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William James College is pleased to announce the publication of Lessons from School Psychology. This book was authored by faculty from our School Psychology Department.

Lessons from School Psychology presents practical advice and evidence-based strategies for school-based professionals and parents to utilize when dealing with challenging and worrisome behavior in children and adolescents. Structured around a series of timely topics facing schools today, chapters cover everything from bullying and racial incidents to substance abuse and suicide prevention. This unique resource integrates proven models and strategies from school psychology practice in an accessible format that highlights key takeaways and valuable lessons for teachers, counselors, social workers, administration, or anyone looking to help a young person in their life.

Table of Contents

Foreward Stanley Berman, PhD

Section I: Fostering Positive Mental Health and Social-Emotional Development

  1. What Children Need to Understand About Emotions and How to Manage Them—Gayle Macklem, MA, LEP, NCSP
  2. Understanding Anxiety: Tools for Teachers and Parents —Nadja Reilly, PhD
  3. Fostering Social Development in Children: Strategies for Parents and Teachers—Barbara Miller, PhD, LEP, NCSP & Margaret Hannah, MEd, GCEC
  4. Talking with Children About Race—Elana Wolkoff, PhD, LEP, Ronda Goodale, PhD, LEP, & Gemima St. Louis, PhD
  5. Understanding the Needs of LGBTQ Youth— Terry Bontrager, PhD & Ronda Goodale, PhD, LEP
  6. When Bad Things Happen: How to Talk to Children and Adolescents About Crisis Events—Arlene Silva, PhD, LEP, NCSP

Section II: Supporting Academic Progress and Positive Behavior

  1. Addressing Reading Problems: It’s Complicated— Joan Axelrod, MEd
  2. Teaching Children to Self-Regulate—Elana Wolkoff, PhD, LEP
  3. The Concept of Independence in Autism Treatment: Are We Speaking the Same Language?—Ronald Lee, PhD, BCBA-D, LABA
  4. Understanding Learning Disabilities: Implications for Teachers and Parents—Jason Kaplan, PhD, LEP, NCSP & Gayle Macklem, MA, LEP, NCSP
  5. Efforts to Prevent Bullying and Cyberbullying by Understanding Student Motivations—Gayle Macklem, MA, LEP, NCSP & Barbara Miller, PhD, LEP, NCSP
  6. Understanding, Exploring, and Responding to Challenging Behavior in Elementary School Students—Craig Murphy, PhD, LEP, NCSP
  7. Tackling Challenging Behavior with Adolescents in School Settings—Daniel B. Jacobs, PsyD, MBA, EdM

Section III: Proactive, Systemic Strategies in Schools

  1. How Schools Organize their Mental Health Services—John Desrochers, PhD, BCBA, ABPP
  2. School-Wide Suicide Prevention—Tracey Borriello Murphy, PhD, LEP, NCSP, June Bowman, EdD, LEP, NCSP, & Colleen Meigher, PhD
  3. Schools, Substance Abuse, and Psychology: Addressing Adolescent Substance Abuse in the School Setting—Daniel B. Jacobs, PsyD, MBA, EdM
  4. Level-Headed Responses to Students Who Make Threats—Robert Kinscherff, PhD, JD
  5. Home-School Collaboration—Bruce Ecker, PhD

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