School Phobia – We Practice Theory 2022 – WEBINAR

StartingSeptember 29 at 6 p.m.

End upSeptember 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Addressed toPsychologists, psychotherapists, doctors and psychiatrists

Price Free event, registration request registration


We practice the theory
Cycle of formative meetings
IV Edition 2022

The Cognitive School of Florence, in collaboration with Cognitive Studies, offers a range of training, also at the application level, to professionals, in particular psychologists and psychiatrists in training. Meetings are free and everyone focuses on a topic of clinical interest with particular reference to practice.

After a theoretical introduction, the teachers will also illustrate the practical applications and, if possible, promote exercise activities by offering the possibility of direct confrontation and exchange.

Scientific direction

Dr. Sandra Sassaroli and Dr. Filippo Turchi

Didactic coordination

Dr. Stefania Righini


“School Phobia: Alarm Bells and Intervention Strategies”

The terms “school phobia”, “school phobia” or “school refusal” refer to a state of fear and intense discomfort, which is characterized by an attitude of opposition or resistance to the school environment of a child or adolescent. School phobia begins more often in connection with the passages of the school cycle: at the beginning of primary school, in the first or second high school, in relation to fears about adaptation to the new environment, to new classmates and teachers and to the growing school demands . In the early stages of development, school refusal is one of the most common manifestations of separation anxiety disorder. In the later stages of development, it is more often associated with worries about school performance and is due to a high fear of making mistakes, getting negative signs, disappointing parents’ expectations and making a bad impression in front of colleagues. In some cases, refusal to associate with school or followed by progressive social isolation, which significantly compromises the overall functioning of adolescents, configures a clinical picture that often requires intensive and multidisciplinary intervention. It is obvious that school phobia is very different from situations of unjustified absence from school and therefore requires prompt recognition and treatment.

Cognitive behavioral therapy has been shown to be effective in reducing the intensity of anxiety symptoms and favoring the gradual recovery of school attendance. The school, together with the family, plays a fundamental role in the care of children and adolescents with school phobia. The meeting should present the school phobia from an epidemiological, clinical and etiopathogenetic point of view, in particular on differential diagnoses and / or comorbidities, in order to learn how to orient oneself in the assessment phase. Participants will also be able to identify the main prognostic factors and have a basic knowledge of the main applicable therapeutic interventions. Finally, emphasis is placed on the importance of school involvement at a preventive and relapse prevention level.

Dr. Silvia Chiaro

Specialist in pediatric neuropsychiatry, licensed to practice psychotherapy. Student of Advanced Training in Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy from Cognitive Studies. He practices freelance at the Clinical Center for Cognitive Studies in Florence and at the Synapsy Center in Florence.


Who is it for?

Free participation in registration, open to professionals working in the field of psychiatric and psychological disorders, for postgraduates in psychiatry, for students of psychology and medicine and for mental health professionals.

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