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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS AND OTHER CLINICIANS: ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT OF SELECTIVE MUTISM

This one-day webinar provided to clinicians by Elizabeth Woodcock, Clinical Psychologist and Director of the Selective Mutism Clinic, covers the Assessment and Treatment of Selective Mutism in Children.

The webinar outlines a multidimensional cognitive-behavioural approach to treatment for children with Selective Mutism that involves an intensive school program with skills training for the classroom teacher, all school personnel, the parent(s), and the child. Strategies specific to Selective Mutism treatment that differ from standard CBT for anxiety disorders are highlighted. The complexities and comorbid conditions of Selective Mutism that impact treatment are discussed as well as family factors that need to be addressed.

what's
covered...

  1. Building participants’ understanding about Selective Mutism in preschool and primary-school aged children
  2. Epidemiology and aetiology of Selective Mutism
  3. Assessment of the child at school and in the clinic using clinical interview, clinic observations, questionnaires, and interviews with the classroom teacher
  4. How to modify typical cognitive-behavioural treatments for anxiety disorders to suit this population
  5. A 5-stage ‘communication hierarchy’ that underlies the treatment program with various practical goals to use at each stage of communication within the school environment and other social situations
  6. Factors that make it easier or harder for children with Selective Mutism to communicate (the “Communication changers”)
  7. Other evidence-based strategies for Selective Mutism such as ‘Sliding In’ and exposure hierarchies
  8. A teacher-led school treatment program, which includes building the child’s talking with the classroom teacher, generalising their talking to all peers and teachers, and expanding the child’s speech to small groups and whole class situations
  9. General do’s and dont’s for how all staff should respond to a child with Selective Mutism
  10. Specific treatment strategies to use at preschool/school and in the classroom including:
    • Starting out strategies, including educating all staff about Selective Mutism
    • Building and expanding talking with the classroom teacher, including the ‘Sliding In’ strategy
    • Helping children communicate in whole-class situations and in front of the class
    • Generalising talking to other teachers and staff
    • Expanding talking so that it becomes more spontaneous
    • Strategies to help a child transition to a new school year and new teacher
  11. Working with the child and parent in the clinic
  12. Planning the child’s communication goals in the community

best suited for...

  • Psychologists
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Speech Pathologists
  • Mental Health Nurses
  • Social Workers

Choose your viewing option

1

ATTEND A LIVE WEBINAR

Webinar date: TBC 2025.
The webinar price is $400 (earlybird price before TBC 2025 is $350).

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2

4-WEEK
ACCESS

The access cost is $350 which provides 4 weeks’ access within 1 business day to the webinar online.

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2

USB
PACKAGE

The price for the USB package (comes in a case) is $399. Free postage Australia-wide or $20 flat rate to the rest of the world.

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