Understanding Selective Mutism Workshop: Evidence-Based Interventions For Educators and Parents

Workshop and Live Webinar: next workshop October 25, 2019 in Brighton. Space is Limited! Click here to register.

This one day workshop is designed for mental health care professionals, school personnel, and parents. Workshops are generally held once per calendar year. Topics include how to identify Selective Mutism, best practices for using assessment to direct treatment, specific behavioral strategies for intervention, and practical techniques for reducing anxiety. The cost of the workshop is $169; this includes a workshop informational packet and snacks. Lunch is on your own.

CEUs will be offered for Psychologists, Social Workers, and Marriage/Family Therapists - there will be a fee for CEUs collected.  CEs can be obtained through R. Cassidy; a link is provided on the registration page, where registrants can directly sign up for Continuing Education credits.

Dr. Aimee Kotrba has conducted scores of professional workshops over the past several years. She loves engaging with attendees and hearing about the positive impact the information has had on their lives. 

This is by far the best workshop I’ve attended. Dr. Kotrba is an excellent and engaging speaker.
— educator
Dr. Kotrba offered practical strategies that could be immediately implemented!
This gives us the starting point we have been needing for so long!
— parent of a child with Selective Mutism
As a person who tends to get awfully fidgety during all-day conference sessions (especially on beautiful fall days), it is a pleasure to say I was completely captivated throughout the whole presentation. Your presentation has motivated me to continue brainstorming supports for the students on my caseload and in the rest of my school district – we have a general lack of support/knowledge around this disability in our district and in our state – who have SM. I will be consulting with my fellow SLPs and sharing what I’ve learned.
— Amanda, Workshop Participant

Understanding Selective Mutism: All-Day Intensive For Professionals

Thriving Minds offers expert training in Selective Mutism, which includes not only training in treatment but hands-on experience. Training packages can be individualized to the needs of the clinician and available scheduled treatment sessions but will likely include the combination of:

  • Pre-intervention consultation and provision of training resources

  • Participation in behavioral assessment procedures, individual treatment sessions, individual intensive treatment sessions, parent psychoeducational sessions, school consultation sessions, and/or group therapy sessions for children with Selective Mutism

  • Coaching and assistance from the lead clinician on intervention skills

  • One hour debriefing and psychoeducational session with the lead clinician

  • Two 30-minute follow-up case consultation sessions on the SM-related topic or case of your choice.


During intervention sessions, advanced training participants will learn through the expert clinician's modeling of treatment techniques as well as the participants' own direct application of treatment techniques. Participants will serve as a novel communication partner for stimulus-fading sessions, facilitate community exposures, participate in parent psychoeducational sessions, and collaborate with the lead clinician and parents about the next brave talking goals for the child in treatment.

Clinicians will also receive a copy of Selective Mutism: An Assessment and Intervention Guide for Therapists, Educators, & Parents by Dr. Aimee Kotrba to assist in preparation for participation in the training and as a continued resource in their clinical practice

Package is priced at $850 per clinician. Group rates are also available. Participants should expect additional expenses including travel to and from community exposures, individual entrance fees to museums/fairs/events (when necessary for community exposures), and meals. 

For more information or to register, please call (734) 433-5100 or email Katelyn Reed at kreed@thrivingminds.info