Understanding, Treating and Managing School Refusal

NESA ACCREDITED  - for NSW Delegates (formerly BOSTES accredited)

Completing the Understanding, Treating and Managing School Refusal Workshop will contribute 6 hours of QTC Registered PD addressing the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW: 3.7.2., 4.3.2., 4.4.2., 7.2.2.

TQI ACCREDITED - for ACT Delegates

Completing the Understanding, Treating and Managing School Refusal Workshop is accredited with the ACT Teacher Quality Institute for 5 hours of Continuing Professional Development.

2019 School Refusal Dates


MELBOURNE: date tba

Rendezvous Hotel, 328 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC     
SYDNEY: 18th february 2019
Aerial UTS Function Centre, 235 Jones St, ULTIMO 

adelaide: date tba 
Education Development Centre, 4 Milner Street, Hindmarsh, South Australia 

PERTH: date tba

Pan Pacific Perth, 207 Adelaide Terrace, Perth, WA

BRISBANE: date tba
Royal on the Park, 152 Alice Street, Brisbane, QLD

Presenter: A/Professor Michael Gordon
Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist



School refusal is a very common and challenging mental health problem for schools. Only a third to half of adolescents with school refusal will ultimately return to school. Those students who do not return to school suffer serious disadvantage related to employment, relationships and social functioning in adult life. This interactive, one day workshop discusses the causes, co-morbidities and treatment of school refusal.

An Essential PD Workshop for
Teachers and Leadership Personnel, School Counsellors & Psychologists

School refusal will occur in almost every school. The consequences can be very serious for young people and it is vital that school personnel have an understanding of how to treat the disorder, how it should be managed in the school context, and how to effectively involve the family.

9.00 – 10.30am:

Prevalence, symptoms and presentation of school refusal. Recognising early indicators, diagnosis; including differential diagnosis. Co-morbidities. Latest research findings.

10.45 - 12.15pm:

Short and long term consequences of school refusal for young people. Causes and underlying issues in school refusal. Effective treatments.

12.45 - 2.15pm:

Developing and implementing a treatment plan. Deciding who should be involved in the treatment and management of school refusal.

2.30 - 4pm

Treatment of school refusal (cont). Commonly occurring complexities in school refusal including a discussion of what is not helpful.

Presenter: A/Professor Michael Gordon
Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Monash University

A/Professor Michael Gordon is a practicing psychiatrist and is the Unit Head of the child and adolescent stream in Early in Life Mental Health Service (formerly CAMHS) at Southern Health. He completed his clinical doctorate in the area of adolescent depression and has a strong clinical and research interest in adolescent depression, anxiety and somatoform disorders. He has published several papers and a book chapter in the area of adolescent depression. A/Professor Gordon is also an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at Monash University and is currently involved in a number of collaborative research projects with Monash University, including the School Refusal Clinic.

A/Professor Michael Gordon, Psychiatrist, has extensive experience working with schools on issues of mental health relating to young people. A/Professor Gordon provides training and professional mentoring for educational leaders, teachers, school psychologists and counsellors and is ideally placed to take participants through the myriad and complex issues involved in adolescent mental illness in the school context.