This course will provide an overview of selective mutism, including causes, characteristics, and history, as well as components of assessment and diagnosis. It will discuss steps in intervention and treatment considerations such as promoting generalization and involving parents and other professionals.
Course created on February 12, 2020
- After this course, participants will be able to describe the history of changing definitions and beliefs about selective mutism over time.
- After this course, participants will be able to list possible etiologies and 3 characteristics of selective mutism.
- After this course, participants will be able to list the 3 steps in assessment and 4 steps in treatment of selective mutism.
Aimee Kotrba, PhD
Dr. Aimee Kotrba is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the expert assessment and treatment of childhood anxiety. Currently, Dr. Kotrba owns and directs Thriving Minds Behavioral Health, with clinics in Brighton and Chelsea, Michigan, where she provides individual treatment, parent coaching, and school consultation for children with anxiety. Dr. Kotrba is the author of Selective Mutism: An Assessment and Intervention Guide for Therapists, Educators, and Parents and Overcoming Selective Mutism: The Parent Field Guide and is a nationally recognized speaker on the identification and treatment of anxiety and Selective Mutism for parents, professionals, and school personnel.
Molly Schofield, BS
Molly Schofield is a graduate student attending Eastern Michigan University to obtain a master’s degree in clinical behavioral psychology. She is doing her practicum at Thriving Minds and works under the supervision of Dr. Aimee Kotrba. Her clinical interests include anxiety and impulse disorders in children and adolescents. Her research interests include psychosocial outcome of pediatric patients with medical conditions.
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