The National Association of School Psychologists’ Communiqué reviewed The Social-Emotional Learning Lab: A Comprehensive SEL Resource Kit in the November 2022 edition of the publication. Communiqué described this program, written by Maurice J. Elias and Victoria Poedubicky, as a “a useful and informative resource for school psychologists looking to incorporate more structure and supports for students’ social–emotional and behavioral needs”.
The SEL Lab provides students with concrete lessons to help them think rationally in the emotionally charged, stressful situations that children face every day. This valuable resource helps school counselors, psychologists, and social workers, as well as educators and after-school program providers by giving students the tools to develop the skills needed to deal with the stressors occurring in and out of school.
Counselors and educators use this important tool to help students achieve personally, socially, academically, and vocationally. This curriculum is designed to complement and enhance any program that addresses both self-awareness and social skills by focusing on self-control, cooperative skills for working within groups, problem-solving, decision-making, and everyday skill application.
Communique adds, “Specifically, the ‘Lab’ targets students experiencing difficulties with self-awareness, self-management, emotion regulation, relationship building, effective communication, social awareness, and problem-solving. These skills align with the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning competencies.”
The primary purpose of Communiqué (CQ) is to keep members informed about the activities of the Association and about critical issues and current practices in school psychology. Communiqué is primarily read by practitioners who need concise, interesting reading about important issues in the field. Its articles are intended to provide new information to help them improve their practice.