NJCTS - New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders, Inc. - Collaborations and Partnerships for the Tourette Syndrome Community

Wednesday is TS Day! Seminars

Upcoming Webinars:


April 23, 2014
7:30 - 8:30 PM EDT

Tourette and Developmental Disabilities

Presenter: Lawrence W. Brown, MD

Tourette Syndrome is defined solely by the chronic presence of motor and verbal tics. But large epidemiological studies have clearly demonstrated that the presence of other neurodevelopmental and behavioral disorders are so common as to be the rule, not the exception. Some like OCD appear to be directly linked genetically, while others are truly co-morbid liken autism, intellectual disability and tics in unique genetic conditions, where disturbed brain networks in the growing child disrupt the same systems affected in primary Tourette Syndrome. Yet others interact in ways not always fully understood such as ADHD, anxiety disorders, sleep problems, etc. this lecture will review the current scientific understanding of the interactions between tics and these developmental disabilities.

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May 21, 2014
7:30 - 8:30 PM EDT

Treating Very Young Children With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Presenter: Joelle McGovern, Psy.D. - University of Pennsylvania

Treatment of very young children with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder requires much work within the family context, including direct treatment with the child as well as with the parents. A playful approach to the direct cognitive and behavioral work with young children, including exposure based activities, helps a child to engage more fully in treatment and thus leads to more mastery and success. In addition, a "transfer of control" model is utilized when working with parents, wherein the therapist helps parents master and apply the core principles of treatment with their child. This transfer then allows the family to engage in therapeutic interactions at home between sessions. The creation of a developmentally sensitive treatment that includes parent involvement will be discussed and examples of how to make core concepts understandable and exposure based work possible with young children will be presented.

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June 18, 2014
7:30 - 8:30 PM EDT

Creative Applications of Exposure Therapy and Habit Reversal Therapy

Presenter: Hilary Dingfelder, Ph.D. - University of Pennsylvania

Exposure therapy is a technique in behavior therapy intended to treat anxiety disorders. It involves the exposure of the patient to the feared object or context without any danger, in order to overcome their anxiety. Technology can be used to supplement treatment (e.g., using the smart phone to send reminders to practice HRT, etc.), as well as other ideas (e.g., how games can be used as exposures, creative ideas for reward plans for treatment, etc.)

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July 9, 2014
7:30 - 8:30 PM EDT

Sports Related Brain Injury

Presenter: Mark Mintz, MD - The Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health

A brain injury typically affects cognitive functioning (mental processes of thinking, reasoning, learning, remembering, problem-solving and creativity). Many children and young adults experience significant psychological stress from their injuries. Dr. Mintz will discuss how help individuals compensate for their weaknesses, to maximize functioning in home, school, work, and community.

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