School refusal is a problem that is stressful for children, for their families and for school personnel. Failing to attend school has significant long-term and short-term effects on childrenīs social, emotional and educational development. School refusal is often the result of, or associated with, co-morbid disorders such as anxiety or depression. Careful assessment, treatment planning and management of school refusal are critical to a successful and quick return to school. Treatment may include educational support, cognitive therapy, behavior modification, parent/teacher interventions and pharmacotherapy.
This one-day seminar will break down the distinction between truancy and school refusal. Completing the seminar will assist participants in performing a functional analysis of school refusal to determine the motivation and particular reinforcement systems that support the behavior. The course will examine a number of psychological disorders that may be causing or be co-morbid with school refusal, including separation anxiety, generalized anxiety, social phobia, panic attacks, major depression, dysthymia, ADHD and oppositional defiant disorder. The latest treatment approaches will be reviewed with a focus on tailoring and adapting standard approaches to specific situations. Lastly, participants will be given the opportunity to review several case studies and develop a sample treatment plan for cases of school refusal.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
- Identify the unique behavioral features of school refusing children
- Distinguish between truancy and school refusal
- Learn to analyze the functional purposes that school refusal behavior serves
- Review co-morbid psychological disorders that may underlie school refusal
- Examine individual, family and pharmacological treatment approaches to school refusal
- Recognize the behavioral and clinical features of school refusers
- Analyze the functional purpose of school refusal behavior
- Differentiate between school refusal and truancy
- Identify co-morbid psychological disorders associated with school refusal
- Design treatment plans for school refusers
- Determine the four significant factors in school refusal behavior
- Examine individual, family and pharmacological approaches to treatment of school refusers
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
GEORGE B. HAARMAN, Psy.D., LMFT, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 30 years of experience. He is currently in private practice in Louisville, Kentucky, and also serves as a consultant to several school systems regarding the assessment of children. His prior experience includes working with youth detention centers, juvenile group homes, child protective services and juvenile probation. Dr. Haarman received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Spalding University in 1989 and is a member of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Haarman has been an instructor at Jefferson Community College, Bellarmine University and Spalding University. He has presented seminars regionally and nationally on psychopathology, depression, and emotional disorders in children and adolescents.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
- Marriage and Family Therapists
- Licensed Professional Counselors
- Licensed Clinical Social Workers
- School Psychologists
- School Counselors
- School Administrators
- School Nurses
- Juvenile Justice Personnel
- Probation Officers
- Case Managers
- Clergy/Pastoral Counselors
This seminar qualifies for 6 continuing education hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific filing requirements.
This program has been submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification for 6 clock hours of continuing education.
Cross Country Education is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP?) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. (NBCC Provider #5904) The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. Six (6) contact (clock) hours are being awarded for completion of this program.
Cross Country Education provider #1005, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Licensure Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program (approved through 1-27-06). Cross Country Education, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program. Social workers will receive 6 continuing education clock hours for participating in this course. Licensed social workers should contact their individual state jurisdiction to review the current continuing education requirements for licensure renewal. Visit ASWBīs website at www.aswb.org for more information.
Cross Country Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Cross Country Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program offers 6 CE credits for psychologists. Full attendance is required to receive credit for psychologist, variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded based on the APA guidelines.
Other credits may apply.
SEMINAR CLASS TIME
Seminar Check-In: 7:30 AM; Seminar Begin 8:00 AM Seminar End 3:30 PM