Information in the menus below was updated in October 2019. To contribute information that may be of interest to others in your country, please contact your country’s host: Naoki Maeda (naoki225@phoenix.ac.jp). As the International Network for School Attendance grows, materials will be added to your country’s webpage.

People, groups, and organizations

 Not for profit

  • Facilitator training course for CBT-P/NA (cognitive behavioral therapy for parenting with non-attendance problems), hosted by Dr. Noriko Minamitani, is held once or twice a year at Chiba University in Chiba. The course is open to school counsellors, school social workers and school nurses. To find out more about the training course, please contact Dr. Noriko Minamitani; (Language: Japanese or English)
  • Shirokanedai workshop, hosted by Dr. Masahiko Ono (Meijigakuin University), is held twice a year at Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo. The aim of the workshop is to share knowledge about effective intervention for school attendance problems. The workshop is open to people with an interest in school attendance problems. School teachers, the parents of school-refusing youth, politicians, lawyers, and university students have participated in the workshop. In the workshop, participants present case studies of intervention for school attendance problems. To find out more about the workshop please contact the chair of the workshop, Dr. Masahiko Ono;  (Language: Japanese)
  • The Workshop for Supporting Youths to Return to School (Hina no kai) is held three or four times a year in Fukuyama City, Hiroshima. The key aim is to share knowledge of a school-based team approach to school-refusing youth. The group is open to all school teachers and parents with an interest in school refusal. The meeting focuses on a practical approach for school return, and participants present and discuss case studies. To find out more about the workshop program please contact LIB Psychoeducation Research Institution in Fukuyama City, Hiroshima (Dr. Kuniko Sakurai). (Language: Japanese)
  • The youth support consultation centre, Wakaba, holds a symposium once a year in Miyazaki city. The main aim is to share knowledge about comprehensive support for school refusal, truancy, Hikikomori, and youth delinquency. Anyone with an interest in these issues can attend the symposium without charge. To find out more about the symposium, please contact Naoki Maeda; (Language: Japanese)
  • The workshop for school refusal and Hikikomori (Japanese social withdrawal), hosted by Dr. Junichi Sonoda, is held once a year in Kagoshima City. The main aim of the workshop is to share and create knowledge about addressing school refusal and Hikikomori from the viewpoint of the behavioural approach. The workshop is open to people with interest in school refusal and Hikikomori. After the workshop, some participants can receive an individual counselling with experienced psychotherapists sent from an incorporated non-profit organization. To find more about the information of the workshop, please contact Authorized NPO Ami in Kagoshima City.  (Language: Japanese)

Current and upcoming activities and achievements

  • 2019 August 30 and September 1: The 45th Congress of Japanese Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, entitled “CBT in The New Era” will take place in Nagoya, Japan. To find out more about the congress, please visit the web site; (Language: Japanese)
  • 2019 August 30: Dr. Masahiko Ono will provide a workshop entitled “Comprehensive approach to school attendance problem” in a work shop session of the 45th Congress of Japanese Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. To find out more about the workshop please contact Dr. Masahiko Ono; (language: Japanese)
  • 2019, August 31: Dr. Noriko Minamitani will provide an oral presentation entitled “A case of group-based CBT program for parents of school-refusing youth: Assertion training for parental role” in the 19th Annual Convention of the Japanese Association for Cognitive Therapy in Tokyo. To find out more about the presentation please contact Dr. Noriko Minamitani (Language: Japanese or English)
  • 2019, September 1: Naoki Maeda (Kyushu University of Health and Welfare) will provide a case report entitled “Behavioural consultation for parents of students with school attendance problem (SAP)” in a poster session of the 45th Congress of Japanese Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. To find out more about the presentation please contact Naoki Maeda (Language: Japanese or English)
  • 2019, September 1: A symposium entitled “Continuity and change in cognitive behavioral therapy” in the 45th Congress of Japanese Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. To find out more about the symposium please contact Dr. Masahiko Ono (language: Japanese)
  • 2019, September 1: Ms. Mami Someya (Nobeoka hospital) will provide a case report entitled “Behavioural consultation for parents of students with school attendance problem: Support for the father allowing the adolescent not to attend school” in a poster session of the 45th Congress of Japanese Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. To find out more about the presentation please contact Naoki Maeda (Language: Japanese or English)
  • 2019, October 5-6 and Novmber 9-10: Dr. Noriko Minamitani will provide the facilitator training course for CBT-P/NA (cognitive behavioral therapy for parenting with non-attendance problems) in Kashiwa City, Chiba. The course is open to school counsellors, school social workers and school nurses. To find out more about the training course, please contact Dr. Noriko Minamitani (Language: Japanese or English)   
  • 2019, November 9: The workshop entitled “The way of returning to school for SAP students” for school teachers working at Japanese compulsory schools will take place in Fukuyama City, Hiroshima. The workshop is hosted by LIB Psychoeducation Research Institution. The aims of the workshop are to understand a variety of youths’ problems and seek solutions. To find out more about the workshop, please contact LIB Psychoeducation Research Institution (Dr. Kuniko Sakurai).

Past activities and achievements

  • 2019, July 24: Naoki Maeda (Kyushu University of Health and Welfare) will provide a lecture entitled “Behavioural approach to maladaptive child behaviour” for psychotherapists working at child psychotherapy institutions in the national workshop hosted by The National Council for Child Psychotherapy Institution in Hyuga City, Miyazaki. To find out more about the lecture please contact Naoki Maeda (Language: Japanese)
  • 2019, May 12: Dr. Masahiko Ono (Meijigakuin University) provided a workshop entitled “Cognitive behavioural approach aiming for zero school nonattendance students” for cognitive behavioural professionals at Cognitive behavioural seminar in Nagoya City. To find out more about the lecture please contact Dr. Masahiko Ono; onom@psy.meijigakuin.ac.jp (language: Japanese)
  • 2018, December 12 and 26: A workshop for school teachers working at Japanese compulsory schools took place in Fukuyama City, Hiroshima. The workshops were hosted by LIB Psychoeducation Research Institution. To find out more about the workshop, please contact LIB Psychoeducation Research Institution (Dr. Kuniko Sakurai). http://libshinri.sunnyday.jp/hina_gakushu.html (Language: Japanese)   
  • 2018, November 22: The youth support consultation centre, Wakaba, held a symposium in Miyazaki City. To find out more about the symposium, please contact Naoki Maeda; naoki225@phoenix.ac.jp (Language: Japanese)
  • 2018, October, 26: Dr. Masahiko Ono (Meijigakuin University) provided a workshop entitled “Comprehensive support for school nonattendance youth with/without developmental disorders to be able to adapt to the school environment” for cognitive behavioural professionals at the 44th Japanese Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Contact: onom@psy.meijigakuin.ac.jp
  • 2017, November: The youth support consultation centre (Wakaba) in Miyazaki city provided a lecture and panel discussion about school refusal and Hikikomori. There were 150 participants who were teachers, parents of school refusers and Hikikomori, police, public employees and journalists. Contact: Naoki Maeda. Naoki225@phoenix.ac.jp
  • 2017: Dr. Shinichi Ishikawa (Doshisha University) provided a lecture entitled “School-based cognitive behavioural therapy for youths” in Wakayama. Contact: ishinn@mail.doshisha.ac.jp
  • 2017: Dr. Shinichi Ishikawa (Doshisha University) provided a lecture entitled “Psychosocial approach to youth with anxiety disorders: The practice of cognitive behavioural approach” to school teachers in Shiga. Contact: ishinn@mail.doshisha.ac.jp

Helpful links and other resources

  • Minamitani, N., & Matsumoto, Y. (2018). Developmental trial of a cognitive behavior therapy program for parents of junior high school students exhibiting school refusal: Evidence based on a small sample from a metropolitan area in Japan. School health, 14, 1–11. contact Dr. Noriko Minamitani
  • Atsurou Yamada, Mika Kyo, Masako Suzuki (Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences Department of Psychiatry) provided a case report entitled “A case of the process to return to junior high school student who caused non-attendance school from sibling conflict”in oral presentation of the 5th Congress of Aichi Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. To find out more about the presentation please contact: Dr. Atsurou Yamada (Language: Japanese or English)
  • Yamada, A., Suzuki, M., Kyo, M., Katsuki, F., Shiraishi, N., Watanabe, N., & Akechi, T. (2017). Group psychoeducational programs improve mood profiles in mothers of non-attendance school children. Neuropsychiatry, 7, 637–643. Contact: Dr. Atsurou Yamada: atsurou@med.nagoya-cu.ac.jp
  • Maeda, N., & Hatada, S. (2019). The school attendance problem in Japanese compulsory education: The case of a public junior high school. European Journal of Education and Psychology, 12, 63–75. Contact: naoki225@phoenix.ac.jp
  • Hatada, S., Maeda, N., & Yoshimuta, N. (2019). A survey on actual conditions of employment and daily life in patients with mental disorder−Retrospective study focusing on mood and neurotic disorders of labor generations−. Progress in Social Welfare Research, 14, 45–53. Contact: naoki225@phoenix.ac.jp
  • Mennuti, R. B., Christner, R. W., & Freeman, A. (2012). Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions in Educational Settings: A Handbook for Practice (2nd ed.). New York: Routledge (Ishikawa S., Muto, T., & Sato, S. (2018). Tokyo: Tokyo: Kongo-shuppan). Contact: ishinn@mail.doshisha.ac.jp
  • Maeda, N, (2017). School refusal after the summer holiday: School-based behavioural approach for school refusal. Kyoiku to Igaku (Education and Medicine), 65, 812–820. Contact: naoki225@phoenix.ac.jp
  • Ono, M. (2017). Comprehensive support through consultation with a school principal: Junior high school student with prolonged school non-attendance and non-support. The Japanese Journal of Special Education, 54, 307–315.   
  • Ono, M. (2017). Comprehensive support, shaping, and maintaining school attending behavior despite difficulty in changing conditions at the school: Junior high school student with prolonged school non-attendance.The Japanese Journal of Special Education, 55, 37–46. Contact: onom@psy.meijigakuin.ac.jp
  • Dr. Ishikawa (Doshisha University) is one of the translators of Japanese version of“When Children Refuse School: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Approach Parent Workbook”, authored by Kearney, C. A., & Albano, A. M. (2007). He translated Chapter 5, “Children Refusing School Escape Painful Social and/or Evaluative Situations”. When Children Refuse School: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Approach Parent Workbook. New York: Guilford (Sato, Y., & Sato, H. (2014). Tokyo: Iwasaki-gakujyutu-sshuppan. Pp. 65–91. Contact: ishinn@mail.doshisha.ac.jp
  • Kawai, I., & Sakurai, K. (2000). School Refusal: Support for School Return (Futokou: Saitoko no shien). Nakanishiya-shuppan. This book was introduced on the website of LIB Psychoeducation Research Institution. 

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