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Trapped in a Maze With no Lights: School Refusal and Truancy Among Adopted and Foster Care Youth (August 13, 2019)

Adam Arnold
Melissa Winship
WHEN Tuesday, Aug 13th 2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM (CST)
COST $20.00 per person
$35.00 per parenting couple
LOCATION Gloria Dei Lutheran Church , 700 Snelling Ave South, St Paul 55116

Boring. Stupid. We aren’t doing anything anyway. I don’t see why I need to go. These common words uttered by foster and adopted youth when asked why they are refusing school can lead to relationship strain between the parents and their youth, and can well lead to myriad concerns for the youth’s academic present, and future. In this workshop we will:
Explore the common reasons for why foster and adopted youth refuse school and are truant
Gain perspectives from the school, the foster system, and the mental health world on how to problem-solve regarding school refusal and truancy
Learn practical skills for how to respond to foster and adopted youth when school refusal and truancy arise
Discuss how parents can best partner with schools and community resources to address school refusal and truancy

Adam Arnold is a licensed psychotherapist, and co-director of Enliven Psychotherapy. Utilizing a gentle, brain-body approach he works with individuals and families through an attachment, trauma-informed lens. For over ten years Adam combined his passions for healing and the arts, serving as Founder and Artistic Director of blank slate theatre, a personal growth-oriented theatre for youth in Saint Paul, Minnesota. While there, he collaborated with culturally and ability diverse youth to produce over two dozen theatre pieces focusing on themes of mental health and social change, including the award-winning Disordered [thy name is teenager], and Bottom, a play on child sex trafficking. When not at Enliven, Adam serves on the Board of Directors for myHealth Clinic for Teens and Young Adults, and enjoys practicing yoga, watching Pixar movies, and eating Thai food.

Melissa Winship is a licensed School Counselor with an MA in Psychotherapy and School Counseling from Adler Graduate School, and a BS in Human Development from SUNY Empire State College. For the past 8 years, Melissa has worked as a School Counselor at South Education Center Academy, an alternative high school in Richfield, MN. Melissa works with students in the areas of personal/social, academic and career development. Prior to working as a school counselor, Melissa worked for 5 years as the Access and Outreach Coordinator at a non-profit organization and worked 4 years as a Chemical Dependency Technician at a half-way house for youth who were struggling with chemical dependency issues. Outside of work, Melissa stays busy volunteering in the community and caring for her adorable but high maintenance chiweenie, Winnie.