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Tic Tock: An Introduction to Comprehensive Behaviour Intervention for Tic Disorders and Tourette Syndrome

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Tic Tock:  An Introduction to Comprehensive Behaviour Intervention for Tic Disorders and Tourette Syndrome


Date: Thursday 21 June 2018

Time: 5.30pm to 6.30pm

Venue: Armidale videolinked to Tamworth and Inverell

Armidale - Lewis Lecture Theatre, UNE

Tamworth – UNE Access Centre, Fitzroy Street

Inverell – UNE Access Centre, TAFE


Armidale attendees  - Please join us and the speaker for dinner afterwards at the Nepalese restaurant Luniva Mo Mo on Marsh Street around 7.00pm.


Alice Hone

Alice is a Clinical Psychologist who completed her Masters of Clinical Psychology degree at the University of New England (UNE). After completing her degree, Alice relocated to Sydney where she worked at a private practice specialising in Obsessive-Compulsive & Related Disorders. Here she gained experience in the assessment and treatment of Tic Disorders and Tourette Syndrome, as well as common comorbid disorders (i.e., OCD, ADHD). Alice has delivered Comprehensive Behaviour Intervention for Tics to individuals interstate and internationally. She has attended a workshop by Dr Douglas Woods (developer of CBIT) and is a member of the Tourette Syndrome Association of Australia. 

 In addition to Tic Disorders, Alice also has an interest in Nonsuicidal Self-Injury, Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviours, Eating Disorders, and Schema Therapy.  She is pleased to have returned to the New England region to share her knowledge and clinical skills within the community. Alice currently works in Armidale as a private practitioner and is a casual academic at UNE.



A tic is defined as an involuntary, rapid, and recurrent motor movement or vocalisation.  Within the DSM-5, Tic Disorders have 4 diagnostic categories: Tourette Syndrome, Persistent (Chronic) Motor or Vocal Tic Disorder, Provisional Tic Disorder and Specified/Unspecified Tic Disorder. Collectively, Tic Disorders are a relatively common neurological disorder of childhood onset, affecting approximately 25% of school-aged children. Despite this, very few clinicians have been trained in evidence-based treatment for tic disorders. Current empirical research indicates that Comprehensive Behaviour Intervention for Tic Disorders (CBIT) is an effective behavioural based treatment for tic disorders. CBIT has been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of tics in children and adults, and has been associated with neuroplasticity. Behavioural skills learned during therapy have been found to thicken the neural pathway between the basal ganglia and the prefrontal cortex, improving an individual's ability to filter out unnecessary motor responses. This presentation aims to provide clinicians with an overview of Tic Disorders and Tourette Syndrome, identify maintenance factors, and describes CBIT using case examples.



Bookings are essential

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