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Actively Engaging Students Right From The Start: Responding to School Refusal, Anxiety & Avoidant Behaviors
Presented by Jacqueline Rhew, LCPC
Friday, September 17, 2021 | 9:00 am to 10:30 am

Presentation for Educators, School Student Service Staff & Clinicians  FREE: 1.5 CEUs for LSW/LCSW, LPC/LCPC (CPDUs included)


This presentation will review different types of school avoidant and refusal behaviors, including traits and interventions, as well as types of anxiety and behavioral disorders that commonly present with School Avoidance. The speaker will discuss ways to provide Trauma Sensitive Learning environments virtually, as well as in person, including brief tips to assess and connect with the student and family.


Intervention strategies to promote engagement, challenge personal bias, and engage students and families will be discussed.

Specific strategies designed to assist students in managing their anxiety, and to promote increased motivation, healthy goal setting and active school engagement will be reviewed.

Participants will learn techniques to support parents in improving their awareness and parenting skills to foster structure and accountability for their children.


Jacqueline A. Rhew, LCPC

As the co-founder of the Center for Emotional Wellness of the Northwest Suburbs, Jacqueline is an expert in her field and is called upon by hundreds of school districts both locally and internationally for consulting staff in order to better serve their youth. Jacqueline served as a Clinical Consultant for AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital for the past 10 years.

Previously, Jacqueline also served as Assistant Director of the Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health School Anxiety/School Refusal Program where she was instrumental in the creation, development, and success of the program. Jacqueline has presented as Keynote Speaker and facilitated, both locally and nationally, over 500 trainings, webinars, and workshops on a variety of topics. Her ability to relate to her audience along with her vast knowledge and experiences working with children, adolescents, families, and professionals combine to make her a sought-after expert in the mental health field.

Jacqueline has authored multiple publications throughout her career and is the coauthor of The Successful Parenting Workbook: Create Your Custom Plan for Raising Independent Children into Adulthood. She has been interviewed by several newspapers and magazines, including the Chicago Tribune, the Daily Herald, and Chicago Parent, providing expertise on bullying behavior as well as treatment options for school-avoidant adolescents. She has also been featured on Chicago ABC and CBS for her exemplary work and insight. Jacqueline has specific expertise in a multitude of areas including school anxiety, school avoidance, eating disorders, self-injury, substance abuse, gaming addictions, grief issues, trauma, depression, and anxiety.

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