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Tic Toc, Can't Stop: The Nature and Treatment of Tic Disorders

1.5 CE. $30/MPA Members, $55/Non-members.

Tics, such as those associated with Tourette's Syndrome, are seemingly involuntary movements or vocalizations that contribute to significant physical injury to self or others, occupational or educational impairment, and clinically significant distress (e.g., embarrassment and shame) to self or others. Tics can be difficult to distinguish from other repetitive behavior, such as compulsions in obsessive-compulsive disorder and stereotypy in autism spectrum disorder, but there are some subtle distinctions in the phenomenology of tics that help with its identification. Despite the common belief that tics are involuntary and best treated through medication or other medical approaches, research supports behavior therapy--specifically Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics--as an effective, short-term, and palatable treatment approach.

This webcast is designed to help you:

  1. Develop increased awareness about the nature of tics and diagnosis;
  2. Identify ways of differentiating tics from similar clinical phenomena;
  3. Learn about behavior therapy for tics, including its delivery and underlying theory.

Requirements for completion: This is considered home study for reporting purposes, and in order to get CE credit you must pass the post-test (75%) and submit a completed evaluation.

Gregory Chasson, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Towson University and Maryland licensed psychologist, specializing in the research and treatment of obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorder (e.g., obsessive-compulsive disorder, hoarding disorder, tic disorders) and high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Houston. He completed three years of fellowship training at Harvard Medical School at McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital before joining the faculty at Towson University in 2010.

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