Tourettes – 2016 Update

In July of this year Leanne Winter (Clinical Psychologist) attended a Course at Macquarie University, Sydney on the Treatment of Tourette Syndrome (TS). This was run in collaboration with Tourette Syndrome Association of Australia Inc.
Recent clinical trials conducted in the USA, have sound results in the effectiveness of behaviour therapy in helping manage the symptoms of TS in children and adults.


This Workshop was on Understanding and Treating Tourette Syndrome. Featuring Professor Douglas Woods, from the Marquette University, USA, who serves as co-chair of the Tourette Syndrome Association’s Medical Advisory Board and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Trichotillomania Learning Center in the USA.
This included training in evidence-based treatments for Tourette Syndrome (TS) and tic disorders, involving behaviour therapy in managing the symptoms of TS in children and adults. Attendees also learnt about the diagnostic complexities associated with tic disorders, data on the effectiveness of the treatment and much more.

Leanne Winter trained in the specialties of Comprehensive Behavioural Intervention for Tics (CBIT) Therapy and Habit Reversal Therapy (HRT).


Comprehensive Behavioural Intervention for Tics (CBIT) is a technique that has been demonstrated to reduce tic severity in Tourette Syndrome. CBIT is a non-drug treatment option that teaches people how to manage their tics more effectively and consists of a few components.
One specific strategy to help them manage tics when they occur is Habit Reversal Therapy.
This can consist of teaching children and adults with Tics, to notice when starting a Tic (this is taught in a session), then learning competing responses.
Tics can’t be controlled, but they have control over it if children or adults choose to use their management exercises.

*More information about the Tourette Syndrome Association of Australia Inc, is available on their website. This can be found on our website Links page.


Sarah Brcan (Psychologist) specialises in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of neurodevelopmental, cognitive, and behavioural conditions across the lifespan. This also includes the Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorder.

If you are looking for a certain type of therapy you are welcome to up information on any of our Psychologists on the Our Team page or our friendly staff in Ringwood can help match you to the right Psychologist experienced in that area.
All our psychologists are registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA) and are all members of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). They are also all registered with Medicare Australia.