How does your school manage school refusal students?  Are you concerned without specific school refusal interventions, your students will continue to fall behind? With an estimated 28% of American students demonstrating school refusal behaviors, over one quarter of your students are academically, socially, and emotionally losing out.  Join us for this seven-week class as we discuss the assessment, the four reasons for school refusal behavior, and a step-by-step protocol for you to implement in your school.


Randy Floyd, LSCSW

Randy is the founder of Midwest Anxiety.  He is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker who is an optimist and passionate about helping people focus on what they can do rather than what they can't do.  Randy believes that building a strong therapeutic relationship and tapping into a person's strengths are the most essential components of the therapeutic experience.  Randy is passionate about changing the way we do mental health.  He is focused on making mental health normal, a positive experience.  He is also adamant about doing mental health differently.  Randy believes the "old ways" suggest mental health is for the "broken" or "mentally ill."  Randy believes that "Everyone Struggles."  Sure.  Some people struggle more than others, but everyone struggles with something.  With this belief, Randy is focused on providing a wide range of programs and services to help people be mentally well ;) Go give Randy a fist bump on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.


At the end of the class, educators will be able to:

  • Improve consistency, collaboration, and support between student, parent, and school during school refusal episodes.

  • Identify the four reasons for school refusal behavior.

  • Implement step-by-step school refusal protocols

  • Apply multi-tiered approach to decrease tardiness and absenteeism.

  • Reach students who are academically, socially, and emotionally struggling who have chosen school refusal as a way of managing their struggles.


Educators who want to learn more about school refusal and how to implement school refusal protocols into the classroom.


We've made it easy for you to join the class.  This class is held Live Online. No need to get a baby sitter!  You'll join the class from the convenience of your computer. When you join the class online, you'll see the Instructor and the Instructor's screen.  You will not be seen or heard, but will be able to engage in conversation and ask questions through the class chat platform.  So....put your comfortable clothes on, sit back, and enjoy. 


We know family life is busy with homework, baseball games, getting dinner on the table, family get togethers, and much much more.  No worries if you are not able to attend all the dates live.  We get it ;)  All classes are audio/video recorded and you'll be able to access the class recordings on the class web page.



Helping School Refusing Children and Their Parents: A Guide for School-based Professionals, Second Edition, Christopher Kearney.


Getting Your Child to Say “Yes” to School: A Guide for Parents of Youth with School Refusal Behavior, Christopher Kearney.

When Children Refuse School: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Approach, Parent Workbook, Anne Marie Albano, Christopher Kearney.


October 8, 2018, 7:00pm-8:00pm: School Refusal Behavior: Definition and Description

The first step in addressing a child with school refusal behavior is to fully understand the forms and function of the behavior as well as contextual variables that contribute to the behavior.  We will discuss the foundations of school refusal behavior including problematic absenteeism, characteristics of school refusal children, and the four reasons for school refusal behavior.

October 15, 2018, 7:00pm-8:00pm: Contextual Variables and School Refusal Behavior

Contextual factors for problematic absenteeism are important to consider when developing school refusal protocols.  We will discuss parent, family, peer, school, and community contextual factors.

October 22, 2018, 7:00pm-8:00pm: Tier 1 and Tier 3 Strategies for Problematic Absenteeism

How does your school respond to school refusal behavior?  We will discuss Tier 1 and Tier 3 strategies for your school to address school attendance and problematic school absenteeism.

October 29, 2018, 7:00pm-8:00pm: Assessing Cases of School Refusal Behavior

Assessing a student's forms and reasons of school refusal behavior can be arduous but extremely important.  We will discuss a general framework and tools for assessing students with school refusal behavior.

November 5, 2018, 7:00pm-8:00pm: Interventions for Negatively Reinforced School Refusal Behavior

Some school refusal students refuse school for negative reinforcement.  This means they refuse school to avoid or escape something upsetting related to school.  We will discuss how to help your students work through upsetting thoughts and feelings associated with school

November 12, 2018, 7:00pm-8:00pm: Interventions for Positively Reinforced School Refusal Behavior

Some school refusal students refuse school for positive reinforcement.  This means they refuse school to pursue something interesting outside of school.  We will discuss students who refuse school for attention or find staying home more more fun than going to school

November 19, 2018, 7:00pm-8:00pm Relapse Prevention, Difficult Parents, and Other Special Topics

As different situations come up, having a consistent school plan for school refusal is vital to maintaining progress throughout the school year.  We will discuss protocols for the beginning of the school year, during breaks, difficult parents, bus problems, perfectionism, and much more.


This class is equivalent to 7 Continuing Education Units.  This class has not been pre-approved by any regulatory board.  Licensed professionals are encouraged to contact their professional regulatory boards for approval.


Participating in this class does NOT allow you the opportunity to become a member of the Monthly Club


There are no discounts associated with this class.




Seating is limited. To guarantee an online seat, please register early.