Seminar DVD – What all staff should know about Selective Mutism: A 45-minute staff in-service

The seminar featured in this DVD provides education for all school staff about selective mutism.



The 45-minute seminar featured in this DVD is designed to be shown at a staff in-service meeting in a primary, high school, or preschool setting, to help staff to understand this relatively unknown anxiety disorder where children are so shy they cannot talk at school. The seminar outlines the best approach for all school staff to manage these children and avoid worsening the condition. 


Topics that are covered include:

  1. What is Selective Mutism
  2. Understanding Selective Mutism as an anxiety disorder
  3. Do’s and don’ts of general management of children with selective mutism
  4. Factors that affect the child’s ability to communicate
  5. How to get children with selective mutism to communicate with you and in the classroom


This seminar DVD is recommended for:

  1. Primary school, high school, and preschool management staff who would like to educate all staff at their school about how to talk to and manage a child  with selective mutism.
  2. School psychologists or learning support staff who wish to do the same as above.
  3. This seminar DVD is about educating all school staff about selective mutism, including the do’s and don’ts of managing selective mutism. It does not cover comprehensive school treatment strategies for children with selective mutism, as covered in our 3-hour weminar USB here.


About the presenter:

Dr Elizabeth Woodcock is a Clinical Psychologist and Director of the Selective Mutism Clinic and also MindBox Psychology in Sydney. She has a Masters of Clinical Psychology and PhD from the University of NSW with over 20 years’ experience in treating child and adult mental health issues across both private practice and the public sector in research and clinical settings.

Elizabeth has a special interest in treatment of Selective Mutism and has seen or supervised close to 1000 cases of Selective Mutism in clients ranging from late 2’s to adulthood. She is first author of the chapter ‘Treatment Programmes for Children with Selective Mutism’ in the book ‘Innovations and Advances in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy’ edited by D. Einstein (2007). Elizabeth runs a series of training webinars about Selective Mutism each year to suit a range of audiences, including teachers, parents, speech pathologists, and psychologists.