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Effective Techniques for School Refusal Behavior:
DVD Video
$199.99 USD
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This item is expected to ship 4-6 weeks after the event on December 14, 2018.
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DVD Video - 4+ hours   Instructions
6 hr 20 min
Multi-disc DVD recording with electronic manual and instructions.
12/14/2018 - Available Now for Pre-Order
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  1. Recognize the behavioral and clinical features of school refusers to better inform clinical decision making.
  2. Analyze the functional purpose of school refusal behavior to determine appropriate treatment strategies.
  3. Identify co-morbid psychological disorders associated with school refusal to improve treatment outcomes.
  4. Evaluate individual, family, behavioral, and pharmacological approaches to the treatment of school refusers.
  5. Design strategic school refusal plans that target the underlying motivation and reinforcement systems.
  6. Explain to parents and school personnel how to incorporate numerous tips designed to remedy school refusal behavior.

Truants or Refusers

The importance of Assessing WHY They Aren’t in School

  • The dynamic difference between school refusers and truants
  • Common characteristics of school refusers
  • Completing a functional analysis of school refusers
    • Categorical-dimensional approach
    • Reinforcement contingencies
  • Co-morbid DSM-5® disorders
    • Anxiety disorders
    • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
    • PostTraumatic Stress Disorder
    • Depressive disorders
    • Phobias
    • Conduct disorders
    • Learning disorders
  • Factors to consider when assessing for school refusal
  • Standardized assessment measures to employ
  • Critical questions to ask refusers and their parents

Strategic Interventions that Get Refusers Back in School, and Keep Them There

  • Factors that increase the likelihood of success
  • Individual intervention/therapy 
    • Systematic Desensitization
    • Exposure therapy
    • Modeling
    • Cognitive therapy
    • Educational/supportive therapy
  • Family intervention/therapy 
    • Parent training
    • Structured family therapy
    • Systemic family therapy
    • Dialectical Behavior Therapy-School Refusal
  • Pharmacological intervention
    • Tricyclics
    • SSRI’s
    • Beta Blockers
    • Benzodiazepines
  • Interventions for refusers seeking to:
    • Avoid negative effect
    • Escape from aversive social and evaluative aspects of school
    • Get attention
    • Receive tangible reinforcers
  • Craft an individualized intervention plan
    • “School Makes Me Want to Throw Up”
    • “Everybody There Hates Me”
    • “Can’t I Stay at Home and Have You Teach Me?”
    • “The School of Hard Knocks”

Getting School Personnel and Parents Involved

  • Forced school attendance
  • Using school escorts
  • 35 concrete tips for parents
  • Suggestions for teachers and school counselors


George B. Haarman, PsyD, LMFT, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 30 years of experience. A member of the American Psychological Association and Kentucky Psychological Association, Dr. Haarman is in private practice in Louisville, Kentucky and serves as a consultant to several school systems regarding the assessment of children. For 24 years, Dr. Haarman worked in the Department of Human Services in Louisville, serving as the deputy director for the last 12 years of his tenure there. His prior experience with DHS included 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 and 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. He is also the author of three books: School Refusal: Children Who Can’t or Won’t Go to School, Mastering DSM-5®, and Clinical Supervision; Legal, Ethical, and Risk Management Issues.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: George Haarman is in private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: George Haarman is a member of the American Psychological Association; and the Kentucky Psychological Association.
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  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Teachers
  • School Guidance Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • School Administrators
  • Educational Paraprofessionals
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Case Managers
  • Nurses
  • Other Helping Professionals Who Work with Children