We’re preparing a new report on therapist opportunities to consult with schools. It’s often cash work and there’s no hassling over getting paid. But working with children can lead to insurance business as well if a family decides they need some extra help.
Helping a school, or school district, create and organize an anti-bullying policy is one example of how to incorporate education work into your practice. (This applies to both public and private schools.)
This week, the Wall Street Journal took a timely look at another area that is ripe for therapist intervention – school “refusal” issues among students.
Most kids don’t want to return to school in the fall, but for some it’s a traumatic ordeal. As a result, they’re absent for many days or even weeks. In two-thirds of the cases the cause is a psychological problem like anxiety, researchers tell the WSJ.
The longer the problem festers, the harder it is to address.
School refusal isn’t an isolated problem these days, either. Between 5% and 28% of kids will struggle with these issues at some point in their school career, according to University of Nevada, Las Vegas researcher Christopher Kearney, who was interviewed for the report.
Unresolved school refusal issues can affect a person’s behavior when they reach adulthood as well. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the preferred method of treatment, although medication is sometimes recommended – a controversial solution.
Just something else to ponder while you’re looking for ways to expand and stabilize your practice income. And obviously, the demand for these services is particularly high in fall.