Anxiety & School Avoidance
March 19, 2020 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sue Heguy, LCSW
March 19, 2020 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
School avoidance in children and adolescents is a growing issue that impacts not only the student but the entire family, school personnel and mental health professionals working with the student. Although school avoidance may appear to be a very simple or concrete issue to resolve, it is often misunderstood and consequently minimized or mistreated. Without proper intervention, the student’s attendance further deteriorates, his/her anxiety further increases and this cycle is perpetuated. Ultimately, the school avoidance is exacerbated over time and can result in clinical depression.
This workshop will review the importance of not minimizing school avoidance by attributing it to the child being a so-called “bad kid” or simply oppositional, defiant, confrontational or angry. Children who are susceptible to school avoidance may very well be angry but they are often also sad and anxious. This workshop will address how school avoidance is an expression of the student’s unspoken feelings. You will learn the importance for the student to receive the right support that can enables his/her expression of these feelings. School avoidance can become increasingly entrenched and the resulting social isolation and education gaps increasingly problematic. This workshop will reveal why it takes a concerted and coordinated effort from parents, school personnel and mental health professionals to resolve.
For questions about registration and continuing education, please contact Kyla Smith at KylaS@CarePlusNJ.org or (201) 265-8200 ext. 5228.
About the Trainer…
Sue Heguy graduated NYU in 1997 with an MSW in Social Work and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2001. She is licensed in the State of New Jersey with 25 years of experience working with youth and families in the mental health field. She was a school social worker in Jersey City and for the past 10 years has been employed by Care Plus in the Child/Family Division. Mrs. Heguy has extensive training on trauma treatment modalities for youth. She has been trained in CBT, DBT, EMDR, and most recently clinical Hypnosis. Mrs. Heguy is a trained trauma responder and is certified in PFA/PTSM TII/CBI and QPR. Mrs. Heguy has focused her expertise on helping children and adults to overcome trauma/grief and loss issues. Mrs. Heguy has been employed by Care Plus NJ, Inc., as a full-time Manager of clinical programing. She is also has been Bergen County Coordinator of the Traumatic Loss Coalition for the past 10 years. Mrs. Heguy is a professional trainer and provides seminars and consultation services on vital mental health topics to help improve social and emotional functioning. Mrs. Heguy is a nationally trained instructor for Mental Health First Aid (2008) and Youth Mental Health First Aid (2013). She is a certified instructor for Connect Suicide Prevention Program which is operated by NAMI NH, 2009. Mrs. Heguy is a trained instructor by the Reach Institute, New York City, in Evidenced Based Therapy-CBT techniques to train clinicians on how to most effectively treat youth struggling from depression, anxiety, trauma and disruptive behavior. Mrs. Heguy is also an approved clinical supervisor by the NSAW and is SIFI certified.