Selective Mutism Groups

All Groups Open for Registration!

Children or teens who struggle with selective mutism (SM) and/or social anxiety experience significant discomfort around many social situations. While they may be talkative at home, they may fall silent or appear frozen in public settings or with certain individuals. Given the current circumstances of COVID-19, some of those kids or teens with these difficulties are feeling more at ease given that many of these social interactions are no longer readily available. Others, who may have been forming social connections in-person, are struggling to connect with teachers and classmates now that the demand has switched to web-based services.
The following child, teen, and parent groups are virtual and specially focused on navigating Selective Mutism and other anxieties in the midst of the challenging COVID-19 circumstances. 

Weekly Virtual Young Child SM Group

Current Session: Tuesdays 3:00 to 3:45pm EST, starting May 5, 2020.

Next Session: Tuesdays in June from 3 to 4pm, starting June 9th (9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th)

Ages 4-7

Our group intervention at Kurtz Psychology incorporates evidence-based approaches with engaging and relevant activities to target your child’s increased verbalizations and interactions with adults and peers within a virtual format. Each week we will practice taking attendance, reviewing the date & weather, and participating in an activity. Each child’s individual goals will gradually increase in difficulty each week that they participate, working up to practicing group presentations (e.g., Show & Tell). Registration is open to all families, new or current.

Areas of focus: Responding to and asking questions, participating in a virtual classroom, interacting virtually with peers, presenting to a group, etc.

Location: Online via Zoom.

Costs: $100/session, billed weekly.

  • Current families receive complimentary 15-minute phone call with Dr. Harvey to establish your child’s goals for group.
  • New families will need to complete a $100 screener to assess that your child is an appropriate fit for group.

Register: Call 212. 658. 0110 ext. 122 or email smgroup@kurtzpsychology.com.

  • Individual session(s) with Dr. Harvey may be necessary beforehand to ensure child is able to respond and engage in this virtual group.
  • If clinically indicated, these individual sessions are billed separately.
  • Parents must be familiar with the PCIT-SM approach to support group interactions and available to participate, if the clinician sees a need.
  • Registration will be capped at 6 participants.

Weekly Virtual Older Child SM Group

Current Session: Wednesdays in May from 4 to 5pm EST
May 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

Next Session: Wednesdays in June: 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th from 4 to 5pm EST

Ages 8-11

Our group intervention at Kurtz Psychology incorporates evidence-based approaches with engaging and relevant activities to target your child’s increased verbalizations and interactions with adults and peers within a virtual format. Children will have an opportunity to meet other children with similar difficulties and participate in weekly lessons simulating an online classroom. Over the course of the group, each child will provide one presentation to the group. Registration is open to all families, new and current!

Areas of focus: Responding to and asking questions, interacting virtually with peers, participating in a virtual classroom, presenting to a group, etc.

Location: Online

Costs: $100/session. Sessions will be billed weekly for the 4-week time commitment.

  • Current families receive quick warm-up call with Dr. Mayer to ensure child is able engage in this virtual group, no charge if under 15 mins.
  • New families will need to complete a $100 screener to assess that your child is an appropriate fit for group.

Register: Call 212. 658. 0110 ext. 122 or email smgroup@kurtzpsychology.com.

  • All children required to respond verbally to Dr. Mayer via an individual session prior to registration.
  • Individual sessions available beforehand, if clinically indicated. Sessions billed separately.
  • Parents must be familiar with the PCIT-SM approach to support group interactions and available to participate, if the clinician sees a need.
  • Registration will be capped at 6 participants.
  • All families are required to commit to the full month to promote consistency and relationship-building.

Weekly Virtual Teen Group

Wednesdays from 5:00 to 6:00pm, starting May 6, 2020
Ages 12-16

Our group intervention at Kurtz Psychology incorporates evidence-based approaches with engaging and relevant activities to target your teen’s increased verbalizations and interactions with adults and peers within a virtual format. Adolescents will have an opportunity to connect with same aged peers with similar difficulties and participate in weekly lessons and activities simulating an online classroom. Registration is open to all families, new or current patients.

Areas of focus: Responding to and asking questions, participating in a virtual classroom, interacting virtually with peers, presenting to a group, etc.

Location: Online via Zoom.

Costs: $100/session, billed weekly.

  • Current families receive complimentary 15-minute phone call with Dr. Harvey to establish your teen’s goals for group.
  • New families will need to complete a $100 screener to assess that your child is an appropriate fit for group.

Time: Wednesdays from 5:00 to 6:00pm, starting May 6, 2020.

Register: Call 212. 658. 0110 ext. 122 or email smgroup@kurtzpsychology.com.

  • Individual session(s) with Dr. Harvey may be necessary beforehand to ensure adolescent is able to respond and engage in this virtual group.
  • If clinically indicated, these individual sessions are billed separately.
  • Registration will be capped at 6 participants.
  • Commitment to the group requires consistent weekly attendance.

Internet Selective Mutism Skills Group for Parents

2nd Tuesday of Every Month @ Noon EST!

Effective anxiety treatment involves living an exposure lifestyle in which you play a key role facilitating “brave talking” exposures in your child’s daily life. We know from experience that you can feel alone in the work, unsure in your new role, and in need of connection with other parents going through similar experiences.
This skills group will explore questions such as:
  • How can I best support my child’s ambivalence in anxious situations?
  • When am I accommodating vs enabling their anxious behaviors?
  • When are they ready to take the next step or face new challenges?
Facilitated by a clinician specializing in selective mutism, these booster sessions will offer a space for Kurtz Psychology parents to connect and share experiences with each other. There will be themed topics each month whereby parents can consult with a licensed clinician regarding ways to best support their child based on their current goals.
$50 per session.
Selective Mutism Groups | Kurtz Psychology