What every parent can do about selective mutism

Date – tbc


This evening seminar about selective mutism is a 3-hour seminar for parents, carers, and family members who would like to understand more about selective mutism and specific strategies to help their child become confident communicators at school and in other social settings.

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
  • Why there is variability in how much children with selective mutism can communicate
  • Specific strategies for parents to start to help children speak more confidently
  • School program for selective mutism
  • Common issues and questions


The seminar is recommended for:

  • Parents/careers or relatives of children with Selective Mutism, extreme shyness, social anxiety disorder, 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 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 $150. Each additional person in the same booking (needs to be within the one payment) costs $50 per person. Cancelled bookings can be transferred but not refunded.


Details will become available once a date is set. If you would like to register your interest for this seminar please call reception on (02) 9438 2511 or email the clinic.