Meet Dr. Shipon-Blum
Selective Mutism Conference in Israel!

Presented by: Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum and Psychologist Ruth Perednik

When: Monday, February 20, 2017

Where: El Halev 3 Po-alei Tsedek St, 2nd Floor, Talpiot, Jerusalem

Time: 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
/registration begins at 5:30 pm local time!

Presentation Topics:

Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum
Golden Rules and Strategies for Helping Children/Teens with Selective Mutism "Speak" In School
Selective Mutism is so much more than 'not speaking'. This workshop will focus on understanding SM as a social communication anxiety disorder. Key aspects to the evidence-based treatment, Social Communication Anxiety Treatment® (S-CAT®) will be discussed with emphasis on 'why' children develop SM, why a child remains mute and how to use the Social Communication Bridge® to determine stages of social communication. The bulk of the presentation will focus on hands-on tips and strategies using visuals, charts, and video examples to demonstrate how to help the child progress from mutism to speaking with peers, teachers, and within groups. Specifically, in the school setting.

Psychologist Ruth Perednik
Parents, Teachers and Therapists - Effective Therapeutic Interventions to Overcome SM
This presentation will outline interventions for each group (parents, teachers, and therapists) to be implemented together or independently.
Additional discussion will include: Raising shy children; treating teens and adults with Selective Mutism; Bilingualism, immigration, and SM.


Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum
Elisa Shipon-Blum DO, is the President & Director of the Selective Mutism Anxiety Research and Treatment Center (SMart Center) located in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. She is the Founder of the Selective Mutism Association (SMA) and a Director of the Selective Mutism Research Institute (SMRI), a foundation established to study Dr. Shipon-Blum's theories and treatment methodologies on Selective Mutism. In addition, Dr. Shipon-Blum is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology & Family Medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a board certified physician who specializes in Selective Mutism.
Notably, Dr. Shipon-Blum is also the founder of the evidence-based treatment program, Social Communication Anxiety Treatment® (S-CAT®) that has helped thousands of children/young adults world-wide overcome their social communication anxiety issues.

Psychologist Ruth Perednik
Ruth Perednik is a psychologist who has specialized in child anxiety disorders and selective mutism for over two decades. She runs municipal and private clinics for the treatment of selective mutism.

She is the author of "The Selective Mutism Treatment Guide: Manuals for Parents, Teachers and Therapists, Still Waters Run Deep", which has been translated to several languages. She has developed an effective treatment for SM, both through direct intervention by parents, teachers, and therapists, and utilizing her online treatment intervention. She is a sought after speaker and therapist internationally. She studied psychology at University College London, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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215-887-5748 (SMart Center)

505 N. Old York Road   Jenkintown Square, Lower Level   Jenkintown, PA 19046
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