Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change, Rockville, MD (Outpatient)

We offer a comprehensive treatment program for school refusal, which consists of four main components. These components include specialized assessment of the school refusal, child-focused behavioral treatment, parent management training, and school consultation.

During the assessment phase, care is taken to understand the nature of the anxious avoidance, the underlying function(s) of the school refusal, and to provide diagnostic clarification. The child-focused treatment consists of psychoeducation, coping skills training, and direct exposure (in a controlled, gradual format) to situations that the child/adolescent fears. Parent management training (PMT) is conducted in a 6-week parent group and provides education to parents regarding evidence-based skills and techniques that can be utilized (many of which are counterintuitive) to help reduce the child’s experience of anxiety and to improve school attendance. Lastly, the school consultation component consists of a school meeting to discuss specific methods and accommodations that the school personnel can utilize to assist the child in his/her rapid reintegration into school. Phone (301) 610-7850