When Children and Adolescents Do Not Go to School: Terminology and Assessment

When: Tuesday, September 19 - 12:00 PM

Duration: 1 hours 30 minutes

Location: Zoom

Event Details:

Whether a young child clings to a parent’s leg and will not enter school; has stomachaches and is often sick; or stays home and is online all day, the reasons for school attendance problems are numerous and diverse. It is clear that one size does not fit all when it comes to understanding and helping children who do not go to school.

The goal of this webinar will be to present the latest methods and research regarding how to
assess school attendance problems in young people. The approaches examine the specific types and functions of school attendance problems and the factors that maintain the behavior. An assessment tool will be introduced and participants will have the opportunity to identify these factors through a vignette-based activity. The best methods to intervene will be briefly highlighted.

After this webinar you will be able to: 

  1. Recognize the historical context and terminology for school attendance problems
  2. Explore the characteristics of children and adolescents who do not go to school
  3. Understand the functions served by school refusal behaviors
  4. Identify applicable components of Cognitive Behavioral Treatment to support children and adolescents who do not go to school

Christian F. Mauro

Christian F. Mauro, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Mauro is the director of the APA Accredited Clinical Psychology Doctoral Internship Program and part of the executive team of the Master in Biomedical Sciences Program. Clinically, he is the Director of the Psychosocial Treatment Clinic where he supervises and trains graduate students, psychology interns, and child psychiatry fellows in evidence-based practice for children, adolescents and families. Dr. Mauro has been a certified cognitive behavioral therapist (CBT) on a number of NIMH funded clinical trials and was the CBT Supervisor for The Child and Adolescent Anxiety Multimodal Treatment Study (CAMS) at Duke University. He is currently a member of the North Carolina Psychological Association’s Professional Affairs and Ethics Committee and is dedicated to interprofessional clinical education in Duke University’s School of Medicine.