Phone: 301.593.6554

Cool, Confident and Courageous Kids Programming

We offer weekly groups (8 week semesters), monthly half-day intensive groups, and an intensive summer program.



Why are Intensive Interventions Beneficial for Selective Mutism?

  • 30 hours of massed practice leads to faster gains and more momentum compared to once weekly appointments.
  • You get significantly more treatment hours for your financial investment.
  • Timing of camp is strategically designed to provide a boost in confidence and skills prior to the start of a new school year.
  • Children generalize to speak with up to 20 new individuals in camp within the course of a week!
  • Fade in sessions at school after camp help kids generalize the skills to school. 
  • Weekly Groups (8 week semester)

    Children meet together to practice brave talking with other children and adults. Each child has a one-to-one counselor.
    • Child Group (ages 4 to 8): Mondays 4:45pm-5:45pm, starting Jan. 28, 2019   Click here for Child Group registration form: PDF
    • Adolescent Group (ages 11 to 15): Mondays 5:45pm-6:45pm, starting Jan. 28, 2019    Click here for Adolescent Group registration form: PDF
  • Half-Day Intensive Group (10am to 2pm)

    Children meet together to practice brave talking with other children and adults in a variety of community settings. Each child has a one-to-one counselor.  Registration form: PDF

    Sunday 12/30/18

    Monday 1/21/19

    Monday 2/18/19

    Sunday 3/24/19

    Monday 4/22/19

  • 4th Annual Cool, Confident and Courageous Kids Camp

    The first and longest running SM camp in the DC Metro Area!

    CCC Camp Intensive Program

    The CCC Kids Camp is a day camp experience designed to provide intensive behavioral treatment for children between the ages of four and nine who are diagnosed with selective mutism (SM) or severe social anxiety. Our goal is to support the building of the child’s confidence and success in speaking and interacting with individuals outside the home directly prior to the child’s return to school. This is an ideal time point for intervention.

    The CCC Kids Camp is a structured experience in which children participate in a variety of engaging activities including outdoor sports, arts and crafts, and music. We simulate typical classroom activities such as circle time, morning meeting, and center work. We also practice other social activities, such as checking out library books and ordering food. These activities provide children with hands on practice in verbal participation in a safe, school-like environment. Children receive rewards for their brave behavior.

    The CCC Kids Camp is modeled after the Brave Buddies Camp developed by Steve Kurtz, Ph.D.

    Camp dates: August 19 through 23, 2019.
    Registration Form: PDF

Directors of the Cool, Confident and Courageous Kids Programming

Veronica Raggi, Ph.D.

Dr. Raggi is a licensed psychologist at Alvord, Baker, & Associates, LLC with over ten years of experience providing evidence based treatment for youth and families with selective mutism and co-occurring disorders. She is the co-director of the Selective Mutism Program at Alvord Baker, providing individual and school-based intervention, running groups, and co-directing our summer intensive for children with this disorder. Dr. Raggi received intensive training in selective mutism through her postdoctoral training with Steven Kurtz at the NYU Child Study Center. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park and completed internship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Dr. Raggi is the first author of Exposure Therapy for Treating Anxiety in Children and Adolescents, a comprehensive, practical resource for implementing exposure therapy when treating children and adolescents with anxiety and has developed an iPhone application, CBT Tools for Youth, available on iTunes, to help youth use CBT strategies. Check out Dr. Raggi’s latest podcasts on treating children with anxiety and SM:

Kelly O’Brien, Ph.D.

Dr. O’Brien is a licensed psychologist at Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC. She is the co-director of the Selective Mutism Program and the summer intensive camp. She is a certified Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) trainer and therapist and uses PCIT modified for Selective Mutism as developed by Steven Kurtz. Dr. O’Brien provided intensive treatment for Selective Mutism and other anxiety disorders during her clinical psychology doctoral training at the University of Florida. She completed her internship at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland-College Park. She has been involved with numerous research projects examining family based interventions for children with ADHD as well as young children with behavioral inhibition. She provides trainings about evidence based interventions for anxiety to therapists and teachers.


Our counselors are recruited from graduate psychology programs in the DC Metro area.  The majority of our counselors come from the University of Maryland, College Park and Catholic University Clinical Psychology Programs. 

How to Apply

Please contact our intake coordinator at 301-593-6554, x24 or x40 for more information.  Registration requires a deposit and completion of a 60-minute intake at our regular rate ($293). We will assess your child’s fit for our program during the intake and provide treatment recommendations. We require that each child has at least some speech with a therapist prior to starting the program. Your child may need to participate in lead in sessions to reinforce one to one speech with a therapist prior to starting in our program. Dates of Summer Intensive 2019:  9am-2pm, August 12th-16th. Location: Grace Episcopal Day School (Located right off 495) 9411 Connecticut Ave., Kensington, MD 20895 Cost: The cost of our 5 day program is $2600.   Register by April 1st and receive the discounted rate of $2300. Space is Limited, please register early! 

Parents of Campers Say......

We are thrilled at the progress our 4-year-old son made at CCC camp. He went from not speaking above an occasional whisper for an entire year at preschool, to speaking and interacting normally the following year in pre-K, and this was in large part due to his week at camp. The supportive staff, one-on-one therapy, and activities designed to mimic a school day while remaining fun made such a difference for him and us. We would recommend this camp in a heartbeat.”

“My daughter is a completely different child after attending the camp this Summer. She is more Brave, Confident and is fully verbal with teachers and students this year in Kindergarten after going 3 years of preschool never speaking to anyone. She has given presentations in front of the class, eats with other students and goes to the bathroom at school all of which were problems for her previously. The camp helped to model for me as her mother ways to interact and talk with her to create the least amount of anxiety and how to encourage speech in different ways than I had tried previously. I have recommended this week long camp to everyone I have talked to that has a child who suffers from Selective Mutism, it has changed my daughter’s and my family’s entire life!”

“My son attended the camp two times. He got a lot out of the camp the second time: he was able to do Show-and-Tell for the first time in his life during the camp! I was very happy and surprised about the tremendous progress he made in talking at the camp! The progress he made at the camp definitely transferred to his regular public school because after attending the camp, he was able to talk to the school nurse in words for the first time in his elementary school years. He liked the camp a lot because it was so much fun.”