School refusal: educators

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 course 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.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, students 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. 

instructors

Randy Floyd, LSCSW, Founder, Clinical Level Therapist

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.

 

Reilly Dodd, LPC

Reilly is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She has over 12 years of experience in education both as a teacher and school counselor.  As an educator, Reilly has a unique and effective approach to counseling and understands the importance of building healthy family relationships. She loves working with children, parents and families to help them reach their full potential.  Reilly believes everyone faces challenges and loves the concept of a growth mindset to help people realize that challenge and obstacles are a natural part of the learning and growth process. Go check out what Reilly is up to on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Textbook/Materials: 

(Required)

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

(Optional)

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.

Schedule

Week 1

Topic: School Refusal Behavior: Definition and Description

Dates: 9/10/18 - 9/16/18

Online Live Class: 9/10/18, 7:00pm-8:00pm, Strongly Encouraged to attend.  Audio/Video Recording available for later viewing. 

Reading: Helping School Refusing Children and Their Parents: A Guide for School-based Professionals, Second Edition, Christopher Kearney, pp. 1-24

School Implementation: Topic will be discussed during Online Live Class

Discussion Posts: See Weekly Discussion Posts in Basecamp

 

Week 2

Topic: Contextual Variables and School Refusal Behavior

Dates: 9/17/18 - 9/23/18

Online Live Class: 9/17/18, 7:00pm-8:00pm, Strongly Encouraged to attend.  Audio/Video Recording available for later viewing. 

Reading: Helping School Refusing Children and Their Parents: A Guide for School-based Professionals, Second Edition, Christopher Kearney, pp. 25-36

School Implementation: Topic will be discussed during Online Live Class

Discussion Posts: See Weekly Discussion Posts in Basecamp

 

Week 3

Topic: Tier 1 and Tier 3 Strategies for Problematic Absenteeism

Dates: 9/24/18 - 9/30/18

Online Live Class: 9/24/18, 7:00pm-8:00pm, Strongly Encouraged to attend.  Audio/Video Recording available for later viewing. 

Reading: Helping School Refusing Children and Their Parents: A Guide for School-based Professionals, Second Edition, Christopher Kearney, pp. 37-54

School Implementation: Topic will be discussed during Online Live Class

Discussion Posts: See Weekly Discussion Posts in Basecamp

 

Week 4

Topic: Assessing Cases of School Refusal Behavior

Dates: 10/1/18 – 10/7/18

Online Live Class: 10/1/18, 7:00pm-8:00pm, Strongly Encouraged to attend.  Audio/Video Recording available for later viewing. 

Reading: Helping School Refusing Children and Their Parents: A Guide for School-based Professionals, Second Edition, Christopher Kearney, pp. 55-93

School Implementation: Topic will be discussed during Online Live Class

Discussion Posts: See Weekly Discussion Posts in Basecamp

 

Week 5

Topic: Interventions for Negatively Reinforced School Refusal Behavior

Dates: 10/8/18 - 10/14/18

Online Live Class: 10/8/18, 7:00pm-8:00pm, Strongly Encouraged to attend.  Audio/Video Recording available for later viewing. 

Reading: Helping School Refusing Children and Their Parents: A Guide for School-based Professionals, Second Edition, Christopher Kearney, pp. 94-121

School Implementation: Topic will be discussed during Online Live Class

Discussion Posts: See Weekly Discussion Posts in Basecamp

 

Week 6

Topic: Interventions for Positively Reinforced School Refusal Behavior

Dates: 10/15/18 - 10/21/18,

Online Live Class: 10/15/18, 7:00pm-8:00pm, Strongly Encouraged to attend.  Audio/Video Recording available for later viewing. 

Reading: Helping School Refusing Children and Their Parents: A Guide for School-based Professionals, Second Edition, Christopher Kearney, pp. 122-147

School Implementation: Topic will be discussed during Online Live Class

Discussion Posts: See Weekly Discussion Posts in Basecamp

 

Week 7

Topic: Relapse Prevention, Difficult Parents, and Other Special Topics

Dates: 10/22/18 - 10/28/18

Online Live Class: 10/22/18, 7:00pm-8:00pm, Strongly Encouraged to attend.  Audio/Video Recording available for later viewing.   

Reading: Helping School Refusing Children and Their Parents: A Guide for School-based Professionals, Second Edition, Christopher Kearney, pp. 148-178

School Implementation: Topic will be discussed during Online Live Class

Discussion Posts: See Weekly Discussion Posts in Basecamp

Assessment

Online Live Class Attendance                     30%

School Implementation Assignments    40%

Discussion Posts Participation                  30%

Grading Scale

90% - 100% = A

80% - 90% = B

70% - 80% = C

60% - 70% = D

59% and below = F


Week 1: School Refusal Behavior: Definition and Description

Please check back soon for Week 1 notes ;)


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Limits and Restrictions:

The materials distributed are provided with the understanding that the author and presenters are not engaged in rendering professional services. This is a psychoeducational class and information in the presentations or group discussions by the presenters, facilitators, or participants should not be considered to be medical, psychological, legal, financial, or spiritual counsel. The presentations and written materials are not intended to provide medical, psychological, legal, financial, or spiritual services or counseling. If expert assistance or counseling is needed, the services of a competent professional should be sought. Any opinions, finding, recommendations or conclusions expressed by the author(s) or speaker(s) do not necessarily reflect the views of Midwest Anxiety, LLC.