Allied clinical and counseling professionals play a significant role in helping people and families affected by Tourette Syndrome (TS.) Families may seek counseling to help them understand and manage the effects of a new diagnosis for their child. Individuals may seek counseling to help with a wide range of issues: dealing with tic symptoms, rejection by peers, school and learning problems, when to tell others about Tourette Syndrome, dating and socializing, treatment approaches and many more concerns.
The Tourette Association welcomes the interest of practicing clinicians in social work, psychology, counseling, nursing, rehabilitation counseling, and various other related professional disciplines. On this page, we will feature articles offering a clinical perspective on service and supports for individuals and families with TS and related conditions such as ADHD, OCD and Learning Disabilities. We urge you to share this page with your colleagues. We want to help counseling professionals increase awareness of and skills in working with Tourette Syndrome.
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- PSYCHOSOCIAL ISSUES - (Social Functioning; Associated Physical Health Issues; Receiving a Diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome)
- TS-BTI (TOURETTE SYNDROME BEHAVIOR TRAINING INSTITUTE) - Recognizing the critical shortage of trained behavioral therapists for treating Tourette Syndrome (TS) and tic disorders, the Tourette Association has established the Tourette Syndrome Behavior Therapy Institute (TS-BTI). Developed by members of the Tourette Association Behavioral Science Consortium, the program is designed to help increase the number and availability of therapists trained in Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT). TS-BTI programs will be held at regular intervals at different locations around the country. Participants for the TS-BTI should be health or mental health practitioners licensed to practice independently in their state. The program registration fee is $500.00 which includes course materials and continuing education credits. For more information, click here.
- Ask the Expert and Ask the MAB - articles from our quarterly Newsletter of interest to the Clinical and Counseling community
- CBIT (Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics) - 2 hour video for medical and allied professionals, psychologists and social workers + 33 minute role-playing training session video - click here for more information. Click here for all CBIT resources.
- QUALITY OF LIFE AMONG YOUTH WITH TOURETTE SYNDROME From the Youths’ Own Perspective - by By Tari Topolski, PhD Research Scientist/Affiliate Assistant Professor at University of Washington Greater Seattle Area
- "TOURETTE SYNDROME OVERVIEW FOR SOCIAL WORKERS"- webstream - professional education
Original PresentatIon 5/08 NASW Conference, Madison, WI
Cathy Budman,M.D.: "An Update on Tourette Syndrome: What Makes Them Tic"; and Douglas Woods, P.D.: "Using Behavior Therapy to Manage Tic Disorders"
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- MUTUAL AID IN SUPPORT GROUPS by Evan Michaels, LCSW
- THE ROLE OF MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS IN WORKING WITH INDIVIDUALS WITH TS AND THEIR FAMILIES, by Emily Kelman-Bravo, LCSW,BCD. Ms. Kelman Bravo was the Director of the Tourette Association's New York City Counseling Program (NYCCP). The program, whose funding was withdrawn in budget cuts by New York City and New York State, forcing its closure as of June 30, 2012 (after 28 years in operation), was the only counseling program focusing exclusively on Tourette Syndrome in the country. (It can be replicated elsewhere in the U.S.). Ms. Kelman-Bravo, and her colleague Evan Michaels, LCSW, are seasoned experts in helping children, families, individuals, school personnel and others understand and live well with Tourette Syndrome.
- Tic Disorders Including Tourette Syndrome - a Handout for Patients, Parents, Friends, Relatives and Teachers - Cheston M. Berlin, Jr., M.D., University Professor of Pediatrics, The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
- Behavioral Therapy: Habit Reversal - John Piacentini, Ph.D., Child OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute.
- What is Tourette Syndrome? - includes Diagnostic Criteria
- A Model Counseling Program for Individuals with Tourette Syndrome and Their Families - Tourette Association's NYC Clinical Counseling Program
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