Managing School Refusal: An Evidence Based Approach

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Workshop: Managing School Refusal: An Evidence Based Approach

Date: Thursday 25th October 2018

Time: 9am to 4pm


Monash University Caulfield Campus

Dandenong Rd, Caulfield East VIC 3145

Building H, Room H220

School refusal occurs when a student stays home from school with parental permission due to emotional distress about some aspect of attendance.

School refusal is often a challenging problem to manage as it requires the child or teen to do something that provokes fear, and it requires family and the school to be working in together towards a common goal of improved attendance.

This interactive workshop will provide a model for understanding and supporting families where a child/teen is refusing to attend school. It will include evidence-based assessment and management techniques used by the School Refusal Program, run by the Centre for Developmental Psychiatry & Psychology, Monash University. The workshop will feature case study material and contemporary research findings on school refusal.

The workshop is aimed at health, mental health and welfare staff who have an active role in support students who are refusing school.

Topics covered on the day will include:

  • Who refuses school and why?
  • The impacts of school refusal on the child, family and school.
  • Assessment of school refusal using questionnaires and interviews
  •  Developing effective school return plans
  • Preparing students to return to school or boost attendance
  • Working with parents and families
  • Classroom strategies for teachers
  • And, what to do when it doesn’t go to plan

The workshop will include consideration of strategies that may help to prevent school refusal and boost school-wide attendance.


Associate Professor Glenn Melvin, Centre for Developmental Psychiatry & Psychology, Monash University

Associate Professor David Heyne, Leiden University, The Netherlands

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