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February 12 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Dr. Salih will present an overview of selective mutism including its etiology, demographics, natural history, current evidence based treatment and how to assist children with selective mutism in the school setting. This workshop will include hands on opportunities to learn the skills involved with treatment of selective mutism and will convey step by step treatment interventions in the school setting.
Dr. Tamara Salih is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Mood and Anxiety Disorders clinic at BC Children’s Hospital and at the Infant Psychiatry Clinic at Richmond Hospital. She is a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of BC, and a graduate of UBC Medicine as well as UBC Psychiatry with sub specialized training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Her clinical and research interests lie in the pharmacologic and cognitive behavioral treatment of pediatric anxiety and mood disorders. She is a co-investigator on a research study evaluating the effectiveness of a group based behavioral treatment program for children with selective mutism, and is in the process of publishing a research paper on an individualized behavioral treatment intervention for children with selective mutism. She has received specialized training in treatment of selective mutism, reflective parenting for infant psychiatry, and cognitive behavioral interventions for anxiety disorders.