Selective Mutism Training for
Mental Health & Allied Health Professionals
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
Adapted for Selective Mutism (PCIT-SM)
Virtual training starting October 20, 2022


Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 10:00 AM EDT
Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 2:00 PM EDT

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Training Director

Steven Kurtz, PhD, ABPP
Global Trainer, PCIT International
PCIT-SM Treatment Developer
Founder & President, Kurtz Psychology Consulting PC


Intended Audience

This training is primarily intended for mental health therapists licensed for independent practice who are treating or expect to be treating children with selective mutism (SM). Other licensed professionals are welcomed as well including SLPs, PTs, OTs, BCBAs recognizing that some of the behavioral terminology and procedures may be a bit less familiar. If in doubt, contact the Dr. Kurtz directly to discuss. 

Must I have prior PCIT training?

No, you do not have to be already certified in PCIT prior to taking this PCIT-SM training. If you are not a PCIT Certifed Therapist you will however need to complete the free online PCIT course provided by UC Davis prior to our PCIT-SM training. This is a 10-hour, 11-module course to provide an in-depth overview of the basic PCIT paradigm. You can register for this training now and then complete this online course any time prior to our PCIT-SM training. 


Attendees should have working familiarity with basic behavioral principles of assessment and intervention. Supplemental readings are available on request to help prepare for this course. If you are not a Certified PCIT Therapist you will need to complete the free online PCIT course from UC Davis

Required reading for Certification of PCIT-SM 

Participants in the Certification program will be provided with their required reading, which will include some articles and chapters.

Special Needs & Accommodations for Course Attendees

Kurtz Psychology Consulting PC fully complies with the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If any participant is in need of special accommodations, please submit a written request in advance to sm@kurtzpsychology.com.

CE Grievance Procedures

Kurtz Psychology Consulting PC goes to great lengths to ensure the academic integrity of its CE offereings. If you have any concerns, pleaes bring them to our attention. If your concerns are not resolved, please contact the CE sponsor, PCIT International, via e-mail at pcit.ce@gmail.com or their mailing address: PCIT CE, 22713 NW 191st Lane, High Springs, FL 32643 to submit a complaint or if you have additional questions.

Limits of Certification in PCIT-SM

Please note that the certification as a PCIT-SM therapist or trainer is not certificaiton by PCIT Intnernational as a PCIT therapist or trainer and you will be obligated to make accurate representations in this regard.

Kurtz Psychology Consulting PC will provide a training over four half-days in June 2021 for mental health, behavioral, and allied health professionals in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Adapted for Selective Mutism (PCIT-SM). This traning will be fully virtual. 

PCIT-SM is an empirically-supported treatment developed by Dr. Steven Kurtz to treat children with SM. PCIT-SM has been shown in both individual and intensive group formats to significantly increase verbalizations and engagement, to decrease mutism and avoidance, and to lead to significant remission rates of SM. Click here to read the original peer-reviewed research conducted independently by two SM programs not affiliated with Kurtz Psychology Consulting - one at the Florida International University and one at the British Columbia Children's Hospital in Vancouver, Canada.

SM is an impairing child anxiety disorder that typically renders children virtually unable to speak within their normal limits outside of their homes in school and community situations. SM is typically accompanied by other  comorbid anxiety disorders as well as often accompanied by externalizing disruptive behavior disorders.

Dr. Kurtz pioneered the development of PCIT-SM as an adaptation of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) - a gold standard treatment for young children with disruptive behavior disorders. PCIT-SM is provided to individual patients and families as well as provided in groups and intensive camp-like formats, most notably as Mighty Mouth Kids and Brave BuddiesSM  This training is designed to allow licensed clinicians to begin their practice of PCIT-SM based on solid didactic preparation as well as considerable skills practice and "checkouts" over the four half-days of the course. Certification is an optional additional process described below. The four half-day sessions will be held virtually on October 20, 21, 26, and 27, 2022 from 10am-2pm Eastern US time. 

Certified PCIT-SM Therapist

Clinicians then participate in 12 small-group monthly case consultations with Kurtz Psychology via secure video calls and having us review or sit in live on selected sessions.  Review will include receiving feedback on your acutal use of core components of PCIT-SM, e.g., SM teach sessions for CDI and VDI, doing parent coaching, and guiding fade-ins with teachers and/or peers. Clinicians who successfully complete the training as well as the case consultation and video review will become Certified PCIT-SM Therapists.  Certified PCIT-SM therapists are entitled to list this credential in their own promotional materials and will be listed on Dr. Kurtz's website as Certified PCIT-SM providers with hyperlinks to their respective websites. The consultation calls we be held monthly and the requirement is to complete a minimum of nine calls over the course of one calendar year from the time the onsite training ends. This schedule allows for vacations or other reasons you might not be able to attend all monthly calls. Calls will be scheduled either at 10am or 11am Eastern time on a weekday agreed on by participants.

Please note this PCIT-SM training process is completely separate and distinct from the training process for the original PCIT for disruptive behavior disorders which is administered by PCIT International. 


Steven Kurtz, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Kurtz is a licensed clinical psychologist and is certified as a Master Trainer by PCIT International.  He is Board Certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy by the American Board of Professional Psychology and a Clinical Fellow in the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). He is on the Board of Directors for the Selective Mutism Association. Dr. Kurtz has been a tireless advocate for children's mental health for decades. In addition to many peer reviewed publications and presentations, he has appeared on ABC Nightline, NBC Today Show,  PBS Keeping Kids Healthy, and numerous other TV, print and radio outlets to spread awareness of empirically-supported treatments and to help de-stigmatize access to mental health care. He travels internationally to train parents, teachers and mental health professionals, with recent trips to Ireland, Dubai, Germany and Canada to carry forward this important work.


Meredith Polsky, LMSW, Social Work Therapist 


Meredith Polsky has been working at the intersection of social work and special education for more than 20 years, having founded Matan in the year 2000. She developed a passion for working with children with Selective Mutism in 2010 when her own children were diagnosed as preschoolers. She works with children in their natural environments – schools, playgrounds, etc. – to help them establish and solidify their ability to speak to a wide range of people in a variety of settings.

 Meredith holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University, a Master’s degree in Special Education from Bank Street College, and a graduate certificate in Early Intervention from Georgetown University. Meredith is co-author of the award-winning I Have a Question children’s book series, including I Have a Question about Death, I Have a Question about Divorce, and I Have a Question about Cancer (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively).

Schedule & Syllabus

Thursday, October 20, 2022

10:00 Welcoming remarks, introductions, goal setting

10:30 - 2:00 Introduction to Selective Mutism (SM)

PCIT-SM Overview

Assessment in PCIT-SM

Friday, October 21, 2022

10:00 - 2:00 Child-Directed Interactions (CDI) 

   Guided Practice and Skills Checkouts

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

10:00 Verbal-Directed Interactions (VDI)

Guided Practice and Skills Checkouts

11:30 - 2:00 Fading-in significant others to the child's talking circle

Peers, teachers, coaches, relatives 

Thursday, October 27, 2022

10:00 Special considerations:

Collaborating with schools

Accommodations, 504, IEP processes

Medication considerations

Planning for your actual treatment cases

2:00 Wrap-Up & Closing Remarks

Basic Training Highlights for the Four Half-Days:

  • Overview of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and the Adaptation to Selective Mutism (PCIT-SM)
  • Didactic lectures with video exemplars of all stages of treatment
  • Experiential skills practice throughout with feedback
  • All essential forms will be provided and may be copied for future use
  • Spreadsheets will be provided for assessment and treatment tracking
  • Score, graph, and interpret the Selective Mutism Questionnaire (SMQ) Frankfurt Scale for SM (FSSM) and the other public domain questionnaires used in our assessment: SCARED Anxiety Questionnaire, SNAP Questionnaire for Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Guided practice in the two phases of the PCIT-SM Treatment: CDI and VDI
  • Discussion of special considerations such as children with significant comorbidities and how to work with schools in the treatment process
  • Medication considerations for non-prescribers and how to manage expectations with families
  • All forms, scoring and graphing templates included in training fee

Certification as a PCIT-SM Therapist:

  • Followup case consultation to become credentialed provider of PCIT-SM by the treatment developer, Dr. Steven Kurtz and Meredith Polsky.
  • 12 monthly case consultation calls to enhance your implementation of PCIT-SM
  • Review with feedback of session videos covering your teaching and implementation of CDI, VDI, parent coaching and fading-in skills with peers or teachers. Limited consent forms will be provided.
  • Upon successful completion of both the training and the video reviews with fidelity, you will be awarded documentation as a Certified PCIT-SM Therapist. 
  • Listing on our website as a Certified PCIT-SM Therapist. 
  • Permission to use this endorsement on your website and in your marketing as well.

Continuing Education (CE) Credits

PCIT International is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PCIT International maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This four half-days course will earn 10.5 CEs both for APA and for PCIT therapists. There is a $35 fee to process the CE certificate. A continuing education certificate for the event will be emailed after the didactic portion of the training.


The PCIT-SM Training fee is $2500 which covers all four days of didactics, all materials, the year of case consultation calls and access to our resource library online always. You can choose to pay all at once or opt for a payment plan of $500 now and 10 automatic monthly payments of $200 per month plus a convenience fee of $15 per monthly payment.  If you choose the extended payment plan option, please click here to complete Payment Plan Authorization form and return to us as a PDF. 

At checkout on the registration page, if you choose to pay by credit card you will be charged by the processor for their processing fees. To avoid these fees you are welcome to pay by check or by wire transfer. If you pay by wire transfer, check the box that says "Pay by check" at the point of payment. Then email sm@kurtzpsychology.com for wire transfer instructions.

This will prepare your to earn the designation of Certified PCIT-SM Therapist, and allow you to be referenced on our websites as a trained PCIT-SM clinician.