Treatment for Selective Mutism in High Schools

Wednesday 10th June 2020, 5.30pm – 8.30pm 


This evening seminar about treatment for selective mutism is targeted for school staff, parents and educators who want to help a child with selective mutism in high school. Selective Mutism is a condition that severely restricts a child’s capacity for communicating verbally outside the home and occurs in only 1 in every 555 children between the ages of 7 and 15. It is a treatable anxiety disorder, but becomes more entrenched and difficult to treat as the child gets older. For children with in high school there are often many co-existing problems that occur alongside selective mutism such as depression, social problems, relationship issues, academic anxiety, and generalised anxiety. Selective Mutism in teenagers generally requires a few years of treatment in order to resolve. An intensive treatment program in high school is an essential part of treatment for teenagers with selective mutism. At the Selective Mutism Clinic we work closely with an assigned ‘key worker’ and support staff at the child’s school to train them to deliver this program. 


Topics that will be covered in the evening seminar:

  • What is Selective Mutism
  • Understanding Selective Mutism as an anxiety disorder
  • The complexities of Selective Mutism in high school children – it’s not all about the mutism
  • The role of a ‘key worker’ to work with children with selective mutism in the school
  • Understanding how to apply a graded approach to treat anxiety
  • Factors that make it easier or harder for children with selective mutism to communicate
  • Specific treatment strategies to use in high school
  • Working within different classes with different teachers
  • Common issues and questions


The seminar is recommended for:

  • High school teachers and their management teams who currently have a child with Selective Mutism at their school or an extremely reluctant talker
  • School Counsellors or Learning Support staff who provide support to high school 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
  • Family members of a child in high school with Selective Mutism, or other key figures in the child’s life who might want to gain a better understanding of the high school treatment program


About the presenter:

The evening seminar will be conducted by Dr Elizabeth Woodcock, a Clinical Psychologist, who is the founder and 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 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 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 10th April 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 High School

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

This price of the seminar is $150. Earlybird price for payments by 10/04/20 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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