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School Refusal

12th June 2019 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Online Webinar
Webinars for GPs

On Wednesday 12th June at 8pm, Dr Quentin Spender, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Psychiatry-UK, will present a CPD webinar on ‘School Refusal’.

“School Refusal is an increasingly worrying problem. I will explore some of the reasons for this, hopefully not including Brexit. Case examples and polls will help you keep awake and think. I will leave about 15 minutes at the end for submitted questions.”

Learning objectives:

1) To understand School Refusal as a manifestation of Anxiety—but not necessarily about school
2)  To understand the differences and similarities between School Refusal and Truancy
3)  To understand some of the factors contributing to each of these
4)  To understand a possible assessment pathway for children with School Refusal
5)  To understand some of the options for treatment in Primary and Secondary care.

This webinar is equivalent to 1 CPD credit

About the Speaker: Dr Quentin Spender

Dr Spender worked as an NHS Consultant Psychiatrist from 1995 until 2018, including seven years as a Consultant in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in Wolverhampton; and 11 years in Chichester, during which he was also a Senior Lecturer at St George’s Medical School (London).  He is also a fully qualified Family Therapist.

With several co-authors, Dr Spender published a textbook in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: the first edition in 2001, and the second in 2011.  He has participated in research on the treatment of Conduct Disorder and ADHD.  Dr Spender has worked closely with Paediatricians in a number of ways, including taking the lead in a learning programme for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.  Known as the ‘Child in Mind’ Project, this aimed to give Paediatricians in training a grounding in Paediatric Mental Health.

Dr Spender is very experienced at doing thorough assessments.  As a Family Therapist, he is used to exploring issues through talking, either with several people from the same family, or one person.  Treatment options include continuing these discussions in various forms, and/or a trial of medication.  Referral for targeted talking therapy, such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), may be necessary.


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