Over 5 million people in the US suffer from Hair Pulling and Skin Picking Disorder.
Less than 200 providers are trained in effective treatment for these problems.
TLC's Online referral listings receive over 4,000 unique visits per month. That’s 4,000 people looking for relief, and less than 200 providers available to treat them.
The need is great: Build your practice from a three-day training in specialized treatment for these problems.
The Professional Training Institute offers a three-day intensive training program, facilitated by leading experts in the treatment of Trichotillomania, skin picking and related body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs), provides health care professionals with practical training in current cognitive-behavioral treatment approaches for these behaviors. Up to 20 CE Credits included, for licensed practitioners.
- Learn current, clinically relevant information about these problems and empirically supported treatments to address them
- Build your practice by joining TLC’s Online Referral Directory
- Change the lives of patients who have suffered in isolation with the shame and stigma of an under-treated and misunderstood disorder.
“I recommend the PTI without any reservations. It is a rare treat to have the world’s expert clinicians in one room teaching all they know to an intimate group of highly skilled colleagues. I wish cognitive-behavioral training of this intensity was available for some of the other syndromes I treat. ”
David Kosins, PhD, Clinical Psychologist
“I was absolutely floored by the quality of the PTI. It is so rare to have the opportunity to learn from so many experts in such an intimate training setting. Having the chance to hear those who helped develop the current state-of-the-art teach, model, and demonstrate the treatments was incredible.”
Stacy Shaw Welch, PhD, Director, Anxiety & Stress Reduction Center
Prior to the weekend, a reading list will be assigned (materials will be mailed upon registration), and during the weekend, didactic instruction, case consultation, and experiential learning will be utilized to achieve training goals. At the end of the weekend, a certificate of completion will be awarded to trainees.
Follow-up consultations will be available. For those trainees who provide treatment services to the TTM community, TLC will note on its referral lists that the trainee has completed the PTI. TLC Professional members receive priority listings on all referral lists.
This program has been submitted for approval of up to 16 Continuing Education Credits for licensed clinicians. Follow-up supervision will be available.
Friday, Nov. 8: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Welcome Reception and Orientation
Screening of documentary “Bad Hair Life”
Saturday, Nov. 9: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Diagnosis, Assessment and Comorbidity
Etiology/Conceptual Models and Research
Introduction to Behavior Therapy—Overview of Habit Reversal
12:30-1:30pm: Lunch (included)
Clinical Presentation and Phenomenology
Comprehensive Behavioral Model (ComB)
Case Presentation I
Sunday, October 10: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Assessment, Treatment Implementation,
Clinical Decision Making and Problem Solving
Case Presentation II
Treatment Augmentation Including Medication
12:00-1:00pm: Lunch (included)
Case Presentation III
Treatment of Children and Adolescents
Termination, Relapse Prevention, Business Issues (TLC support, billing and insurance, referrals)
Q & A
Participants in the PTI should be mental health professionals licensed to practice independently in their state. Program is most suitable for intermediate to advanced-level practitioners. Under special circumstances, non-licensed clinicians (e.g., graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, etc.) may attend the Institute. Contact TLC with any questions at 831-457-1004 or email info trich org
The Institute is staffed by members of TLC’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). The SAB is comprised of leading researchers and clinicians in the areas of TTM and BFRBs. Their expertise ranges from biological foundations of TTM to applied psychiatry and psychology.
Charles S. Mansueto, PhD (PTI Director), is founder and director of the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he has been involved in the study and treatment of hundreds of BFRB sufferers. He is a founding member of TLC’s Scientific Advisory Board and also serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation and the Tourette Syndrome Association of Greater Washington. He is past professor of psychology at Bowie State University, Maryland, and is on the clinical faculty of the American School of Professional Psychology of Argosy University, Virginia. He chaired the first national symposium on TTM in 1990 and continues to investigate, publish, and speak about the disorder.
Ruth Goldfinger Golomb, MEd, LCPC, is a senior clinician, supervisor, and co-director of the doctoral training program at the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington. She has conducted numerous workshops and seminars, and participated as an expert in panel discussions covering many topics, including Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Trichotillomania, and managing anxiety disorders in the classroom. In addition to publishing articles for professional journals and newsletters, Ms. Golomb is an author of The Hair Pulling ‘Habit’ and You: How to Solve the Trichotillomania Puzzle, a book describing the comprehensive treatment of trichotillomania in children, and Stay Out of My Hair, a book aimed at helping parents of children with trichotillomania. Ms. Golomb is a member of the Scienctific Advisory Board for the Trichotillomania Learning Center.
Fred Penzel, PhD, Executive Director, Western Suffolk Psychological Services in Huntington, New York, has been involved in the treatment of TTM and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) for over 18 years. He sits on the Scientific Advisory Board of both TLC and the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, and is a founding member of both. Dr. Penzel is a prolific writer on the subjects of TTM and OCD, and is the author of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A Guide to Getting Well and Staying Well and The Hair Pulling Problem: A Complete Guide to Trichotillomania.
A limited number of group rate rooms are available at the
Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport
Deluxe Marriott Room 129.00 per night
Book Deluxe Marriott Room at Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport for 129.00 per night
When & Where
Trichotillomania Learning Center
The Trichotillomania Learning Center’s mission is to end the suffering caused by hair pulling disorder, skin picking disorder, and related body-focused repetitive behaviors. Founded in 1991, TLC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.