School Refusal: CBT Treatment for School Anxiety

Treat Children Who Can’t or Won’t Go to School

help your clients get back to school.

Chronic school tardiness and poor school attendance are often symptoms of anxiety about school. Learn to treat school avoidance effectively before your clients suffer long-term, negative consequences.

Understand the reasons behind school refusal.

Learn the evidence-based treatment to confront them.

Recruit family members as allies.

This course content is advanced and assumes knowledge of CBT with ERP.

In this one-hour class, you will learn to:

Help Your Clients Get Back to School.

Learn from Clinical Examples and Nationally Recognized Experts

This class highlights a clinical example of a child who overcame school anxiety, an interview with an school refusal expert, and a roleplayed exposure.  

Learn from school refusal expert, Johanna Kaplan, PhD. She’s the founding Director of Washington Anxiety Center.  

This class is led by Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, LCSW-C. Spencer is a licensed clinical social worker, board approved supervisor, and trainer. She has been in private practice in Rockville, Maryland for almost 30 years. Elizabeth graduated from Columbia University and received her clinical training at the National Institutes of Health. She is a Founding Clinical Fellow of the Anxiety and Depression Association of American (ADAA) where she also earned the Clinician Outreach Award and the Clinician of Distinction Award. She has co-authored several books, including The Anxiety Cure and The Anxiety Cure for Kids.

School Refusal: CBT Treatment for School Anxiety

Class Description

School Refusal describes the behavior of an anxious child who either refuses to go to school, has frequent difficulty getting to school on time due to anxiety, or frequent absences due to anxiety. 

While many children experience some of these symptoms, especially during transition times of school (starting elementary, middle, and high school), historically 1 – 3% of children have School Refusal in any given year.

Anecdotal reports and preliminary research shows that rates are on the rise due to the disruptions from the pandemic, making it vital for mental health providers to understand how to successfully treat this problem before it leads to negative long-term consequences for the child.

Studies show that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is highly successful in treating children with School Refusal – at a one-year follow-up, the majority of children who completed treatment were attending school.

In this 1-hour webinar, you will learn why it’s important to understand how a child may be avoiding school to solve a problem, the warning signs to watch for, how to set realistic goals, and the specific steps to take to help the child get back to school. 

Class Outline

School Refusal

Learn the Leading Treatment for School Refusal

Frequently Asked Questions

When you purchase this class, you receive one hour of content taught by an expert, experienced provider and continuing education credit to advance your career.

Complete this one-hour class the day you purchase it, or as it fits into your life. You will have one year of access to the content so you can decide when you complete it.

However, we do recommend completing it as soon as you can, so you can start creating life-changing results for your clients.

You have one year of access so you can return to the curriculum as you need.

To receive CE credit, you must complete the classes, answer the completion questions correctly, and complete the course evaluations. If you do not answer the questions correctly, review the materials and re-take the tests.

A CE certificate will be immediately emailed to you once you have completed the requirements for the class.

This class qualifies for one continuing education hour. 

We are committed to making this course accessible to all.  Contact to request accommodations.  In some cases, documentation is requested for review. 

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Our courses are 100% guaranteed to grow your confidence and effectiveness as a mental health provider. We are confident our trainings will deliver beyond their promises and help you create meaningful change in your clients’ lives. But, if you aren’t satisfied with the results after completing the content, let us know.

We will refund your money. No questions asked.

Continuing Education & Approved Accrediting Agencies


  • Anxiety Training, ACE Provider Number 1637, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Anxiety Training maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: (10/17/22 – 10/17/25). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 12 continuing education clock hours. 

New York State Education Department’s State Board of Social Work

  • Anxiety Training is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0640.


  • Anxiety Training has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7108. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Anxiety Training is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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