15th IACAPAP Lunch & Learn Webinar

Wednesday, January 24, 2024   
12:00 PM CET (Central European Time) | 6:00 AM EST (Eastern Standard Time) | 11:00 AM UTC 

Note: This webinar has been scheduled to accommodate the time zone of the European region.

Topic: Selective Mutism: A challenge for various mental health professionals

Selective Mutism is an anxiety disorder characterized by the incapacity to speak in certain social situations despite of normal speech production in others. Compared to other mental disorders, selective mutism is highly understudied and undertreated. The webinar will give an overview of symptomatology, diagnostics and treatment approaches, taking into account the importance of cooperation between different mental health professionals and caregivers.


Prof. MD MSc. Susanne Walitza


Chair / Director
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Psychiatric University Hospital
University of Zurich, Switzerland



Prof Dr Christina Schwenck


Professor of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology

University of Giessen, Germany

Christina Schwenck is professor for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology at the University of Giessen, Germany. She studied psychology at the Universities of Würzburg and Madrid and completed her PhD in Developmental Psychology at the University of Würzburg. She worked at the Departments of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy of the University Hospitals of Würzburg, Munich and Frankfurt.  

She is a trained child and adolescent psychotherapist (specification behaviour therapy) and a trained supervisor. Her research interests include selective mutism, conduct disorder and children of parents with mental illness. In her free time, she follows her passion for photography around the globe. 

Prof Schwenck was Secretary-General of IACAPAP between 2018-2022 and is currently on the IACAPAP Executive as co-coordinator of the HRRS programme. Her vision is to strengthen the training and promotion of child and adolescent mental health professionals, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, including long-term mentorships for early career scientists and clinicians in this important field.  

Furthermore, she aims to attract more allied professionals into IACAPAP to enhance active collaboration between professions in order to provide optimal care for children and adolescents with mental health problems.  

Important note

1. The IACAPAP webinar will be held at different times to accommodate attendees and members from various regions. The 15th IACAPAP Lunch & Learn Webinar is scheduled to cater to the European region's time zone. 

2. The webinar is open for members of IACAPAP (Individual Members and Individuals within IACAPAP Full Member organisation and Affiliate Member organisation).  

3. This webinar will be conducted virtually via Zoom. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required in advance. Seats are limited, and it's based on a first come, first served. E-certificate of attendance will be provided to those who have attended and completed the survey at the end of the webinar. The webinar survey will show in the browser when the webinar ends.  

4. For more information on IACAPAP Membership, please visit https://iacapap.org/membership/ or contact info@iacapap.org