5 hours, 46 minutes
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Build assessment-based treatment plans that work
Master 4 practical techniques for increasing communication
Implement the most innovative treatments for Selective Mutism
Design an effective reinforcement system with 3 easy steps
Develop successful accommodations for the school setting
The abilities to communicate needs, socialize, work in groups, and make
friends are desperately needed to succeed in elementary school and
beyond. Children with untreated selective mutism are at an increased risk
for self-esteem issues, depression, school failure, social skill problems, and
school refusal. E arly and evidence-based therapeutic intervention is of
the upmost importance to decrease anxiety and increase communication
in children with selective mutism. T hrough the use of case studies and
video examples, you will learn how to identify and assess for selective
mutism and what school and mental health professionals can do to help.
Interventions are broken down into small, easily understood steps that you
can immediately use with patients or students. A ttendees will practice
role-plays to learn practical techniques for increasing speech and helping
children control their anxiety.
Dr. Aimee Kotrba uses interactive discussions and humor through stories and anecdotes to describe the process of treatment and her years of experience working with children with selective mutism. Discover useful ways to intervene with even the most difficult cases. End not only with a specific, successful treatment plan for your individual cases but also with the knowledge to teach others in your workplace or community about selective mutism.
Appropriately assess for selective mutism using established criteria, questionnaires, and observation
List four coexisting problems/diagnoses that will likely impact treatment outcome
Explain the negative reinforcement loop
Create a graded exposure hierarchy based on communication (verbal and nonverbal)
Design an effective reinforcement system for exposures, including listing three necessary components for the development of reward systems that work
Practice four practical techniques for reducing anxiety
Assessment and Diagnosis
Where does Selective Mutism/Social Anxiety Come From?
Academic and Social Implications
Assessing for Selective Mutism
Behavioral Approach 101
How to Build an Anxiety Hierarchy
Individualizing the Treatment for Your Client
Developing an Effective Reinforcement System
Can Kids “Think” Their Way Braver
Cognitive Techniques That Work
Does Medication Really Help?
How to Interact with Anxious Children in the School Setting
IEP or Section 504? Developing a Special Education Plan
Academic Goals and Specific School Interventions
Communicating in the “Real World”
ABOUT AIMEE KOTRBA, Ph.D.
Aimee Kotrba, Ph.D, is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the expert assessment and treatment of selective mutism and social anxiety. She earned her doctorate degree in clinical child psychology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Kotrba maintains a private practice in Plymouth, Michigan, where she provides individual treatment, parent coaching, and school consultation for children with selective mutism.
Dr. Kotrba serves as the president of the Selective Mutism Group (SMG) board of directors and as the psychological expert for a local selective mutism parent support group. Dr. Kotrba’s work has appeared in numerous media outlets, including Parent Magazine and MetroParent Magazine. She is a nationally recognized speaker and regularly offers local and national workshops on the identification and treatment of selective mutism for parents, professionals, and school personnel.
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