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A Review of Becoming Nicole, by Amy Ellis Nutt

On April 14, 2017, Minnesota Public Radio reported that a group of parents in Virginia, MN had dropped a lawsuit against their school district. They had been trying to prevent students from using bathrooms appropriate to their gender identity. A few weeks earlier, the North Carolina legislature had overturned their own law that had stated that students must use the bathroom appropriate to the sex listed on their birth certificates. Money had prevailed over bigotry, the state having lost a great deal of money from corporations withdrawing business from North Carolina because of that law.  

Nicole’s earlier struggle for equality was heard by Maine Supreme Court in January, 2014. Becoming Nicole takes us to the late 90s when Wyatt, an identical twin who had identified as female from age two, encountered harassment when he used the girls’ restroom. His school, which had been supportive of him until a multiple stall bathroom for fifth graders raised this issue for the first time, failed to support him. Many years later, by the time a lawsuit against the school had been resolved, a boy who had bullied Nicole/Wyatt, wondered whether her identical twin was disappointed about losing a brother. Jonas never was, and once said to Nicole, “I never had a brother. You were always a sister to me.”

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Book Review: Getting the Most Out of Clinical Training and Supervision - A Guide for Practicum Students and Interns by Carol A. Falender & Edward P. Shafranske, APA Books

Reviewed by Gary R. Schoener, M.Eq., Licensed Psychologist

This new book from the American Psychological Association is a unique resource. It is, I believe, the first book to instruct trainees on how to get the most out of their supervised experience.

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