Northern Virginia Clinical Psychologists (NVCP)
Presents a 3-CEU Program on Friday, March 24, 2023
Introduction to Comprehensive Behavioral Interventions for Tics (CBIT)
Presenters: Courtney Ferenz, Psy.D. & Nicole Joseph, Psy.D.
Date/Time: Friday, March 24, 2023, 11am-4pm EST
Place: Maggiano’s Little Italy at Tyson’s II Galleria
2001 International Drive, McLean, Virginia 22102. (Phone 703-356-9000)
Menu: Family style luncheon to include vegetarian and non-vegetarian selections
11:00 am to 11:30 am Registration, Meet & Greet
11:30 am to 1:00 pm Lunch, Networking, Announcements
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Presentation with Dr. Navidi
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm Presentation with Ms. Deutsch & Ms. Assaf
Registration: Deadline is 3/20/23. See specific instructions below for registering through VACP.
Comprehensive Behavioral Interventions for Tics (CBIT) is a powerful tool for clinicians to help clients
(children 9+ to adults) who are experiencing Tic Disorders and Tourette Syndrome (TS). Although tics
are neurological in nature, they are significantly reduced by CBIT. This evidence-based treatment is
highly effective and does not rely on medication to reduce tic behaviors. In fact, National Institutes of
Health-funded studies show that more than 50% of CBIT clients will see improved functioning and
diminished tics which last well past treatment. Many clients see the positive impact of this
intervention in the first session and feel empowered to change a behavior that feels involuntary and
unchangeable. Although not a cure, CBIT is a management technique that can improve the quality of
life for many clients. Tics and TS are often comorbid with anxiety, OCD, Autism Spectrum Disorders,
and ADHD so CBIT knowledge can enhance your clinical practice, even if tics/TS are not your
traditional specialty area. At the conclusion of this training, you will be able to immediately implement
basic CBIT interventions with your clients in your clinical practice.
Note: This is not a CBIT Certification Course; the presenters are not affiliated with or associated with
the Tourette Association of America.
Recommended Learning Materials:
“Managing Tourette Syndrome: A Behavioral Intervention for Children and Adults. Therapist Guide.”
By: Woods, Piacentini, Chang, et al., Oxford University Press, 2008.
“Managing Tourette Syndrome: A Behavioral Intervention. Parent Workbook.” By: Woods, Piacentini,
Chang, et al., Oxford University Press, 2008
1. Refresh knowledge of Tic Disorders and Tourette Syndrome
2. Differentiate tics from other “stimming” behaviors
3. Learn the history, basic principles, and protocol of CBIT
4. Understand CBIT application with case studies and examples
5. Practice CBIT techniques didactically to gain confidence in CBIT implementation
6. Be able to apply basic CBIT to clinical practice
Courtney Ferenz, Psy.D:
Courtney Ferenz, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in Northern Virginia and the owner of Dr.
Courtney Ferenz, PLLC. She has over twelve years of experience in private practice, specializing in the
treatment of children and adolescents with anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder,
trichotillomania and Tourette’s Syndrome. She is recognized by the Tourette Association as a provider
of Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT), completing training through the Behavior
Therapy Institute in 2016. Dr. Ferenz is also a member of the International OCD Foundation, the
Selective Mutism Network and is credentialed by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.
She has contributed to articles in the Washington Post, Reader’s Digest and additional publications on
topics related to parenting and mental health. She currently serves on the board of the Northern
Virginia Clinical Psychologists.
Nicole Joseph, Psy.D:
Dr. Joseph is the owner of Dr. Nicole Joseph, PLLC and has been in clinical practice for 13 years. She
specializes in divorce and life transitions, complex medical conditions and medical trauma, LGBTQ2S+
clients (gender queer), eating disorders, CBIT, and anxiety. She has worked for a variety of
organizations in various clinical capacities, including as a psychologist at The Child and Family
Counseling Group, Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, the Donald Delaney Eating
Disorders Clinic of Children’s National Medical Center, and the State of Maryland Regional Institute for
Children and Adolescents. Dr. Joseph has been featured in numerous publications over the years
including USA Today, Northern Virginia Magazine, and Discovery. She was a professional blogger for
Discovery Fit and Health. She was a frequent guest on The Diane Rehm show on NPR, and has been an
expert guest on Lifetime Movie Network’s “Killer Kids,” and WJLA’s “Seven on Your Side.” Dr. Joseph’s
greatest honor is learning from clients as they learn from her.
Registration for this program will be processed through Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists (VACP). The deadline for registration is 5/30/22 and you will receive a confirmation email. You are encouraged to save this email. Please note that VACP is approved to provide 3 CEs for Virginia licensed clinical psychologists. Other licensing bodies may, or may not, accept VACP CEs. Participants must be present through the entire 1-4pm presentation in order to receive CE credits; partial CE credit is not permitted for late arrivals or early departures. For your awareness, parts of the presentations may be recorded.
Registration for this program will be processed through Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists
(VACP). The deadline for registration is 3/20/23 and you will receive a confirmation email. You are
encouraged to save this email. Please note that VACP is approved to provide 3 CEs for Virginia licensed
clinical psychologists. Other licensing bodies may, or may not, accept VACP CEs. Participants must be
present through the entire 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm presentation in order to receive CE credits; partial CE
credit is not permitted for late arrivals or early departures.
1. Click or paste this link: http://www.vapsych.org/nvcp-event
2. Sign in to your VACP account, or create an account as a new user
3. Complete information, select membership category, and pay your registration fee
4. Direct any questions about registration to: email@example.com
5. Your CE certificate will be available immediately following the in-person event