Comprehensive Behavior Intervention for Tics (CBIT) is a non-drug treatment consists of eight weekly sessions with a focus on embedding the tic strategies or “competing responses” into everyday life. The focus of the sessions is on identification of the frequency and severity of tics and teaching alternate strategies to the person with tics. These new strategies help the person manage his or her tic disorder with discretion and confidence. Our trained professionals will work with the person limited by tics to develop a competing response for their tics, thereby limiting the interruption of tics on their health, well-being and development. The initial visit for evaluation generally lasts one to two hours. Weekly sessions are approximately 45-60 minutes in length over the course of 10 weeks.
Each clinic within the Southeast Regional Centers of Excellence has a clinician or community resource who is trained to implement the CBIT protocol. The CBIT program will be provided by a psychologist, psychiatrist or an Occupational Therapist, just dependent on which facility you connect with.
For more information on the CBIT program, please visit the following links:
For Centers of Excellence Specifics regarding setting up a CBIT evaluation and treatment, please visit the following links:
- Children’s Hospital of Alabama/UAB: CBIT webpage
- University of Florida: CBIT webpage
- University of South Florida/Rothman: CBIT webpage
- University of South Carolina: Dr. Kenneth Phelps (803) 434-4221
Locating CBIT Providers in Your Area
The Tourette Association of America, along with the Behavior Therapy Institute (BTI) are working hard to disseminate the training for CBIT across the county. For those families that do not live locally, you can locate a CBIT provider at the Find A Provider Search Link. In order to ensure that you find a provider who has completed the training, please make sure that “Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics” option is clicked under the “Clinical Expertise” dropbox.
Virtual CBIT Opportunities
For some, finding a professional trained in CBIT closer to home is difficult. Recently, an interactive online treatment program based on the CBIT program has been shown to be a viable option. Click here for more information on the TicHelper Program.
Becoming a CBIT Provider
If you are interested on becoming a certified provider of CBIT, visit the Tourette Association CBIT for Practitioner Page for more details.