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Thursday, April 20
 

6:00pm

 
Friday, April 21
 

9:00am

Pre-conference Session on ComB (separate registration ticket is required)
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 perspectives 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.

Speakers
MW

Marla W Deibler PsyD MSCP

Marla W. Deibler, PsyD, MSCP is a Licensed Psychologist and the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia, a private outpatient facility with locations in Cherry Hill and Princeton, NJ specializing in the evidence-based treatment of... Read More →
RR

Renae Reinardy PsyD

Renae M. Reinardy, Psy.D. received her doctorate at Argosy University, Washington, D.C. She is the Director of the Lakeside Center for Behavioral Change. Dr. Reinardy specializes in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder, trichotillomania, skin picking, hoarding disorder... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
Westmoreland/Kingsbury

10:30am

Check-in and Registration
Friday April 21, 2017 10:30am - 1:30pm
TBA

10:30am

Bookstore Open
Friday April 21, 2017 10:30am - 8:15pm
TBA

1:30pm

1:30pm

BFRBs and employment – Finding Your Confidence and Finding Work
This workshop provides participants with an opportunity to share their experiences regarding how their BFRB has affected both job searches and employment. Participants will be provided tools to help prepare effective resumes and cover letters, as well as confidently handle the job interview process.

Speakers
DM

Debi Marshall

Debi Marshall is a SHRM certified human resources professional with 10 years of experience, including 6 years working for a faith-based non-profit organization. As a child, she grew a love for writing. For the past 5 years, in her spare time, she has penned a blog, "Debi Luna Mar... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Landmark 3

1:30pm

Writing Your Own Experience: Strategies for Storytelling (for Kids)
We all have our own stories to tell. This workshop will provide a handful of tools to help make our stories meaningful, empowering and fun.
Participants will be strongly encouraged to choose one personal experience to work into a storytelling project during this class, bringing that project idea to repeated discussions we have as a group about the concept of Restorative Narratives. http://ivoh.org/restorativenarrative/

Speakers
LL

Lisa Loving

Lisa Loving is the Evening News Director at KBOO Community Radio in Portland, Oregon (http://www.kboo.org/kboo-staff-directory). Her forthcoming book, How to Be a Citizen Journalist, is due in 2017 from Microcosm Publishers (https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisaloving). | After a ye... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Landmark 5

1:30pm

1:30pm

First Time Attendee: Parents and Kids Orientation
Speakers
CD

Chaille DeFaria CPCC

Chaille DeFaria, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, CPCC | TLC Board of Directors Member | | As a hair puller since the age of 15 and now in remission, I know the shame and suffering that often attached to this disorder. I found relief and freedom once I started talking.  | | Your child is not sick, they do not have a disease, and they are definitely not alone. There is a community of trust and support waiting for... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Landmark 1 & 2

1:30pm

BFRB Treatment Groups
Learn how to start and maintain a treatment group for BFRBs that is even more successful than individual therapy. Taught by Dr. Chackes, who has been leading these treatment groups for children and adults since April 2013, with help from Maddie Lapp, a group participant.

Speakers
ML

Maddie Lapp

Maddie Lapp is 19 years old from St. Louis, Missouri. She has had trichotillomania for 7 years and excoriation disorder for about 9 years. Maddie pulls exclusively from her scalp. This will be Maddie's second TLC Conference. Maddie is also a part of TLC's Millennial Task Force. I... Read More →
LC

Laura Chackes PsyD

Dr. Chackes is a licensed psychologist who specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety disorders. She received her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago in 2005. She then completed... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Majestic H

1:30pm

Introduction to the ComB Model for BFRB Treatment: For Professionals
This workshop will serve as a brief overview for professionals unfamiliar with the Comprehensive Behavioral (ComB) Model, or a review for those who have already had experience working with this model. The first half of the workshop will give a brief description of the various domains ("SCAMP") that can trigger BFRB episodes, which together describe a person's individual BFRB profile. The development of an individualized plan will then be illustrated. In the second half of the workshop the participants will have an opportunity to create a sample plan, to describe challenging cases, and to integrate aspects of the ComB model to other approaches they may be using.

Speakers
NW

Noah Weintraub PsyD

Dr. Weintraub is a psychologist at Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington (BTC) in Silver Spring, MD. While Dr. Weintraub works with all ages, he specializes in children and adolescents with a wide range of difficulties. In addition to BFRBs, Dr. Weintraub specializes in O... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Landmark 6

1:30pm

First Time Attendee: Teen Orientation
Speakers
RR

Renae Reinardy PsyD

Renae M. Reinardy, Psy.D. received her doctorate at Argosy University, Washington, D.C. She is the Director of the Lakeside Center for Behavioral Change. Dr. Reinardy specializes in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder, trichotillomania, skin picking, hoarding disorder... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Majestic A

1:30pm

Ambassador Training (part 1)
Join TLC's Millennial Task Force in creating awareness of BFRBs and enlarging TLC’s membership is an important part of TLC’s mission. To enhance our efforts we need a small army of “Ambassadors” willing to share accurate information and dispel misconceptions in a sensitive and supportive manner. This pre-conference workshop gives you an opportunity to explore what it would be like to be a TLC Ambassador. Ambassadors will help organize and promote outreach programs in schools, colleges and community groups within their communities. This is a two-part session.

Speakers

Friday April 21, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Westmoreland/Kingsbury

2:30pm

Break
Friday April 21, 2017 2:30pm - 2:45pm
TBA

2:45pm

Dad to Dad Discussion Group
Sarah, a member of the TLC Milennial Task Force, and her father, Tim, will share what they've learned on their 10-year journey with trichotillomania. Sarah will answer your canidd questions, Dads can share their thoughts & experiences, and together, we'll gain new perspectives and understandings about hwo to best support our kids with this disorder.

Speakers
TK

Tim Kvech

Tim Kvech and his family have been active members of TLC for over 8 years. During this time they have supported their daughter, Sarah in her journey with Trich. Their experience in helping Sarah from middle school to a successful Junior in college helps to provide valuable insigh... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Majestic C

2:45pm

Live Life Fabulously with Trichotillomania
Having hair loss can damage self esteem and bring about negative emotions that affect your life. It is a very complex relationship between our “self” and our hair. If it gets “bad enough” we have to wear wigs- but wearing wigs can be a positive experience! Today’s styles and pop culture are putting an end to the stigma of cosmetic hair! Come explore alternative hair options with Becca Schlaff- a lifelong hair puller turned hair stylist. From rocking (well, hiding) her Friar Tuck hairline to buzzing it all off, Becca has tried many systems along the way- and more to come! Frustrated by the hair industry’s lack of understanding, her healing journey with trichotillomania has collided with her passion for creativity and helping others. As peers, we will find the positive aspects within our own individual journey no matter what your relationship is to- or how much- hair is on your head. Wig demonstrations will be available. Let’s have some fun and talk about it!

Speakers
BS

Becca Schlaff

Hello fellow trichsters! I am an artist, I am a hair stylist, and I am one of you. I have trichotillomania myself. I’ve been living with a bald patch on my scalp since I was 8 years old. Sprinkle in years at a time with no eyelashes either. I know the name calling, the stares... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Landmark 6

2:45pm

First Time Attendees (Adults/Parents/Teens) Back to Basics: An Introduction and Overview of BFRBs
Dr. Deibler will provide an overview of pulling and picking problems, including the multi-dimensional nature of body-focused repetitive behaviors, current trends in treatment, and how to find an experienced treatment provider. This session is recommended for those attending the conference for the first time.

Speakers
MW

Marla W Deibler PsyD MSCP

Marla W. Deibler, PsyD, MSCP is a Licensed Psychologist and the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia, a private outpatient facility with locations in Cherry Hill and Princeton, NJ specializing in the evidence-based treatment of... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Landmark 5

2:45pm

Calling all Kids!
Attention kids! Is this your first time at a BFRB conference or maybe you're a regular? Join Dr. Noah to meet other kids and learn what it's all about!

Speakers
NW

Noah Weintraub PsyD

Dr. Weintraub is a psychologist at Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington (BTC) in Silver Spring, MD. While Dr. Weintraub works with all ages, he specializes in children and adolescents with a wide range of difficulties. In addition to BFRBs, Dr. Weintraub specializes in O... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Majestic B

2:45pm

Parents of Skin Pickers: Let’s talk about Perfektionsim
An interactive, honest, and hands-on workshop, showcasing my personal skin picking management logs and how they can be useful to your children and how they can apply them in daily life. We'll be discussing the importance of practice and how it’s OK “if practice doesn’t make perfect’, and encouraging parents to embrace imperfection in their children.

Speakers
LM

Lauren McKeaney

As a compulsive skin picker for over 2 decades, Lauren started the nonprofit Picking Me Foundation in 2016 to advocate the mental illness that not only shaped and scarred her skin but many of her life experiences. Now she has developed a community of dermatillomania sufferers and supporters, offering management techniques through her Fiddle Packs full of fidget toys to promote finger energy off the body, Acceptance Tolerance through understanding that practice... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Majestic H

2:45pm

For Mothers with Daughters: Help & Hope for Hair Pulling
This workshop will be an open forum for parents who are struggling with a new or recent diagnosis of hair pulling disorder, moderated by a mother who will share her own experience learning to cope successfully with her daughter's challenging issues. Discussion will include the various emotions we feel, the control we attempt to exert, the various therapies we may try, and, finally, acceptance and the concept of "recovery".

Speakers
JA

Jacki Abrams MD

Jacki Abrams is a retired physician whose daughter began pulling at age 12. As a medical doctor, she struggled with how to "heal" her daughter and cope with a chronic illness for which there was no cure and one that would surely impact family relationships. Through the support of... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Landmark 1 & 2

2:45pm

How To Be a Happy Hair Puller: The Collaborative Non-Medical Treatment of BFRBs from both a Therapist and Client Perspective
Join us in discussion of a client-focused journey through CBT treatment; we'll share cognitive strategies and tools for managing anxiety & shame as well as behavioural strategies for impacting pulling/picking behaviour; explore how BFRB clients can challenge societal ideals of beauty & health; discuss ways to redefine psychological wellness within the context of living with BFRBs; and share insights from a peer support leader’s experience.

Speakers
JM

Julie Mason

Julie Mason was diagnosed with Trichotillomania at age 15. She is an advocate for the BFRB community independently as a contributor to the Huffington Post Canada and through her membership with the Canadian BFRB Support Network as a Peer Support Leader. Julie has her B.Sc. from t... Read More →
MT

Mary Thomson MSW RSW

Mary Thomson MSW, RSW is a social worker who provides outpatient psychotherapy at Michael Garron Hospital in Toronto, Canada. She graduated with her Master of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario in 1984 and has worked in both inpatient & outpatient hospital menta... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Landmark 3

2:45pm

First Time Teen Attendees: Easing the Awkwardness
While attending the Conference is exciting, it can also seem scary and overwhelming for first time attendees. Meet other teenage first-timers, get advice, break the advice, and get ready to have an incredible weekend!

Speakers
RM

Rebecca Miller

Rebecca is currently a freshman at American University, and has a strong interest in law and psychology. She was first diagnosed with Trichotillomania in third grade. She first became involved with theTLC Foundation for BFRBs in 2012, when she attended her first conference in Chi... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Majestic A

2:45pm

Ambassador Training (part 2)
Continuing from earlier today, we’ll work on finalizing presentation details and making plans for an event of your own. This workshop will give you an opportunity to learn and practice: Planning and organizing a school or community event Working with a school or organization to promote the event Creating a short informative presentation using TLC resources Telling your own personal story and answering questions after a presentation.

Speakers

Friday April 21, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Westmoreland/Kingsbury

3:45pm

6:00pm

Keynote: State of The Union
Where are we in terms of treatment and understanding of BFRBs, where do we need to go and how will we get there? TLC Scientific Advisory Board Chair, Dr. Jon Grant provides an overview of BFRB research and how TLC's BFRB Precision Medicine Initiative (BPM) will shine a light on promising new directions for understanding and treating these disorders.

Speakers
JE

Jon E Grant MD JD MPH

Jon E. Grant, M.D., J.D., MPH, SAB Advisory Chair | TLC Scientific Advisory Board | Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience | University of Chicago | Dr. Grant is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Dr. Grant complet... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Majestic D & E

6:45pm

Break
Friday April 21, 2017 6:45pm - 7:00pm
TBA

7:00pm

ADHD and BFRB Treatment
Many people with BFRBs also have ADHD. This can interfere with BFRB treatment. Stimulant medications can exacerbate BFRBs. Some of the interventions that improve ADHD can also improve BFRBs. The common thread is the need to get off of autopilot. Methods doing this will be addressed.

Speakers
MM

Mike Miller PhD

Dr. Miller is a psychologist with over 30 years of clinical experiences, He has worked with Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) for the past 6 years after receiving the TLC Professional Training Institute. He has received additional training in treating BFRBs through the In... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Landmark 5

7:00pm

Being in my Body: An Experiential Presentation on Body-Image
How we see our body can directly affect how we treat our body. This experiential workshop will allow participants to identify how they perceive their bodies and experientially practice helpful behavioral and mindfulness treatment tools that can be used anywhere, anytime, in a compassionate and helpful way.

Speakers
KQ

Kimberley Quinlan LMFT

KIMBERLEY QUINLAN is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California. During her training and education, Kimberley dedicated much of her research to the study of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of Anxiety Disorders and Meditation... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Westmoreland/Kingsbury

7:00pm

How to Navigate College Life
College is exciting, fun and challenging. How do you handle classes, roommates and dating with a BFRB? Whether you don't want anyone to know or you need advice on how to share about your BFRB, this workshop is for you. Learn tips for navigating the multiple areas of college life.

Speakers
CR

Calla Rasmussen

Calla started pulling out her hair at age eight. A natural at BFRB awareness advocacy from the start, she never felt like she needed to hide her disorder, but wanted to educate people who asked her about it. She owes that strength and confidence to her supportive parents, friends... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Landmark 3

7:00pm

Kids' Corner
Kids, let's come together to learn about BFRBs, gain tips and strategies for navigating common challenges, and support each other all while having fun. Win prizes for playing along in fun games like True or False, Ask the Experts, Let’s Trick Trich, and Trich-y Thoughts.

Speakers
SM

Shala M Nicely LPC

Shala Nicely, LPC is a cognitive-behavioral therapist specializing in treatment of OCD and related disorders at Cornerstone Family Services in Atlanta. She was keynote speaker for the 2013 IOCDF national conference with the story of her own triumph over OCD, “Is Fred in the... Read More →
AJ

Ashley J Smith PhD

Dr. Ashley Smith has been a senior staff psychologist at the Kansas City Center for Anxiety Treatment (KCCAT) since 2009. She holds extensive experience in treating anxiety and OC spectrum disorders across the lifespan, and she facilitates a monthly BFRB support group. She is a f... Read More →
WC

William C Oakley PsyD

Dr. William Oakley is an Associate Psychologist at the KCCAT. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University. He completed his pre–doctoral internship at the Carson Center for Adults and Families and conducted research at Brown University’s Center... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Landmark 6

7:00pm

A Parent Guide to Hair Pulling Disorder and other BFRBs
Being a parent has many unique challenges. Being a parent of a child with trich can be overwhelming. Come learn a different perspective about what trichotillomania is, and what it is not from experts who have worked with TTM for many years. Listen to what children and teens want their parents to know. Hear about the importance of, and different ways to, take care of yourself while supporting your child. Be able to identify when you need to take some time to yourself and use successful strategies to “recharge your own batteries.”

Speakers
RG

Ruth Golomb LCPC

Ruth Goldfinger Golomb, LCPC, is a senior clinician, supervisor, and a director of the training program at the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington, where she has worked since the mid 1980's. Ms. Golomb specializes in treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adults... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Landmark 1 & 2

7:00pm

BFRB Improv
Have fun playing improv games and improvising social situations relating to BFRBs.

Speakers
AP

Annette Pasternak PhD

Annette Pasternak, the author of “Skin Picking: The Freedom to Finally Stop," is a certified Holistic Health Coach and practitioner of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (FDN) living in Los Angeles, where she enjoys taking improv classes and occasionally performing. Formerly a res... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Majestic H

7:00pm

Teen Empowerment
Does your BFRB feel out of control? In this workshop you will learn some great skills to tame your BFRB. We will discuss what function your BFRB might be serving for you and how to give your body what you need in other ways. This is a fun workshop that will help you build some huge emotional muscles!

Speakers
RR

Renae Reinardy PsyD

Renae M. Reinardy, Psy.D. received her doctorate at Argosy University, Washington, D.C. She is the Director of the Lakeside Center for Behavioral Change. Dr. Reinardy specializes in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder, trichotillomania, skin picking, hoarding disorder... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Majestic C

8:00pm

Break
Friday April 21, 2017 8:00pm - 8:15pm
TBA

8:15pm

Self-Care from the Inside Out
Most of us with BFRBs learned the hard way that we cannot seem to think, ignore, negotiate, deny, pray, or at this point, medicate them – etc., etc., fully away. So what's a being to do? Lots! Come learn from 2 veterans of the BFRB Journey how identifying, then taking action to meet essential self-care needs – instead of self-soothing via BFRB, can create a pathway to long-term, authentic recovery.

Speakers
CP

Christina Pearson

Christina Pearson grew up suffering greatly from both hair pulling and skin picking. Discovering she was not the only sufferer, she established TLC in 1990 (despite being ridiculed for it), to start providing resources and develop scientific credibility for this realm of human su... Read More →
TW

Tammy Wannemacher

Tammy Wannemacher is the co-founder of the Northern Virginia Trich and Pick Support Group, which she co-facilitated until 2015 when she stepped down to create a support group for mothers of school-aged children. She has four wonderful and very busy children children, ages 11, 8... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Landmark 5

8:15pm

What is Recovery from BFRBs?
This will be a facilitated discussion about what recovery means to each of us. The purpose is for participants to consider expanded ways to think about recovery, such as self-love, self-acceptance, not defining ourselves by our behavior or appearance, and not letting our BFRB hold us back in life.

Speakers
SP

Sue Price MS LMHC NCC

Sue Price, MS, LMHC, NCC grew up with trichotillomania. She started the first support group in Atlanta in the 1990s and was a member of TLC's Board of Directors until 2011. As a result of being involved with the TLC Foundation, Sue felt called to do more, and went back to school... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Majestic G

8:15pm

Writing Your Own Experience: Strategies for Storytelling (for Adults)
We all have or own stories to tell, but here we learn a handful of tools to make our stories meaningful, empowering and fun.
Participants will be strongly encouraged to choose one personal experience to work into a storytelling project during this class, bringing that project idea to repeated discussions we have as a group about the concept of Restorative Narratives. http://ivoh.org/restorativenarrative/

Speakers
LL

Lisa Loving

Lisa Loving is the Evening News Director at KBOO Community Radio in Portland, Oregon (http://www.kboo.org/kboo-staff-directory). Her forthcoming book, How to Be a Citizen Journalist, is due in 2017 from Microcosm Publishers (https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisaloving). | After a ye... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Majestic C

8:15pm

Exploring your values beyond your BFRB
Individuals living with BFRBs often say that they lose touch with important aspects of their lives when they are struggling with the BFRB. This workshop will identify areas of life that often take a back seat to the BRFB, and will help individuals with BFRBs reaffirm their commitment to these values.

Speakers
JJ

Jayme Jacobs PsyD

Dr. Jacobs is a licensed psychologist and graduate of La Salle University. In 2011 she joined The Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia, where she received specialized training in the treatment of BFRBs, other OC spectrum disorders, and anxiety disorders. Dr. Jacobs... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Landmark 7

8:15pm

Partnering with your child to gain peer support
Jennifer and her daughter, Samantha, will lead a discussion on gaining peer support on being open and advocating about Trich. Samantha will share her experience with Trich, how she went about being open with it in her school, as well as techniques that have helped her come to a place of acceptance with the trich. Jennifer will also share a little of her journey as a recovering hair puller and how she has learned to best support Samantha and advocate for her at school, as well as how coming to a place of acceptance has healed our strained relationship.

Speakers
JC

Jennifer Cook

Jennifer Cook is a Mom to three kids. Two of which have BFRB's. She has been on the journey of recovery herself for over 30 years. Even though she still pulls the occasional hair or twenty, she has come to find out, even though Trich is still ever present in her life, that one ca... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Landmark 1 & 2

8:15pm

Research Poster Session: Health Professionals Only
CE Approved - this sessions is for health professionals only. Learn about the most recent research findings and trends in the field as some of the brightest minds in BFRB research showcase their current work. Posters presented during this session include:
The Assessment of Skin Picking in adolescence: Psychometric properties of the Skin Picking Scale-Revised
Evidence for delayed disengagement in a dot probe task in trichotillomania
Reactions to Behaviors
Parameters of Cosmetic Use as Predictors of Symptom Severity in Women with BFRBs
Long-Term Outcome in Pediatric Trichotillomania
Systematic Review of Pharmacological and Behavioral Treatments for Skin Picking Disorder
Cold Pressor Pain in Trichotillomania and Skin Picking Disorder

Friday April 21, 2017 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Washington

8:15pm

A young adult's guide to positively coping
It is important for teens to know that they are not defined by their disorders. Trying to come to terms with trich can be difficult, but there are outlets such as writing, art, and plain old talking it out that help us grow and accept who we are.

Speakers

Friday April 21, 2017 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Landmark 6

8:15pm

Educating Trichsters on Hair Care
Empowering and educating individuals of all ages with Trich about hair care for their natural hair as well as any type of hair extension. An age old adage, “When we look good, we feel good” still applies today regardless of age or ethnicity.

Speakers

Friday April 21, 2017 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Landmark 3

9:15pm

Sweet Dreams! We'll see you in the morning!
Friday April 21, 2017 9:15pm - 10:15pm
TBA
 
Saturday, April 22
 

7:00am

Morning Yoga!
Speakers

Saturday April 22, 2017 7:00am - 7:45pm
Washington

7:30am

8:30am

How To Be a Happy Hair Puller: Insights from a Therapist and Client's Journey Through Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for BFRBs
Join us in discussion of a client-focused journey through CBT treatment; we'll share cognitive strategies and tools for managing anxiety & shame as well as behavioural strategies for impacting pulling/picking behaviour; explore how BFRB clients can challenge societal ideals of beauty & health; discuss ways to redefine psychological wellness within the context of living with BFRBs; and share insights from a peer support leader’s experience.

Speakers
JM

Julie Mason

Julie Mason was diagnosed with Trichotillomania at age 15. She is an advocate for the BFRB community independently as a contributor to the Huffington Post Canada and through her membership with the Canadian BFRB Support Network as a Peer Support Leader. Julie has her B.Sc. from t... Read More →
MT

Mary Thomson MSW RSW

Mary Thomson MSW, RSW is a social worker who provides outpatient psychotherapy at Michael Garron Hospital in Toronto, Canada. She graduated with her Master of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario in 1984 and has worked in both inpatient & outpatient hospital menta... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Landmark 3

8:30am

Skin Picking and Perfektionism
An interactive, honest, and hands-on workshop, showcasing my personal skin picking management logs and how to apply them in daily life, discussing the importance of practice and how it’s OK “if practice doesn’t make perfect’, and encouraging participants to embrace imperfection with a perfectionism challenge exercise.

Speakers
LM

Lauren McKeaney

As a compulsive skin picker for over 2 decades, Lauren started the nonprofit Picking Me Foundation in 2016 to advocate the mental illness that not only shaped and scarred her skin but many of her life experiences. Now she has developed a community of dermatillomania sufferers and supporters, offering management techniques through her Fiddle Packs full of fidget toys to promote finger energy off the body, Acceptance Tolerance through understanding that practice... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Majestic H

8:30am

The Art of Self Hypnosis and Hypnosis: Part 1
(This is a two-part workshop. It is requested that those who want to attend Part 2 of the workshop also attend Part 1. )

In part one of this experiential workshop we will explore how self-hypnosis can be used as a tool to help shift you when you are stressed, tired, bored, and or need of a break from the day. Experience relaxing breathing and deepening techniques, the use of imagery, as well as using your senses to help create a safe place to go to whenever you choose to. All these techniques can be useful tools to use when you are home. We will also begin to explore the use of hypnosis as an adjunct to helping manage your pulling/picking.

Speakers
MB

Merrill Black LCSW

Merrill Black, L.C.S.W./ Reiki Master/Hypnotherapist | | Merrill is a cognitive behavior therapist who has been treating patients since 1987. Her private practice is at her healing center, The Temperance Center in Eastchester, N.Y., Merrill works with a diverse population. Am... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Majestic F

8:30am

Adaptations to Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions for Hair Pulling and Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors
Although Habit Reversal Training (HRT) has been demonstrated as an empirically-based intervention for Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs), it may not prove effective for all individuals. Drs. Brauer and Rojas will present cases in which typical HRT was adapted to present the unique presentation of clients. Dr. Brauer will present a brief intervention for an emerging adult with Trichotillomania and Skin-picking which incorporated aspects of exposure and response prevention and mindfulness. Dr. Rojas will present an intervention used with a toddler with Trichotillomania, highlighting the use of parent training and generation of developmentally-appropriate language. Drs. Brauer and Rojas will also engage in a discussion of treatment recommendations for individuals with BFRBs, allowing time to answer questions from the audience bout their clinical or personal experience with these behaviors.

Speakers
LB

Lindsay Brauer PhD

Lindsay Brauer, Ph.D., is co-director of the Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders clinic at the University of Chicago. She is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in the provision of cognitive-behavioral therapy to adults with obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, as... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Landmark 7

8:30am

Medications for Hair Pulling & Skin Picking
CE approved. Overview of current pharmacological treatments for BFRBs, including updates on current research and trends, followed by a brief Q & A session.

Speakers
JE

Jon E Grant MD JD MPH

Jon E. Grant, M.D., J.D., MPH, SAB Advisory Chair | TLC Scientific Advisory Board | Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience | University of Chicago | Dr. Grant is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Dr. Grant complet... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Westmoreland/Kingsbury

8:30am

Dating Someone who Doesn't Have a BFRB
Do you have a BFRB and are afraid to date because you're worried he/she wouldn't understand? Are you dating or in a relationship, but you're struggling to figure out how to talk to your partner about your BFRB? In this workshop, we will discuss ways to navigate relationships when we are struggling with our BFRBs. The workshop is led by Katie Koppel (a hair puller) and her partner Chris Bannon (a non-hair puller). Together, we will brainstorm ways to get support for your BFRB (in the ways that YOU want), while also making your relationships even stronger!

Speakers
KK

Katie Koppel

Katie Koppel is a hair puller and mental health activist, as well as a writer of memoir and creative non-fiction. She is a member of TLC and has attended several of its conferences.


Saturday April 22, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Landmark 6

8:30am

Documenting through the rough times & creating your truth through art journaling
An interactive workshop on why it's important to document your BFRB journey through memory keeping, photography and art journaling. Please bring a blank sketchbook/spiral notebook and some colored pencils if you can!

Speakers
JC

Jennifer Cook

Jennifer Cook is a Mom to three kids. Two of which have BFRB's. She has been on the journey of recovery herself for over 30 years. Even though she still pulls the occasional hair or twenty, she has come to find out, even though Trich is still ever present in her life, that one ca... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Majestic B

8:30am

Art Room (for Kids & Teens)
The Art Room will be open throughout the day. Take a break from formal sessions, get creative, chat and relax!

Speakers

Saturday April 22, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Washington

8:30am

Helping Your Child To Help Themselves: What You, As Parents, Need To Do (Or Not Do) to Assist Your Child’s Recovery
Being the parent of a child with a BFRB can be a baffling and frustrating experience. The goal will be to show parents how to help their child take responsibility for their symptoms and their own recoveries, and how to avoid common pitfalls that can occur in the recovery process.

Speakers
FP

Fred Penzel PhD

Dr. Fred Penzel is a licensed psychologist who has specialized in the treatment of | BFRBs and OCD since 1982. He is the executive director of Western Suffolk | Psychological Services in Huntington, Long Island, New York, a private treatment group specializing in body-focused behaviors and O-C related problems, and is a founding member of the science advisory boards of both the TLC Foundation for BFRBs and the International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation. Dr. Penzel is the author of... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Landmark 1 & 2

8:30am

ACT now for your Values!
Living life according to one’s personal values is a core element of Acceptance and Commitment therapy. In this interactive and experiential workshop, teens will be learn how identifying and connecting to one’s values can be a powerful source of motivation and perspective in the one’s BFRB journey.


Saturday April 22, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Landmark 5

8:30am

Trichy Situations
This session is intended to help teens with BFRBs get through difficult or awkward situations involving their BFRB.

Speakers
ML

Maddie Lapp

Maddie Lapp is 19 years old from St. Louis, Missouri. She has had trichotillomania for 7 years and excoriation disorder for about 9 years. Maddie pulls exclusively from her scalp. This will be Maddie's second TLC Conference. Maddie is also a part of TLC's Millennial Task Force. I... Read More →
LC

Laura Chackes PsyD

Dr. Chackes is a licensed psychologist who specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety disorders. She received her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago in 2005. She then completed... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Majestic G

8:30am

Bookstore Open
Saturday April 22, 2017 8:30am - 5:30pm
TBA

9:30am

Break
Saturday April 22, 2017 9:30am - 9:45am
TBA

9:45am

A Brief Intervention for Trichotillomania and Skin-Picking
The presentation will focus on a novel 4 session intervention for mild trichotillomania and skin picking. Strategies discussed include: self-monitoring, competing responses, exposure and response prevention, and mindfulness. A case example will be used to demonstrate these techniques.

Speakers
LB

Lindsay Brauer PhD

Lindsay Brauer, Ph.D., is co-director of the Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders clinic at the University of Chicago. She is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in the provision of cognitive-behavioral therapy to adults with obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, as... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Landmark 3

9:45am

Ask the Experts
In this session, panelists and audience members will explore topics and challenges related to the experience and treatment of BFRBs. Patients, family members, and clinicians will have an opportunity to ask their own questions and introduce topics for discussion. Panelists are recognized experts in the field, with expertise spanning BFRB research, medication, cognitive behavioral therapy, and adult, child, and family therapy.

Speakers
RG

Ruth Golomb LCPC

Ruth Goldfinger Golomb, LCPC, is a senior clinician, supervisor, and a director of the training program at the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington, where she has worked since the mid 1980's. Ms. Golomb specializes in treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adults... Read More →
JE

Jon E Grant MD JD MPH

Jon E. Grant, M.D., J.D., MPH, SAB Advisory Chair | TLC Scientific Advisory Board | Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience | University of Chicago | Dr. Grant is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Dr. Grant complet... Read More →
MW

Marla W Deibler PsyD MSCP

Marla W. Deibler, PsyD, MSCP is a Licensed Psychologist and the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia, a private outpatient facility with locations in Cherry Hill and Princeton, NJ specializing in the evidence-based treatment of... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Westmoreland/Kingsbury

9:45am

Get your ACT (and ComB) Together
Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) can be used to augment treatment of the Affective, Cognitive and Sensory modalities of the ComB model. You will learn an overview of ACT, how it complements ComB, and ACT-specific interventions. This presentation assumes that attendees will have a basic understanding of the ComB model.

Speakers
DY

David Yood PsyD

Dr. Yood received his doctorate from the University of Denver and completed his predoctoral internship at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Behavior Therapy Center. Dr. Yood’s areas of clinical interest include Obsessive... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Landmark 6

9:45am

Hair Club for Men & Women: Demo and Q & A
Get an in-depth look into the services offered to those with TTM while Hair Club for Men and Women representatives conduct a demonstration of a hair system placement and answer audience questions about their products.

Speakers

Saturday April 22, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Majestic G

9:45am

There is an APP for that! How technology can help you with your recovery
Technology can be a great tool for recovery. In today’s culture, we are surrounded with iPhones and Tablets. Why not let them help us? During this workshop, participants will be shown a variety of online and phone friendly apps that can improve your mood, cognitions, behaviors and self-esteem.

Speakers
KQ

Kimberley Quinlan LMFT

KIMBERLEY QUINLAN is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California. During her training and education, Kimberley dedicated much of her research to the study of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of Anxiety Disorders and Meditation... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Landmark 7

9:45am

Kid Empowerment: Learn Skills to Tame Your BFRB
Does your BFRB feel out of control? In this workshop you will learn some great skills to tame your BFRB. We will discuss what function your BFRB might be serving for you and how to give your body what you need in other ways. This is a fun workshop that will help you build some huge emotional muscles!

Speakers
RR

Renae Reinardy PsyD

Renae M. Reinardy, Psy.D. received her doctorate at Argosy University, Washington, D.C. She is the Director of the Lakeside Center for Behavioral Change. Dr. Reinardy specializes in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder, trichotillomania, skin picking, hoarding disorder... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Majestic C

9:45am

Art Room (for Kids & Teens)
The Art Room will be open throughout the day. Take a break from formal sessions, get creative, chat and relax!

Speakers

Saturday April 22, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Washington

9:45am

What About Me? Parenting a Child with a BFRB (part 1)
This two-part workshop will be a discussion, parent-to-parent, about the journey to getting to a point of acceptance and appreciation, using the framework of the stages of grief and loss.

Part I will provide an opportunity for discussion of the stages of grief and loss and how they may apply to the parent of a child with a BFRB.

Speakers
SS

Stacy Straus

A parent of child with trichotillomania for about 6 years, Stacy is not formally educated on BFRBs, but has searched high and low for the answers and the cure for this disorder that has been part of her home for many years. Finally, she has come to a place of acceptance and even... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Landmark 1 & 2

9:45am

Mindfulness Based Impulse Reduction for BFRBs: A strategy for living!
For most of us with BFRBs, it is incredibly difficult to change unwanted behavior, especially when not fully aware of the role it plays in our awareness and moment-to-moment processing! Increasing our core awareness is a fundamental part of BFRB recovery as it expands the ability to make healthier choices that support being pull/pick free. After a brief overview of how mindfulness training can effectively support long-term recovery and the practice of it in her own life, Christina will lead participants in the practice of 2 useful stress reduction & awareness exercises drawn from her popular online course, followed by group discussion.

Speakers
CP

Christina Pearson

Christina Pearson grew up suffering greatly from both hair pulling and skin picking. Discovering she was not the only sufferer, she established TLC in 1990 (despite being ridiculed for it), to start providing resources and develop scientific credibility for this realm of human su... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Landmark 5

9:45am

On Love and Dating (for Teens)
We’ll discuss issues surrounding love and dating, and how BFRBs may affect romantic relationships and self-esteem. This is a safe environment to discuss matters of the heart! This session is specifically for teens ages 16++


Saturday April 22, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Majestic H

10:45am

Break
Saturday April 22, 2017 10:45am - 11:15am
TBA

11:15am

The Art of Self Hypnosis and Hypnosis: Part 2
In part 2 of this experiential workshop we will be going a little deeper in the process of hypnosis. There will be a group hypnosis with a guided induction, the use of deepening techniques, and incorporating suggestions in the hypnotic state.

Speakers
MB

Merrill Black LCSW

Merrill Black, L.C.S.W./ Reiki Master/Hypnotherapist | | Merrill is a cognitive behavior therapist who has been treating patients since 1987. Her private practice is at her healing center, The Temperance Center in Eastchester, N.Y., Merrill works with a diverse population. Am... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Westmoreland/Kingsbury

11:15am

Animal Models for Understanding BFRBs
Dr. Garner will provide an overview of current animal models, emphasizing how human and animal work is integrated and complimentary. Recent findings based on this work in the areas of diet, oxidative stress, and neurotransmitters will be discussed.

Speakers
JG

Joseph Garner PhD

Joseph Garner, PhD | Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Medicine | Courtesy Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences | 
Stanford University, Stanford, CA | Dr. Garner received his doctoral degree from the Department of Zoology at the... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Landmark 3

11:15am

Bringing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to Life in the Treatment of BFRBs
The cognitive and emotional toll of living with a BFRB can present challenges to successful treatment. This session will introduce participants to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), an evidence-based treatment augmentation for the enhancement of ComB/HRT. This didactic and experiential workshop will guide participants in the exploration of an individual's relationship to his or her own inner cognitive and emotional struggles in order to facilitate acceptance and behavior change.

Speakers
MW

Marla W Deibler PsyD MSCP

Marla W. Deibler, PsyD, MSCP is a Licensed Psychologist and the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia, a private outpatient facility with locations in Cherry Hill and Princeton, NJ specializing in the evidence-based treatment of... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Landmark 5

11:15am

Diet and Skin Picking: Food that Heals, Ingredients that Harm
I have found that diet can be a contributing factor in skin picking. The food we eat also affects skin conditions as well as general physical and mental health. Learn which foods, food ingredients and eating habits often increase picking and how to change when change is hard.

Speakers
AP

Annette Pasternak PhD

Annette Pasternak, the author of “Skin Picking: The Freedom to Finally Stop," is a certified Holistic Health Coach and practitioner of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (FDN) living in Los Angeles, where she enjoys taking improv classes and occasionally performing. Formerly a res... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Landmark 6

11:15am

Skin Picking and Perfektionism (for Kids)
An interactive, honest, and hands-on workshop, showcasing my personal skin picking management logs and how to apply them in daily life, discussing the importance of practice and how it’s OK “if practice doesn’t make perfect’, and encouraging participants to embrace imperfection with a perfectionism challenge exercise.

Speakers
LM

Lauren McKeaney

As a compulsive skin picker for over 2 decades, Lauren started the nonprofit Picking Me Foundation in 2016 to advocate the mental illness that not only shaped and scarred her skin but many of her life experiences. Now she has developed a community of dermatillomania sufferers and supporters, offering management techniques through her Fiddle Packs full of fidget toys to promote finger energy off the body, Acceptance Tolerance through understanding that practice... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Majestic A

11:15am

Art Room (for Kids & Teens)
The Art Room will be open throughout the day. Take a break from formal sessions, get creative, chat and relax!

Speakers

Saturday April 22, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Washington

11:15am

Support Workshop for Parents
This workshop will give you as a parent and your loved ones an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of what your child may or may not be experiencing living with bfrb's. It will also be an opportunity to better understand a parent or loved one's own pain and struggle. Reframing your perspective on your child's behavior can have a positive impact on your relationship with them and their outlook. We will look at the close relationship between fixing and supporting the disorder and will share tools and ideas that will help both you and your child move forward together. This will be a Q&A forum.

Speakers
CD

Chaille DeFaria CPCC

Chaille DeFaria, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, CPCC | TLC Board of Directors Member | | As a hair puller since the age of 15 and now in remission, I know the shame and suffering that often attached to this disorder. I found relief and freedom once I started talking.  | | Your child is not sick, they do not have a disease, and they are definitely not alone. There is a community of trust and support waiting for... Read More →
CR

Calla Rasmussen

Calla started pulling out her hair at age eight. A natural at BFRB awareness advocacy from the start, she never felt like she needed to hide her disorder, but wanted to educate people who asked her about it. She owes that strength and confidence to her supportive parents, friends... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Landmark 1 & 2

11:15am

Teens Only: BFRB: Releasing Our Sorrow, Finding Our Inner Harmony
Come share your struggles wih BFRB in a safe and caring environment. Be guided through music, journaling and sharing to strengthen their
self-esteem and inner strength. Attendees will find a TTM/Picking community of supportive teens.

Speakers
JB

Jane Bodine LCPC LTd

CBT/ERP/Habit Reversal/Mindfulness therapist in Private Practice in Naperville (also Oak Brook, recently added) for 30 years Ages 3-adult, Ind/Family/Group therapy, | Home/Office/Telehealth, | Treatment for BFRB, TS, OCD, Obsessive Thoughts, Panic, Pandas/Pans, Emetephobia... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Majestic C

11:15am

Teens Talking BFRBs
Mackensie and Maddie will lead a discussion on talking about BFRBs with others, including peers, teachers, parents and others. Together we’ll discover new language for explaining BFRBs in a way that is empowering rather than embarrassing.

Speakers
MF

Mackensie Freeman

Mackensie Freeman is 18 years old and is a senior in high school. She is from Atlanta, Georgia. She has had trichotillomania since she was ten years old and currently pulls from her head and eyebrows. She has been involved with TLC since 2011, when she attended her first TLC conf... Read More →
ML

Maddie Lapp

Maddie Lapp is 19 years old from St. Louis, Missouri. She has had trichotillomania for 7 years and excoriation disorder for about 9 years. Maddie pulls exclusively from her scalp. This will be Maddie's second TLC Conference. Maddie is also a part of TLC's Millennial Task Force. I... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Majestic F

12:15pm

Research Poster Session
Learn about the most recent research findings and trends in the field as some of the brightest minds in BFRB research showcase their current work. Posters presented during this session include:
The Assessment of Skin Picking in adolescence: Psychometric properties of the Skin Picking Scale-Revised
Evidence for delayed disengagement in a dot probe task in trichotillomania
Reactions to Behaviors
Parameters of Cosmetic Use as Predictors of Symptom Severity in Women with BFRBs
Long-Term Outcome in Pediatric Trichotillomania
Systematic Review of Pharmacological and Behavioral Treatments for Skin Picking Disorder
Cold Pressor Pain in Trichotillomania and Skin Picking Disorder

Saturday April 22, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Majestic D & E Foyer

12:15pm

Lunch
Saturday April 22, 2017 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Majestic D & E

1:45pm

BFRB Improv
Have fun playing improv games and improvising social situations relating to BFRBs.

Speakers
AP

Annette Pasternak PhD

Annette Pasternak, the author of “Skin Picking: The Freedom to Finally Stop," is a certified Holistic Health Coach and practitioner of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (FDN) living in Los Angeles, where she enjoys taking improv classes and occasionally performing. Formerly a res... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Majestic A

1:45pm

Reducing the Negative Affects of BFRBs
Having a body focused repetitive behavior is more than just about skin, hair or nails. Many times struggling with BFRBs can affect your mood, your activities, your relationships and the way you feel about yourself. Hear about the different ways that BFRBs might be affecting your life. Then learn about what you may be doing that seems like a good idea, but might not so helpful. Then discover how to develop good coping skills, a better way to think about hair pulling or skin picking and improving your relationships with others…and yourself!

Speakers
RG

Ruth Golomb LCPC

Ruth Goldfinger Golomb, LCPC, is a senior clinician, supervisor, and a director of the training program at the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington, where she has worked since the mid 1980's. Ms. Golomb specializes in treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adults... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Landmark 5

1:45pm

Neurobiology of BFRBs
Join Dr. Dougherty in a discussion about the known neurobiological differences between those who have BFRBs, and those who don’t, as well differences between individuals with this picking disorders. Dr. Dougherty will provide insight into why neurobiology is an important component of the BPM Initiative, and what we hope to discover as the BPM gets underway.

Speakers
DD

Darin Dougherty MD MSc

Director, Neurotherapeutics Division
, Massachusetts General Hospital
 | Associate Director, Psychiatric Neuroimaging Program | 
Director, Mood Disorders Section, Psychiatric Neuroimaging Program
 | Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School | | Dr. D... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Landmark 3

1:45pm

Animals in Action: Psychiatric Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals
Animals in Action will step into the world of treating BFRBs (and coinciding disorders) through psychiatric service dogs and emotional support animals. Sufferers will learn from a mother/daughter duo the process of obtaining an animal, training it to alert for BFRBs, and how it impacts their lifestyles.

Speakers
SP

Sarah Pennington

Sarah Pennington, a BFRB Ambassador, has been a sufferer of BFRBs since she was eleven. Sarah has tried every medication and therapy option available, even attending Rogers Memorial Hospital for three months after entering an unbreakable cycle of anxious pulling and depression. A... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Westmoreland/Kingsbury

1:45pm

LBGTQQIA Discussion Group
Join this discussion group on the intersection of LGBTQQIA and BFRBs.


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Majestic B

1:45pm

What is it like to be a research subject?
We would like to do an informational session on what it is like to be a research subject or to be the parent of a research subject. We would not have a powerpoint presentation but instead talk about different aspects of being in a study and then do a Q & A portion.

Speakers
JE

Jon E Grant MD JD MPH

Jon E. Grant, M.D., J.D., MPH, SAB Advisory Chair | TLC Scientific Advisory Board | Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience | University of Chicago | Dr. Grant is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Dr. Grant complet... Read More →
SR

Sarah Redden

Sarah Redden is a research coordinator at the University of Chicago Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience. She works in the Addictive, Compulsive, and Impulsive Disorders (ACID) Lab. She will be starting her PhD in clinical psychology this fall.


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Landmark 6

1:45pm

Art Room (for Kids)
The Art Room will be open throughout the day. Take a break from formal sessions, get creative, chat and relax!

Speakers

Saturday April 22, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Washington

1:45pm

Support Group for Dads
Support Group/Open Discussion

Speakers
JA

Jacki Abrams MD

Jacki Abrams is a retired physician whose daughter began pulling at age 12. As a medical doctor, she struggled with how to "heal" her daughter and cope with a chronic illness for which there was no cure and one that would surely impact family relationships. Through the support of... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Majestic H

1:45pm

Parent/Child discussion group. Topic: Open Communication
This discussion group is led by 11 year old trichster Juliette and her mother, Elizabeth. In a safe, supportive environment children and their parents can discuss the challenges and benefits of open communication when it comes to bfrbs. Together, we will create a list of possible "next steps" toward improving communication and connection between children and parents.

Speakers
ES

Elizabeth Sanchez

I am the lucky parent of 10 year old trichster, Juliette. I had the honor of hosting two parents discussion groups at last year's conference in Dallas. Jule and I have given presentations at her school and a local health fair as well. Our philosophy is that Trich is a journey and... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Landmark 1 & 2

1:45pm

Kicking Around Cases with Charley and Fred
Many clinicians come to this conference to gain strategies to use with cases they are currently dealing with, or to better understand cases past cases. This will be a unique opportunity to meet with two experienced clinicians in a less formal setting, drawing on audience member’s questions and contributions.

Speakers
FP

Fred Penzel PhD

Dr. Fred Penzel is a licensed psychologist who has specialized in the treatment of | BFRBs and OCD since 1982. He is the executive director of Western Suffolk | Psychological Services in Huntington, Long Island, New York, a private treatment group specializing in body-focused behaviors and O-C related problems, and is a founding member of the science advisory boards of both the TLC Foundation for BFRBs and the International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation. Dr. Penzel is the author of... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Majestic G

1:45pm

Support for Support Persons (no parents please)
Share your feelings and struggles in having a loved one with a BFRB in a supportive environment. Learn the "do's" and "don'ts" and other tips to help you, help your loved one. Create a plan for the best way to approach, talk to and help your loved one with their BFRB.

Speakers
CD

Chaille DeFaria CPCC

Chaille DeFaria, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, CPCC | TLC Board of Directors Member | | As a hair puller since the age of 15 and now in remission, I know the shame and suffering that often attached to this disorder. I found relief and freedom once I started talking.  | | Your child is not sick, they do not have a disease, and they are definitely not alone. There is a community of trust and support waiting for... Read More →
CR

Calla Rasmussen

Calla started pulling out her hair at age eight. A natural at BFRB awareness advocacy from the start, she never felt like she needed to hide her disorder, but wanted to educate people who asked her about it. She owes that strength and confidence to her supportive parents, friends... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Majestic F

1:45pm

Gain Peer Support, Advocate at School, and Partner with your Parent (for Teens)
This workshop will address how to gain peer support while being open and advocating about your BFRB. Samantha will share her experience with trich, how she went about being open with it in her school, the response she received, and tools/techniques that have helped her come to a place of acceptance. Jennifer will share a little about how she's learned to best support Samantha, advocate for her at school, and ways they've learned to heal their strained relationship so that you may take it back to your life, school, and even your parents!

Speakers
JC

Jennifer Cook

Jennifer Cook is a Mom to three kids. Two of which have BFRB's. She has been on the journey of recovery herself for over 30 years. Even though she still pulls the occasional hair or twenty, she has come to find out, even though Trich is still ever present in her life, that one ca... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Landmark 7

1:45pm

Your Sleepover Party
Have you gone to sleepovers and your friends are wanting to braid or brush each others hair? Did you hold yourself back because you are afraid they may have noticed your hair? Maybe you stopped going to your friends parties altogether. Maybe you have questions you wish you could ask. Well, this is YOUR sleepover party! Facilitated by Becca Schlaff- a lifelong hair puller turned hair stylist- Becca will share her story and have advice on many different hair options for living with trichotillomania. Hairstyles, products, wigs, extensions; nothing is off limits. Everyone will have time to share and ask/answer questions if they wish. Wig demonstrations will be available.

Speakers
BS

Becca Schlaff

Hello fellow trichsters! I am an artist, I am a hair stylist, and I am one of you. I have trichotillomania myself. I’ve been living with a bald patch on my scalp since I was 8 years old. Sprinkle in years at a time with no eyelashes either. I know the name calling, the stares... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Majestic C

2:45pm

Break
Saturday April 22, 2017 2:45pm - 3:15pm
TBA

3:15pm

Under the covers: Discussing BFRB’s, intimacy, sex and your body.
Intimacy and Sex can be particularly difficult with a BFRB. During this workshop, participants will have a safe and supportive place to learn tools to improve self-esteem, poor body image and vulnerability. This workshop will also discuss an array of respectful ways to express sexuality and intimacy with participant’s partners.

Speakers
KQ

Kimberley Quinlan LMFT

KIMBERLEY QUINLAN is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California. During her training and education, Kimberley dedicated much of her research to the study of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of Anxiety Disorders and Meditation... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Majestic H

3:15pm

BFRB and Sensory Dysregulation
Body-focused repetitive behaviors and Sensory Dysregulation affect millions people world-wide. Some examples of Sensory Dysregulation (over-responsiveness or under-responsiveness to sensory stimuli) include the feeling of hair or skin on the fingertips, picking skin or cuticles, or biting or smelling hair Left untreated, children with BFRBs and Sensory Dysregulation can experience lifelong struggles with hair and/or skin in and a great deal of stress and family discord. This workshop will provide an overview of Sensory Dysregulation and identify how it affects BFRBs. Participants will learn how to identify Sensory Dysregulation as a potential co-morbid condition with BFRBs and how to effectively focus treatment in order to adequately address both conditions

Speakers
RG

Ruth Golomb LCPC

Ruth Goldfinger Golomb, LCPC, is a senior clinician, supervisor, and a director of the training program at the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington, where she has worked since the mid 1980's. Ms. Golomb specializes in treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adults... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Landmark 3

3:15pm

A Lapse Is Not A Relapse
Recovering from a BFRB is a process that takes time and the learning of skills. No one does it perfectly and lapses and setbacks are inevitable. Handling them well can make all the difference in reaching your goal. This workshop is intended to show you how to best do this.

Speakers
FP

Fred Penzel PhD

Dr. Fred Penzel is a licensed psychologist who has specialized in the treatment of | BFRBs and OCD since 1982. He is the executive director of Western Suffolk | Psychological Services in Huntington, Long Island, New York, a private treatment group specializing in body-focused behaviors and O-C related problems, and is a founding member of the science advisory boards of both the TLC Foundation for BFRBs and the International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation. Dr. Penzel is the author of... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Landmark 7

3:15pm

BFRB Precision Medicine Initiative Overview
Based on today’s BFRB treatment approaches, a person suffering with hair pulling or skin picking disorder typically has only a 10-20% chance of full remission. The BPM Initiative is designed to increase this treatment success rate to 70% or more. Join this session to learn in detail how the BPM Initiative is structured to achieve this goal, what it has already accomplished, and what is needed for ultimate success.

Speakers
JP

John Piacentini PhD ABPP

John Piacentini, PhD | Director, UCLA Child OCD Anxiety and Tic Disorders Program | UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience | Professor, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry | UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, Los Angeles, CA
JE

Jon E Grant MD JD MPH

Jon E. Grant, M.D., J.D., MPH, SAB Advisory Chair | TLC Scientific Advisory Board | Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience | University of Chicago | Dr. Grant is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Dr. Grant complet... Read More →
DD

Darin Dougherty MD MSc

Director, Neurotherapeutics Division
, Massachusetts General Hospital
 | Associate Director, Psychiatric Neuroimaging Program | 
Director, Mood Disorders Section, Psychiatric Neuroimaging Program
 | Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School | | Dr. D... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Westmoreland/Kingsbury

3:15pm

Why Getting to Know Your Beautiful Brain Can Make Life Easier
Research has highlighted some specific areas of the brain that work differently in individuals with BFRBs. Discover how these differences may be affecting how you feel and function and practice useful tools you can use to support your beautiful brain to make life a little easier.

Speakers
CG

Christy Garner DC

Dr. Christy Garner earned her natural science degree from the College of St. Benedict. Following her passion for holistic medicine, she received her doctor of chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University. | | Her post-doctorate focus has been in the field... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Landmark 5

3:15pm

There's Something Beautiful in Being Me! Whether or not I pull or pick!
Sometimes it is just WAY too easy to get wrapped up in feeling and thinking that we are "bad" or "not good enough" just because we cannot seem to stop pulling, picking, biting, etc.! Especially, when we really do WANT to change a behavior – and THEN we discover that we can't do it very easily, AT ALL! You are not alone! And, I can share with you from experience, it is gonna be okay!!! This workshop will help you turn these negative feelings and ideas upside-down – so come and feel good, while learning some cool tools and having some fun!

Speakers
CP

Christina Pearson

Christina Pearson grew up suffering greatly from both hair pulling and skin picking. Discovering she was not the only sufferer, she established TLC in 1990 (despite being ridiculed for it), to start providing resources and develop scientific credibility for this realm of human su... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Landmark 6

3:15pm

Art Room (for Kids & Teens)
The Art Room will be open throughout the day. Take a break from formal sessions, get creative, chat and relax!

Speakers

Saturday April 22, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Washington

3:15pm

Manipulating the Maze of Special Education and 504's in the School Setting for Children with BFRB's
Having a child with a BRFB is one of the hardest things a parent can experience. This workshop will assist participants in understanding and navigating through the educational process for children with BFRB's.
Specific objectives that will be covered in this session are as follows:
- To describe the unique perspective of being both a parent of a child with a BFRB and also the Director of Special Education in a school district.
- To explain the different options for educational support in a school setting for children with BFRB's.
- To compare the special education and 504 process, specifically related to BFRB's.
- To discuss the legal obligations of meeting each child's unique educational needs specific to BFRB's.

Speakers
JM

Jessica M McClung

Jessica McClung is a parent to three very different and unique children, one of whom has trichotillomania. She is from Salem Virginia and is also the Director of Special Education in Roanoke County Public Schools which gives her a unique perspective in dealing with body focused repetitive behaviors. Jessica earned her... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Majestic G

3:15pm

What About Me? Parenting a Child with a BFRB (part 2)
In Part II of this two-part workshop will be a discussion, parent-to-parent, about the journey to getting to a point of acceptance and appreciation, using the framework of the stages of grief and loss. One of the biggest obstacles to achieving this is guilt and feelings of needing to be in control. In this session we will work toward self-forgiveness and setting goals for the future.

Speakers
SS

Stacy Straus

A parent of child with trichotillomania for about 6 years, Stacy is not formally educated on BFRBs, but has searched high and low for the answers and the cure for this disorder that has been part of her home for many years. Finally, she has come to a place of acceptance and even... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Landmark 1 & 2

3:15pm

BFRB Specific Mindfulness
Learn a different way to respond to your urges. Instead of trying to stop or ignore the urge, respond with mindful awareness. Learn how to use informal and formal mindfulness techniques to begin a new relationship with your BFRB. Both in the moment strategies to use when you have the urge or notice you're picking or pulling, and daily meditations to help improve your overall wellbeing will be taught. You will walk away with new tools to help you accept your urges and behaviors, as well as yourself, which paradoxically may lead you to reduce the behaviors.

Speakers
LC

Laura Chackes PsyD

Dr. Chackes is a licensed psychologist who specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety disorders. She received her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago in 2005. She then completed... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Majestic C

3:15pm

Sweet Dreams: Helping Teens Create a Safe and Healthy Nighttime Routine
Nighttime can be an especially difficult time for many young people with BFRBs. In this workshop participants will learn important information about the various and highly individual aspects of BFRBs, as well as interventions to manage them, especially at bedtime. This interactive workshop will be interactive, to ensure that there will be fun as well as learning!

Speakers
MB

Merrill Black LCSW

Merrill Black, L.C.S.W./ Reiki Master/Hypnotherapist | | Merrill is a cognitive behavior therapist who has been treating patients since 1987. Her private practice is at her healing center, The Temperance Center in Eastchester, N.Y., Merrill works with a diverse population. Am... Read More →
NW

Noah Weintraub PsyD

Dr. Weintraub is a psychologist at Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington (BTC) in Silver Spring, MD. While Dr. Weintraub works with all ages, he specializes in children and adolescents with a wide range of difficulties. In addition to BFRBs, Dr. Weintraub specializes in O... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Majestic F

4:15pm

Break
Saturday April 22, 2017 4:15pm - 5:30pm
TBA

5:30pm

6:00pm

TLC Family Dinner
Saturday April 22, 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Majestic D & E

7:30pm

Break
Saturday April 22, 2017 7:30pm - 7:45pm
TBA

7:45pm

A Balancing Act: Managing My BFRB and Caregiving Duties (A Support Group)
Finding the time (and the discipline... and the motivation...) to manage your self-care regimen is challenging enough for those of us with BFRBs. But when you are balancing those needs with caregiving responsibilities, it can be even harder. If you are a mom, a dad, an adoptive grandparent, an adult child caring for an aging parent, caring for an ailing spouse/partner - anyone with caregiving responsibilities as well as a BFRB - please join us for a support group in which we will share strategies for creating that balance. Having a BFRB can lead to isolation, feeling like no one else understands your challenges. When you're a caregiver, isolation can become a factor because there are barriers to connection - like who is going to watch my kids/my parent/my partner so that I can get out of the house to go for a walk? In this unique support group, we will come together to create connections with others balancing similar conflicting priorities in addition to BFRBs. We will share strategies for finding time for ourselves, as well as ideas for managing our caregiving responsibilities differently so that we can find time for our self-care.

Speakers
TW

Tammy Wannemacher

Tammy Wannemacher is the co-founder of the Northern Virginia Trich and Pick Support Group, which she co-facilitated until 2015 when she stepped down to create a support group for mothers of school-aged children. She has four wonderful and very busy children children, ages 11, 8... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Majestic B

7:45pm

Ending Isolation and Shame: Sharing Our Stories of Strength
Through music, journaling and sharing of personal stories workshop attendees will diminish feeling stigmatized and shamed (self, other) for picking.
Instead, attendees will feel empowered to share, bond and strengthen their commitment toward finding more inner peace to recover and resist picking.

Speakers
JB

Jane Bodine LCPC LTd

CBT/ERP/Habit Reversal/Mindfulness therapist in Private Practice in Naperville (also Oak Brook, recently added) for 30 years Ages 3-adult, Ind/Family/Group therapy, | Home/Office/Telehealth, | Treatment for BFRB, TS, OCD, Obsessive Thoughts, Panic, Pandas/Pans, Emetephobia... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Majestic A

7:45pm

I Know what I am, but what are you?
"I know what I am but what are you?"
Is born from my personal experience as a Trichotillomaniac Bold women in society.
I am constantly stopped by strangers complimenting me on how well I wear "The Bald Look" and as I tend to use the opportunity to explain and educate them about the reasons why, many have jumped to discover that they do have trich at some degree.
In this Video presentation I look to document the moment in which they discover that what they do has a name and they are not the only ones in the world that have it. Take a trip with me of discovery and education as I hit the street where people with BFRB will discover something new about themselves by discovering me.

Speakers
M

Milcho

Milcho is a Salvadorian TV &  Music Video Director as well as a Visual Artist & Photographer raised in Miami. Her television work can be seen on major television networks such as MTV, Tr3s, Telemundo, Mun2, Utilisma & La Mega amongst others and as per her music videos, she works... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Westmoreland/Kingsbury

7:45pm

Men's Group
An experiential group for men to share their recovery experiences with others. The purpose is to meet other men and see how many of their experiences are very similar.

Speakers
MM

Mike Miller PhD

Dr. Miller is a psychologist with over 30 years of clinical experiences, He has worked with Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) for the past 6 years after receiving the TLC Professional Training Institute. He has received additional training in treating BFRBs through the In... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Majestic F

7:45pm

The Use of Exposure in the Treatment of BFRBs
Exposure and response prevention (ERP) entails intentionally activating anxiety, “leaning into” or staying with the anxiety while refraining from rituals or compulsive behaviors until distress naturally subsides. As a therapeutic intervention, ERP is widely used to treat anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder, with solidly demonstrated efficacy and effectiveness for a variety of presentations and populations. We believe that ERP also has a role in the treatment of BFRBs. In this workshop, the theoretical underpinnings of ERP will be presented, and the rationale for applying to the treatment of BFRBs will be provided. We will discuss two major ways in which ERP can be used in the treatment of BFRBs. The first is to help target urges to pull or pick. ERP can be particularly effective for individuals who pull or pick due to perfectionism or sensory stimuli. ERP can also be beneficial for reducing fear and shame that often accompanies BFRBs, especially when interacting with others. For example, many individuals with BFRBs experience significant anxiety about others finding out or judging them or their appearance. These fears can be alleviated via exposure. Presenters will model this technique via live role-play. Attendees will be invited to ask questions or share their own cases to facilitate discussion of real-world applications. Finally, common pitfalls will be presented to help attendees avoid potential problems.

Speakers
SM

Shala M Nicely LPC

Shala Nicely, LPC is a cognitive-behavioral therapist specializing in treatment of OCD and related disorders at Cornerstone Family Services in Atlanta. She was keynote speaker for the 2013 IOCDF national conference with the story of her own triumph over OCD, “Is Fred in the... Read More →
AJ

Ashley J Smith PhD

Dr. Ashley Smith has been a senior staff psychologist at the Kansas City Center for Anxiety Treatment (KCCAT) since 2009. She holds extensive experience in treating anxiety and OC spectrum disorders across the lifespan, and she facilitates a monthly BFRB support group. She is a f... Read More →
WC

William C Oakley PsyD

Dr. William Oakley is an Associate Psychologist at the KCCAT. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University. He completed his pre–doctoral internship at the Carson Center for Adults and Families and conducted research at Brown University’s Center... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Landmark 5

7:45pm

Using Mindfulness in the Treatment of BFRB’s
In this session, the importance and effectiveness of mindfulness in the treatment of BFRB’s will be discussed. Participants will engage in a mindfulness exercise in order to demonstrate how this technique is utilized. The efficacy of mindfulness as a method to increase cognitive flexibility and decrease shame will be demonstrated.

Speakers
EB

Elisabeth Brawley MA LPC

Beth Brawley has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling. She graduated from Webster University having completed her internship at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility here in the St. Louis area. Ms. Brawley previously worked in a residenti... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Landmark 3

7:45pm

Art Room (for Kids & Teens)
The Art Room will be open throughout the day. Take a break from formal sessions, get creative, chat and relax!

Speakers

Saturday April 22, 2017 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Washington

7:45pm

Parents Discussion Group: Acceptance
What does "acceptance" look like? What does it feel like? How do I get there? Is it just giving up? How can I help my child find acceptance? Parents will discuss the topic, share their stories, and ask each other questions. Together, we will create a list of possible "next steps" on the journey toward acceptance. Professionals have a lot to offer but sometimes the best resource is another parent who knows what you are going through.

Speakers
ES

Elizabeth Sanchez

I am the lucky parent of 10 year old trichster, Juliette. I had the honor of hosting two parents discussion groups at last year's conference in Dallas. Jule and I have given presentations at her school and a local health fair as well. Our philosophy is that Trich is a journey and... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Landmark 1 & 2

7:45pm

Picking and Pulling from the Inside Out: Panel
Many parents and family members feel overwhelmed by their loved one’s behavior, finding it hard to understand both the underlying drivers and the physical experience of pulling or picking. This workshop will provide parents, partners and other support persons an opportunity to ask a wide range of questions about things that were helpful -and harmful - growing up as a child/adolescent with these problems and learn how best to support their loved one working to recover from these behaviors.

Speakers
CD

Chaille DeFaria CPCC

Chaille DeFaria, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, CPCC | TLC Board of Directors Member | | As a hair puller since the age of 15 and now in remission, I know the shame and suffering that often attached to this disorder. I found relief and freedom once I started talking.  | | Your child is not sick, they do not have a disease, and they are definitely not alone. There is a community of trust and support waiting for... Read More →
MF

Mackensie Freeman

Mackensie Freeman is 18 years old and is a senior in high school. She is from Atlanta, Georgia. She has had trichotillomania since she was ten years old and currently pulls from her head and eyebrows. She has been involved with TLC since 2011, when she attended her first TLC conf... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Majestic C

7:45pm

Acceptance, Education and Their Role in Recovery (for Teens)
A panel hosted by hair pullers and skin pickers will share how accepting their disorders has benefited their lives by removing the shame associated with BFRBs. This panel talks about acceptance as an alternative to being pull or pick free and the importance of educating oneself about BFRBs.

Speakers
LB

Laura Barton

Laura Barton is a writer and mental health advocate from Ontario, Canada. She has lived with mental illnesses, including excoriation (skin-picking) disorder, for most of her life and shares what she has learned in an effort to demonstrate it is possible to lead a full life with m... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Landmark 6

7:45pm

Support Group For Teens: What does and does not work for me
This support group will provide a supportive and compassionate environment for participants to share their experiences with BFRB’s. Participants will have the opportunity to share tips and tools that they find helpful.

Speakers
KQ

Kimberley Quinlan LMFT

KIMBERLEY QUINLAN is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California. During her training and education, Kimberley dedicated much of her research to the study of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of Anxiety Disorders and Meditation... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Landmark 7

8:45pm

Sweet Dreams! We'll see you in the morning!
Saturday April 22, 2017 8:45pm - 9:45pm
TBA
 
Sunday, April 23
 

7:30am

8:30am

Maintaining Momentum In Recovery
In making any major change, the challenge is maintaining the change. This workshop will address how to maintain momentum in your recovery effort. This workshop will include interactive portions in which participants will have the opportunity to meet and share with others.

Speakers
SP

Sue Price MS LMHC NCC

Sue Price, MS, LMHC, NCC grew up with trichotillomania. She started the first support group in Atlanta in the 1990s and was a member of TLC's Board of Directors until 2011. As a result of being involved with the TLC Foundation, Sue felt called to do more, and went back to school... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Landmark 1

8:30am

Filling in the Gaps: Behavioral Aspects of BFRBs
In this workshop, we will discuss what we know about the behavioral characteristics of BFRBs and how this knowledge relates to current non-medication treatments such as behavior therapy. We'll also review the current gaps in our understanding of BFRBs and associated problems, how the BPMI study will help us fill these gaps, and how we will use this new information to not only make existing treatments more effective but also to develop new treatments for individuals with BFRBs.

Speakers
JP

John Piacentini PhD ABPP

John Piacentini, PhD | Director, UCLA Child OCD Anxiety and Tic Disorders Program | UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience | Professor, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry | UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, Los Angeles, CA
TP

Tara Peris PhD

Tara Peris, PhD | Director, BFRB Precision Medicine Initiative | Associate Professor, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior


Sunday April 23, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Landmark 2

8:30am

Translating Research Into Clinical Practice
In this workshop, two BFRB researchers will describe what they have learned about BFRB research, and how that information will apply to to clinical treatment of BFRB patients. They will offer tools for assessing treatment needs and discuss the role of comorbid disorders when determining a treatment plan for these disorders.

Speakers
JE

Jon E Grant MD JD MPH

Jon E. Grant, M.D., J.D., MPH, SAB Advisory Chair | TLC Scientific Advisory Board | Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience | University of Chicago | Dr. Grant is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Dr. Grant complet... Read More →
SR

Sarah Redden

Sarah Redden is a research coordinator at the University of Chicago Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience. She works in the Addictive, Compulsive, and Impulsive Disorders (ACID) Lab. She will be starting her PhD in clinical psychology this fall.


Sunday April 23, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Westmoreland/Kingsbury

8:30am

Nourish Your Nervous System So You Can Look & Feel Fabulous!
In this interactive presentation, you will discover and experience 4 powerful things you can do every day to look and feel your best. If you are looking for some real-life tools that really make a difference, this is the presentation for you!

Speakers
CG

Christy Garner DC

Dr. Christy Garner earned her natural science degree from the College of St. Benedict. Following her passion for holistic medicine, she received her doctor of chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University. | | Her post-doctorate focus has been in the field... Read More →
CP

Christina Pearson

Christina Pearson grew up suffering greatly from both hair pulling and skin picking. Discovering she was not the only sufferer, she established TLC in 1990 (despite being ridiculed for it), to start providing resources and develop scientific credibility for this realm of human su... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Landmark 3

8:30am

Your Sleepover Party
Have you gone to sleepovers and your friends are wanting to braid or brush each others hair? Did you hold yourself back because you are afraid they may have noticed your hair? Maybe you stopped going to your friends parties altogether. Maybe you have questions you wish you could ask. Well, this is YOUR sleepover party! Facilitated by Becca Schlaff- a lifelong hair puller turned hair stylist- Becca will share her story and have advice on many different hair options for living with trichotillomania. Hairstyles, products, wigs, extensions; nothing is off limits. Everyone will have time to share and ask/answer questions if they wish. Wig demonstrations will be available.

Speakers
BS

Becca Schlaff

Hello fellow trichsters! I am an artist, I am a hair stylist, and I am one of you. I have trichotillomania myself. I’ve been living with a bald patch on my scalp since I was 8 years old. Sprinkle in years at a time with no eyelashes either. I know the name calling, the stares... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Landmark 4

8:30am

Parents Closing Roundtable
This group will aim to help you sum up and make sense of what you have experienced at this conference. It will do this by assisting you to clarify the strategies that you have learned and by discussing how to use what you have learned when facing things on your own. This session will continue into the next timeslot to allow for as many questions as possible!

Speakers
FP

Fred Penzel PhD

Dr. Fred Penzel is a licensed psychologist who has specialized in the treatment of | BFRBs and OCD since 1982. He is the executive director of Western Suffolk | Psychological Services in Huntington, Long Island, New York, a private treatment group specializing in body-focused behaviors and O-C related problems, and is a founding member of the science advisory boards of both the TLC Foundation for BFRBs and the International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation. Dr. Penzel is the author of... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Majestic G & H

8:30am

BFRBs and School: For Parents and Students
A session for parents and their children with BFRBs to ask questions, share stories, and get advice on dealing with BFRBs in school, including getting accommodations (IEP, 504 Plan, etc.), discussing BFRBs with teachers and peers, and dealing with difficulties that can arise.

Speakers
RM

Rebecca Miller

Rebecca is currently a freshman at American University, and has a strong interest in law and psychology. She was first diagnosed with Trichotillomania in third grade. She first became involved with theTLC Foundation for BFRBs in 2012, when she attended her first conference in Chi... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Majestic F

8:30am

Spread the Word: Writing about your BFRB
The purpose of this workshop is to encourage people to share their stories. We will refer to popular illness narratives as well as BFRB stories from the Mighty, discuss general tips for good writing, and provide time for the audience to practice writing their own narrative.

Speakers
KA

Kimberly A Skokin

Kimi Skokin is a recent graduate of Syracuse University who intends to pursue a career in researching BFRBs. She is the co-PI on two BFRB studies, one on cosmetic use in women with BFRBs, and another comparing trichotillomania and OCD with two cognitive tests, the latter of which... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Majestic A

8:30am

Bookstore Open
Sunday April 23, 2017 8:30am - 11:15am
TBA

9:30am

Break
Sunday April 23, 2017 9:30am - 9:45am
TBA

9:45am

Acceptance, Education and Their Role in Recovery (for Adults)
A panel hosted by hair pullers and skin pickers who share how accepting their disorders has benefited their lives by removing the shame associated with BFRBs. This panel talks about acceptance as an alternative to being pull or pick free and the importance of educating oneself about BFRBs.

Speakers
LB

Laura Barton

Laura Barton is a writer and mental health advocate from Ontario, Canada. She has lived with mental illnesses, including excoriation (skin-picking) disorder, for most of her life and shares what she has learned in an effort to demonstrate it is possible to lead a full life with m... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Landmark 1

9:45am

Trichotillomania: Giving Voice to Our Trickster Within
Through the mediums of music, journaling and voicing personal experiences of pulling, participants will gain greater understanding of and compassion toward their inner
trickster.

Speakers
JB

Jane Bodine LCPC LTd

CBT/ERP/Habit Reversal/Mindfulness therapist in Private Practice in Naperville (also Oak Brook, recently added) for 30 years Ages 3-adult, Ind/Family/Group therapy, | Home/Office/Telehealth, | Treatment for BFRB, TS, OCD, Obsessive Thoughts, Panic, Pandas/Pans, Emetephobia... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Majestic C

9:45am

Treatment for Co-Morbid OCD and BFRB’s
In this session, clinicians will learn how to assess and combine treatment methods addressing both OCD and BFRB’s. Exposure and response prevention, mindfulness and habit reversal training will be discussed. Real world examples and techniques of how to apply these treatment methods in sessions will be demonstrated.

Speakers
EB

Elisabeth Brawley MA LPC

Beth Brawley has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling. She graduated from Webster University having completed her internship at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility here in the St. Louis area. Ms. Brawley previously worked in a residenti... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Landmark 3

9:45am

Creating a BFRB Plan: Kids
Do you want to discover new ways to deal with pulling and picking? Now that you’re halfway through the conference, we can take what you’ve learned about triggers, brainstorm strategies, and help you make a personalized plan for dealing with these behaviors.

Speakers
DY

David Yood PsyD

Dr. Yood received his doctorate from the University of Denver and completed his predoctoral internship at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Behavior Therapy Center. Dr. Yood’s areas of clinical interest include Obsessive... Read More →
NW

Noah Weintraub PsyD

Dr. Weintraub is a psychologist at Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington (BTC) in Silver Spring, MD. While Dr. Weintraub works with all ages, he specializes in children and adolescents with a wide range of difficulties. In addition to BFRBs, Dr. Weintraub specializes in O... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Majestic A

9:45am

Parents Closing Roundtable (continued)
This group will aim to help you sum up and make sense of what you have experienced at this conference. It will do this by assisting you to clarify the strategies that you have learned and by discussing how to use what you have learned when facing things on your own.

Speakers
FP

Fred Penzel PhD

Dr. Fred Penzel is a licensed psychologist who has specialized in the treatment of | BFRBs and OCD since 1982. He is the executive director of Western Suffolk | Psychological Services in Huntington, Long Island, New York, a private treatment group specializing in body-focused behaviors and O-C related problems, and is a founding member of the science advisory boards of both the TLC Foundation for BFRBs and the International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation. Dr. Penzel is the author of... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Majestic G & H

9:45am

Rediscover Your Voice
REDISCOVER YOUR VOICE
A workshop for those suffering with Compulsive Skin Picking.

Do you feel free, liberated and able to communicate your ideas, thoughts and feelings? Or, is it a struggle to notice how you feel inside and to confidently express yourself after an episode of skin picking? Our voice is SO crucial in the battle against skin picking.
In this workshop, we will ask ourselves:
Can connecting to our bodies and voices empower us individuals?
Can it better help those around us to understand our battle against skin picking?
Can using our voices more effectively lessen the secrecy around skin picking?
Can we help other sufferers around us by finding our true voice?

We will create a safe space to allow you to explore your relationship with your:
• Voice
• Confidence
• Communication

Speakers
KG

Kate Guest

Kate is currently in her 2nd year of the MFA Voice studies programme at the | Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. | | She is a certified Lessac Voice Practitioner. | | Prior to this she completed her degree in Psychology and History of Art at Newcastle U... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Majestic F

9:45am

Teen Wrap Up
Share what you’ve learned while at the conference; discuss goals and strategies for when you return home, and what behavioral and emotional strategies you think will be most useful. This is also a time to exchange contact information so you can continue to support each other from home.


Sunday April 23, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Landmark 2

10:45am

Break
Sunday April 23, 2017 10:45am - 11:15am
TBA

10:45am

CEU Evaluations are due at the info desk!
Sunday April 23, 2017 10:45am - 11:15am
TBA

11:15am

Faces of Success
Successful recovery is why we are all here…but what does that mean? Hear inspiring stories from TLC Community Members and share what success means for you. This is the final and often most powerful event of the weekend. Join all conference attendees as we wrap up our experiences and prepare to return home feeling motivated to continue walking the path to recovery.

Sunday April 23, 2017 11:15am - 12:00pm
Majestic D & E