'Hikikomori', or severe social withdrawal, typically where adolescent or young adult males retreat into confined isolation for months and years emerged as a uniquely Japanese phenomena in the 1990s yet has come to be recognized to exist across many cultures.

The phenomenon is poorly understood within the Australian context yet is expected to have a hidden prevalence. This webinar will seek to describe 'Hikikomori' and explore useful ways to respond to this complex issue.

This event will cover:

  • Define Hikikomori
  • Understand the clinical picture
  • Consider the complexity of this presentation
  • Explore family and service delivery responses


  • Nick Barrington — The Bouverie Centre

Eligibility criteria

Mental health practitioners and other practitioners who work with families and/or young people

Categories: Therapeutic theory & practice, Younger persons mental health
Disciplines: Other
Levels: Intermediate
Lifespans: Adolescent, Youth

Thursday 16 April 2020
11:30 to 12:30
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