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Letters: Schools need more psychologists

Johnson City Press • Nov 16, 2018 at 6:00 AM

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Schools need more psychologists

It’s hard to follow the news without hearing about “mental health”. While mental health is an important and often discussed topic, many people trained in mental health are not working in the field. If mental health is so important, why is that? Part of the discrepancy stems from a lack of awareness of careers a person can have with a psychology degree, and one of those is School Psychology. School psychologists work in every public school in the U.S. and provide important contributions. School psychologists are uniquely trained to support students with and without disabilities, and provide a wide range of services beyond counseling.

Most school psychologists in the state of Tennessee spend the majority of their time evaluating students to determine eligibility for special education. In addition, school psychologists provide academic and behavioral consultation to all stakeholders. School psychologists are trained to do even more, including crisis response, training and preventative interventions. To provide the best support, NASP recommends a school psychologist ratio of 1:500-700 students. Tennessee averages 1:1,600 students, with some school psychologists serving many more. The current ratio does not allow for adequate provision of services, and could be positively impacted by more bachelor’s level psychologists pursuing a school psychology career.

Nov. 12-18 is School Psychology Awareness Week. Please help raise awareness about the important work being done in schools. Help raise awareness about this career to people looking to further their education. Share the importance of mental health supports in schools with legislators. Finally, thank the school psychologists you know for the hard work they do to support students.

SARAH MCMILLAN
Knoxville

Thanks for the treatment

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Johnson City Medical Center for their wonderful treatment of me during my recent surgery.

My thanks go out to my surgeon, Dr. Hopkins, my anesthesiologist, Dr. Smith, and a very special nurse, “Mimi,” who treated me in the recovery room.

I can’t possibly remember everyone and am sorry for any omissions, but thanks again for the great care.

TOMMY S. EMERY
Johnson City

Old man, take a look at my life

Larry French’s article “Mourning the death of Oliver Good Manners” (Nov. 2) affirms Pete Pretentious is as popular as ever.

Mr. French’s article showcases the trend of “Us and Them” popular in America today. French arrogantly points out the fallacies of younger generations, referring to their ideas as “mind-numbing” and “brainless”. His doddering complaints about backwards hats, cellphones and a lack of young people willing to open doors is trite and worse, fails to ask the question, “Who raised these rude youngins?”

If perhaps Mr. French had shared in taking the responsibility for a lack of respect in American culture by admitting that his generation failed at instilling the values he so adamantly adores, then the article would have had more depth. However, he does not and frankly I am surprised the Johnson City Press did not have anything better to publish than a complaint piece that the only objective was to admonish stereotypical images of Americans born after 1970. Ages that will soon be the majority of your readers.

The world is divisive enough with the current political climate and I don’t think Johnson City residents need Mr. French’s help finding something to argue about.

CHRIS DOCKERY
Johnson City

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