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Parent and Educator Workshops on Selective Mutism

Our Parent and Educator Workshops cover a range of issues affecting children with selective mutism (SM), from the dos and don'ts of treatment to navigating friendships, group work at school, and family gatherings. Below you'll find descriptions of the workshops—important opportunities for parents, teachers, and other caring professionals to learn more about how to support children with SM. You can gain invaluable skills and information to help kids with SM overcome their condition and thrive both academically and socially.

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This series is brought to you by the Child Mind Institute's Selective Mutism Service. If you can't join us in person for an upcoming workshop, consider watching the live stream during the event.

All workshops are held from 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM at the Child Mind Institute headquarters located at 445 Park Avenue (with entrance on 56th Street), New York, NY 10022. Note that our trained counselors are available to provide child care at no extra charge so that you can participate in a workshop. If you would like to arrange for child care, please let us know when you RSVP.

2014-2015 Series

Selective Mutism 101
Presented by Rachel Busman, PsyD, director of the Selective Mutism Service at the Child Mind Institute
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Building Brave Muscles: Behavioral Treatment for Selective Mutism
Presented by Laura Kirmayer, MA, associate psychologist and director of the Brave Buddies program at the Child Mind Institute
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Climbing the Ladder: Creating and Implementing Approach Tasks
Presented by Laura Kirmayer, MA, associate psychologist and director of the Brave Buddies program at the Child Mind Institute
Wednesday, January 28, 2014

Language Communication: Speech-Language Perspectives
Presented by Rachel Cortese, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, Learning Development Center
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Team Approach: Collaboration and Coordination with Schools
Presented by Janine Domingues, PhD, associate psychologist in the Anxiety and Mood Disorders Center, with a panel of Teachers and Parents
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hear Our Voices: Individuals Who Have Overcome SM
Panel of children and adolescents who have overcome SM
Thursday, May 21, 2015

2013-2014 Series

Selective Mutism 101
Presented by Steven Kurtz, PhD, ABPP, Clinical Psychologist, ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders Center
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Building Brave Muscles: The Specific Behavioral Skills that Target Increasing Bravery
Presented by Laura Kirmayer, MSW, Selective Mutism Fellow
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Climbing the Ladder: Creating and Implementing Approach Tasks
Presented by Steven Kurtz, PhD, ABPP, Clinical Psychologist, ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders Center
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Language Communication: Speech-Language Perspectives
Presented by Rachel Cortese, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, Learning Development Center
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Research Update: What Do We Actually Know At This Point?
Presented by Raquel Cumba, MA, Selective Mutism Fellow
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Team Approach: Collaboration and Coordination with Schools
Presented by Laura Kirmayer, MSW, Selective Mutism Fellow, with a panel of Teachers and Parents
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hear Our Voices: Individuals Who Have Overcome SM
Panel of children and adolescents who have overcome SM
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

2013 Series

Language & Communication: The SLP Perspectives
presented by Rachel Cortese, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, Learning & Development Center
Thursday, January 24, 2013

Research Update: What Do We Actually Know At This Point?
presented by Elaina Zendegui, MA, Clinical Psychology Extern and Jennifer Meeter, MA, Clinical Psychology Extern
Thursday, February 21, 2013     

Summertime Plans & Prepping for the Next School Year
presented by Patty Carambot, MA, Clinical Psychology Extern and Katherine Thorpe, MA, Clinical Psychology Extern
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Hear Our Voices: Individuals Who Have Overcome SM
Panel of children and adolescents who have overcome SM
Thursday, May 23, 2013

2012 Series

Supporting Parents
presented by Melissa Ortega, PsyD Child Mind Institute and Michelle Chung, PsyD, Beth Israel Medical Center & St. Luke's Roosevelt
Thursday, January 12, 2012  

The Testing Process for Children with SM
presented by Matthew Cruger, PhD, Senior Director, Learning and Development Center
Thursday, February 16, 2012

Summer, Summer, Summer Time....
presented by Laura Skriner, MA, Child Mind Institute
Thursday, March 15, 2012

In Their Shoes: A Parent Panel Discussion of the Journey Through Treatment for Parents With a Child Diagnosed With SM
Thursday, April 12, 2012

Starting the School Year Off On the Right Foot: Preparing for the Next School Year
presented by Irene Zilber, MA, Child Mind Institute
Thursday, May 17, 2012

What's the Special Sauce? Exploring Exposure Treatment
presented by Steven Kurtz, PhD, ABPP, Clinical Psychologist, ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders Center
Thursday, October 25, 2012 

Family Gatherings: How to Make the Most of a Tough Situation
presented by Laura Kirmayer, MA, Associate Psychologist, ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders Center
Thursday, November 15, 2012

Medications for SM: When, Why, and How
presented by Steven Dickstein, MD, Pediatric Psychopharmacologist
Thursday, December 13, 2012

2011 Series

The Special Education Process and SM: What's In It for My Child and Student?
presented by Regina Skyer, JD, and Abbie Smith, JD, Law Offices of Regina Skyer & Associates
Thursday, October 20, 2011

Three Parties, Two Parents, and One Child: Handling SM at Holiday Time
presented by Margaret Areizaga, MA, Child Mind Institute
Thursday, November 10, 2011

When Is It Time To Talk About Medication? Benchmarks and Indications Medication Intervention Is Needed
presented by Roy Boorady, MD, Senior Director, Psychopharmacology Service
Thursday, December 15, 2011

2010 Series

The Who, What, When, Where & How of Play Dates for Children with Selective Mutism
presented by  Melissa Ortega, MA, Child Mind Institute 
Thursday, October 21, 2010

'Tis the Season: Helping Kids with SM Enjoy Holidays & Family Gatherings
presented by Samantha Miller, PhD, Director of Externship Training, ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders Center
Thursday, November 11, 2010

Is Medicine Part of the Answer? Medication Approaches to Selective Mutism
presented by Roy Boorady, MD, Senior Director, Psychopharmacology Service
Thursday, December 16, 2010

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