Via recorded webinar
This course teaches a prescriptive play therapy approach to treating selective mutism based on what research indicates is most effective in treating young children. Techniques including a combination of child centered play therapy, lightly structured play therapy and more directive cognitive behavioral play therapy and behavioral play-based interventions based upon the symptom severity measured by observations and reports using behavioral rating scales and interview consultations.
Original recording date: May 1, 2018
Upon the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Define the diagnosis of Selective Mutism (SM) according to the DSM-V.
- Explain the variance of symptom severity with SM with regard to demonstrated social skills.
- Summarize what the research literature shows regarding the treatment of SM in young children.
- Name the 3 essential components of the assessment phase of treatment for SM and describe why each are important.
- Name the main goal for outcome of treatment of SM.
- List the 3 directives for caregivers and teachers when a child is in treatment.
- Describe the 4 degrees of symptom severity and name 2 play therapy interventions for each symptom severity presentation.
- Discuss the ideal termination process with children who have SM.
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