The Misophonia Treatment Institute was organized in October 2013 with Tom Dozier as the director. The MTI is a vitual institution. It is comprised of many misophonia treatment providers. Although Tom Dozier has focused on developing the misophonia Neural Repatterning Technique (NRT) treatment, MTI recognizes that there are several forms of misophonia treatment that have been effective for individuals. To date, the most frequent treatment method used to treat misophonia is the Misophonia Management Protocol (MMP) developed my Audiologist Marsha Johnson, Au.D. in her clinic in Portland, Oregon. (see misophonia-provider.com)
As other treatment methods are identified to be effective, even for a few individuals, they will be presented here with a discussion of cases that support that treatment.
About Tom Dozier: Tom is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA).
Behavior Analysis is the basic science of human behavior. A part of this science involves human reflexes and how we acquire them. Misophonia appears to be an acquired reflex to the trigger sounds. Tom applies this science to misophonia so that the reflex reaction to the sound is significantly reduces (or goes away). This is basically “repatterning” the neural connections in the Autonomic Nervous System of the brain stem.
Tom has an MS in Behavior Analysis and the Family from California State University, Stanislaus which is in Turlock, CA. His primary career focus is on parenting and parenting skills (see 3LParenting.com, guaranteedpt.com, or LDSParentCoach.org). Tom became intrested in misophonia because he worked with parents of children with misophonia. He recognized that the misophonic reaction to trigger sounds was an involuntary reflex behavior. As such, misophonia triggers should respond similar to other acquired reflexes. Tom saw an opportunity to help individuals suffering with a condition that had no known cure.
Based on the research in acquired reflexes and relevant published journal articles, Tom developed a new misophonia treatment method (patent pending). He has applied this method successfully to several individuals. When the treatment conditions are right, individuals experience a great decrease in the reactions to trigger sounds or even have no reaction (cured) for that trigger.
Tom’s first career was as a manufacturing engineer. He began his career in parent training in 2003 because of the help he received from Dr. Glenn I. Latham on parenting concerns. Tom received a graduate certificate in applied behavior analysis in 2004. He became a board certified assistant behavior analyst (BCaBA) in 2008. He received his MS in Behavior Analysis from CSU Stanislaus in 2012 and became a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) that same year.
Tom and his wife have 4 children and 9 grandchildren.
Levels of Service Provided by Tom Dozier
My goal is to provide the service that you want and need. I provide 4 levels of behavioral services.
- Misophonia Assessment / Behavioral Instruction / Consultation – This service includes a behavioral assessment of misophonia, which is a reflex or respondent behavior. It also includes teaching you behavioral principles of misophonia and how it applies to your specific situation. This includes discussing/teaching about misophonia and behavioral interventions that you could choose to apply.
- Misophonia Assessment / Behavioral Coaching / Consultation with Development of Intervention Plans – This service includes all aspects of #1 above, plus collaboratively developing specific intervention plans for you to implement. It often includes regular follow-up meetings to review plans and developing modifications to intervention plans for you to carry out.
- *Behavioral Coaching / Consultation with Plans, Data Collection, and Analysis – This service includes all of the above, plus data collection and graphical analysis of the data. Typically, you will collect daily data on your child’s (or your) behavior and send it to me. I will provide a graphical analysis of the data, so we can easily determine if we are making progress toward your goals.
- *Behavioral Coaching with Direct Observation – This service includes all of the above, plus direct observation by me and data collection of the behaviors of concern.
*Levels 3 and 4 are “behavior-analytic” interventions, and meet the professional criteria for applied behavior analysis. Levels 1 and 2 are assessment, coaching, and instruction based on the fundamental principles of human behavior. Levels 1 and 2 interventions are not behavior-analytic in nature and are not covered by my BACB credential. The level of service that you choose will depend on the severity of the problem behavior, your willingness to participate in data collection, and your ability to afford the service provided.
Identifying the characteristics of misophonia, and confirming/refuting your unofficial self-diagnosis of “misophonia” are not covered by my BACB credential.