Understanding, Preventing and Treating School Refusal and Truancy

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Publick House Historic Inn - Page Hall
277 Main St
Sturbridge, MA 01566
RSVP Required: 
Who Should Attend: 
FRC Managers/Directors, School Liaisons


Facilitator: Elana Wolkoff, Ph.D.

In working with children and adolescents, we periodically come across a young person who refuses to attend school.  The reasons for this avoidance are not always immediately evident and our efforts to impose our expectations for school attendance often fail to bear fruit, only serving to increase student distress and alienation.  In this training, we will explore the causes of school refusal and truancy and early signs that a problem is developing.  Participants will be prepared to use early identification to prevent the development of more intractable and chronic attendance problems.   We will use case studies to consider research-based strategies for addressing school refusal and truancy at different educational levels.

Following this training, workshop participants will be able to:

  • Identify early indicators of school refusal and truancy.
  • Identify emotional and contextual risk and protective factors associated with school refusal and truancy.
  • Develop and implement effective interventions to prevent school refusal and truancy.
  • Identify research based strategies to address school refusal and truancy at various levels of intensity.

This workshop will include lecture, discussion, multi-media presentation, case examples and role-playing. This workshop will benefit social workers, mental health professionals, clinicians, educators, counselors and paraprofessionals.