Martin Knollmann, Germany
About Martin Knollmann
Martin is the author of a new questionnaire to better understand the needs of youth absent from school, called the Inventory of School Attendance Problems (ISAP). He conducts research on the reliability and validity of the questionnaire; the prevention of school absenteeism; and the implementation of schema therapy for youths whose absence is associated with a mental health problem. Martin’s background includes a Master’s Degree in Psychology and a PhD in Educational Psychology. He is a certified child and adolescent cognitive-behavioural therapist.
"Many youths with chronic and severe absenteeism also experience a mental health problem. The majority are reluctant to engage in therapy, reflective of a general tendency towards avoidance. Classic therapeutic approaches like cognitive-behaviour therapy are often not sufficient for these youths. My team and I developed ways to foster youths’ motivation to engage in therapy and the therapeutic tasks that can help them. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences and ideas, and engaging in discussion with you.