Effective Treatment for Selective Mutism in Young Children with Play Therapy

Topics: Play Therapy, Children, History/Seminal, Selective Mutism, Directive Play

Audience: Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Play Therapists, Marriage & Family Therapists (MFT)

3 CE Hours
$129.99 $69.99
Effective Treatment for Selective Mutism in Young Children with Play Therapy On-demand Course
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Lynn Louise Wonders

Noted Play Therapist/Trainer

Lynn Louise Wonders is a licensed professional counselor and certified professional counselor supervisor in the state of Georgia and a registered play therapist-supervisor. Lynn has been providing play therapy services for children and families since 2001 and has been providing play therapy training, supervision and consultation since 2010. She is an author and editor of multiple publications in the fields of child & family counseling and play therapy and . She is a Certified AutPlay Therapist, Certified Synergetic Play Therapist, Certified Mindfunless-based Play Therapist, and Certified in Neuropsychotherapy. Visit: www.WondersCounseling.com    

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Course Overview

Via recorded webinar
Course Description:
APT Primary Focus Area(s):
Seminal Theories: 1 CE
Skills and Methods: 2 CE
Total Play Therapy CE Hours: 3 CE

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
Learning Objectives:
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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    Effective Treatment for Selective Mutism in Young Children with Play Therapy

    Effective Treatment for Selective Mutism in Young Children with Play Therapy

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    Recorded Participant

    Good webinar, helpful tips!

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    Recorded Participant

    Lynn was knowledgeable about the topic. I learned what scales to use and how to write ISP goals.

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    Lynn is experienced and knowledgeable

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    Very informative

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    Alexa Nava, MEd, LPC

    Excellent training that walks you step-by-step through the process of working with children who are SM. It provides a framework and ideas for moving from one stage to the next.

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    Alexa Nava, MEd, LPC
    Recorded Participant

    I appreciate Lynn Louise Wonders sharing her knowledge on this topic. I knew very little about it before getting my first client with selective mutism, so I did not really know how to treat it. I feel much more confident now and better prepared for helping children struggle with this disorder.

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    Dr. Ru-Chi Yang, Psychologist

      Ms. Lynn Louise Wonders is a very knowledge and experienced play therapist who provides informative information, playful interventions, and resourses in regard to working with children and adolescents presenting with SM to facilitate the participant’s professional learning and growth.

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    Dr. Ru-Chi Yang, Psychologist
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    This training was very helpful in identifying techniques to use in session.

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    This was a wonderful training with a very knowledgeable instructor and super relevant and helpful interventions and treatment planning guide.

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