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From School Refusal to School Acceptance – Helping the Young Person find their way back into the School Environment 27.2.2023

 Experiencing anxiety can be debilitating for a young person when the fear of being disconnected from their primary attachment figure becomes so great that in a bid to avoid it, their world dramatically shrinks. They may become unable to engage socially with their peers, participate in extracurricular activities or even attend school.
School refusal behaviour is very complex. What is seen to be as the young person “choosing” not to attend school, is in actual fact, an inability to process the emotional distress in the nervous system that comes with stepping outside their secure base. They are experiencing a diminished felt sense of safety.
A young person experiencing anxiety at this level is operating from the emotional centre of the brain - logic and reason are inaccessible. To counteract the effect the anxiety has, a young person needs to receive a response that is compassionate, relational and rooted in connection within a structured and predictable environment. Should a young person be met consistently in this way, it is possible for them to move from school refusal to school acceptance.
This introductory workshop will support participants to
? Understand school refusal behaviour and its many possible causes
? Explore child centred responses to empower the young person to take the next step ? Explore classroom/ school management strategies to support the child to remain at school ? Explore how anxiety can lead to school refusal

 Facilitator: Aideen Flynn, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist

Course Properties

Course date 27-02-2023 7:00 pm
Course End Date 27-02-2023 8:30 pm
Cut off date 27-02-2023 4:40 pm
Individual Price Free
Speaker Aideen Flynn
Number Hours 1.5
Location ZOOM online

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