School camp refusal and reluctance: the role of the school psychologist

Mary C. Woods*, John R. Burns

*Corresponding author for this work

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Attendance at overnight school camp is an integral component of the Australian educational landscape. However, some students are reluctant to attend camp, while others refuse to attend at all. School psychologists play an important part in supporting these students and their families, and teachers. While much is published about general school refusal, there is surprisingly little attention given to the specific management of school camp refusal and reluctance. This article summarises the contribution of the related theoretical areas of childhood anxiety, school refusal, and homesickness. It then outlines, through a case study example, a management approach for school psychologists, from presentation of the problem to assessment, through to informed intervention, including a suite of strategies to support the student, parents and teachers, who have duty of care during camps.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-247
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of psychologists and counsellors in schools
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • school psychology
  • school camp
  • school refusal
  • anxiety
  • homesickness


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