Selective Mutism 101
Building an accurate understanding of the diagnosis of selective mutism is crucial in grasping the skills and techniques that required for effective treatment. With the recent release of the DSM-5, we celebrate that selective mutism has finally been appropriately placed within the Anxiety Disorders category. Thankfully, as the field of psychology has become more advanced and scientific in its approach, our understanding of selective mutism and the symptom presentations consistent with this diagnosis has improved. Steven Kurtz, PhD, ABPP, will lead an in-depth discussion on the diagnosis of selective mutism. He will debunk the unfortunate myths and misunderstandings that continue to impact children challenged by selective mutism, and cover the history of the diagnosis and how this history has influenced treatment and research. Additionally, this workshop will provide an overview of our current behavioral conceptualization of selective mutism.