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The Annual Conference on Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors is the only event of its kind in the world. Top BFRB experts, community leaders, and changemakers will guide 500 individuals, families, clinicians, and researchers through a weekend of education, community building, and healing.

Learn effective tools for emotional and physical recovery. Meet hundreds of other people who share your problems and understand. Cultivate support and networking contacts, and experience the relief of reduced shame and stigma. Build your own program for recovery from a comprehensive schedule of over 60 expert-led seminars, covering topics like advances in treatment and research, behavioral management, self-help, and emotional healing. Special workshops are offered for specific BFRBs as well as for kids, teens, and parents. A continuing education track for licensed professionals offers exclusive opportunities to learn the latest in treatment advances from expert clinicians and treatment providers--through a weekend of education, inspiration, support, and most importantly: healing.

NEW this year!

PRE-CONFERENCE on ComB: 3-hour intensive on CBT-based treatment (Adults 18+ only) with Dr. Marla Deibler and Dr. Renae Reinardy

When: Friday, April 21, 9am - 12pm
Cost: $150.00 (does not include conference registration, which is required to attend this pre-con)
For adults with a BFRB, this special add-on to the conference is a unique opportunity to develop a personalized plan for recovery with two of the top treatment providers for BFRBs. Utilizing the ComB model, participants will gain new perspective on the role each individual's BFRB serves in their life, understanding why, where, and how a person engages in their BFRB so that individualized interventions can be selected to help the person achieve what they want to achieve without engaging in the behavior. The comprehensive behavioral (ComB) model, developed by Dr. Charles Mansueto and his colleagues, is based on the assumption that a person engages in their BFRB because it meets one or more needs in the individual (e.g., helping to relax, to fall asleep, or to feel like a goal was accomplished). This three-hour intensive is limited to 40 participants and is offered as an add-on to the conference itself--please make sure to register for the conference if you register for this pre-con.

Annual Conference begins Friday at 1:30pm and concludes on Sunday at noon!

Registration to the Conference includes:

  • access to all conference programs and presentations

  • networking opportunities and exhibit hall

  • the following meals: Friday evening snack, Saturday coffee/tea break, lunch, and dinner, as well as a coffee/tea and snack break on Sunday

  • resources like presentation materials, handouts, regional Support Group connections, etc.

Partial scholarships and payment plans are available. Email scholarships@bfrb.org for more information.

There will now be an opportunity to check-in to the event Thursday evening as well as on Friday. Sessions will begin at 1:30pm Friday. If you have registered for the pre-conference, please plan to arrive at 8:30am Friday morning to check-in to your session. More information will be forthcoming.

Please visit the Conference FAQ for all the details to ensure a smooth and enjoyable conference experience!

Hotel Information

The event will be held at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel. Please note that reservations are not including with your event registration. You may make your reservation online by clicking here or calling 1-800-266-9432. The deadline to get the group rate of $119 is Monday, March 27, 2017, but rooms will sell out, so book today (you can always cancel it later).

Travel Information

Please visit the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel website for specific driving directions and public transportation information.

Air travelers should fly into Lambert-St Louis International Airport (STL). We recommend booking your flight as far in advance as possible; securing travel to the conference is your responsibility.
Hotel direction: 15 miles SE
The hotel does not provide free shuttle service.

Alternate transportation from the airport to the hotel:
GO BEST Express: advanced booking required; they are offering TLC Conference Attendees 20% off the $25 (one-way) rate! Click here to book. Last day to book is April 18, 2017.
Bus service, fee: 7 USD (one way)
Subway service, fee: 3.5 USD (one way)
Estimated taxi fare: 40 USD (one way)

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