Facilitated by Meir Flancbaum, PsyD
*The Family Support Groups are now called “Tourette Talk” – an informational series for parents, educators and individuals with TS
For decades, the treatment of choice for managing tic disorders, including TS, has been medication. While medications can be effective, many individuals prefer to avoid medications (and avoid having their children take medications) unless necessary. Fortunately, there is strong research supporting the use of comprehensive behavior therapy for tics (CBIT), a specialized behavior therapy for the treatment of tics which can be implemented alone or in conjunction with medication management. This presentation will provide a brief overview of tic disorders, followed by a description of CBIT, including its main components, treatment indicators, and scientific support. The presentation will also include discussion of tele-therapy as means to provide treatment. This presentation is designed for adults with tics, parents, school personnel, and mental health professionals interested in learning more about tics disorders and their treatment using behavior therapy.
Meir Flancbaum, PsyD, a licensed psychologist, founded the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy with the goal of providing effective and efficient clinical care for children, adolescents, and their families. He provides therapy, school consultations, and professional development workshops focusing on the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents, young adults, and families with a variety of social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. Dr. Flancbaum’s approach to therapy utilizes cognitive behavioral techniques to treat children according to their individualized needs.