A Three-Tiered Approach for Responding to School Refusal Behavior

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,6
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. describe how a three-tiered approach to school refusal behavior fits into a comprehensive role as outlined by the NASP Practice Model.
  2. view school refusal behavior through an ecological perspective, as well as how school refusal behavior may change as a result of COVID-19.
  3. navigate through various evidence-based approaches to school refusal behavior in the school setting using the multitiered systems of support (MTSS) model.


Supporting students displaying school refusal behavior (SRB) can be a daunting task for even the most seasoned school psychologists. We provide a detailed approach for responding to SRB organized within a multitiered system of support (MTSS) framework with Tier 1, 2, and 3 interventions. Practitioners will learn practical, evidence-based interventions for working with students displaying SRB they can start utilizing in the field right away.



Arantxa B. De Anda, Chapman University
Alec Burrola, Chapman University
Grace K. Carrillo, Chapman University

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