International School-refusal conference

A two day - practical conference, with optional workshop day 3!

School refusal is a massive problem troughout Europe. Early intervention and the right cause of action is crucial to success. The conference focuses on current research and examples from some of the best speakers and practitioners in the field.

  • 06 - 07 november 2017
  • Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen, Amager Boulevard, København S, Danmark
  • Conference welcome

    As Mayor for Children and Youth in the City of Copenhagen, Pia Allerslev knows, all to well, the importance of keeping our youths in school. She opens the conference, and gives us a warm welcome to Copenhagen.

    • 06 november

    • 10:15 - 10:30

    Nordic/international network

    How can we establish a network for collaboration, and exchange of ideas, across the borders?

    • 06 november

    • 10:45 - 12:00

    Keynote speaker - David Heyne

    Even when using our best treatments, there is a large group of school-refusing youth who are unable to finish their schooling. It just seems too difficult for them to face the social, emotional, and academic pressures of life at school. This keynote address provides an overview of the main reasons why some young people have difficulty attending school, together with the ‘strengths and soft-spots’ of currently available treatments. Key implications are discussed, including effective practices for early intervention at school and modifications to treatment for youth with chronic and severe difficulty attending. 

    • 06 november

    • 13:15 - 14:00

    A good relation - the foundation of all intervention

    To succeed in helping kids overcome problems regarding school refusal, you need to build a good relation, based on trust and mutual respect. How do Magelungen go about doing so, in practical terms? Magelungen is one of the major nordic contributors to practical knowledge on how to assess and treat pupils suffering from school refusal.

    • 06 november

    • 14:15 - 15:00

    Are schools ready for their students? On drop out and push out

    This contribution builds on Pan-European research on early school leaving: it provides an overview with examples, and introduces a distinction between drop-out and push-out oriented approaches-

  • The role of school-factors in school refusal

    Trude Havig (PHD)  norwegian centre for learning environment and behavioural research in education, did her disputation on the subject of how school related factors contributed to Schoolrefusal. In this lecture she presents her findings, and gives advice based on her research.


    • 06 november

    • 16:15 - 17:00

    Questions and answers

    The delegates are given an opportunity to interact with all lecturers of the day. Questions can be given during the day at twitter or Facebook, or it can be directed live at the session. All lecturers join in!

    • 07 november

    • 09:00 - 12:00

    Optional seminars (choose one of each on registration)

  • Optional seminar 1A - Gamification

    How can we use the world of gaming, to engage students in a journey towards lifelong learning?

  • Optional seminar 1 B: Prevention, intervention or compensation

    «Timing is everything» – which  approaches workes best and when

  • Optional seminar 2A: Nordic good practice– prevention and intervention

    Jenny Tägtström and Lidija Kolouh Söderlund presents project managers Anna Liljeström from the Swedish nation-wide project on preventing school dropout, Plug In, and Diana Gustafsson from the local success activity Hikikomori. Anna discusses the importance of preventing school dropout by adopting a “whole school” approach and presents good examples from the Plug In project. The Hikikomori initiative works successfully with a hard-to-reach target group of young people isolating themselves in their homes. Diana shares challenges and successes, methods and cross-sectoral collaboration between responsible actors in Hikikomori.

  • Optional seminar 2B: The correlation between gaming and personal development

    What do we know about the correlation between the use of computer-games, health, ability to learn, and the youths´ personal development? How do we help those who develops problems with gaming?

  • Nordic best practice on school refusal with examples on cross-sectoral collaboration

    Lidija Kolouh-Söderlund highlight early school leaving and school refusal in a Nordic perspective. Solutions and success factors will be highlighted. Innovative and good examples of cross-sectorial cooperation will be lifted, amongst others the 0-24 project in Norway, the Finsam model in Sweden and Ohjaamo in Finland. The presentation will sum up with the youth perspective – what do the young people want and wish?

    Anna Liljeström presents the key components of successful measures identified within the nationwide Plug In project (2012-2018), aimed at reducing early school leaving in Sweden. The project has involved schools and other organizations working to develop local solutions, in eight regions and more than 70 municipalities. Particular attention is paid to how a more holistic support of students has been enabled by using multi-skilled teams within the organization, and opening up boundaries to include professionals from other sectors. Flexibility in the local school organization is also placed in the foreground, in relation to providing systems of support.

  • A CBT-based treatment approach to school refusal.

    This lecture provides a description of a systematic work for increased school attendance. The audience is given an overview of HSP, a manual based treatment protocol. Description of the program’s phases and structure for meetings with school, student and parents is discussed.

    • 08 november

    • 09:00 - 15:00

    Optional Day 3 - hands on workshop

    School refusal – Workshop regarding assessment and gradual approach to school

    Two of the most important steps in the clinical approach to schoolrefusal, is a correct assesment and a gradual approach to returning to school. Expericenced teachers will give their advice on how to assess, what factors to look for, and how to draw your conclusions. The participants will take part in the tools used by Magelungen, and will practice the use of these tools. We will also focus in how the results of the assessment is used as a base for further intervention.


    part 2 of the workshop will be dedicated to the practical planning and execution of the gradual return to school and learning. With examples from the participants own classrooms we practice how to plan effective interventions. The day will end with a discussion of how to maintain the results we have acheived, in the long term.


    The workshop will be lead by representatives from Magelungen AB.

    Magelungen is one of the major contributors to the field of schoolrefusal and dropout throughout the nordic countries. Don´t miss this opportunity to put your theory into practice!




The conference is a collaboration between JobbAktiv and Magelungen AB



A conference is an important arena to meet others working with the same challenges. Don´t miss the opportunity to increase your professional network. We will facilitate this throughout the conference, and there will be a special meeting-place for exchanging ideas and information.

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  • Prices (all prices are in "NOK" - current rate: 1 NOK is 0,11 EUR)
    Earlybird rate (before 20.june) - Participation including lunch/coffee/tea breaksNOK 5800,-
    Regular rate (after 20.june) - Participation including lunch/coffee/tea breaksNOK 6800,-
    Accommodation at Radisson Blue Scandinavia Copenhagen (single room)NOK 1850,-
    Optional Workshop (day 3)NOK 1900,-
    No additional VAT for participants outside Norway. For Norwegian participants - MVA is additional