Selective Mutism is a complex childhood disorder that is characterized by a child’s difficult speaking in social situations.  There are multipole ways in which Selective Mutism prsents. Often children with Selective Mutism do not speak at school, or with adults, although a child can meet criteria for Selective Mutism even if he/she speaks in some settings or with certain people. This module will present several cases of Selective Mutism treated with CBPT. The approaches were very different and highlight the various ways that CBPT can be adapted for use with individual children.


At the end of the module, participants should be able to:

  1.  Understand how CBPT can be used to treat Selective Mutism in Children
  2. Increase their knowledge about using approaches to treating Selective Mutism which take into account the child’s needs in terms of a more directive vs a more ”modeling” approach


The course is aimed at:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Clinical Social Workers Or Licensed Independent Social Workers
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Licensed Marriage And Family Therapist
  • Licensed Mental Health Clinical Nurse Practitioner
  • Psicologo abilitato (IT)
  • Psicoterapeuta o studente in formazione (IT)
  • Neuropsichiatra Infantile abilitato alla psicoterapia (IT)

The delivery of the certificate of attendance at the conclusion of the course will be tied to the evaluation of the participants' requirements. In the absence of the requirements, the course hours will not be certified. 



Selective Mutism is a complex childhood disorder that is characterized by a child’s difficult speaking in social situations. Here are some clinical applications.


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Susan M. Knell holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and a MA in Developmental Psychology. She is the author of the book, Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy (1993) which has been translated into Italian and Turkish. As the first to study and write about the application of Cognitive Behavior Therapy to young children, she integrated Cognitive Behavioral interventions and Play therapy in developmentally sensitive ways. She has written chapters on CBPT in many edited books on Play Therapy. As a clinical Psychologist, she has provided assessment and therapeutic services to children, adolescents, and adults for almost 40 years. In addition to her clinical practice, she supervises graduate students, trains mental health professionals internationally, and has done research and teaching.