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Selective Mutism Association Presents Selective Mutism Training Institute in Washington, DC

May 5 - May 6

Cosponsored by American University

May 5 and May 6
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016

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The Selective Mutism Training Institute (SMTI) is an in-depth 2-day training course for professionals working with children diagnosed with selective mutism (SM). The workshop is intensive, interactive and skills-based with the goal of increasing competence in providing empirically-supported treatment of SM to professionals with beginner and intermediate exposure and skills in assessing and treating SM. We maintain a high instructor to participant ratio to ensure adequate time for skills practice and coaching.

This is a unique opportunity for mental health and speech-language professionals and graduate-level trainees to learn cutting-edge, innovative techniques to effectively treat children with SM. Small group, video consultation with the course instructors following the 2-day onsite training is included in the cost, allowing participants to further apply the skills in their own unique clinical settings.

This course is taught by leading experts, researchers, and authors in the field of SM:

Jami Furr, Ph.D. Director, Selective Mutism Program, Center for Children and Families, Florida International University
Evelyn Klein, Ph.D.,CCC-SLP, BRS-CL, LaSalle University
Steven Kurtz, Ph.D., ABPP, President, Kurtz Psychology Consulting PC
Cesar Ruiz, SLP-D, CCC-SLP, BRS-S, LaSalle University

The workshop starts with providing a framework for understanding the etiology of SM, highlighting the role of nature, nurture, temperament, and developmental differences in the onset and maintenance of SM, social anxiety, and other common comorbidities. Strategies for behavioral, developmental, and language assessment will be reviewed, including how to conduct observations of children with SM. Evidence-based interventions will be covered in depth, including behavioral strategies such as stimulus fading, shaping, positive reinforcement, and parent education/coaching. State-of-the-science interventions, such as intensive treatments, group-based interventions, and school consultation will also be taught. Speech and language conceptualization, assessment, and interventions will also be reviewed.

Participant requirements: Participants must be either independently licensed or certified, or matriculating in a supervised graduate program in clinical psychology, school psychology, counseling, social work, applied behavior analysis, or speech-language pathology. Other participants will be considered on a case-by-case basis and are encouraged to email with their particulars to discuss if this training is appropriate.

Prior experience: The SMTI course is primarily intended for those with beginner and intermediate exposure to work with SM.

Continuing Education Credits: We are seeking approval for the American Psychological Association (APA) and for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) continuing credits. Certificates of course completion will be provided to all participants who complete the onsite course and consultation calls.

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Selective Mutism Association Presents Selective Mutism Training Institute in Washington, DC


May 5
May 6