16-18 October 2019 - in Oslo, Norway - the very first INSA conference!


School absenteeism: A universal problem in need of local, national, and international solutions
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Welcome to the INSA conference 2019

International keynote speakers include:
Christopher Kearney (Psychology), Carolyn Gentle-Genitty (Social Work),
and Michael Gottfried (Education).

Plus more than 45 presentations from Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, UK, and USA.

Registration for INSA’s Inaugural Conference entitles the registrant to membership of INSA until the end of 2020. Members receive discounted rates for INSA events, access to communication platforms in the INSA website, and subscription to INStAnt!, the quick-and-easy update on attendance issues and activities.
Keynote

Wide palette of topics

This conference offers a wide palette of topics for school personnel, practitioners, policy-makers, researchers, and academics from all disciplines.

Wednesday - Grassroots Solutions for Schools and Families

Time  

09:30 - 10:00

09:30 - 10:00 Opening

Official welcome to the inaugural conference of the International Network for School Attendance

10:00 - 11:00

10:00 - 11:00 Keynote Address

School climate, positive school discipline, and school attendance
(Associate Professor Carolyn Gentle-Genitty, Indiana University School of Social Work, USA)

11:00 - 11:30

11:00 - 11:30 Morning Tea

11:30 - 13:00

11:30 - 13:00
Symposium 1: Hearing the Voices of Youth and Parents (click to expand)
Chair: Trude Havik
  1. My experience of school and the helping system
    (Youth Representative from Forandringsfabrikken [The Change Factory], NORWAY)
  2. What ten years in the parent association for school refusal taught us: Shared experiences
    (Odile Mandagaran & Luc Mathis, Association Phobie Scolaire [School Phobia Association], FRANCE)
  3. We want you to listen: What young people want us to know about school refusal
    (Lisa McKay-Brown, University of Melbourne, AUSTRALIA; Judy Ring & R. McGrath, Travancore School, AUSTRALIA; C. Mitchell, Royal Children’s Hospital, AUSTRALIA)

13:00 - 14:00

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 15:30

14:00 - 15:30
Stream 1
Symposium 2: Using School Attendance Data so Everyone Benefits (click to expand)
Chair: Christopher Kearney
  1. School attendance teams in action: Strategic use of data within an RTI / Multi-Tiered System of Supports framework
    (Patricia Graczyk, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)
  2. Targeting students at high risk for non-attendance: A school-based model to prevent absence and increase school completion among upper secondary school student
    (Robin Ulriksen, Statped - National Service for Special Needs Education, NORWAY)
  3. An essential companion: Leveraging system wide data to transform approaches to school attendance
    (Catherine Munro, R. Gorbach, & D. Walker, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, AUSTRALIA)
Stream 2
Symposium 3: How Schools can be Supportive When Attendance Problems Already Exist (click to expand)
Chair: Kirsten Hancock
  1. Unlikely companions: Introducing one way mirrors and reflective teams into school systems for work with vulnerable students and families
    (Heather Dalby, R. Gorbach, C. Munro, & D. Walker, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, AUSTRALIA)
  2. Scared of the school gate? What schools can do against school refusal
    (Gino Ameye, Centre for Child & Youth Mental Health Karus Melle / HOGENT, BELGIUM; G. De Nys, F. Van Drongelen, & N. De Stercke, University College Ghent, BELGIUM)
  3. Tuuve: Supported online teaching for students who refuse to go to school
    (Johanna Sergejeff, Valteri Center for Learning and Consulting, FINLAND)

15:30 - 16:00

15:30 - 16:00 Afternoon Tea

16:00 - 17:30

16:00 - 17:30
Stream 1
Symposium 4: Prevention and Early Intervention for Absenteeism - Working in Tiers 1 and 2 For Primary and Secondary School Students (click to expand)
Chair: Malin Gren Landell
  1. The first years in upper secondary school are often challenging: Can a good psychosocial environment mitigate the challenge?
    (Torill Bogsnes Larsen, University of Bergen, NORWAY)
  2. What do ‘parental monitoring of adolescents’ and ‘parental involvement with adolescents’ have to do with school absence?
    (Kristin Gärtner Askeland, NORCE - Norwegian Research Centre, NORWAY)
  3. Preventing absence by providing caring and safe schools for all students
    (Trude Havik, University of Stavanger, NORWAY)
  4. School attendance team in Bergen: A project to prevent school non-attendance
    (Marion Stava Bjørgan & Annett Lyngtu, Educational-Psychological Service [PTT] Bergen, NORWAY)
Stream 2
Symposium 5: How Helping Professionals Can be Supportive When Attendance Problems are Severe or Complex (click to expand)
Chair: Martin Knollmann
 

  1. Planning for school re-entry following psychiatric hospitalization
    (Patricia Graczyk, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)
  2. Medication for school refusal: What role does it play?
    (Michael Gordon, Monash Health, AUSTRALIA; Glenn Melvin, Deakin University, AUSTRALIA)
  3. Supporting school-refusing adolescents with (mild) intellectual disability via a research-based treatment protocol
    (Floor Sauter, De Banjaard/Youz, THE NETHERLANDS; David Heyne, Leiden University, THE NETHERLANDS; C.L.M. van Vliet, De Banjaard/Youz, THE NETHERLANDS)

Thursday - National Initiatives

Time  

09:30 - 10:00

09:30 - 10:00 Welcome to Day 2

‘Did You Miss This on Day 1?’ + ‘Q&A’ + ‘Looking Ahead to Day 2’

10:00 - 11:00

10:00 - 11:00 Keynote Address

A bird's-eye view of school attendance and absenteeism: Moving from fragmentation to reconstruction
(Professor Christopher Kearney, Distinguished Professor and Chair of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA)

11:00 - 11:30

11:00 - 11:30 Morning Tea

11:30 - 13:00

11:30 - 13:00
Stream 1
Symposium 6: The Marriage Between Education & Mental Health Care – Which of the German, Australian, and Dutch Examples Demonstrate True Partnership in Intervention for Absenteeism? (click to expand)
Chair: Carolyn Gentle-Genitty
  1. Love at first sight? The Essener Manual as a multi-professional approach to intervention for school absenteeism
    (Volker Reissner & Martin Knollmann, LVR-Clinic Essen / University of Duisburg-Essen, GERMANY)
  2. In2School: A shared response to school refusal
    (Lisa McKay-Brown, University of Melbourne, AUSTRALIA; J. Ring & R. McGrath, Travancore School, AUSTRALIA; C. Mitchell, Royal Children’s Hospital, AUSTRALIA)
  3. The Link Program for school refusal: An educational facility and its mental health care spouse(s)
    (Marije Brouwer, De Link, SWV Regio Almelo, THE NETHERLANDS)
Stream 2
Symposium 7: Second-Wave and Third-Wave CBT – Examples from Denmark, France, Germany, and the United States (click to expand)
Chair: Glenn Melvin
 
 
  1. Back2School: A feasibility study of a modular cognitive behavioural intervention for youth with school attendance problems
    (Johanne Jeppesen Lomholt & Daniel Bach Johnsen, Aarhus University, DENMARK; Wendy Silverman, Yale University Child Study Center, USA; David Heyne, Leiden University, THE NETHERLANDS; Pia Jeppesen, Mental Health Services in the Capital Region of Denmark, DENMARK; Mikael Thastum, Aarhus University, DENMARK)
  2. School refusal in adolescence: Effectiveness of a cognitive behavioural outpatient treatment program in France
    (Hélène Denis, University Hospital, Montpellier, FRANCE)
  3. Implementation of schema therapy in an inpatient unit for adolescents with absenteeism and mental health problems
    (Ursula Neumann, LVR-Clinic Essen / University of Duisburg-Essen, GERMANY)
  4. Re-thinking interventions for school attendance problems: Implementing Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and web-based coaching
    (Brian Chu & L. Rizvi, Rutgers University, USA; E. A. Zendegui, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA; L. Bonavitacola, Cognitive Behavioral Consultants, USA)

13:00 - 14:00

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 15:30

14:00 - 15:30
Round Table Topics (click to expand)

Sign up at the Conference venue to join in-depth dialogue about a specific topic. In Round 1 you can choose from 18 topics, and in Round 2 you can also choose from 18 topics. Places are limited to 12 people per topic.
View/download overview of round table discussions in PDF
Topic Facilitator Round
Parents
1.Support for parents who have a child who refuses school Glenn Melvin (Australia) 1
2.Parents as stakeholders: How can we best support parents? Luc Mathis & Odile Mangagaran (France) 2
3. Having conversations with parents about school refusal: What language works best? Heather Dalby (Australia) 1
Schools
4. School refusal: When and how do schools meet professional help? Gino Ameye & Griet De Nys (Belgium) 1
5. How are teachers best supported to respond to students who refuse school? Johanna Taylor (Australia) 2
6. How do we help students to stay engaged in the whole educational system? Trude Havik (Norway) 1
7. Leveraging a peer-learning network to improve student attendance Joshua Childs (USA) 2
8. Teachers as stakeholders: How can we best support teachers and parents? Judy Ring (Australia) 1
9. How do schools identify which strategies to implement in schools? Kirsten Hancock (Australia) 2
10. How can schools provide educational support to students who don’t attend? Johanna Sergejeff (Finland) 1
11. Alternative educational settings Lisa McKay-Brown (Australia) 2
Contexts, Perspectives, Research
12. School attendance problems in developing countries Martin Knollmann (Germany) & Carolyn Gentle-Genitty (USA) 1
13. How to move the field of school attendance forward at your university Carolyn Gentle-Genitty (USA) 2
14. School attendance issues in Scandinavia Malin Gren Landell (Sweden) 1
15. Absence of/as cause: Conceptualizing the causality of absence from school Jonas Yde Højgaard (Denmark) 2
16. Burnout of self-presentation Laelia Benoit (France) 1
17. Burnout of self-presentation (Repeat of Round 1) Laelia Benoit (France) 2
18. Counteracting the toxic effects of racial-ethnic discrimination on students’ engagement in the U.S: The importance of racial-ethnic identity Eric Kyere (USA) 1
19. Are we measuring up? Shaping up research and practice when evaluating interventions for absenteeism Robin Ulriksen (Norway) & David Heyne (Netherlands) 2
20. Achieving greater consensus in the field – Part 1 Patricia Graczyk & Christopher Kearney 1
21. Achieving greater consensus in the field – Part 2 Patricia Graczyk & Christopher Kearney 2
22. What are the key building blocks for school refusal interventions? Marije Brouwer-Borghuis & David Heyne (Netherlands) 1
23. School refusal and then what? A clinical perspective on the need for long-term support Marie Galle Tessonneau (France) 2
24. The Dutch school attendance officer: Who is she/he, and how does her/his work differ from the work of people in similar roles in different countries?) Selma Hulst (Netherlands) 1
25. Researching school absenteeism and online addiction Katarina Alanko (Finland) 2
26. Psychosocial maturity: Risk or protective factor for school absenteeism Els Mampaey (Belgium) 1
27. Social anxiety and school absenteeismt Klaus Ranta (Finland) 2
28. Finding magic in everyday tasks: Using serious games to tackle school refusal Sindre Holme (Norway) 1
29. How do we make effective school attendance plans - who, what, and when? Glenn Melvin (Australia) 2
30. Capturing and disseminating work on absenteeism through local, national, and international channels Carolina Gonzalvez (Spain) 1
31. School drop-out: Why does it happen, what can be done? Kristin Gärtner Askeland (Norway) 2
Attendance Data
32. How do schools register attendance and how can schools and city councils make good use of this valuable data? Mikael Thastum (Denmark) 1
33. Using attendance data in meaningful ways to inform prevention and intervention strategies Cate Munro (Australia) 2
34. Leveraging technology to aid early detection and intervention for school attendance problems Brian Chu (USA) 1
35. Analyzing school-level attendance data Gil Keppens (Belgium) 2
Review of Community Resource
36. A Scandinavian municipality’s booklet to prevent absenteeism Ellen Munkhaugen (Norway) 2

15:30 - 16:00

15:30 - 16:00 Afternoon Tea

16:00 - 17:30

16:00 - 17:30
Stream 1
Symposium 8: Educational Projects and Psychiatric Projects in Germany, and an Effectiveness Project in the Netherlands (click to expand)
Chair: Brian Chu
  1. Inpatient and outpatient treatment for youth with school absenteeism and mental disorders
    (Daniel Walter, University Hospital Cologne, GERMANY; Eva Möhler, University of Heidelberg, GERMANY; M. Döpfner, GERMANY; F. Resch, GERMANY)
  2. Bridging the gap: Fostering transitions between outpatient and inpatient treatment for youth with severe absenteeism
    (Volker Reissner, Martin Knollmann, & Johannes Hebebrand, LVR-Clinic Essen / University of Duisburg-Essen, GERMANY)
  3. Educational concepts and interventions for school absenteeism in Germany
    (Heinrich Ricking, Karsten Speck, & Gislea Schulze, University of Oldenburg, GERMANY)
  4. The highs and lows of translating a research-based treatment protocol for school refusal to a real-world setting
    (Cynthia Defourny, Evelyne Karel, & Hilde Hermes, De Berkenschutse Centre of Expertise for Special Education, THE NETHERLANDS; David Heyne, Leiden University, THE NETHERLANDS)
Stream 2
Symposium 9: Government Policy Aimed at Attendance: Is it Working in the Netherlands and England? (click to expand)
Chair: Johanna Sergejeff
 
  1. Does government policy impact grassroots work? Dutch examples of dilemmas and progress
    (Fatima Tatahi-Post, Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science, THE NETHERLANDS)
  2. Legal frameworks for school attendance: What would the ideal framework for England look like?
    (Victoria Franklin & S. Griffiths, National Association of Support Workers in Education, UK; Ian Norman-Bruce, Association of Education Welfare Managers, UK)
  3. Adaptive school attendance teams: Changing models of service delivery in England
    (Victoria Franklin & S. Griffiths, National Association of Support Workers in Education, UK; Ian Norman-Bruce, Association of Education Welfare Managers, UK)

17:30 - 20:00

17:30 - 20:00 Informal time

Options for meetings of interest groups, national groups, and the INSA AGM

20:00 - 22:00

Conference Dinner

Three-course dinner, drinks, and entertainment

Friday - Global Research and Relevance

Time  

09:30 - 10:00

09:30 - 10:00 Welcome to Day 3

‘Did You Miss This on Day 2?’ + ‘Q&A’ + ‘Looking Ahead to Day 3’

10:00 - 11:00

10:00 - 11:00 Keynote Address

Addressing absenteeism: Myths, methods, and morals.
(Associate Professor Michael Gottfried, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)

11:00 - 11:30

11:00 - 11:30 Morning Tea

11:30 - 13:00

11:30 - 13:00
Stream 1
Symposium 10: School Attendance in Youth With a Disability – Challenges and Opportunities (click to expand)
Chair: Floor Sauter
  1. Hear our stories: Voices of students with neurodevelopmental disorders that have been school non-attendees
    (Elisabeth Øverland, Maren-Johanne Nordby, & Espen Langbråten Wilberg, Statped - National Service for Special Needs Education, NORWAY)
  2. How sensory difficulties might influence school refusal behaviour in students with neurodevelopmental disorders
    (Hedda Gjesti Tjäder, Statped - National Service for Special Needs Education, NORWAY)
  3. School attendance in Australian school students with an intellectual disability
    (Kylie Gray, Monash University, AUSTRALIA; Richard Hastings, University of Warwick, UK; David Heyne, Leiden University, THE NETHERLANDS; Vaso Totsika, University College London, UK; Bruce Tonge, Monash University, AUSTRALIA; Glenn Melvin, Deakin University, AUSTRALIA)
  4. School non-attendance among UK children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders
    (Vaso Totsika, University College London, UK; Richard Hastings & Yoko Dutton, University of Warwick, UK; Alison Worsley & Glenn Melvin, Deakin University, AUSTRALIA; Kylie Gray, University of Warwick, UK; Bruce Tonge, Monash University, AUSTRALIA; David Heyne, Leiden University, THE NETHERLANDS)
Stream 2
Symposium 11: Who is Missing and Why? Profiles and Integrative Models (click to expand)
Chair: Martin Karlberg
  1. Who are we missing? Characteristics and different profiles of youths with school attendance problems
    (Daniel Bach Johnsen, Johanne Jeppesen Lomholt, & Mikael Thastum, Aarhus University, DENMARK)
  2. Who else is missing from our classrooms? Migrant students, chronic absenteeism, and implications for school leaders
    (Joshua Childs, University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  3. The relationship between pedagogical climate, social climate, and absenteeism: A multilevel study of 101 Swedish schools
    (Martin Karlberg, Uppsala University, SWEDEN; Kirsten Hancock, University of Western Australia, AUSTRALIA; Filip Andersson & Melody Almroth, The Karolinska Institute, SWEDEN; Nina Klang, Uppsala University, SWEDEN, Christopher Kearney, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA; Maria Rosaria Galanti, The Karolinska Institute, SWEDEN)
  4. Parents, adolescents, peers, and school policy: A multi-level analysis on the effect of their interplay on authorized and unauthorized absenteeism
    (Rene Halberstadt, Ingrado / Erasmus University, THE NETHERLANDS)

13:00 - 14:00

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 15:30

14:00 - 15:30
Stream 1
Symposium 12: Instruments to Screen and Assess School Attendance Problems (click to expand)
Chair: Jo Magne Ingul
  1. The School Non-Attendance ChecKlist (SNACK): A screening for non-attendance type
    (Glenn Melvin, Deakin University, AUSTRALIA; Kylie Gray & Richard Hastings, University of Warwick, UK; Vaso Totsika, University College London, UK; Bruce Tonge, Monash University, AUSTRALIA; David Heyne, Leiden University, THE NETHERLANDS)
  2. The School Refusal Evaluation Scale (SCREEN) for Adolescents: Construction, validation, and feedback from the field
    (Marie Gallé-Tessonneau & K. Gana, University of Bordeaux, FRANCE)
  3. The School Refusal Assessment Scale-Revised: Psychometric studies carried out in three Spanish-speaking countries
    (Carolina Gonzálvez Maciá & Ricardo Sanmartín López, University of Alicante, SPAIN)
  4. Identification of profiles derived from the School Refusal Assessment Scale-Revised
    (Ricardo Sanmartín López & Gonzálvez Maciá, University of Alicante, SPAIN)
  5. Assessing forms and functions of school absenteeism: The Inventory of School Attendance Problems
    (Martin Knollmann, Volker Reissner, & Johannes Hebebrand, LVR-Clinic Essen / University of Duisburg-Essen, GERMANY)
  6. Assessing the outcome of treatment for school refusal: Are we measuring up?
    (Johan Strömbeck, Magelungen Utveckling AB, SWEDEN; David Heyne, Leiden University, THE NETHERLANDS; Martin Bergström, Lund University, SWEDEN; Katarina Alanko, Åbo Akademi University, FINLAND; Robin Ulriksen, Statped - National Service for Special Needs Education, NORWAY)
Stream 2
Symposium 13: Research That Can Guide our Grassroots Work (click to expand)
Chair: Joshua Childs
  1. Is the rate of school absence changing as society changes? A study based on Finnish national data
    (Katarina Alanko, Åbo Akademi University, FINLAND)
  2. Differentiating between nonproblematic & problematic school absenteeism: How much absence is too much absence?
    (Gil Keppens, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, BELGIUM)
  3. Is school absence related to milder mental health problems in adolescence?
    (Kristin Gärtner Askeland, NORCE - Norwegian Research Centre, NORWAY)
  4. Relationships between emotional disorder and absence from school in the British Child and Adolescent Mental Health Surveys Surveys
    (Katie Finning, O. Ukoumunne, D.A. Moore, & T. Ford, University of Exeter, UK)
  5. An overview of school refusal in France: The first national health survey, and how we made it possible
    (E. Chan Sock Peng, University of Paris-Saclay, FRANCE; C. Barry, French National Institute of Health and Medical Research [Inserm], FRANCE; P. Nadin, University of Paris Descartes, FRANCE; M.R. Moro, French National Institute of Health and Medical Research [Inserm], FRANCE; B. Falissard, University of Paris-Saclay, FRANCE; L. Benoit, French National Institute of Health and Medical Research [Inserm], FRANCE)

15:30 - 16:00

15:30 - 16:00 Afternoon Tea

16:00 - 16:30

16:00 - 16:30

Panel Points and Closing Ceremony

A printed version of the programme will be available at the conference.
View/download conference programme
View/download overview of round table discussions in PDF
Please note that the program is subject to change; updates may occur until the time of the conference.

Prices

We strongly recommend the Conference Dinner. This is an opportunity for informal contact with many conference participants. The three-course meal (with two glasses of wine or other beverage) will be accompanied by entertainment. Registration fees are nonrefundable after July 1st.
Prices are based on Norwegian Kroner (NOK); EUR and USD are indications only.

Optional extras

 
  • Hotel pr. night
  • NOK 1400, €144, $164
  •  
  • Conference dinner 17th October
  • NOK 700 - €72 - $82
 

Full price

After June 16th
 
NOK 5150
  • 528, $593

Group Discount

Groups of 5 or more before June 16th, after june 16th: 4650 NOK.
NOK 4000
  • 410, $469

Earlybird

Last date for earlybird registration: June 16th
NOK4500
  • 462, $528
 
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