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Understanding and Treating Selective Mutism

  • 6 Nov 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Via Zoom



Understanding and Treating Selective Mutism
With Dr. Kaitlyn Wilbur-Smith
3 CE

Understanding and Treating Selective Mutism will provide an extensive overview of selective mutism from a clinical perspective. This introductory seminar will describe diagnostic assessment, evidence-based treatments, and the role of school consultation in the treatment of selective mutism. Cultural considerations will be shared in addition to virtual treatment recommendations given the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learning Objectives:
This workshop is designed to help participants:

1. List the diagnostic criteria for selective mutism and describe two common comorbidities.
2. Identify differences in symptom presentation in children versus adolescents.
3. Describe two evidence-based treatments for selective mutism.
4. Compile and prepare exposure hierarchies to increase brave behavior.
5. Describe three common school-based interventions for students with selective mutism.

About the presenter:

Dr. Kaitlyn Wilbur-Smith is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Director of Selective Mutism Services at the Boston Child Study Center (BCSC). She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, mood, and disruptive behavior disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Wilbur-Smith is intensively trained in and provides evidence-based cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT). Dr. Wilbur-Smith is a Certified PCIT Therapist by PCIT International and is clinically trained in treatment adaptations for selective mutism (PCIT-SM) and anxiety (PCIT-CALM).

Dr. Wilbur-Smith earned a Master of Arts in clinical practices and a Doctorate of Psychology from the University of Hartford in West Hartford, CT. She completed an APA-accredited predoctoral internship at Franciscan Children’s in Brighton, MA followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Boston Child Study Center.


Refunds, minus a 35% cancellation fee, will be issued for all cancellations received two weeks prior to the start of the course (on or before October 23, 2020). No refunds or vouchers will be made thereafter. No-shows are not refunded.

Attendance policy:
Full attendance is required to obtain CEs per NHPA policy. No partial credit will be given. Those who attend the workshop and complete the evaluation form will receive 3 continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits. 

This program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Psychological Association.  NHPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  NHPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 


The New Hampshire Psychological Association is a 501c6 non profit organization.  Our mission is to  advance the field of psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare.


NHPA PO Box 1492 Dover, NH 03821
Phone: 603-415-0451 
Email: office@nhpsychology.org

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