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Teen School Refusal Program in Los Angeles

It’s normal for teens to argue with their parents and push against boundaries. What if suddenly your teen refuses to go to school? This can be a sign of a bigger problem. Learning more about school refusal can help you better support your teen during this time, and get them the treatment they need for educational success.

Understanding Teen School Refusal

What is School Refusal?

School refusal, also known as school avoidance, is when a child or teen consistently refuses to go to school or has significant difficulty staying in school for the entire day. School refusal can manifest in different ways. Some kids may outright refuse to go to school, while others may claim they are sick or have a headache or stomach ache. Some teenagers may even go to school but have such extreme anxiety that they can’t focus or concentrate on their work.It’s important to note that school refusal is more than just skipping class (truancy). It’s a serious problem that can interfere with your child’s education and social development.

Teen School Refusal Causes

Causes of School Refusal in Teenagers

There are many possible reasons for school refusal and there’s rarely just one reason. It may be due to anxiety, depression, bullying, sexual assault, or problems with a teacher. It could also be the result of a learning disability or ADHD. In some cases, it may even be a response to a traumatic event, such as divorce or the death of a loved one. While there isn’t one exact cause of school refusal, it’s important to get to the root cause to develop the best treatment plan.

Teenage School Refusal

Signs of Teen School Refusal

As a parent, you may not know that your child is struggling with school refusal. They may be good at hiding it or making excuses. Here are some signs of school avoidance to look for.


Your teen may have a sudden change in behavior or become withdrawn. They may no longer want to spend time with friends or family.


Your teen used to be a star student but they start coming home with poor grades, or have frequent absences.


Teens struggling with school avoidance often complain of headaches, stomachaches, or other physical symptoms.


Your teen may be constantly anxious or stressed. They consistently talk about worries related to school.


Teens who are struggling with anxiety due to school refusal may have trouble sleeping.


When suffering from school avoidance teens may threaten self-harm or try to run away.

School Refusal Treatment Options

School Refusal Treatment in Los Angeles, CA

There are many ways to help your teenager with school refusal. Key Healthcare provides school refusal treatment programs for teens, and we develop individualized treatment programs to ensure long-term recovery. These programs are designed to help troubled teenagers. If you are interested in learning more about our school refusal treatment options, contact us today.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP)

Our intensive outpatient treatment for teen school refusal takes place 9 hours per week over the course of 4-12 weeks. Your teen will participate in therapy sessions that help them work through the reasons for their school refusal.

Partial Hospitalization Treatment (PHP)

Our partial hospitalization for teen school refusal takes place 8 hours per day, 5 days a week, for 3-4 weeks. Teens will attend therapy sessions where they will develop the coping skills needed to get back to school and treat underlying mental health issues.

Teen Residential Treatment Program

Key Healthcare’s teen residential treatment program is a 45-60 day program in Malibu, California, where adolescents receive the highest level of care, with 24/7 support.

Extended Care

Our male-only teen extended treatment for school refusal is a combination of our partial hospitalization program and sober living. Your teen will have around-the-clock support to treat all mental health and substance abuse issues related to his school refusal.

Individual and Group Therapy

We utilize a variety of adolescent group therapy to treat school refusal and dual diagnosis substance abuse, including cognitive behavioraldialectical behavior, and acceptance and commitment therapy. During sessions, teens will learn coping skills and how to process their emotions.

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Up to 100% of the Costs Covered by Insurance

Key Healthcare works with a majority of health insurance providers and depending on your plan, 100% of the costs may be covered. Verify your insurance to get more information about your coverage.
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