School refusal

Anxiety, avoidance and/or refusal to attend school can have significant short- and long-term effects on social, emotional and educational development for adolescents. Treating these issues requires a collaborative approach that includes the student, school staff, parents and mental health professionals. Linden Oaks Behavioral Health is here to help.

Adolescent anxiety

Our anxiety treatment program cares for adolescents with school refusal or avoidance issues, generalized anxiety disorders, panic disorders, social and specific phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Often these conditions are compounded with depression, noncompliance with a medical regimen, and other mental health disorders.

At Linden Oaks, we use a team approach to assess and manage these issues. Our mental health experts use evidence-based practices to address underlying mental health issues with the ultimate goal of helping adolescents reduce impulsivity and/or self-destructive behaviors.

Adolescents may be referred by parents, schools, therapists or physicians, or may simply walk in for a free and confidential one-on-one assessment.

Clinical professionals and educators - read more about how to make a referral.

Linden Oaks adolescent anxiety program features

  • Four separate levels of adolescent care
  • School liaison assigned to each case
  • On-site school transition staffing
  • Evidence-based protocols, including exposure and response prevention
  • Medication management
  • Individual program and treatment plans
  • Multi-disciplinary team, including expressive therapies
  • Comprehensive school refusal assessment
  • Family therapy and family support

School Refusal treatment

Our treatment approach combines individual, family and group therapy coupled with classroom instruction to help adolescents learn to manage and regulate intense emotions and extreme mood swings, while assisting in reducing anxiety in academics and social situations. Our goal is to help adolescents improve their daily functioning and cultivate a meaningful life.

For more information on our school refusal program, call our Help Line 24/7 at 630-305-5027.