Overcoming School Refusal
Understanding & Intervening
School refusal affects up to 5% of children/young people and is a complex issue for the student, their family and school. It is caused by a complex interaction of multiple factors that lead the young people to become distressed at the prospect of going to school. Despite its prevalence school refusal is often mis-understood and as a result can be poorly managed. Effective and appropriate responses from schools, associated helping professionals and families are key as we know that the longer a young person is away from school, the harder it becomes to return. Some don’t return to school full time and others never return at all which research indicates leads to significant disadvantage across the lifespan, particularly in relation to mental health outcomes, employment, relationships and social functioning.
Combining educational and clinical perspectives, this instructive workshop explores the causes and co-morbidities of School Refusal and provides a structured best-practice approach to managing and resolving it. Using real case studies Joanne will demonstrate the varied reasons students disengage from school, and how tailored interventions and return to school plans to meet the specific needs of individual children.
Key topics to be covered include:
- What is School Refusal, the different ways it can present and understanding the reasons why children refuse to go to school
- The short- and long-term impacts of School Refusal and why early response is critical in minimising these impacts
- Why an informed and individualised approach is essential
- What professionals can do: practical best practice responses for workers at all levels
- Treatment for school refusal: CBT, mindfulness, behavioural activation, boundary setting, exposure, cognitive restructuring and the role of medication
- What parents can do: engaging parents and carers to provide effective support
- The advantages and disadvantages of distance education and/or home schooling as a solution
- Additional needs students: ASD and high-achievers
Plenty of parking should be available in the surrounding streets.
There is timed parking available out the front of the hotel on Cuba Street and along Lombard Street.
Campbell Street on the left hand side of the hotel has free parking as well as a pay and display option.