Advanced workshop for parents of children with selective mutism

The workshop will be held on Saturday 29th May 2021 from 10am to 1pm and repeated as a webinar on Thursday 3rd June from 5.30-8.30pm (Sydney time).


This 3-hour workshop is for parents, carers, and family members who have completed the introductory ‘How to help your child with selective mutism’ and would like to develop more advanced strategies to help their child become a confident communicator at school and in other social settings.

Selective mutism can completely resolve with treatment, but usually requires 1 to 2 years of treatment in order to do so. Parents play an important role in helping the condition to eventually resolve as they can practice communication with their child in a variety of social situations and help their child learn the necessary emotional and social skills to progress with their treatment.


Topics that are covered in the workshop:

  • Review of using the ‘5 stages of communication’ to build children’s communication
  • Review of the ‘Communication changers’ which make it easier or harder for children to communicate
  • An in-depth look at using Stage 4 strategies to build a child’s communication with others, including using talking buddies and electronic devices
  • Building communication with relatives/others using a face-to-face approach or over video
  • What can parents do during playdates to help build their child’s communication with peers
  • Skills to teach your child about emotions
  • Managing your own emotions as a parent
  • Teaching your child strategies to manage anxiety
  • Lots of opportunities to discuss your own questions and where you are up to in helping your child inside and out of school


The workshop is recommended for:

  • Parents/carers and relatives of children with Selective Mutism who have completed the introductory 3-hour workshop or webinar ‘How to help your child with selective mutism’. If you have not completed the introductory workshop please see details here for how to register for the workshop or purchase a recording or USB.


About the presenter:

The workshop is conducted by Dr Elizabeth Woodcock, a Clinical Psychologist, who established and is the Director of the Selective Mutism Clinic in Sydney. She is co-author of the book chapter ‘Treatment Programmes for Children with Selective Mutism’ in the book ‘Innovations and Advances in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy’ edited by D. Einstein (2007). Elizabeth has worked in both private practice and the public sector, in both research and clinical settings for over fifteen years. Elizabeth provides treatment for children and adults with a range of clinical disorders, and regularly provides training seminars for teachers, parents, and clinicians about Selective Mutism.


The workshop will be held in the Crows Nest Centre, at 2 Ernest Place, Crows Nest. The centre is a 15-minute walk from St Leonards’ train station, and close to buses. Click here to go to the Crows Nest Centre website. 

The workshop will be repeated as a webinar on the Thursday 3rd June following the workshop from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.


Holtermann Street Car Park is just behind the Crows Nest Centre: the car park offers up to 2 hours’ free parking; the cost for the third hour is $8.20, and $6.20 per half hour thereafter. There is ample parking in the streets surrounding the centre, although please carefully check the time restrictions.


The seminar price is $150. Cancelled bookings can be transferred but not refunded.


To register, please click on the link below to pay via Paypal or credit card. This will add the relevant items to your basket, then navigate to the basket and follow the links. Alternatively you can pay over the phone by calling our reception on (02) 9438 2511 or emailing the clinic.  


Please indicate when booking if you are attending the live workshop on 29th May or the evening webinar on 3rd June. 


Advanced Workshop – Parents of children with selective mutism

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