Through professional presentations, dissemination of research, training programs (for parents and professionals), educational workshops, and public outreach, SMRI promotes the awareness and treatment of Selective Mutism as a social communication anxiety disorder.
SMRI seeks to expand training programs and educational workshops among professionals (pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, therapists, institution-based researchers, etc.) to help further their knowledge in understanding and assessing Selective Mutism and related disorders. SMRI also aims to increase the number of treatment professionals who are trained in the world-renowned and evidence-based S-CAT® approach to the treatment of Selective Mutism. Additionally, SMRI emphasizes the importance of educating and training of parents and families to implement at home and in the real-world and for school staff to develop the proper interventions/accommodations for students (IEPs/504s) to progress communicatively in the classroom environment.