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School Anxiety/Refusal
Code: PDP-280717
Price: AU$85.00
Member Price: AU$70.00
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Professional Development Workshop 

"School Anxiety/Refusal" - Half-day PDP

Joanne Garfi, Psychologist

28 July 2017

Camberwell Library (Rooms 1 & 2) 

340 Camberwell Road, 

Camberwell, VIC 3124 

10am to 2pm (9.30am registration) 
  $85.00 Standard fee
arrow_red.gif $70.00 ADAVIC members

Bookings limited to 30 professionals
Bookings close 20 July 2017, or when fully booked

Please note that a 25% administration fee applies for refunds requested before 
7 July 2017. No refunds or credits will be issued after this date.


School refusal is a complex and common issue in our society affecting up to 5% of children, and is stressful for the child, their family and the school. The more time the child is away from school, the more difficult it is for the child to resume normal school life. If school refusal becomes an ongoing issue it can negatively impact the child’s social and educational development. 

This workshop will provide teachers, case workers, school counsellors and parents with an understanding of this complex issue and provide them with a range of strategies they can use to assist children in returning to school. 

Areas covered will include: 

  • What is school refusal 
  • Prevalence 
  • Types of school refusers 
  • Why children refuse to go to school 
  • Symptoms 
  • Short term consequences 
  • Long term consequences 
  • Assessment 
  • Treatment Options 
  • What parents can do 
  • What schools can do 
  • High achievers, anxiety and school refusal 
  • Children on the autism spectrum and school refusal 
  • Resources

Target Audience

Practitioners and teachers working with children/adolescents. 

Please note:

APS Members can accrue Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours by participating in CPD activities that they determine to be relevant to their individual professional skills, learning plans and goals. These may be self-initiated. CPD activities do not need to be endorsed by the APS.

About the Presenter

Joanne Garfi is a psychologist with 30 years-experience and expertise in adolescent issues. 

She has 9 years’ experience as a school psychologist, working in both primary and secondary schools providing specialised training to teachers She has a special interest in the treatment of Anxiety and Panic Disorder and is well known for her work with school refusal, childhood anxiety, behavioural disorders and developmental issues. 

Joanne utilises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and skills development and prefers to take a whole person approach to treatment. Her emphasis when working with children is to have families and schools working together to bring about change. 

Additional Details:

All attendees will receive:

  • Presentation Handouts and Reference Materials 

  • Certificate of Attendance

  • Tea/Coffee and Refreshments provided

How to Book


3 options:

1. Online booking via the Add to Cart button at top of page

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3. arrow_blue.gifContact the ADAVIC office and make a booking over the phone phone_thumb.gif

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