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Selective Mutism Association Presents the Selective Mutism Training Institute in Miami, FL

May 2 - May 3

Cosponsored by The Mental Health Interventions and Technology Program at Florida International University center for children and families.

May 2 and May 3

Florida International University
11200 SW 8th St.
Graham Center Panther Suite
Miami, FL 33199

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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 professionals, 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 Selective Mutism:

Rachel Busman, Psy.D., ABPP, Senior Director for the Anxiety Disorders Center and Director of the Selective Mutism Service at the Child Mind Institute.

Emily Doll, M.A., M.S., CCC-SLP, Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, Easton Area School District, PA

Jami Furr, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor and Senior Psychologist in the Mental Health Interventions and Technology (MINT) Program, and the Selective Mutism Program at the Center for Children and Families at Florida International University (FIU).

Aileen Herrea, M.S., RMHCI, Clinical Director of the Selective Mutism Program for Mental Health Interventions and Technology (MINT) Anxiety Program at the Center for Children and Families (CCF) at Florida International 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.

Hotel Information

Hotel rooms for this workshop are available at the Hilton Garden Inn for a discounted rate of $129 a night. Please click here to access this special Florida International University rate. The hotel is located 10 miles from the airport and 2.2 miles from the Florida International University campus, where the training will take place. Hotel parking is complimentary. Please stay tuned for details on transportation between the hotel and FIU.

Please note: Rooms and rates are subject to availability, make your reservation as soon as possible. If you have any trouble accessing the discounted rate, please contact Monique Levers at 305-917-5424. Mention that you are with the FIU group and would like the FIU rate.

Continuing Education Credits

Information about continuing education will be added as it becomes available.

Presented By

Rachel Busman, Psy.D., ABPP

Rachel Busman, Psy.D., ABPP is the senior director of the Anxiety Disorders Center and director of the Selective Mutism Service at the Child Mind Institute. She leads a team of clinicians providing evaluation and innovative treatment to children with selective mutism. Dr. Busman is Past President of the Selective Mutism Association, the nation’s largest network of professionals, families, and individuals with selective mutism. Dr. Busman has extensive experience providing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to children, teenagers and young adults struggling with anxiety disorders, school difficulties and behavioral problems. She also has specific interest and expertise in the evaluation and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, separation anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder and specific phobias. Dr. Busman has worked with children in both inpatient and outpatient settings at a major academic medical center, where she directed a multidisciplinary team. She has taught and supervised psychiatry residents and child psychiatry fellows, and lectured extensively on a variety of topics, including the evidence-based assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and teens. Dr. Busman works intensively with children who have selective mutism, and is dedicated to establishing trust and instilling a sense of hope in her patients as she helps them on their path to recovery.

Emily Doll, M.A., M.S., CCC-SLP

Emily Doll is a Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in the Easton Area School District in Pennsylvania. Her caseload includes students in grades K-5 with a variety of social, emotional, cognitive, and academic needs, including students with selective mutism. Emily is also a counselor and lead teacher at the Child Mind Institute’s Brave Buddies programs for children with selective mutism. Prior to working as a speech pathologist, Emily taught preschool for 10 years and worked one-on-one with a student with selective mutism in this setting. Emily received her M.A. in Applied Developmental Psychology with a focus on Language Acquisition from George Mason University and her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from East Stroudsburg University. She continues to conduct and collaborate in research within the speech pathology field through East Stroudsburg University, where she also serves as a guest lecturer for graduate and undergraduate classes. She has presented on selective mutism as an invited speaker at local, state, and national conferences. Her professional interests are in helping children with anxiety and communication needs find the tools to communicate effectively and efficiently with those around them. Emily currently serves as the Secretary for the Selective Mutism Association’s Board of Directors.

Jami Furr, Ph.D.

Jami Furr, Ph.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Senior Psychologist in the Mental Health Interventions and Technology (MINT) Program, and the Selective Mutism Program at the Center for Children and Families at Florida International University (FIU). Dr. Furr has extensive expertise in cognitive-behavioral treatments of childhood anxiety and disruptive behavior disorders, with a focus on preschool mental health and intensive group treatment programs for children with selective mutism – directing the first randomized clinical trial of the intensive group behavioral treatment for selective mutism in young children. Dr. Furr received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Temple University. Dr. Furr completed her clinical psychology internship at the NYU-Bellevue Clinical Psychology Internship Program and the NYU Child Study Center, after which she completed an NIH-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship in Child Psychiatry at the NYU Child Study Center.

Aileen Herrera, M.S., RMCI

Aileen Herrera, M.S., RMCI, is the Clinical Director of the Selective Mutism Program for the Mental Health Interventions and Technology (MINT) Anxiety Program at the Center for Children and Families (CCF) at Florida International University. She has extensive clinical training in cognitive and behavioral treatments for children and adolescents, with a special emphasis on selective mutism. She supervises student trainees and provides weekly and intensive treatment in English and Spanish for children and teens with anxiety and directs specialty programs for youth with selective mutism. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Selective Mutism Association.


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