Course Description

Most of the research literature points to behavioral-based interventions for treating selective mutism (SM) in children but the research is limited and clinical experience with this populationIn in successfully treating this disorder lends to a theory that the nature of SM is best addressed with a prescriptive play therapy approach.  This 4 hour webinar you will learn about how and when to utilize CCPT, how and when to use CBPT and how and when behavioral-based interventions are most appropriate when treating this complex disorder in children ages 4-9. (Advanced)

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the diagnostic criteria for SM and distinguish this diagnosis from trauma related mutism.
  2. Name the stages of selective mutism that indicate symptom severity and how they drive the prescriptive treatment plan.
  3. Explain the rationale and prescriptive timing within treatment for utilizing CCPT with children with selective mutism.
  4. Explain when and why cognitive behavioral play therapy and behavioral techniques are appropriate in treating selective mutism.
  5. List 10 directive play therapy interventions that correlate with various stages of symptom severity in selective mutism.


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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