UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Working with Selective Mutism: Foundation Course - Module 1

Ref: 721/20
Date:To be confirmed
Venue:UCL Chandler House, Bloomsbury, London
Places: 20

Course Overview

This introductory module covers a full understanding of the nature, causes and diagnosis of selective mutism (SM), assessment and how to use informal management strategies. The emphasis is on an inclusive 24/7 approach to promote well-being and participation. When applied consistently within family and educational settings, these techniques will enable some children to fully overcome their difficulty talking, while laying a firm foundation for more formal small-steps intervention programmes if indicated.

Target audience

All professionals and support workers from educational, health and mental health backgrounds. Parents welcome too!

N.B. Participants will be required to bring with them a copy of the second edition of The Selective Mutism Resource Manual (Johnson and Wintgens, 2016, Speechmark Publications) or purchase one on the day by prior arrangement.


At the end of the course participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance.


 9.45 Introductions 
 Identification – the nature, definition and causes of SM
 11.15 BREAK

 Assessment and diagnosis

 Preparing for intervention and talking openly to the
 child or young person about their difficulties

 12.45 LUNCH
 1.45 The Model of Confident Talking as a basis for intervention
 Informal management techniques to create an anxiety-free
 3.15 Informal management techniques to facilitate talking 
 Workshop on planning intervention
 4.30 CLOSE

Course Tutor

Maggie Johnson, Principal Speech and Language Therapist, Kent Community Health NHS Trust.