Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 9am to 5pm EDT

Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 9am to       3pm EDT

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Florida International University

11200 SW 8th Street
Graham Center Panther Suite
Miami, FL 33199



Lisa Kovac
Selective Mutism Association


Selective Mutism Association


The Selective Mutism Training Institute

Cosponsored by The Mental Health Interventions and Technology Program at Florida International University Center for Children and Families

The Selective Mutism Training Institute (SMTI) is a 2-day training designed to increase professional competence in providing evidence-based treatment of SM.  Learn innovative techniques to effectively assess and treat children with 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 skill 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 development 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 be taught. Speech and language conceptualization, assessment, and interventions will also be reviewed. 

Participant Requirements:  Participants must either be 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 info@selectivemutism.org 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: Information about Continuing Education credits will be added to our website and this registration page as it becomes available.

Hotel rooms are available at the Hilton Garden Inn Miami - Dolphin Mall for a discounted rate of $129 per night. Please click here to reserve your room at the 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 so make your reservation as soon as possible. If you have 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.

Refund/Cancellation Policy:

Any cancellations made prior to March 20, 2020 will receive a full refund less a $35 processing fee. Cancellations made between March 20 and April 1 will receive a 50% refund less a $35 processing fee, and no refunds will be given after April 1.