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Mental Health Consulting Program For Parents

Anxiety-Related School 

What is mental health consultation for school refusal: Mental health consultation happens when a mental health therapist leverages their clinical specialty to help address mental health-related community problems.  

Anxiety-related school refusal happens when a school-aged minor is no longer able to consistently attend school due to an underlying anxiety disorder/issue that is triggered by the learning environment. Schools often have limited resources to help parents of children experiencing anxiety-related school refusal. 

In addition, sending your child to therapy to address their anxiety-related school refusal issues does not address the multi-faceted issue of how to reintegrate your child back into the learning environment. Consulting with an anxiety specialist can help bridge the gap between therapeutically addressing a child's anxiety issue while also working with educators to create an evidence-based re-entry plan. 

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Dr. Shawn Nabors
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Dr. Shawn Nabors: Is a West Michigan anxiety specialist who uses his clinical specialty in anxiety disorders to work as a mental health consultant in the State of Michigan for anxiety-related school refusal. Since 2015 Dr. Nabors has worked with parents, K-12 schools, and colleges to help students rejoin learning environments. 

School Refusal Consultation Program: Dr. Shawn Nabors provides anxiety-related school refusal consultation to parents and schools through his evidence-based re-entry program called Safe Places & Safe Faces. This program is comprised of the following elements.

Stage 1: Background & Assessment: (1-2 hrs)
  • Family history interview 

  • History and overview of minor's school refusal history

  • Clinical assessment of minors underlying anxiety disorder/issue

Stage 3: Consultation with School: (1-2 hrs)
  • Consultation with childs school to assess IEP & 504 resources to accommodate Safe Places & Safe Faces re-entry plan

  • Meeting with school & parents to implement Safe Places & Safe Faces re-entry plan.

  • Set start date for re-entry plan.

Stage 2: Parent Coaching & Pre-Re-Entry Interventions: (2-3 hrs) 
  • Brief parent coaching on advanced emotion/anxiety regulation techniques for minor child.

  • Brief cognitive-restructuring session with child & consultant

  • Brief pre-re-entry exposure exercises for child and parent

Stage 4: Evaluation & Revision of Re-Entry Plan (1-4 hrs)
  • Meet weekly/bi-weekly with parents and or school to evaluate the effectiveness of re-entry plan

  • Revise plan as needed.

  • Terminate plan when objectives for re-entry are met.

Consultation Structure: Meeting with parents and child are scheduled as 1-hour consultation sessions. Meetings with school officials are billed by the total pro-rated time of the meeting.

Consultation Rate: Dr. Shawn Nabors consultation rate is $185 per hour. 

About Consultation
KRESA: Presentation by Dr. Shawn Nabors Ph.D. 2015:

Anxiety Treatment For Children and School Refusal 

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