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Tourette Syndrome Behavior Therapy Institute
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Tested in two parallel multi-site randomized clinical trials, the Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) procedures combine elements of habit reversal training with psychoeducation and function-based behavioral interventions. The results of the child study were recently published in JAMA (Piacentini J. et. al. Behavior Therapy for Children with Tourette Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial. JAMA. 2010; 303(19):1929-1937). The study showed that 52.5 percent of the children who received CBIT had significant symptom improvement compared to 18.5 percent receiving the control treatment. The benefits of CBIT also appeared to endure over time - 87 percent of CBIT responders who were reassessed six months after the end of the 10-week trial continued to show benefit.

Recognizing the critical shortage of trained behavioral therapists for treating Tourette Syndrome (TS) and tic disorders, the Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA) has established the Tourette Syndrome Behavior Therapy Institute (TS-BTI). Developed by members of the TSA Behavioral Science Consortium, the program is designed to help increase the number and availability of therapists trained in CBIT. Programs are held at regular intervals in different locations around the country.

Participants for the TS-BTI should be social workers, 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*. 

Prior to the training each registrant is required to assess a patient with TS (using rating scales sent to them) who serves as the training case. Participants who complete the 2 day training will treat this patient using the principles taught at the BTI for 8 sessions over 12 weeks. During this period, each attendee will participate in three consultation calls with BTI training staff to discuss their training case. Upon satisfactory completion of the consultation sessions, a “TS-BTI Certificate of Completion” will be issued and the participant will be placed on the CBIT therapist referral list. This CBIT practitioners list is available upon request to TSA.

For a general program description, click here (PDF™ format).

Upcoming Programs:

To be Announced


If you would like to be notified about Registration for next and future programs,
please click here.

Questions?  Email or call TSA at 718-224-2999, Ext.222.

*Continuing Education: This course is co-sponsored by Amedco and the Tourette Syndrome Association. Amedco is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amedco maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 13 hours.

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