School Presence: A new therapeutic program for school avoidance

An evidence-based treatment program for children aged 7 to 17 designed to foster positive school engagement and attendance.

CarePlus School Presence-School Avoidance Program

School Presence is a new CarePlus evidence-based treatment program for children and families struggling with school avoidance issues, including those who are experiencing mental health symptoms, resulting in impairments such as excessive school absenteeism. The program provides individualized services based on the child’s level of need.

The 12-week one-on-one comprehensive program may include a combination of in-home and out-patient therapeutic interventions for both the child and parent(s). Interventions are coupled with regular collaboration with all partners, including professional school staff. Elements of a behavioral approach (such as relaxation training and role playing) are integrated with a cognitive approach (including cognitive restructuring and problem solving), occurring in an individualized setting to meet the need of each child and their family system.

Program Goals: The overall goal of the program is to provide children and their families with the tools needed to decrease impairments and increase school attendance. The sessions will focus on:

  • Parent education
  • Collaboration with school
  • Emotional education
  • Awareness and identification of bodily reactions to anxiety and depression symptoms
  • Identification and modification of negative self talk
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Reinforcement techniques for parent, child and school

Insurance may be accepted.

For more information or to register…call Teresa Martino-Woods L.P.C. at 201-797-2660 x5641 or click here to contact us.


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