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Thursday, September 20, 2018 12 pm
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This webinar provides information on the conceptualization and treatment of selective mutism (SM) across development. SM has received growing interest and attention in the last decade, resulting in improved and more accessible treatments. However, SM remains widely misunderstood among professionals, educators, and parents due to its complex and unusual presentation. Additionally, while SM was previously considered an early childhood disorder, there is growing consensus that SM is a “gateway” disorder, persisting into adolescence if untreated or inadequately treated, and that these youth may suffer even greater impairments and comorbidities than the younger ones.

In this webinar, we will first discuss the symptoms and impairments associated with SM, dispelling common misconceptions about the disorder. We will then briefly describe the established SM treatment for preschool- and elementary school-aged children, and the principles behind that treatment. Next, we will describe the characteristics/features of middle and high school-aged youth with SM, and highlight the differences in their clinical presentation from younger children. We will then introduce WeSpeak – an intensive behavioral group intervention for tweens/teens with SM. We will discuss the range of adaptations that have been made from both programmatic and technical/strategic perspectives to design a developmentally appropriate intervention for this subset of the SM population. This includes ways to 1) motivate and engage older SM youth in treatment, 2) structure the group in ways that most closely simulate real-world environments and situations, 3) systematically approach SM exposures, beginning with “fade-ins” to get them verbal, 4) interact genuinely and naturally, while at the same time challenging them to take steps forward, 5) help parents best support their kids in their journey to overcome SM, and 6) promote generalization so that the progress made during the intensive translates back to their home/school settings. We will provide examples of the goals that are targeted during WeSpeak, the activities and techniques used to target those goals, and the typical progress observed over the course of the week. Finally, we will discuss how clinicians, parents, and educators can use this knowledge to ensure that SM youth are receiving appropriate support and resources.   

Learning Objectives

At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  1. Understand symptoms of SM, and the differences in clinical presentations across development. 
  2. Learn the various developmental adaptations in working with tweens/teens with SM, particularly in the context of an intensive group intervention. 
  3. Seek out appropriate resources for youth with SM. 

This webinar is not eligible for CE credit.

About the Presenter(s)

Shelley Avny, PhD

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Shelley Avny, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Manhattan with expertise in assessing and treating anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. Before starting her own practice, Dr. Avny was the Director of the Selective Mutism Program at Kurtz Psychology, where she founded WeSpeak – an intensive behavioral group intervention for tweens/teens with SM. The WeSpeak program was featured in an episode of BBC World News as an illustration of the struggles faced by tweens/teens with SM and how WeSpeak addresses these difficulties. Dr. Avny is a frequent presenter at ABCT, ADAA, and the Selective Mutism Association (SMA), serves on the ABCT Website Editorial Board, and is on the ADAA and ABCT program committees. Dr. Avny is invested in optimizing treatment outcomes for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders, and uses the integration of theory, practice, and data to guide her in these efforts. 

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CE/CME Information

Physicians

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statement – Amedco LLC designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Psychologists

This course is co-sponsored by Amedco and Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). Amedco is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amedco maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 1.0 hour.

The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Counselors: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MO, NC, ND, NH, NE, NJ, NM, NV, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY
MI: No CE requirements
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MA / MFTs: Participants can self-submit courses not approved by the MAMFT board for review.
The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Social Workers: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, ID, IN, KY, ME, MN, MO, NE, NH, NM, OR, PA, VT, WI, WY

New York Board for Social Workers
Amedco SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0115. 1.0 hour.

NBCC
The Anxiety and Depression Association of American (ADAA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6872. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. ADAA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

CAMFT
The CAMFT board accepts credits from providers approved by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Social Workers

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Amedco is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Amedco maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.0 continuing education credit.

The following state boards accept courses offering ASWB ACE credit for Social Workers: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WV, WY
* WV accepts ASWB ACE unless activity is in live in West Virginia then an application is required.

The following state boards accept courses offering ASWB ACE credit for Counselors: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, ME, MO, ND, NE, NM, NH, NV, OK, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY
AL / Counselors: Activities not providing NBCC approval may be approved by the Board for individual licensees upon receipt of acceptable documentation prior to the activity. Please send course details to your licensing board for approval BEFORE the event. No approvals afterward by the board.

The following state boards accept courses offering ASWB ACE credit for MFTs: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, IA, ID, IN, KS, MD, ME, MO, NC, NE, NH, NM, NV, OK, PA, RI, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY
MA / MFTs: Participants can self-submit courses not approved by the MAMFT board for review.

The following state boards accept courses offering ASWB ACE credit for Addictions Professionals: AK, CA, CO, CT, GA, IA, IN, KS, LA, MO, MT, ND, NM, NV, OK, OR, SC, WA, WI, WV, WY