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Join TLC and the NYC BFRB Support Group for a one-day workshop on "Tools for Recovery from Hair Pulling and Skin Picking."
This one-day workshop is a unique opportunity to learn from experts what treatment approaches are most effective, and recovery tools that work for these behaviors.
The day's program will include an overview of current treatment trends, breaking free from the emotional burdens of these behaviors, and an experiential session on alternative therapies and strategies for managing your BFRB’s, including Mindfulness, Breathing, Movement, Relaxation, Reiki, Imagery, Aromatherapy, Guided Meditation, & Hypnosis.
This workshop is appropriate for those with hair pulling, skin picking, nail biting and related Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors, ages 14* and up, parents, partners/spouses/support persons and treatment providers. Lunch is on your own and there are numerous restaurants within walking distance. Financial assistance with registration fees are available! Email TLC for more information.
*If your child is under age 14 and interested in attending, please contact TLC at the number below.
For questions about the program or for information about fee assistance programs, please email email@example.com or call 831-457-1004.
9:30am: Check-in, TLC Bookstore Open
10am-10:15am: Welcome and introductions by the NYC Support Group Leaders
10:15am-11:45am: Overview of BFRBs
Dr. Marla Deibler will provide an overview of BFRBs, including facts and myths about these behaviors and a discussion about the sensory, emotional, and cognitive aspects of BFRBs. She will help participants to identify specific trigger situations that may lead to pulling/picking behavior, and identify strategies that can help one cope with these triggers when pulling and picking urges arise.
11:45am-1pm: LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
1pm-2:30pm: Breaking Free from Emotional Burdens
Marla Deibler, PsyD
Isolation can be a dark and lonely place in which it feels as if no one understands your struggles and you feel powerless to change the situation. The embarrassment, shame, and guilt often associated with BFRBs can impact your psychological well-being and present challenges for successful recovery. We will explore these feelings and facilitate connection with others to break through these barriers and move toward self-acceptance.
2:30pm-4:00pm: Alternative Modalities For Treating BFRB’s
With Merrill Black, LCSW, Reiki Master, Hypnotherapist, we will explore adjunct therapies and strategies for managing your BFRB’s, including Mindfulness, Breathing, Movement, Relaxation, Reiki, Imagery, Aromatherapy, Guided Meditation, & Hypnosis. These approaches will be explored both didactically and experientially and learn how they can be incorporated into your treatment for BFRB’s.
4:00 – 4:45pm: Recovery Stories, Presenter Q & A, Discussion of local resources led by NYC Support Group.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Merrill Black, LCSW, Reiki Master, Hypnotherapist, and founder of The Temperance Center in Eastchester, NY, is a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist who has been treating patients since 1987. She is a licensed clinical social worker who received her Masters at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work in 1987. Merrill also received additional cognitive behavioral training at the Institute for Behavior Therapy in New York City from 1989-1990. Merrill has been in private practice for several years and treats a diverse population of children, teens, and adults. Among her specialties are Anxiety Disorders, such as Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Phobias and Fears, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Trichotillomania and Skin Picking Disorder. Merrill has presented at nearly every TLC conference and retreat. Merrill’s professional affiliations include the Trichotillomania Learning Center, the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and the National Academy of Social Workers.
Marla W. Deibler, PsyD, is a Licensed Psychologist and the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia, LLC, a private outpatient facility with locations in Cherry Hill and Princeton, NJ specializing in the evidence-based treatment of TTM and other BFRBs, OCD, and the anxiety disorders spectrum.
Dr. Deibler is a nationally-recognized expert in anxiety disorders and obsessive compulsive and related disorders, including OCD, trichotillomania, excoriation (skin picking) disorder, and hoarding disorder. Dr. Deibler is a frequent media contributor and has appeared on “The Dr. Oz Show”, A&E’s “Hoarders”, TLC’s “Hoarding: Buried Alive”, CBS News, ABC News, FOX News, “It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle”, and “Swift Justice with Nancy Grace”. She has been quoted by media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, MSN, Huffington Post, Everyday Health, and Prevention, among others. She has written articles for national journalistic publications, such as Slate, and has authored book chapters and published original research findings in peer-reviewed journals.
Marla has been an active member of the treatment community since 1999. Dr. Deibler is on the Faculty of the Trichotillomania Learning Center (TLC) Professional Training Institute (PTI) and serves on the Board of Directors of OCDNJ, the NJ affiliate of the International OCD Foundation.
The New York City Support Group:
The New York City peer support group for adults has been meeting weekly in Manhattan since 1996. Meetings follow the standard TLC format of a 'check-in', followed by a general discussion. Each week, approximately 10-15 people attend. There is no requirement to come every week and new members are always welcome. The group is exclusively for people 18 and older who have hair pulling and/or skin-picking (friends and family do not accompany members). There is no fee. Weekly meetings are Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm at a school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan (near the 6 train). For more information about meeting times and what to expect, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also a group listserv that is available; please request an invitation with the above email address.
What is TLC? Founded in 1991, the Trichotillomania Learning Center (TLC) is a nationally based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to improve the quality of life of children, adolescents and adults with Trichotillomania and related Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs). TLC is committed to information dissemination, education, outreach, alliance building and support of research into the cause and treatment of these disorders
For workshop questions or to register by phone, contact TLC at 831-457-1004.
Up to 30 days prior to the event: TLC will cancel your registration and issue a refund of paid registration fees, minus a $25.00 processing fee.
29-10 days prior to the event: TLC will cancel your registration and issue a refund of paid registration fees, minus a $40.00 late cancellation-processing fee, regardless of the reason for the cancellation (including medical emergencies).
10 days prior up through event date: No refunds will be issued, regardless of the reason for the cancellation (including medical emergencies). TLC cannot make exceptions to this policy, as we must prepay most meeting expenses.
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.