TS-BTI (Behavior Therapy Institute/CBIT Training) in Minneapolis, MN

Saturday  26 January  2019  8:30 AM    Sunday  27 January  2019 4:00 PM
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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).  

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.   


Douglas W. Woods, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Graduate & Professional Studies
Dean of the Graduate School
Professor of Psychology
Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI
Christine A. Conelea, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Minnesota
Department of Psychiatry


Attendance Requirements

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.

Training Cost

The cost of registration for the TS-BTI is $600 (USD) and is payable upon registration. This fee does not include meals or lodging.


Registration for this program will close on January 13, 2019.  At registration, attendees will be asked to sign a Participant Memorandum of Understanding (PMU).  Click Here  to access the form. Email or Fax completed form to Diana Shineman at diana.shineman@tourette.org 

Cancellation/Refund Policy

A $100 (USD) processing fee will be charged for cancellations made on or before January 13, 2019. After this date, no refunds whatsoever will be made. To cancel a registration, please submit your request in writing to Diana Shineman at diana.shineman@tourette.org

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

8:30 am – 5:00 pm


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. 

Sunday, January 27, 2019

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Training in Core Treatment Components and Case Conceptualization


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.

Questions / Contact

Diana Shineman
T:  718-224-2999
F: 718-279-9596

Email: diana.shineman@tourette.org



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