School refusal describes the disorder of a child who refuses to go to school on a regular basis or has problems staying in school. Children with school refusal often complain of physical symptoms shortly before it is time to leave for school or repeatedly ask to visit the school nurse. This widespread disorder will be in the cross-hairs during the next New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders (NJCTS) Wednesday Webinar – “Dealing With School Refusal” – from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. EST on October 9.
This webinar will be presented by regular NJCTS presenter Dr. Robert Zambrano, Psy.D, who will discuss anxiety-based sources of school refusal, its associated impairment and recommended intervention strategies. Emphasis will be placed on tailoring behavioral interventions to the reasons behind the school refusal and collaborative work among all involved systems.
Dr. Zambrano received his Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology of Rutgers University, and works in private practice at Stress and Anxiety Services of New Jersey in East Brunswick. He specializes in working with children and adults with Tourette Syndrome, OCD, depression and other anxiety disorders. Dr. Zambrano also is certified to work with patients who have been diagnosed with Trichotillomania and other body-focused repetitive behaviors by the Trichotillomania Learning Center.
NJCTS launched the monthly Wednesday Webinar series, which draws an audience from 48 states and 13 countries, in 2008. The series, offered at no cost to participants, features online seminars for parents, educators and professionals on topics of interest to the TS and associated disorders community. Professional development credits are given upon verification of attendance and completion of an exit survey. Credits are distributed by mail one week after the webinar. You may register for this webinar or view/download past webinars. More information about NJCTS is available by visiting www.njcts.org.