Short courses


Working with Selective Mutism: Intermediate Course (Modules 2 and 3)

  • 6 hours
  • 1 day


On this one-day course you'll learn about interventions to support children and adolescents who have selective mutism (SM).

This study day builds on the core techniques covered in the foundation course and is split into two session.

The morning session focuses on small-steps intervention programmes to support individuals with SM to talk - first on a one-to-one basis and then generalising to others across a range of settings.

The optional afternoon session covers additional considerations for older children and young people, including secondary school transfer and individuals who may be disengaged and hard to reach.

This course is run by the UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences (PaLS).

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for professionals and support workers from educational, health and mental health backgrounds and family members. Case workers and therapists working with adults are also welcome.

You'll need to have completed the foundation course before you attend this course. 

You'll need to bring with you 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.

Course content

Topics covered in module 2 (the morning session) include:

  • planning and implementing small-steps programmes
  • identification of factors which facilitate or complicate progress
  • dealing with regression

Topics covered in module 3 (the afternoon session) include:

  • additional considerations for adolescents and secondary school settings
  • issues of motivation, engagement and consent

You'll also have opportunities to ask questions and for discussion.


You'll receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.


The fee to attend the whole day (modules 2 and 3) is £160.

The fee for the morning session only (module 2) is £80

Further study

The extension course (which takes place the day after this intermediate course) may be of interest if you need more than the core programme and are dealing with a complex diagnosis, family issues or simply not making expected progress.

Course team

Maggie Johnson

Maggie Johnson

Principal Speech and Language Therapist, Kent Community Health NHS Trust

Learner reviews

"Fantastic content - very knowledgeable and full of great advice!" [July 2016]

"Brilliant two days! Thank you! Lots of advice and very informative." [July 2015]

"Just great, both inspiring, thank you." [March 2013]

"I have thoroughly enjoyed this course. It will have a significant impact upon my practice as an SLT across 2 countries." [April 2012]

Course information last modified: 30 Nov 2022, 16:00