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Tourette Syndrome
Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention
for Tics (CBIT) - Skills Development Workshop Video

Tested in two parallel multi-site randomized clinical trials, the CBIT procedures combine elements of habit reversal training with psychoeducation and function-based behavioral interventions.

This 2 hour video presentation is an abbreviated version of an all-day Skills Development Workshop presented in Uniondale (Long Island) New York on September 19, 2008.

An additional 33-minute role-playing CBIT training session featuring Douglas Woods, PhD, and Michael Himle, PhD, filmed in November 2009, has been added to this site, and is linked to the main 2-hour video presentation.

The live program provided an overview of the clinical phenomenology of Tourette Syndrome and a standardized approach for assessing tic symptoms and common co-occurring conditions. Developed by members of TSA’s Behavioral Science Consortium, a comprehensive protocol for tic management was described. Various instructional approaches were employed including didactic instructions, videotaped examples of actual treatment sessions and other demonstrations. Continuing education credits were available.

Both the live program and this 2 hour video are intended for an audience of Medical and Allied Professionals, Psychologists and Social Workers.

The national Tourette Syndrome Association, through its ongoing partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides education and medical education programs. Click here for more information about these programs.

The TSA Behavioral Sciences Consortium
Established in 2001, the mission of the Behavioral Sciences Consortium (BSC) is to develop, evaluate and disseminate evidence-based behavioral treatments for children and adults with Tourette Syndrome. Since its formation, the consortium has received NIMH funding to study the efficacy of Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) in children and adults. While based on traditional Habit Reversal Therapy mechanisms, CBIT differs in that it focuses primarily on increasing awareness of tic onset and teaches strategies to successfully manage tic symptoms. Studies show that 60% of people who go through CBIT derive significant benefit. All four workshop presenters are founding members of the BSC, and are principle investigators of the NIMH funded grants.

Lawrence Scahill MSN, Ph.D., is professor of Nursing and Child Psychiatry at Yale University where he is the director of the Research Unit on Pediatric Psychopharmacology. Dr. Scahill is actively involved in treatment research in Tourette Syndrome and is a member of the TSA’s Medical Advisory Board and is co-chair of the TSA Clinical Trials Consortium.  Dr. Scahill is an active clinician specializing in the care of children with Tourette Syndrome and children with autism. He is the author of over 130 journal articles and numerous book chapters.

Alan L. Peterson, Ph.D, ABPP, is a professor at the Behavioral Wellness Center for Clinical Trials in the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Peterson, together with Dr. Nathan Azrin, conducted several of the initial studies to develop and evaluate the treatment protocol for the use of Habit Reversal for treating Tourette Syndrome, and has published more than 100 papers on the subject.

Douglas Woods, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Dr. Woods is a member of the TSA Medical Advisory Board and the Clinical Trials Consortium. His main interest is assessing and treating tic disorders, trichotillomania, and other OCD-spectrum disorders in children and adults. He has published more than 120 scientific articles, presented more than 127 papers at National and International Meetings, and is the author/editor of 8 books.

Text and workbooks were used at the live session, and are essential to understanding the theory and practice of this behavioral intervention.
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