Truancy Prevention services target improving school attendance prior to requiring involvement with the courts and Children and Youth Services. The program is designed to interrupt truancy by identifying and addressing underlying causes of the behavior. Various immediate and then graduated interventions are used. Attendance is continuously monitored while the truancy counselor provides individual therapy with youth to create individual plans for success, confront barriers to daily attendance, and improve academic performance. Family interventions involve increasing parenting skills, establishing a daily routine within the home, improving parent-child interactions, and supporting family awareness of the youth’s emotional and behavioral reactions in the school environment.
Services continue during traditional non-school months with ongoing individual and family therapy. Goals surround skills development in preparation for the upcoming academic year. Crisis plans are created using identified triggers, self-regulating strategies, supportive others, and individual resources. Skills are rehearsed and plans are adapted.
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