Recognizing the critical shortage of trained behavioral therapists for treating Tourette Syndrome (TS) and tic disorders, the Tourette Association of America Inc. has established the Tourette Syndrome Behavior Therapy Institute (TS-BTI).
Developed by members of the Tourette Association of America Behavioral Science Consortium, the program is designed to help increase the number and availability of therapists trained in Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT). Programs are held at regular intervals in differentl locations around the country by our TAA TS-BTI Faculty.
This training is open to the nursing profession, as well as social workers, psychologists, medical doctors, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and all other licensed healthcare providers who will treat individuals with Tourette Syndrome and tic disorders using CBIT.
To qualify for a CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION, trainees must attend the entire two-day training program and complete three follow-up phone calls with a designated TS-BTI faculty member. No exceptions will be made to these requirements.
The cost of registration for the TS-BTI is $600 (USD) and is payable upon registration. This fee does not include meals or lodging.
Upon registration, attendees will be asked to sign a Participant Memorandum of Understanding (PMU). Click Here to access the form. All attendees must send a copy of their license and signed PMU to the Tourette Association of America office to the attention of Leo Neuringer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through didactic presentation, participants will first learn about TS, common comorbidities and the general strategy for treating TS. In addition, the behavioral model on which CBIT is based will be reviewed. The various assessment tools used to gauge treatment progress will be described. In the afternoon, using didactic instruction, video, and live demonstration, participants will learn many of the core components of the CBIT treatment.
At the beginning of the day, participants will learn through didactic presentation, live demonstration and role play with active feedback, how to implement the primary components of habit reversal training (HRT) for various tics. In the afternoon, each participant will be asked to present a patient to the group together with a plan for implementing treatment and assessing improvement. Feedback will be given by other participants and trainers. Finally, common pitfalls in implementing CBIT will be discussed together with solutions for overcoming these potential problems.