School Refusal Hope

You are not alone

School Refusal Hope is a site dedicated to helping families who are struggling with their child's school refusal.  We provide listings of different treatment programs around the country that can help children who avoid school. We also share the names of therapeutic and small boarding schools around the country where your child may thrive. We also provide support in the form of other families who have been down the same road as you.

Treatment programs

Inpatient, Partial Programs, and Outpatient

Rogers Behavioral Health - Inpatient, Partial and Outpatient -Multiple locations

OCD and Anxiety Center Children's Residential Care -Residential care for children 8-14 We specialize in children's behavioral health and those who need the extra level of care residential treatment offers. One of the first residential treatment facilities in the nation with comprehensive assessment and treatment for kids, we focus on children age 8 to 14.  Led by a full-time, board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, each member of our treatment team excels at creating strong bonds with children and families. Individual care plans meet the specific needs of children. And when your child comes home, he or she is ready to be a kid again. 

While we emphasize treatment for OCD and related anxiety disorders, we can help children facing the following disorders: Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) ,OC-spectrum disorders, anxiety disorders (GAD, Social Anxiety, Disorder,Separation anxiety, school refusal, co-occuring disorders (depression, ADHD) 

OCD and Anxiety Center Adolescent Residential Care-Residential care for adolescents 12-17

As a parent, all you want for your child struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or related anxiety disorders, is hope. The specific fears, thoughts and anxieties of these disorders are difficult for both your child and your family. When your child faces the need for a more intensive level of care, where he or she can find the help to confront their challenges, we're here for you. Our outcomes show that our OCD and anxiety disorders treatment works. Our OCD and Anxiety Center for adolescent residential care is one of the few residential facilities in the country with a long-held commitment to serving adolescents age 12-17 facing OCD and related anxiety disorders.

Outpatient care options for OCD & anxiety -Partial hospitalization care (6 to 7 hours a day/4 to 5 days a week, 4 to 6 weeks Intensive outpatient care (3 hours a day/5 days a week, 6 to 8 weeks) Locations for OCD and anxiety outpatient services  Appleton, WI,  Brown Deer, WI, Kenosha, WI,  Madison, WI, Oconomowoc, WI,  West Allis, WI,  Chicago, IL,  Minneapolis, MN,  Nashville, TN,  Tampa, FL,  San Francisco, CA, Philadelphia, PA

Mountain Valley Treatment Center for Adolescents Struggling with Anxiety Disorders - (Inpatient) Plainfield, NH

Mountain Valley Treatment Center, with campuses in beautiful Pike and Plainfield, NH, offers empirically supported clinical care and an experiential approach to treating 13 to 20 year olds presenting with school and social avoidance due to generalized anxiety, social anxiety, specific phobias, panic disorder, separation anxiety, selective mutism and obsessive-compulsive disorders, including related disordered eating. We are an intensive, short-term, residential program grounded in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and focusing specifically on Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), in a supportive, co-educational environment. Recognizing that medication management and psychiatry can play an important role in the treatment of anxiety, we partner with Hanover Psychiatry, a comprehensive psychiatry and psychological assessment practice of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Geisel School of Medicine, to offer psychiatric services as well as comprehensive psychological assessments.

703 River Rd, Plainfield, NH 03781-5044 (603) 989-3500

Alexian Brothers / AMITA Health (Partial Program , Intensive Outpatient Program) Mulitiple locations in Illinois)

The School Anxiety/Refusal program at AMITA Health Behavioral Medicine Institute helps students overcome their school-related fears through proven medication and exposure and response (ERP) strategies based on real-world evidence of what works. In addition to a multidisciplinary team of anxiety experts and school refusal specialists, we also provide each student with an onsite school liaison to help ease their transition back to a typical school schedule.

Our program aligns with other treatment tracks for related conditions such as eating disorders, self-injury, autism, conduct disorders and chemical dependency. Our program may also include skills and process groups, including: Relaxation, Expressive therapy, Stress management, Peer refusal skills, Family contracting, Cognitive behavioral therapy, Exposure therapy, Family therapy

For most conditions, our care ranges from closely monitored inpatient hospital care to outpatient therapy. Treatment may include skills training groups and other types of innovative therapies. Shown below are the levels of care we offer for school anxiety and avoidance. Youth Inpatient Care, Child and Adolescent Partial Hospitalization – ages 9-17, Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Care – ages 13-17, including after school program, Outpatient Group Practice, AMITA Health GlenOaks Therapeutic Day School

AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital Hoffman Estates : 855.383.2224 , 855.MyAMITA (692.6482)


University of Nevada Las Vegas Child School Refusal and Anxiety Disorders Clinic,NV (Outpatient)

The UNLV Child School Refusal and Anxiety Disorders Clinic

The UNLV Child School Refusal and Anxiety Disorders Clinic is a research-based outpatient facility designed to assess and treat youths with school refusal behavior and/or related anxiety problems .We accept youths 5-16 years of age whose primary behavior problem is school refusal behavior and/or anxiety disorders. Common anxiety-related problems include social and separation anxiety, generalized anxiety/worry, panic, fears and phobias, selective mutism, perfectionism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and symptoms of post traumatic stress.

Parents may contact the Director of the Clinic, Dr. Christopher Kearney, via telephone (702-895-0183) or email ( for more information or for screening and possible assessment. Dr. Kearney is a Distinguished Professor of clinical child psychology at UNLV and an expert in the assessment and treatment of youths with school refusal behavior and related anxiety conditions. Treatment options for each case are discussed once the initial formal assessment is complete. The general goal in many cases seen at the Clinic is to return a child to full-time school attendance and to achieve significant reductions in distress.

Department of Psychology University of Nevada, Las Vegas 4505 Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154-5030 Telephone:  (702) 895-0183

Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights, IL

Coping with School Refusal, a Specialized Treatment Program for Adolescents (Inpatient and Partial Hospitalization)

The program is located on the 12-bed Adolescent Mental Health Unit on the campus of NCH. This small unit, with close staff supervision and highly structured day, is a safe environment for children 12-17 years old to explore their issues regarding school attendance.



The Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders, New York, NY (Outpatient)

CUCARD regularly runs Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy for children, adolescents and adults with a variety of anxiety- and mood-related problems, in addition to skills-training groups for youth with social interaction difficulties.

Dr. Sandra Pimentel at (212) 246-5022 or for more information on current groups. All groups are held at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) which is located at:1775 Broadway (3 Columbus Circle) between 57th and 58th Streets 

Suite 601
New York, NY 10019
(212) 246-5740

Insight Behavioral Health Centers - School Refusal Partial Hospitalization Program

locations in: Austin, TX, Chicago, IL, Cincinnati, OH, Houston, TX, Sacramento, CA, San Antonio, TX, Seattle, WA, The Woodlands TX

Insight Behavioral Health’s School Refusal Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is designed to treat adolescents struggling with school avoidance. We offer a collaborative approach provided by a treatment team composed of mental health professionals, parents and school staff. Our program addresses underlying anxiety and oppositional behaviors associated with school refusal.
Through a combination of the following approaches, we help the students overcome their avoidance of school:Exposure Response Prevention Therapy (ERP) is offered for adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression and fear relating to the school environment; Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is used to address the oppositional or behavioral symptoms that have prevented the adolescent from effectively engaging in school; Educational support and executive functioning skills training.

Parents engage in weekly Multi-family DBT groups and ERP skills training to assist their adolescents in overcoming barriers to school reintegration.

Multiple locations: 877-711-1878

Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change, Rockville, MD (Outpatient)

Dr. Dalton and his team offer a comprehensive treatment program for school refusal. It include's a specialized assessment of the school refusal, child-focused behavioral treatment, parent management training, and school consultation.

During the assessment phase, care is taken to understand the nature of the anxious avoidance, the underlying function(s) of the school refusal, and to provide diagnostic clarification. The child-focused treatment consists of psychoeducation, coping skills training, and direct exposure (in a controlled, gradual format) to situations that the child/adolescent fears. Parent management training (PMT) is conducted in a 6-week parent group and provides education to parents regarding evidence-based skills and techniques that can be utilized (many of which are counterintuitive) to help reduce the child’s experience of anxiety and to improve school attendance. Lastly, the school consultation component consists of a school meeting to discuss specific methods and accommodations that the school personnel can utilize to assist the child in his/her rapid reintegration into school. 

414 Hungerford Dr, Rockville, MD 20850

(301) 610-7850















                                                                                                                                                                            Boston University Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Boston MA (Outpatient)

The Child and Adolescent Treatment Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders offers clinical services to young people experiencing difficulty with fears, anxiety, shyness, and other related disorders such as depression.



CAMAT, Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Treatment, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL (Outpatient)

The Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Treatment (CAMAT) program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami is a clinical research and service program dedicated to developing and testing state-of-the-art treatment approaches for anxiety and depression in children and adolescents. 

 305-284-9852, ext 1



Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Program at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN(Inpatient)

Our research goals are to increase our understanding of childhood anxiety and develop state of the art treatments for severe anxiety that are easily available to children and families. Clinically, we specialize in our ability to integrated cognitive-behavioral and pharmacological assessments and treatments


Kansas City Center for Anxiety Treatment, University, Overland Park, KS (Outpatient)

The program is designed to provide a broad range of diagnostic and treatment services for a variety of anxiety-related problems including the obsessive-compulsive spectrum, panic disorder, separation anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, post-traumatic stress, and more generalized problems involving excessive worry, anxiety, and stress reactions. The staff at the Kansas City Center for Anxiety Treatment have specialized training in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and stress-related disorders. We offer a comprehensive treatment program based on the most  

(913) 649-8820



Lindner Center of Hope, Mason, OH (Inpatient and Partial Hospitalization)

This intensive treatment option, available through Cincinnati Children’s at Lindner Center of HOPE, provides a therapeutic, supportive environment for adolescents struggling with anxiety disorders. Adolescent partial hospitalization can assist teens and tweens transitioning from an inpatient stay to daily routine and home environments.
For teens and tweens (ages 12 to 17) who are facing the challenges of an anxiety disorder, and their parents or family members


Inpatient Acute Hospitalization at Lindner Center of Hope: The treatment team can include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, dietitians, and general practice physician. Daily programming aims to ensure comprehensive and adolescent-centered education and treatment during the course of the inpatient stay. 




Bloomberg Children's Center at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Child and Adolescent Inpatient Unit, Baltimore, MD (Inpatient and Partial Hospitalization)

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Inpatient Service offers comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents (typical age ranges from 5-16 years old) with a variety of emotional and behavioral problems including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, severe disruptive behavior, and suicide attempts. 

Phone: 410-955-2320 Child and Adolescent Day HospitalThe Child and Adolescent Day Hospital, also known as partial hospitalization, serves as a 'step-up' program for patients in outpatient programs who need more intensive treatment and as a 'step-down' program for patients on inpatient units who are transitioning back to outpatient care.

Phone 410.955.5335



The School Refusal Treatment Program at LI Anxiety Care, Setauket and Oakdale, NY (Outpatient)

Our goal in treating school refusal is not limited to returning kids to their classrooms; our aim is actually to help children develop new ways of coping so that school avoidance doesn't generalize into even more disruptive avoidance patterns later in life




Hartford Hospital Institute of Living -The Anxiety Disorders Center/Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

The School Refusal Program begins with an initial diagnostic evaluation, as well as a consultation with the child's school. During the evaluation and subsequent consultations, we seek to identify the function of school refusal in order to determine an appropriate treatment.   
Treatment is tailored to match the child's specific needs, with the immediate goal of returning the child to school as quickly as possible. Depending on the child's concerns, treatment may involve gradual exposure to feared situations, skills training, anxiety management training, or helping parents with limit setting and rule enforcement. The treatment team will work closely with school personnel to assist them in providing an appropriate transition plan back to school for the child. By the beginning of the second week, it is expected that the child will begin to attend school at least part time. 
The School Refusal Program at the Anxiety Disorders Center/Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an intensive treatment program that includes 15 sessions of CBT, delivered five days per week for three weeks. Each session lasts 1.5 to 2 hours. CBT is provided individually or with the child's parents or guardians.

Anxiety Disorders Center. 200 Retreat Avenue. Hartford CT 06106 Phone: 860.545.7685


Youth Anxiety and Depression Clinic (YAD-C), Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ (Outpatient)

Populations Served: Children and Adolescents (ages 8-16 years) with anxiety or mood disorders
Provide clinic-based individual and family CBT and Behavioral Activation for anxious (Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety, Separation Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Specific Phobias) and depressed (Major Depression, Dysthymia) youth. school-based coping skills groups.

Phone: (732) 445-2000, Ext. 131



Child Mind Institute, Director of Pediatric OCD Program, Intensive OCD Program, and the Anxiety
and Mood Disorders Center, New York, NY (Outpatient)

CBT for anxiety and mood disorders, including a specialized program for children with Selective Mutism and an intensive treatment for OCD, habit reversal therapy for tic disorders and
trichotillomania,behavioral disorders,

Phone: (212) 308-3118



Westchester Child & Family Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology , Scarsdale, NY (Outpatient)

Behavioral health center for youth specializing in integrated group and individual cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), neuropsychological assessment, and clinical psychopharmacology services for children, adolescents, and young adults.

Westchester Office: 2 Overhill Rd, Suite 400, Scarsdale, NY 10583

Phone: 914-439-5759

NYC Office: 20 East 49th St, 2nd Floor, New York, NY  10017



New York State Psychiatric Institute New York State Psychiatric Institute, part of the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY (Partial Hospitalization)

Children in need of intensive psychiatric treatment may continue to live at home while being treated without hospitalization.  They can remain in their own schools while participating in treatment studies or, if indicated, they may attend regular classes at PS 186X, a special education arm of the New York City Board of Education that is located within the Unit. 

The Unit, which is equipped to do psychiatric evaluations, psychological tests, neurological workups, and psychosocial and education assessments, is open to youngsters from ages 6 to 18.  The goal of the Unit is to conduct research on the full range of childhood and adolescent mental disorders.

ph: 212.543.5257



Child and Adolescent Anxiety disorders Clinic (CAADC) at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (Outpatient)

Currently the CAADC is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to carry out several research programs assessing treatments for child anxiety, individual psychotherapy, family psychotherapy,  or some combination of these approaches

Phone (215) 204-7165 for details.



The Center for the treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (Outpatient)

Child & Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trich & Anxiety Group (The COTTAGe), a specialty clinic in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania for individuals with OCD, tic disorders, trichotillomania, anxiety and related disorders. The director of the clinic is Dr. Martin Franklin, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry.

Ph: (215) 746-1230



Child Mind Institute

Pediatric OCD Program, Intensive OCD Program, and the Anxiety and Mood Disorders Center, New York, NY (Outpatient)

Jerry Bubrick, Ph.D.
445 Park Avenue
New York, NY  10022
Phone: (212) 308-3118
Populations Served: Children, Adolescents, and Adults
Services Offered: CBT for anxiety and mood disorders, including a specialized program for children with Selective Mutism and an intensive treatment for OCD, habit reversal therapy for tic disorders and
trichotillomania,behavioral disorders, medication management.



Duke Child and Family Study Center, Program in Child Affective and Anxiety Disorders (PCAAD) Durham, NC (Outpatient)

High quality clinical care for children and adolescents suffering from a range of anxiety and affective disorders. The PCAAD program provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art treatment based on current research in the area of childhood anxiety and mood disorder

(919) 681-1100



Judge Baker Children’s Center, an Affiliate of Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (Outpatient)

The Center for Effective Child Therapy (CECT) at Judge Baker Children's Center.CECT works with children ages 4-17 to help them cope with anxiety, depression, traumatic stress, and disruptive behavior.  Treats the following disorders: Anxiety and related disorders, Acute Stress Disorder,Agoraphobia,Generalized Anxiety Disorder,Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, School Refusal, Selective Mutism, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder), Specific Phobias, Trichotillomania, Depressive and related disorders, Dysthymic Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Minor Depressive Disorder, Disruptive behavior disorders and related problems, ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder

617-278-4288 /clinicalcare/services


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