Sage Thrive Today Blog Categorized as: School Avoidance

Home Instruction in NJ: When Is It Appropriate and Legal?

With the increasing numbers of students suffering with anxiety, depression, and school avoidance, schools and parents are resorting to home instruction as a solution. This sometimes happens due to recommendations from psychologists and psychiatrists who don’t understand the purpose of home instruction under NJ law. Chris LeonardChristopher J. Leonard, MSW, LCSW, M.ED. Chris Leonard is Director of Operations for Sage […]

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School Refusal Interventions: 3 Common Mistakes

Effectively managing school refusal (also known as school avoidance or school phobia) takes a consistent, coordinated effort between the parents and the school. It may also require help from outside mental health resources. In this article, we’ll address common mistakes as well as more effective school refusal intervention strategies for both schools and parents. Chris LeonardChristopher J. Leonard, MSW, LCSW, […]

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Podcast Episode 3: Strategies for Handling School Avoidance

  Welcome to our podcast: Conversations About Student Mental Health. I’m Chris Leonard, Clinical Social Worker working with adolescents for over 25 years. In this podcast, I talk with school administrators, educators, clinicians, and parents to open a dialogue that will help the growing number of students struggling with mental illness. In this episode, I will be speaking with a […]

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Taking Charge of School Refusal: 10 Warning Signs and 8 Interventions

By Zack Schwartz, MSW, LCSW, PsyA | Director of Sage Thrive Services 10 Warning Signs of School Refusal School refusal in children and adolescents is a significantly growing issue that impacts not only the student but the entire family, school personnel, and mental health professionals working with the student. Although school refusal may appear to be a very simple or […]

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