Treatment for Selective Mutism in Schools and Preschools

Evening Seminar – Wednesday 1st of April 2020, 5.30pm – 8.30pm

This evening seminar about treatment for selective mutism is for school psychologists and learning support teams, primary and preschool teachers who have a child in their class with selective mutism, and parents of children with selective mutism or extreme shyness.

Selective Mutism is a condition that severely restricts a child’s capacity for communicating verbally outside the home and typically occurs at the rate of 1 in every 200 children in primary school and much more frequently in preschool-aged children. It is a treatable anxiety disorder, but generally requires 1 to 2 years of treatment in order to resolve. An intensive treatment program at preschool/school is an essential part of treatment for most children with selective mutism. At the selective mutism clinic we work closely with the classroom teacher and support staff to help them deliver this program. The classroom teacher is generally the key person required to implement the strategies at school.

Topics that will be covered in the evening seminar:

  • What is Selective Mutism
  • Understanding Selective Mutism as an anxiety disorder
  • Understanding how to apply a graded approach to treat anxiety
  • Factors that affect a child’s ability to communicate
  • Specific treatment strategies to use at preschool/school and in the classroom
  • Common issues and questions

The seminar is recommended for:

  • Primary school and preschool teachers or caregivers who are currently teaching or caring for a child with Selective Mutism or an extremely reluctant talker
  • School psychologists or Learning Support staff who provide support to children with Selective Mutism
  • School staff who wish to attend a professional development opportunity and learn about a rigorous behavioural method of treating an anxiety condition
  • Speech therapists who are working with a child with selective mutism or would like to understand more about the condition
  • Family members of a child who has Selective Mutism, or other key figures in the child’s life who want to gain a better understanding of specific strategies for selective mutism
  • If you are seeking information about children with selective mutism in high school please see details about our high school seminar here.

About the presenter:

The evening 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 (Earlybird price for payments received before 5th of February 2020 is $120). 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.


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 02 9438 2511.


Seminar – Treatment for Selective Mutism in schools and preschools

3hr evening seminar for parents, teachers, support workers, school psychologists, and early childhood workers.

This price of the seminar is $150. Earlybird price for payments by 05/02/2020 is $120.

Additional attendees within the same party, relating to the same child or within the same organisation cost $50 each. Select the number of additional attendees below (select ‘0’ if there is only one person attending).

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