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 Hospitalization and Outpatient)


Rogers Memorial Hospital, Oconomowoc, WI (Inpatient)

The Child and Adolescent Centers treat anxiety disorders and school refusal, avoidance or attendance issues, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and OC-spectrum disorders,  disorders, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),Disordered eating, Behavioral and family issues, Multiple and complex cases





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

The Mountain Valley Treatment Center has been established to provide intensive residential treatment to adolescents struggling with severe anxiety and related disorders.

Daniel P. Villiers, Ph.D.
Office: 603.989.3500     

 Cell: 860.992.2453



Alexian Brothers, Hoffman Estates, IL (Partial Hospitalization Program and Intensive Outpatient Program)

Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital offers a comprehensive course of treatment to address these issues of school avoidance, anxiety and school refusal.. Our treatment approach includes working with the parents, the school system, and other necessary resources to meet each family's unique needs





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

 A research-based outpatient facility designed to assess and treat youths with school refusal behavior and/or related anxiety problems. The Clinic serves youths aged 5-16 years and their families and operates on a September-April schedule

 Dr. Christopher Kearney, (702-895-0183) email ( 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.



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

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, Child and Adolescent Day Treatment Program, Hartford, CT (Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization Program)

Program Manager:
Melissa Deasy, LCSW
Phone: (860) 696-0014

The Child & Adolescent Day Treatment Program is an intensive outpatient and partial hospital program for children and adolescents between the ages of six and seventeen years old (we consider 18 year olds who are still attending high school). 




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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