Category: Child / Adolescent - Anxiety

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion 18 - Intensive Group Behavioral Treatments for Children and Early Adolescents With Selective Mutism

Saturday, November 18
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: Cobalt 502, Level 5, Cobalt Level

Keywords: Child Anxiety | Treatment-CBT | Social Anxiety
Presentation Type: Panel Discussion

A growing group of academic and private institutions across the country are implementing an intensive group behavioral treatment program for children and early adolescents with selective mutism (SM), a rare but increasingly prevalent anxiety disorder in youth. Although each is based in cognitive behavioral theory and the influence of negatively reinforced avoidant behavior, each program is unique in its elements of live parent coaching, teaching coping skills, parent training, and school-based intervention. Site-specific details of implementation will be discussed and compared for benefits for the children and their families. Further, panelists will review the current research and evidence for the intensive format specifically for SM behaviors and related anxiety or oppositional behavior problems. Factors related to cost, travel time, and follow up for families related to an intensive treatment format will be reviewed by the panelists. Barriers to dissemination of the intensive format of the program as well as difficulties to implementing this format of treatment will also be discussed. Each of the panelists is an expert in the field of SM and anxiety disorders in youth, and one panelist will describe the expansion of the intensive model to early adolescents (“tweens”), a new development in the treatment of SM in that population. Tips of the trade will be exchanged and highlighted for clinicians and researchers in the area of SM. 

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Jami Furr

Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Director, MINT Program
Florida International University Center for Children and Families

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Steve Kurtz

Kurtz Psychology Consulting PC

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Rachel Merson

Boston University Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders

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Shelley Avny

Kurtz Psychology Consulting PC

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Erin E. O'Connor

Graduate Student
Boston University

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Jami Furr

Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Director, MINT Program
Florida International University Center for Children and Families

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Cristina T. del Busto

Postdoctoral Fellow
Florida International University

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