disorders, Children
Strobach, Kelly Vaillancourt; Cowan, Katherine C. – Communique, 2019
February 14 marked the 1-year anniversary of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and April 20 marks the 20th anniversary of the tragedy at Columbine. Much progress has been made over the last 20 years in the understanding of threat assessment, crisis preparedness, and the importance of increasing…
Descriptors: School Safety, Violence, Prevention, School Security
Cipani, Ennio – Communique, 2019
This article discusses a three-phase model aimed at obtaining vocal speech with students who display selective mutism at school. The three phases discussed include: (1) establishing reinforcer influence; (2) enhancing motivation to speak; and (3) generalize to nontherapy settings. The utilization of this approach to get speech to occur and…
Descriptors: Therapy, Anxiety Disorders, Speech, Models
Zirkel, Perry A. – Communique, 2018
For this 15th article in the series reviewing recent court decisions concerning appropriate school psychology practice from both professional and legal perspectives, the topic is employment security. More specifically, the focus here is the sufficiency of the grounds for termination of a school psychologist in the wake of what the school…
Descriptors: School Psychologists, Advocacy, Case Studies, Dismissal (Personnel)
Fiorello, Catherine A.; Jenkins, Tiffany K. – Communique, 2018
This article is an overview of identification of intellectual disabilities (ID), with a focus on meeting legal and ethical requirements when assessing children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and those living in poverty. Specific procedures and recommended instruments will be reviewed.
Descriptors: Intellectual Disability, Disability Identification, Best Practices, Legal Responsibility
Strobach, Kelly Vaillancourt – Communique, 2018
Efforts to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) are well underway, as states submitted their state plans to the Department of Education in September 2017. The entire education policy and advocacy community has been combing through the state plans to get an idea of how states will tackle efforts to improve student outcomes under the new…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Policy, Federal Programs, Program Implementation
Simmons, Krystal T.; Douglas, Denika Y. – Communique, 2018
Though adults undoubtedly suffer tremendous stress in the aftermath of natural disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, it is often the most vulnerable, the children, who are most traumatized and possess the fewest coping skills. Signs of child psychological trauma such as symptoms commonly associated with posttraumatic stress…
Descriptors: Children, Coping, Trauma, Natural Disasters
Poland, Scott; Lieberman, Richard – Communique, 2018
The research is clear on youth suicide: Mental illness plays a significant role. Suicide is most often the result of untreated or undertreated mental illness, and when certain disorders coexist in youth, particularly depression and impulse disorders (such as alcohol and substance abuse, nonsuicidal self-injury, or conduct disorder), the risk for…
Descriptors: Bullying, Suicide, Prevention, School Role
Moy, Gregory; Robbins, Stacey; Fischer, Aaron – Communique, 2018
The aim of this article is to provide a primer on the key concepts and terminology of online instruction to faculty considering the adoption of online instructional practices to increase accessibility to graduate students. These concepts and terms are neither specific to school psychology training nor to graduate education. This article is second…
Descriptors: School Psychology, Online Courses, Vocabulary, Fundamental Concepts
Shields, Julie – Communique, 2018
While working in the Social and Emotional Support Services (SESS) for Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland (MCPS), the author initiated a project to collect data on services to students with emotional needs. During the 2016-2017 school year, MCPS was the 17th largest school district in the country with nearly 160,000 students speaking 150…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Program Administration, Database Management Systems, Psychological Needs
Zenere, Frank J. – Communique, 2018
On September 6, 2017, Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm packing winds of 185 miles per hour skirted the northern coast of Puerto Rico, leaving 1 million residents without electrical power. Schools were closed for 5 days, but a major calamity was narrowly avoided. Overall, residents were grateful for their good fortune, but the same could not be…
Descriptors: Natural Disasters, Emergency Programs, Mental Health, Psychologists
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