Strategies for anxious children and school refusal
consistent and collaborative approach can help identify why a student may engage in school refusal and which approaches may best to support them. In this video, Associate Professor Glenn Melvin describes school refusal, and outlines the ways in which primary and secondary teachers can support students engaging in school refusal to return to educational settings.
After training as a psychologist, Glenn completed a PhD in the treatment of adolescent depressive disorders at Monash University. For the last ten years he has conducted research into novel treatments for adolescent depression and the conceptualisation, assessment and treatment of school attendance problems, with a focus on school refusal. Together with beyondblue, Australia’s national depression and anxiety initiative, Glenn has been involved in the development and evaluation of a suicide prevention smartphone application called BeyondNow. This app allows users to document a safety plan to be used in the event of a crisis. Glenn has an adjunct appointment at the University of Warwick (UK). He has received funding from the Australian Research Council and the National Health & Medical Research Council to support his research.