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(p. 1) Introductory Information for Therapists 

(p. 1) Introductory Information for Therapists
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(p. 1) Introductory Information for Therapists
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R. Lindsey Bergman

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780195391527.003.0001
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date: 08 April 2020

Chapter 1 contains background information for the therapist and introduces the purpose of the program. Information about the disorder is presented including a description of the phenomenology, prevalence, course, and diagnostic criteria for the disorder. The development and evidence base for the treatment program are described with data presented. The behavioral conceptualization of selective mutism and the resulting treatment model are presented along with a description of other possible treatments, including psychotropic medication. The outline of the program, 20 sessions delivered over 24 weeks is presented with the key features (construction of hierarchy, exposure exercises, parental and teacher participation, transfer of control model, and out of session assignments) described in further detail.

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