Somerset County Office of Youth Services to Host ‘School Phobia’ Webinar

One Professional Development Credit Is Available

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ – Education professionals grappling with declining student attendance will benefit from attending “School Phobia,” a free Zoom webinar hosted by the Somerset County Office of Youth Services and presented by Ira Hays, director of program development at GenPsych from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 16.

Over the past few years, students have been finding it difficult to return to their regular routines, and school attendance is declining. Experts believe this trend is due to students trying to adjust to fluctuating schedules while alternating between remote and in-person classes, which is causing them anxiety.

In this informative presentation, educators will learn how to differentiate between school avoidance, school refusal, and school phobia. They also will find out how to assess and treat all three syndromes.

Who Can Attend?

The webinar is appropriate for social workers, certified counselors and other professionals who support children, youth, families, parents, and anyone else who would like to attend the program. Participants can earn one professional development credit.


Register online, or contact Henry Young at

About Ira Hays

Ira Hays is a licensed clinical social worker. He currently serves as the director of program development for GenPsych NJ, MD and FL and as the clinical director for GenPsych Anxiety Centers. He has worked throughout the continuum of care, such as school-based, inpatient, partial and residential treatment. He is an adjunct at Monmouth University.


About GenPsych  

GenPsych provides individuals in the community with effective and efficient mental health and substance abuse services in a comfortable, safe, and supportive environment.

Somerset County Youth Services

Youth Services assesses, coordinates and collaborates with government and community agencies that work with at-risk delinquent youth, and youth with emotional or behavioral disturbance.

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