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Friday, April 21
 

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

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
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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

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

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
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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
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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
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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
 
Saturday, April 22
 

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 →
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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
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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

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
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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

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

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

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
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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

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
 
Sunday, April 23
 

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

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