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Selective Mutism: Helping Reluctant & Reticent Speakers By Dr. Steven Kurtz




Dr. Steven Kurtz is a Board Certified Child Psychologist. He specializes in providing evidence-based treatment to children and families struggling with a number of issues including ADHD, oppositionality, selective mutism and other disorders. Dr. Kurtz is also certified by PCIT International as one of only 22 Master Trainers in PCIT – a gold standard, evidence-based treatment for young children with defiant behavior.
Dr. Kurtz was the Founding Senior Director of the Center for ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders and the Founding Director of the Selective Mutism Program at the Child Mind Institute. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Professor of Child Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine and NYU Child Study Center. Dr. Kurtz’s research and clinical work have been published widely in professional journals. He has been a featured presenter at numerous professional conferences. Dr. Kurtz has been featured on ABC Nightline, NBC Today Show, CBS Early Morning Show, on several PBS and TLC shows, as well as in numerous newspaper, magazine and internet news outlets.

Workshop Description. Dr. Kurtz presented a combination of didactics covering many aspects of Selective Mutism (SM) including, but not limited to, etiology, diagnosis, demographics of the disorder, and review of literature on evidence-based assessment of SM. Dr. Kurtz also trained attendees on the behavioral assessment protocol he developed and its components. Training was supplemented with Dr. Kurtz’s videotapes.

The afternoon training focused on the behavioral treatment paradigm developed by Dr. Kurtz for working with youngsters in the school, community and clinical settings. The formal didactics was supplemented by a heavy emphasis on behavioral rehearsal and performance feedback. Videos were also included to model the techniques.

This training is appropriate for Mental health & associated professionals, Educators, other Therapists, Speech Therapists, Special Ed and Parents.


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