Tourette Association of America (TAA) Comprehensive Behavior Intervention for Tics (CBIT)

Michael Himle, Ph.D.
February 8, 2019
9:00 AM- 12:15 PM

Loyola University Columbia Campus
Columbia, MD

Workshop Level: Intermediate. This workshop will benefit practitioners with behavioral and clinical experience, physicians, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, and other allied professionals. Prior knowledge of Tourette Syndrome is not required

Please note: Dr. Himle is a member of the TAA Medical Advisory Board and the TAA has provided financial support to hold this workshop free of charge.

CBIT is a behavioral approach for managing Tourette Syndrome (TS) and other Tic Disorders (TD). CBIT is a non-medicated treatment consisting of three important components: a) Training the patient to be more aware of his or her tics and the urge to tic. b) Training patients to do a competing behavior when they feel the urge to tic. c) Making changes to day to day activities in ways that can be helpful in reducing tics. CBIT has been tested in two parallel multi-site randomized clinical trials. The results showed CBIT to be an effective method to reduce the severity and frequency of tics in children and adults.

This workshop, presented by Dr. Michael Himle, a member of the TAA Medical Advisory Board, offers an overview of the CBIT protocol and current research supporting this treatment. In addition to the presentation, all attendees with receive a copy of the Oxford University Press CBIT treatment manual, as well as additional educational resources on Tourette and Tic Disorders.

After attending this workshop, attendees will be able to

  • Discuss the impact of environmental events on tics;
  • Summarize the current state of evidence regarding non-pharmacological interventions for tics;
  • Describe the CBIT protocol for tic management.
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Michael B. Himle, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Utah. He is an expert in behavioral approaches for understanding and treating tic disorders and related conditions. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and has given more than 100 talks on Tourette Syndrome and related conditions. He has received research funding from the Tourette Association of America (TAA) and the National Institutes of Health.  He serves on the Medical Advisory Board for the TAA and is the director of the University of Utah TAA-designated Center of Excellence for Tourette Syndrome.