Quarterly Meeting Presentation:
“Behavior Therapy for Tourette Syndrome and Tics:
What is it, who is it for, and does it really work?”
by Meir Flancbaum, PsyD
March 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
About the Presentation:
For decades, the treatment of choice for managing tic disorders, including Tourette syndrome, has been medication. While medications can be effective, many parents prefer not to place their children on medications unless necessary. Fortunately, there has been a resurgence of research supporting the use of habit reversal training (HRT), a specialized behavior therapy for the treatment of tics (as well as skin picking, hair pulling, and other body-focused repetitive behaviors) 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 HRT, including its main components, treatment indicators, and scientific support. This workshop is designed for parents, school personal, and mental health professionals interested in learning more about tics disorders and their treatment.
About the Presenter
Meir Flancbaum, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and director of the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy in East Brunswick, NJ, where he provides therapy, school-based consultation services, and professional development workshops focusing on the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with a variety of social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. Dr. Flancbaum has expertise in the evaluation and treatment of Tourette syndrome and related conditions, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, trichotillomania, anxiety, and disruptive behavior disorders, as well as social skills deficits and school refusal. He has consulted to several schools and organizations in New Jersey and New York, where he has developed behavior intervention plans and provided ongoing teacher consultation and training in classroom management techniques. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Flancbaum is Clinical Assistant Professor and Coordinator of CBT Training for the Child Psychiatry Fellows in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where he was awarded Teacher of the Year by the fellows in 2016. Dr. Flancbaum is a frequent presenter on a range of topics in mental health and school-based behavior problems.