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Social Emotional/BehavioralWellbeing/Mental HealthSkill Building

Dr. Laura Koehler

HYBRID EVENT -- School Anxiety: Dealing with Resistance, Refusal and Absenteeism

HYBRID Event - On Zoom at noon and in person at Naperville Public Library and on Zoom at 7 p.m.

Young people can feel anxious about school for many reasons. While some students may refuse to go to school on occasion, “school refusal behavior” is an extreme pattern of avoiding school that can cause significant problems for a child.

This important presentation focuses on what caregivers and school staff can do when a child is experiencing anxiety about going to school. Participants will learn about the purpose of anxiety, the signs and symptoms of anxiety and how anxiety affects academic performance. Attendees will gain a better understanding of school refusal, develop strategies to help regulate emotions, and identify coping skills that can reduce intense anxiety in the moment.

Dr. Laura Koehler is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has worked at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health for over 14 years. Her current position is the Manager of Anxiety Services, which includes partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient programs for adults, adolescents, and children. Koehler’s approach to treatment integrates Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) along with Exposure Therapy to provide patients with skills needed to increase their ability to regulate emotions and tolerate overwhelming emotions.

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