Pre-Conference Workshop - Oct 18

Pre-conference workshop cost is $249, which includes lunch; members enjoy a discounted rate of $199. Registration for only Wednesday's pre-conference can be done here or just add the pre-conference on to your conference registration!

Understanding the Psychology of School Refusal:
Identifying Causes and Implementing Effective Strategies

, Oct. 18, 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM


This comprehensive half-day session is designed to provide school counselors with valuable insights into the emotional issues leading to school avoidance and strategies to address it. Research indicates that mental health concerns among students can significantly contribute to their reluctance to attend school, leading to long-term consequences for their educational journey. As school counselors, it is crucial to recognize these underlying causes and implement appropriate interventions to foster a supportive and inclusive learning environment.

During this workshop, participants will delve into the multifaceted nature of school refusal, exploring the psychological, emotional, and social aspects that contribute to this behavior. By examining real-life case studies and sharing experiences, attendees will enhance their ability to identify warning signs and differentiate between various factors that may trigger school avoidance. Through engaging discussions, interactive activities, and evidence-based strategies, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the complex factors underlying this phenomenon and develop practical skills to effectively support students in overcoming school refusal.

Learning Outcomes:
Attendees will be able to:
·       Understand the psychology behind school refusal.
·       Identify the causes and warning signs of school avoidance.
·       Learn practical strategies to address school refusal and promote mental well-being.
·       Gain insight on how to create a supportive learning environment, build trust and foster resilience.

Ryan Fedoroff, M.Ed.
Ryan has more than 15 years of academic leadership and classroom experience. As Newport's Vice President, Learning and Development, she works alongside our clinicians and operating teams to create interventions to assist clients dealing with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. Ryan trains staff across the organization on how to engage, motivate, and support Newport’s clients. She also collaborates with special education teams to create protocols for managing classroom challenges for students dealing with auditory processing and executive functioning deficits. Ryan holds a master's in Education Administration from San Francisco State University.
Michael Roeske, PsyD

Dr. Roeske is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked and studied in a variety of treatment settings since 2003, including adult substance use disorder and adolescent mental health programs, community-based psychological services, and inpatient psychiatric hospitals. He is trained as a full battery assessor of children to older adults and has functioned as a supervisor, clinical director, educator, presenter, and operator.