Course Description

APT credit hours available for this course are: 2 hours theory| 2 hours skills and methods

Description: This course teaches a prescriptive play therapy approach to treating selective mutism based on what the research says is most effective in treating young children 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.

Learning Objectives: 

•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.


Lynn Louise Wonders, LPC, RPT-S

Lynn Louise Wonders is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, early childhood specialist and parenting coach.She is the founder and director of Wonders Counseling Services, LLC, an APT-Approved Provider for play therapy continuing education offering clinical services, play therapy supervision and training as well as professional mentoring for therapists developing a career in play therapy.Lynn is certified by Jack Canfield as a coach and trainer, offering seminars, small and large workshops and mastermind programs for therapists and other helping professionals online and in person world-wide.Lynn leads a large community of play therapists from around the world on Facebook and has assisted well over 1,000 therapists in working toward RPT status and building thriving play therapy private practices.Lynn has partnered with Jennifer Taylor Play Therapy Services for the delivery and management of this course. Jennifer Taylor Play Therapy Services is an Approved Provider with the Association for Play Therapy. (APT Approved Provider 12-331).  Play therapy credit available to mental health professionals only as listed in each course description.  Courses that do not qualify for play therapy credit are clearly listed. Jennifer Taylor has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider ACEP No. 6928.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly marked.  Jennifer Taylor is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

Course curriculum


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Lori Kays

This course contains many helpful interventions that I will immediately be able to put to use with my client with Selective Mutism. This course was worth eve...

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This course contains many helpful interventions that I will immediately be able to put to use with my client with Selective Mutism. This course was worth every penny. I feel so much more confident in working with kids with Selective Mutism now.

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