Hartford Hospital Institute of Living -The Anxiety Disorders Center/Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Intensive Outpatient/Partial) Hartford, CT
The School Refusal Program begins with an initial diagnostic evaluation, as well as a consultation with the child's school. During the evaluation and subsequent consultations, we seek to identify the function of school refusal in order to determine an appropriate treatment.
Treatment is tailored to match the child's specific needs, with the immediate goal of returning the child to school as quickly as possible. Depending on the child's concerns, treatment may involve gradual exposure to feared situations, skills training, anxiety management training, or helping parents with limit setting and rule enforcement. The treatment team will work closely with school personnel to assist them in providing an appropriate transition plan back to school for the child. By the beginning of the second week, it is expected that the child will begin to attend school at least part time.
The School Refusal Program at the Anxiety Disorders Center/Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an intensive treatment program that includes 15 sessions of CBT, delivered five days per week for three weeks. Each session lasts 1.5 to 2 hours. CBT is provided individually or with the child's parents or guardians.