OCD NJ to host annual conference March 15 in Garwood

March 2, 2015 by  
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NJ.com reports:

OCD NJ, an affiliate of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation, will host its 15th annual Conference on Sunday, March 15, at The Westwood in Garwood.

The conference will begin with guest speaker, Dr. Anne Marie Albano, who will present, “Treatment of OCD in Adolescents and Young Adults: What to do with Parents?” For professionals interested in attending the conference, it has been approved for four continuing education units. This program is designed for both professionals and non-professionals. Registration fees include a continental breakfast and lunch. One can register online at www.ocdnj.org.

Read more on NJ.com.

Tourette Syndrome World Congress – London, June 24-26, 2015

March 2, 2015 by  
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The Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA), the European Society for the Study of Tourette Syndrome (ESSTS), Tourettes Action-UK (TA), along with other partners, are proud to present the 1st World Congress on Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders. As we join efforts to identify the cause(s) and work towards the development of improved treatments for Tic Disorders and associated conditions, new frontiers and global collaboration will be established.

The objective of this meeting is to provide a forum for disseminating current advances in all areas of TS within relevant scientific and medical communities. We anticipate that this Congress will also act as a catalyst for the synthesis of new ideas that will ultimately enhance our understanding of the disorder and result in the development of new treatments for TS, Tic Disorders and associated conditions. Cross-disciplinary communication will further promote the Congress’s goal of advancing our knowledge of TS by establishing new global networks for basic and clinical scientists.

The Tourette World Congress program will feature internationally renowned experts and speakers who will present the latest information on all aspects of TS, Tic Disorders and related conditions. Plenary sessions, poster sessions and scheduled discussions on controversial topics on Tic Disorders will be included. Several workshops and training programs will be held during the Congress.


The Tourette World Congress is targeted at scientists, clinicians and other professionals at all levels and who are interested in any area of research and drug development in TS, Tic Disorders and related conditions.

Researchers and care providers from academic, industry, healthcare, non-profit and governmental organizations are invited to participate in the meeting.

Allied health care professionals and those working in the areas of complementary and alternative treatments are welcome to join the Congress.

For more information on the conference and registration, visit the www.touretteworldcongress.org web site.

Save the Date: The 2015 Conference on School Culture, Climate, and Positive Behavior Support

March 2, 2015 by  
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I’m pleased to announce that I will be a keynote speaker at this year’s Conference on School Culture, Climate, and Positive Behavior Support. I will also be conducting a break-out session.  Here’s some information about the event, which will be held August 12-13 in Bedford, New Hampshire:

This Institute will focus on sharing examples, tools, and practices within a multi-tiered system of supports framework in order to help schools and communities to improve their culture, climate, and safety and features a youth strand to engage young people who are interested in learning about how to become leaders of and advocates for positive change to their school’s culture and climate.

Last year’s Institute included over 150 people from New Hampshire and 5 other states, including youth, families, educators, mental health providers, policy makers and community members. The Institute is focused on the intersection between schools, students, teachers, administrators, behavioral health, youth/family organizations, and community systems at the pre-school, elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels.

This year’s conference theme is Strengths, Strategies, and Systems of Support and will include presentations by national leaders, New Hampshire educators, youth, and community partners with opportunities for teams to work together, including instruction on cutting-edge strategies for school improvement.

This conference is a collaboration between the UNH Institute on Disability, the New Hampshire Center for Effective Behavioral Interventions and Supports (NH CEBIS) at SERESC, Strafford Learning Center, the New Hampshire Department of Education, DHHS – Bureau of Behavioral Health, NH Communities for Children, and Youth M.O.V.E. New Hampshire.

Sign up at iod.unh.edu/Contact/subscribe.aspx to be among the first notified of new conference details and when registration opens.

Conference details and registration information will be available here.

Hope to see you there!


Tourette Syndrome conference in Atlanta, June 2015

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The 2015 Tourette Syndrome Conference
Atlanta, GA
June 6, 2015


Join us for the 2nd Annual Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation Atlanta Tourette Syndrome Conference as we continue to “Break Down the Barriers” and educate teachers, parents, adults with TS, and all those who work with people who have Tourette Syndrome.

This year we will be celebrating Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month and attending the Atlanta Braves Baseball game. This will be a great way to socialize with other families who support children with Tourette Syndrome.

Our goal this year is to create a conference that is more affordable for the entire family to attend.  This year we are inviting children ages 5-17 to attend the children’s track as we focus on social skills, bullying, advocacy and a sense of community so the kids see they are not alone. We will also have a track for adults with TS so they can have plenty of time to socialize and address appropriate topics for the group.
At the one day conference, hear about the latest treatments in the TS community, hear educational strategies for the classroom, learn about TS behaviors, learn about Parential Rights and IEP’s/504 Plans, learn more about OCD, ADHD, Executive Functioning and the associated behaviors and learn more about social skills that can help your kids.

Excellent Speakers: Justin Bachman, Sue Conners, Sheryl Pruitt, and more!

Save the date and plan to join us in Atlanta, GA to learn more about Tourette Syndrome!

Don’t miss this amazing event!  Help us spread the word!

Check out last years great event:

NJ: Symposium for Professionals on Tourette Syndrome November 20th

October 18, 2014 by  
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The First Annual Childhood Mental Health Symposium will take place at Rutgers University on November 20, 2014.  This inaugural  event is presented by NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders in collaboration with the Academy of Pediatrics NJ Chapter, NJ Psychiatric Association, NJ Council of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Rutgers University. This year’s topic is Neuropsychiatric Disorders:  Tics, OCD and Trichotillomania.

The symposium is aimed at medical and mental health professionals.

Professionals please register through the link provided in the flyer below.

If you are a parent, feel free to pass this information along to your child’s treating professionals.

Should you have questions, please contact Leanne Loewenthal at NJCTS at 908-575-7350.


Program Highlights

Guided Lecture of RUCDR Infinite Biologics®- The world’s largest university-based biorepository specializing in custom genomic solutions and home to The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Center for Collaborative Studies of Mental Disorders, including samples from families with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, and ADHD.

Patient and Family Perspective – A panel discussion offering insight into the personal challenges of managing mental health disorders and the best practice approach to achieving optimal wellness.  Parents and children will participate in this presentation on social, educational, sibling and parenting issues.

Featured Speakers

Robert A. King, MD, Medical Director, Tourette/OCD Clinic at Yale Child Study Center – Dr. King leads a team committed to treating and preventing childhood mental illness through the integration of research, clinical practice, and professional training.

Lori Rockmore, Psy.D, former Director of the Tourette Syndrome Program, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University – Dr. Rockmore is a clinical psychologist with expertise in child development, impulse control disorders, and social and emotional learning.

Michael Bloch, MD, Assistant Director, Yale OCD Research Clinic & Assistant Unit Chief, Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit (CNRU) – Dr. Bloch focuses on developing better treatments for children and adults with mental disorders by examining predictors of long-term outcome with an emphasis on neuroimaging.  Dr. Bloch is also an expert in psychopharmacology.

Jay A. Tischfield, PhD, FFACMG, Duncan and Nancy MacMillan Distinguished Professor of Genetics, Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Scientific Director & CEO, RUCDR Infinite Biologics®, Executive Director, Human Genetics Institute of New Jersey– Dr. Tischfield studies the genetic causes of common, complex diseases. His experience in organizing, leading and executing large scale projects involving hundreds of thousands of human subjects provides the background expertise for RUCDR Infinite Biologics.

Registration Fee is $50.00 (includes educational symposium & lunch)


“This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and New Jersey Psychiatric Association.  The APA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

The APA designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Image Credit: Wikipedia, used under CC license.

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