Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA) training

Emotionally Based School Avoidance is when a child or young person struggles to attend school because of strong emotions. Also referred to as the term, school refusal. Furthermore, the emotions they experience can make it difficult for them to go to school. This term encompasses various emotional and mental health issues that can lead to prolonged absence from school.

Through our Emotionally Based School Avoidance online course, participants will gain a deep understanding of the complexities surrounding EBSA. In addition to this, you will learn how to support pupils facing these challenges. Participants will also learn about the EBSA risks and challenges in this training course. Additionally, this will help them discover ways to support children and young people when they return to school.

Recognising the risk factors and warning signs of emotionally based school avoidance is essential for early intervention. Moreover, our course provides insights into the common triggers of EBSA, such as social anxiety, performance anxiety, and separation anxiety. Furthermore, by understanding these factors, educators can proactively support young people and prevent prolonged absence from school.

Addressing emotionally based school avoidance requires a multifaceted approach that integrates evidence-based interventions. Our EBSA course explores proven strategies, including counselling, therapy, and creating a supportive school environment. Moreover, students, educators and professionals must work together to identify the reasons behind school avoidance, driven by emotions.

Mental health and wellbeing are integral components of addressing emotionally based school avoidance. Our Emotionally Based School Avoidance training course emphasises the importance of promoting emotional wellbeing among students, as well as providing adequate support for mental health issues. By prioritising mental health or wellbeing issues in schools, educators can create a nurturing environment. Therefore, this helps children and young people feel valued and supported.

This Emotionally Based School Avoidance course empowers school leaders and educators to make a positive impact on students' lives. Gain the skills and knowledge to effectively support young people struggling with school attendance issues because of emotional challenges.

This course will cover:
  • The language used
  • Four case studies
  • Anxiety, stress and the body’s stress response system
  • Brain development
  • Understanding behaviour as communication
  • Anxiety and EBSA
  • Risk and resilience factors
  • Identification of EBSA
  • Working with the child
  • Working with parents/carers
  • Working with school staff
This Emotionally Based School Avoidance course or EBSA course has been designed specifically for people working in Education, who want to understand what it is and learn how to support recovery. However, if you would like to add this course to your LMS as a SCORM file, just let us know.
The online version of this course will take 3 Hours to complete. The webinar versions are usually 2-3 hours long and face to face delivery will usually be around 4-5 hours.

You can access this course in three ways, as an online course, as a webinar, or with face-to-face delivery.

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Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA) eLearning course - Grey Matter Learning

Aims of the Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA) course

In this course you will learn to:

  • Recognise EBSA as one term with many reasons for non-attendance at school
  • Understand the factors that can increase the risk of emotionally based school avoidance
  • Recognise the resiliency factors that support recovery from emotionally based school avoidance
  • Recognise each person’s role to play in supporting experiences of emotionally based school avoidance
  • Begin to develop a toolkit of ideas for solutions-focused planning, implementation and impact reviewing.

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