EBSA – Emotionally Based School Avoidance training

EBSA is the term currently used to describe the experience of non-school attendance due to very high levels of anxiety. Situations of EBSA can be hugely stressful for everyone concerned - the school, the parents or carers and the child. A little-known feature of EBSA is that actually the child really does want to be able to attend school; it is a matter of can’t, not won’t, and this can add to the feelings of distress felt.

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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 course has been designed specifically for people working in Education who want to understand what it is and learn how to support recovery. 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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EBSA – Emotionally Based School Avoidance eLearning course - Grey Matter Learning

Aims of the EBSA – Emotionally Based School Avoidance 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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