What every parent should know about selective mutism

Wed 1st May 2019, 6-7.30pm


This evening seminar about selective mutism is an introductory seminar for parents, carers, and family members who would like to understand more about selective mutism.

Selective Mutism is an anxiety disorder similar to social anxiety whereby children who talk freely and normally at home feel anxious in social situations such as school or talking to strangers, and are unable to talk.

Selective mutism can be treated, but usually requires 1 to 2 years of treatment in order to resolve completely. Treatment usually involves an intensive program at preschool/school, 1 on 1 sessions with a psychologist, and lots of practise communicating in various social situations outside school.


Topics that will be covered in the seminar:

  • What is Selective Mutism
  • Differences between Selective Mutism and shyness
  • What treatment for Selective Mutism involves
  • Basic strategies for parents to start to help children speak more confidently
  • Common issues and questions


The seminar is recommended for:

  • Parents/careers or relatives of children with Selective Mutism, extreme shyness, or extremely reluctant talkers


About the presenter:

The seminar will be 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 evening seminar will be held in the Crows Nest Centre, at Level 2, 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. Drinks and light snacks will be provided.


Holtermann Street Car Park is just behind the Crows Nest Centre: the car park offers up to 2 hours’ free parking, and thereafter the cost is $5 per half hour. There is ample parking in the streets surrounding the centre, although please carefully check the time restrictions.


The seminar price is $50. Each additional person in the same booking (needs to be within the one payment) costs $30 per person. Cancelled bookings can be transferred but not refunded.


To register, click on the link below to pay via Paypal or pay via credit card. This will add the relevant items to your basket, then navigate to the basket and follow the links. If your school or organisation is paying and you would like an invoice to be sent to the school, click here to email the clinic and provide your name and phone number and request an invoice. Alternatively, you can call the clinic on 0405 430 530.


Seminar – What every parent should know about selective mutism

1.5hr evening seminar for parents, relatives, and interested others

This price of the seminar is $50. 

Additional attendees within the same party, relating to the same child within the same payment cost $30 each. Select the number of additional attendees below (select ‘0’ if there is only one person attending).

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