CBIT Training for Practitioners

Tested in two parallel multi-site randomized clinical trials, the Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) procedures combine elements of habit reversal training with psycho-education and function-based behavioral interventions. The results of the child study were published in 2010 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and showed that 52.5% of the children who received CBIT showed significant symptom improvement compared to 18.5% receiving the control treatment. The adult study was published in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry in 2012. In this study, 38% of those receiving CBIT showed significant improvement, compared to just 7% who did not receive CBIT treatment. In both studies improvement was sustained for at least 6 months after the end of the study.

Who can benefit from learning CBIT?

CBIT is most appropriate for practitioners with behavioral and clinical expertise, including physicians, psychologists, behavioral therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, and other allied health professionals.

Two Options for CBIT Training for Practitioners

The Tourette Association of America offers two options for practitioners to explore CBIT: No-Cost CBIT Overview Workshops and Tourette Syndrome Behavior Training Institutes (TS-BTIs)

No-Cost Overview Workshops

In partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the TAA offers a no-cost program that provides an overview of TS and associated conditions and an introduction to the CBIT protocol and supportive research. Click Here to view a flyer describing the program.

Several of our program instructors for these workshops were the original Principal Investigators of the CBIT clinical trials. We would work with yourself or other designate to host the program. We simply seek an invitation to present and ask that you help us gather a large audience and determine the venue. We can schedule half day (3-4hrs) or full day (6 hours) programs, and we generally recommend an audience of at least 25-30 people, though the more, the better. Click here to learn more. To request a presentation, email chelsea.tollner@tourette.org.

Through this overview program, we do not formally offer certification to do CBIT. After attending this program we recommend participating in the Behavior Therapy Institute for intensive training in CBIT. See next section.


























TS-BTI Program

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 CBIT. Programs are held at regular intervals in different locations around the country by our TAA TS-BTI Faculty.

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 $600.00 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 listed on the CBIT therapist referral list. (link to therapists on this web page)

To learn more or register for a TS-BTI program, please contact Denise Walker at Denise.Walker@tourette.org or by calling 888-4-TOURET, ext. 222.




























Upcoming TS-BTI Trainings

October 6 – 7: TS-BTI (Behavior Therapy Institute/CBIT Training) in Garden City, NY

For any questions or inquires, please contact Denise.Walker@tourette.org.

*The Tourette Association would like to thank the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) for providing the template for the TS-BTI program.

**Continuing Education: This course is co-sponsored by Amedco and the Tourette Association of America. Amedco is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amedco maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 13.75 hours.

If you are an individual looking to participate in CBIT, click here.