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The 2014 Schedule will be posted in December.
For a preview of what the schedule might look like, see last years' schedule below!

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Friday

3:30pm

Registration Opens
Bookstore and exhibit hall open, silent auction donations accepted.

6:30pm

Opening Welcome

Note: Please plan to eat dinner on your own before the conference begins at 6:30. We have a full schedule planned for the remainder of the evening.

7:15pm – 8:30

Session 1

Workshops run simultaneously. Select one workshop PER session.

Treatment
First time attendees
Adult TTM, CSP

Picking and Pulling 101
Fred Penzel, PhD, Charles Mansueto, PhD
Recommended for first-time attendees

Dr. Fred Penzel provides an overview of pulling and picking problems, including the multi-dimensional nature of BFRBs and current trends in treatment. Dr. Mansueto provides an introduction to the Comprehensive Model for Behavioral Treatment (ComB) and how it is used to understand and treat Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs). Sensory, emotional, and cognitive aspects of BFRBs will be discussed, and attendees will understand how environment and motor patterns may trigger BFRB behaviors.  Best for first-timers and required for the Saturday ComB sessions.

Treatment
Professionals
Adult TTM, CSP

Maximizing Treatment Interventions:
When Trich and BFRBs are Complicated by Anxiety Disorders
Cindy Haines, PsyD, Rachel Strohl, PsyD
It is common for clients with trichotillomania or other related BFRBs to also experience anxiety disorders. This workshop will demonstrate how to maximize treatment outcomes while experiencing BFRBs and comorbid anxiety disorders. Diagnostic criteria of trichotillomania, skin picking and several anxiety disorders will be outlined. We will compare and contrast Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), treatment for these disorders, while using clinical case studies to illustrate the effectiveness of treating several different disorders with different treatment approaches in one cohesive and highly effective therapy approach.

Research
Treatment
Adult TTM / CSP

Separating Snake Oil from Penicillin:
How to Determine What Treatments Really Work

Douglas W. Woods, PhD
Seeking treatment for TTM and SP can be a very frustrating experience.  Almost every treatment provider you see can tell you a different story about what works.  One practitioner tells you something completely different from what another tells you, and both contradict what you read on the internet.  This talk is about the process researchers use to determine what treatments for TTM and chronic skin picking “really” work.  In this workshop, you will learn how to think critically about treatments you are receiving, and whether or not the evidence for their effectiveness is good evidence or bad.

Personal Growth
Adult TTM, CSP

Mindfulness Meditation and Recovery from BFRBs
Laura Sirowitz, LCSW
For people who struggle with body focused repetitive behaviors there is often nothing more difficult than sitting still. Yet it is possible to cultivate an inner calm by developing a mindfulness meditation practice. In this workshop, you’ll learn basic mindfulness meditation techniques, increase your ability to dwell in a relaxed physical and mental state, and lay the foundation for recovery from BFRBs.

Personal Growth
Adult TTM, CSP

Relaxation Techniques
Joan Kaylor, MSEd, LPC, NCC
Various breathing techniques have been found helpful for many different conditions, ranging from childbirth to stress reduction. This workshop will teach useful breathing techniques that can relax & de-stress the nervous system, thereby enhancing recovery from picking and pulling.  Breathing Techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing, & tensing and relaxing muscles while breathing in a mindful manner - will be taught.

Parents
(first-time attendees)
Treatment  
Personal Growth

Parents 101

Suzanne Mouton-Odum, PhD
Recommended session for parents attending their first conference. Dr. Mouton-Odum will provide an overview of pulling and picking behaviors from the parent and family perspective: gain critical insight into your child’s behavior, tools for supporting your child, and how to use this conference, and the information you’ll learn, to help your child and family heal.

Parents
Personal Growth

Parents 102:
A Roundtable Discussion for Repeat Conference Attendees

Brenda Cameron
Join TLC Board member and parent Brenda Cameron for a casual, yet moderated, discussion group specifically for parents who have attended multiple TLC Conferences or Retreats.  Share experiences since we last met, and discuss triumphs and setbacks, and get re-acquainted with other parents before getting started on this intensive weekend experience.

Kids 12 and under
Personal Growth  Treatment

Sweet Dreams

Sherrie Vavrichek, LCSW-C, Merrill Black, LCSW, Reiki Master
In this opening workshop for kids, participants will get to know each other as people first! Then they will learn about the ComB model, which can be used in just about any situation, but will apply it specifically to the question of why night time can be so challenging for kids and what they can do about it. The workshop will be informational, interactive, and fun! The participants will receive helpful handouts, as well as a cool souvenir. Kids, please wear pajamas or sweatpants to the workshop and bring a pillow and a sheet (or blanket or large towel) to lie down on as we will be pretending that you are getting ready to go to sleep.

Teens
Treatment

Teen Talk

Renae Reinardy, PsyD
This workshop is for teenagers who experience picking and/or pulling and want to learn more about these conditions. This overview will give teens a chance to meet other wonderful young people with similar concerns, thoughts, and behaviors. We will discuss the function of Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) and practice some strategies to help decrease picking and pulling. We will also talk about how to handle the behavior at school and other situations related to being a busy teen. 

8:45 - 10:00pm

Professional Networking Reception
This social hour is an opportunity for researchers, clinicans and post-graduate students to network.

8:45 - 10:00pm

Attendee Networking Reception
Adults, parents, kids and teens are invited to enjoy light refreshments as we get to know each other at this evening reception.

10:00pm

Good Night!

Saturday

7:00 – 7:45am

Yoga for All Levels
Alison Jessup, Yoga Instructor
Please join us as we explore the power and union between breath and body. Center your mind while opening your heart. Learn how the power of your breath can relax your nervous system and help you to deal with external stressors in the environment. Please bring a yoga mat or towel and water.

7:30-8:45am

Continental breakfast

8:45am

Morning Welcome

9:00am – 10:15am

Session 2

Research
Professionals
Adult TTM, CSP

Research Updates:
Psychosocial Treatments for Pediatric and Adult TTM, Understanding TTM Demographics and Clinical Picture, and Family Risk for TTM and Related Disorders

Martin Franklin, PhD, Nancy Keuthen, PhD, Suzanne Mouton-Odum, PhD, Douglas Woods, PhD, Discussant: John Piacentini, PhD

Join TLC Scientific Advisory Board members as they highlight cutting-edge research from four leading trichotillomania investigators.

“Is Trichotillomania Familial?  Results from the Trichotillomania Family Study
Nancy Keuthen, PhD
Recurrence risk for trichotillomania, related conditions and other psychiatric diagnoses will be reported for first-degree biological relatives of hair pullers and matched controls.   

"Understanding Hair Pulling Factors: Dismantling the Functional Approach"
Suzanne Mouton-Odum, PhD
For the past 10 years, the StopPulling.com website has collected information from pullers who have logged over 200,000 individual hair pulling episodes. Using this data, Dr. Mouton-Odum will discuss preliminary research looking at the principal factors that describe how hair pulling helps different people in different ways.  Findings may ultimately lead to recommendations for treatments aimed at addressing these specific functional areas.    

 Preliminary Results from the Acceptance Enhanced Behavior Therapy for Trichotillomania Treatment Trial”
Doug Woods, PhD
Dr. Woods will report on the results from the AEBT trial that has been funded by NIMH for the past 4+ years.  The purpose of this study was to compare AEBT to a supportive therapy control group in the treatment of adults with TTM. 84 adults with TTM participated and were randomized to one of the two groups.  Both groups received 10 sessions of treatment over 12 weeks and were assessed by a blinded independent evaluator.  In this presentation, we will present data about the sample and will present the preliminary findings about the efficacy of AEBT.

Treatment
Adult TTM, CSP

A Hard Day’s Night:
How to treat to BFRBs combined with anxiety or depression
Ali Mattu, PhD

Scientific research indicates that most individuals with a BFRB also experience anxiety or depression at some point in their lives. Knowing how to respond to hair-pulling or skin-picking becomes very difficult when you are also feeling nervous, worried, sad, irritable, or unmotivated. In this session, participants will learn how treatments such as cognitive therapy, exposure therapy, behavioral activation, and acceptance and commitment therapy can be used to treat BFRBs combined with anxiety or depression. Individuals will participate in basic exercises from these treatments and learn where to find more information about effective treatment. 

Treatment
Adult TTM, CSP
Professionals

Standing up to the Trichster
Allen Weg, EdD
Borrowing from work done in the area of OCD, this workshop focuses on the idea of anthropomorphizing, or "giving life to" the urges to pick and pull, and envisioning these urges as an entity that is separate from one’s self.  Giving form to BFRB urges allows one to "concretize" the source of one's difficulties, separate oneself from it, and better target interventions aimed at this source. It empowers the afflicted individual, and helps to free him or her from the guilt, shame and embarrassment often existing comorbidly with these disorders.

Treatment
Adult CSP
Professionals

An Overview on Compulsive Skin Picking:
Understanding the Skin You're In

 Renae Reinardy, PsyD
This workshop is an introduction to skin picking behavior. Picking is often a secret behavior that leaves people feeling very alone and out of control. Many triggers for picking will be discussed and strategies will be shared to help participants gain a better understanding of the behavior. You will learn that you are in good company and are likely to discover that other people pick for similar reasons.

Personal Growth
Adult TTM, CSP
Teens 16+

Hypnosis for Hair Pulling
Ted Grossbart, PhD
Hypnosis dovetails well with CBT, HRT, emotion-based, and psychodynamic approaches to BFRB treatment.  Learn about the underlying research, and experience your own trance capacity and hypnotic style.  This workshop will demonstrate how hypnosis may deepen awareness of emotional triggers and help habit-control techniques stick.  Bring a recording device to the workshop.
      Personal Growth Get the Results You Deserve from your Stylist
Christine Lafferty, Professional Stylist

For many with trichotillomania, the prospect of visiting a salon can be downright frightening. This workshop presents an opportunity to learn how to find the right stylist, what questions to ask, and how you should approach the subject of trich. In addition, learn what to expect from your stylist or salon, and how to know if your stylist isn't for you. This workshop will also discuss how cut, color, products, and appliances can work with your trich to help you look and feel your best.

Personal Growth
Parents


Whose Hair is it Anyway?
Fred Penzel, PhD
Before you can solve a problem, the first and most important step is to accept it. This talk will focus on how to achieve full acceptance of your child and their problem, and how this can lead to more effective coping on your part, ultimately helping your child to recover.

Personal Growth
Kids 12 and Under

Mindfulness Tools for Marvelous Kids

Christina Pearson
Using fun awareness exercises & sensory oriented "experiments," kids will learn about mindfulness as a useful skill and how it can help with problems like hair pulling and skin picking. We will end the session with a playful mindfulness "meditation-in-action" activity designed for young nervous systems.

Treatment
Teens 13+
College

Chill Out: Helping Teens and Young Adults with Trich and BFRBs Learn to Manage their Stress and Worries

Rachel Strohl, PsyD
Often teens and young adults who have BFRBs also experience stress and worries. The stress can range from everyday worries in relationships, friendships, school, part time work, and so on, to anxiety disorders, which impair functioning and create significant distress.

The aim of this workshop will be for teens and young adults with trich or other BFRBs to learn to improve their management of stress and worries. Dr. Strohl will outline the cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) model of anxiety, which details the physiological, cognitive, and behavioral components of anxiety.  Dr. Strohl will provide concrete skills for stress management, such as the use of personifying the fear, relaxation techniques, detective thinking and cognitive strategies, exposure tasks, and contingency reinforcement.

Personal Growth
College

Coping In College
Leila Farhood
College can feel incredibly isolating when having to deal with picking or pulling behind the scenes. This discussion-based session will provide a venue for college students dealing with BFRBs to meet and connect with one another. In addition to sharing our experiences, we will discuss strategies for handling BFRBs in the college environment. How do we approach roommates? Who do we tell? As we transition from young adults to adults, how can we learn to accept our respective conditions? Join us as we share our own and listen to others' experiences and insights.

10:15 – 10:30am

BREAK

10:30 – 11:45am

SESSION 3

Research
Professionals
Adult TTM/CSP
College

Animal Models
Joseph Garner, PhD
Gain an overview of current animal models, emphasizing how human and animal work is integrated and complementary. Recent findings based on research into the areas of diet, neurotransmitters, as well as other developments and progress, will also be discussed.

Treatment
Adult TTM / CSP
Professionals

ComB Series: Part 1 of 2:
Creation of Individualized Treatment Plans

Charles Mansueto, PhD, Suzanne Mouton-Odum, PhD
Learn to identify specific trigger situations that may lead to pulling/picking behavior, an important step in developing an action plan for recovery!
First-timers should have attended Pulling & Picking 101, held Friday evening, to get the most from this workshop.

Personal Growth
Adult TTM / CSP

Overcoming BFRB Urges When Facing Interpersonal Stress
Sherrie Vavrichek, LCSW-C

What do you do when an interpersonal problem or conflict leaves you feeling frustrated, anxious, or confused? Some people cope by fighting with or avoiding the other person; some "tune out" by drinking alcohol, overeating, taking drugs, watching TV, or hiding under the covers. If you (or a loved one) struggle with a BFRB, you might find yourself pulling your hair out or picking at your skin. But it doesn't have to be that way! Learn how to respond to interpersonal conflict-- without picking or pulling--by using a cool head, an open heart, and more effective communication and negotiation skills.

Treatment
Adult CSP
Professionals

Research Update: Skin Picking Disorder

Jon Grant, JD, MD, MPH
This workshop will discuss new research in Skin Picking Disorder – genetics, neuroimaging and treatment. It will also discuss the status of Skin Picking Disorder in DSM-5 and what that means for clinicians and the people who struggle with this illness.

Personal Growth
Adult TTM / CSP

Looking Good on the Road to Recovery: Adults
Cheryn Salazar
Cheryn Salazar has shared her make-up strategies with trichsters and pickers for nearly 20 years! Everyone deserves to look and feel their best, regardless of where they are in the recovery process. Join Cheryn for an interactive session where she demonstrates how to use some of her favorite cosmetic tools and techniques.

         Personal Growth
               Parents

A Parenting Plan that Works for Kids with TTM and other BFRBs
Mary Kathleen Norris, LPC

This workshop describes a parenting plan that seems custom-tailored for kids with TTM and other BFRBs. We will discuss how strong will and emotional regulation relate to behavior, and critical components of a successful parenting plan. Attendees will be taught the rationale, how to implement, and will be given case examples of successful outcomes with the plan.

Personal Growth
Kids under  14

Worries and Stress
Cindy Haines, PsyD

Feelings of worry and stress about everyday things like school, friends, and even family are normal, but when you pull or pick, these feelings can make the unwanted behaviors even worse! We will talk about different forms of worry and stress, and by using “Detective Thinking” we will come up with different ways of thinking about BFRBs and how problem-solving can reduce stress.

Personal Growth
Teens  14 and older

Strategies for Impulse Reduction: a Mindfulness-Based Approach
Christina Pearson
Mindfulness, a therapeutically recognized form of awareness training, is a core aspect of Christina's long-term recovery. Her own BFRBs had two major drivers: avoidance/suppression of emotional/sensory states, & long-term habituated behavioral patterning. By cultivating the formal practice of mindfulness, she found we can learn HOW to ease into emotive/ sensory states directly, without becoming overwhelmed, and that access to more clarity and healthier choices begins to emerge. Christina will share concepts, strategies, and tools she uses on a daily basis, that have radically enhanced her life for the better!   

Personal Growth
All ages

Creating I Care Wear… In honor of US!

Samara Sussman
This workshop is on-going Saturday: all ages are welcome to drop in and participate anytime between 10:30am – 4:00pm.
This workshop is led by a licensed, and certified pre k-12 Art Educator.

What do you love about yourself? What are you good at? What are some of your favorite things in life? Would you love to wear something that says how special you truly are? Come to this workshop and paint and draw all over a headband, bandana, hat, shirt or boxer shorts. You do not need to know anything about making art on clothing to come have fun with us!

11:45 – 1:00pm

Lunch: Boxed Lunch provided

12:00 – 1:00pm
Everyone

Research Poster Sessions
Learn about the MOST recent research fidnings and trends in the field as the brightest minds in BFRB research present findings fromtheir curent work.

12:00 – 1:00pm
Everyone

Trichster Panel
Moderated by
Jennifer Raikes
Watch the captivating trailer, meet the Director and cast of the documentary film, Trichster, currently in production.  This luch-time panel discussion will give attendees an opportunity to learn more about the film, slated for release in 2014 and ask questions of the film director and cast.

 

 

1:00 – 2:15pm

SESSION 4

Research
Adult TTM
Professionals

Neurobiology
Darin Dougherty, MD, MSc
Join Dr. Dougherty in a discussion about the neurobiological differences between those who have trichotillomania and those who don’t, as well as the current state of research in this area. Learn more about the neurobiological relationship with OCD and other impulse control disorders.

Treatment
Adult TTM / CSP

How to Deal with your BFRB when Life Happens
Fred Penzel, PhD
You have found a treatment that works, you have a strong support network, and you are on the road to recovery…then life happens. Stressors big and small come into play when working on your recovery. Join Dr. Penzel as he discusses solutions for dealing with life changes while managing picking and pulling behavior.

Personal Growth
Adult TTM
Parents, Teens, Kids

Hair Club: Demonstration and Q & A
Larry Craft
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.

Treatment
Adult CSP
Professionals

Skin Care: Treatment for Damaged Skin
Sandra Darling, DO
In this workshop we will learn the fundamental anatomy and physiology of the skin, and look at the bigger picture of the skin’s healing capacity and role in overall health. Caring for this incredible organ does not need to be complicated or expensive. We will review the basics in maintaining healthy skin for all ages and skin types, including an overview of the most effective treatment plan for acne recommended by dermatologists. Lastly, the medical and cosmetic treatments for the consequences of skin picking will be presented.

Personal Growth
Adult TTM

Understanding Adult TTM through
Classical, Religious and Medieval Literature

Fred Bartlett, MATS, ACPE
One of the keys to feeling better about yourself is to understand that you are not alone in your feelings or behaviors.  As a former hospital chaplain, Fred will review how this disorder was understood by famous authors. Common themes including feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, shame and perfectionism.  Secular literature is part of the big picture of understanding our conscious and subconscious and their relation to our physical behavior.

Personal Growth
Dads

From Dad-to-Dad
Michael Salazar

This discussion group, led by a husband of, and father to, hair pullers, provides a forum for Dads to openly discuss their feelings, frustrations, hopes and strategies for dealing with the BFRBs in their children’s lives.

               Parents
         Personal Growth

Loving Kindness & Self Care
Merrill Black, LCSW, Reiki Master

Being a parent of a child with BFRBs can be stressful. In this experiential workshop learn ways to be mindful and loving to oneself and to your child.  Experience a breathing meditation as well as exploring the concept of Loving Kindness in a Loving Kindness Meditation.

Personal Growth
Kids 13 and under

Tickets to Happiness
Angela Hartlin
Finding activities that build self-esteem is vital to helping us feel better about ourselves!  In this workshop, kids will choose “tickets” that list various activities that we either like to do or would like to try.  Once the tickets are given out, we will paste the tickets onto a piece of paper that will help us remember the things that make us happy, and when we feel stressed or anxious or sad, we can turn to our list for ideas on how to relieve anxiety. This list will also give parents insight into motivations for their children.

Teens
Teens 14 and older ONLY

On Love and Dating
Dana Marie Flores
Dana Marie, who herself has raised two teens, will 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!

Personal Growth
Anyone

Creating I Care Wear… In honor of US!

Samara Sussman
What do you love about yourself? What are you good at? What are some of your favorite things in life? Would you love to wear something that says how special you truly are? Come to this workshop and paint and draw all over a headband, bandana, hat, shirt or boxer shorts. You do not need to know anything about making art on clothing to come have fun with us!

2:30 – 3:45pm

SESSION 5

Treatment
Professionals
Adult TTM/CSP

Assessing Your Hair Pulling:
What You Need to Know Before You Begin Treatment

Nancy Keuthen, PhD
TTM is a heterogeneous condition frequently accompanied by other disorders that can impact symptom presentation and treatment outcome. Clinicians and patients can make the mistake of fast-tracking treatment before a thorough assessment is conducted. This workshop will discuss why a comprehensive initial evaluation is necessary for selection of appropriate treatment modality (CBT, medications or both) and design of the most effective CBT interventions.  Different assessment modalities (psychiatric interview, self-monitoring for functional analysis of behavior and self-report instruments) will be reviewed. Sample vignettes will be provided.

Treatment
Adult TTM/CSP

ComB Series: Part 2 of 2:
Creation of Individualized Treatment Plans

Sherrie Vavrichek, LCSW-C
Participants will create their own plans for managing trigger situations and will share ideas in behavior-specific peer groups. Learn about relapse risks and relapse prevention strategies and discuss additional issues or concerns regarding BFRBs.

Personal Growth
Adult TTM / CSP

Shame, Guilt, and Self-Acceptance

Marla W. Deibler, PsyD and Jayme Jacobs, PsyD
Shame and guilt are common feelings associated with BFRBs and are important obstacles to overcome in achieving successful recovery.  Through experiential exercises, this session will discuss common thoughts and feelings regarding shame and guilt in living with BFRBs and challenge these feelings in order to overcome them and move toward motivation, success, and self-acceptance. 

Personal Growth
Adult CSP
Teens
Parents

Hypnosis for Skin Picking

Ted Grossbart, PhD
Hypnosis dovetails well with CBT, HRT, emotion-based, and psychodynamic approaches to BFRB treatment.  Learn about the underlying research, and experience your own trance capacity and hypnotic style.  This workshop will demonstrate how hypnosis may deepen awareness of emotional triggers and help habit-control techniques stick.  Bring a recording device to the workshop.

Personal Growth
Adult TTM / CSP

Create a VISION of Healing
Joan Kaylor, MSEd, LPC, NCC
What is your vision of healing? In this workshop you use your creativity and imagination to create a 3D vision board of recovery. What do you want in your future? A vision board includes but is not limited to growing hair, eyelashes, eyebrows and clear skin. What is in your future? What do you want? Do you have the clarity and motivation you need to attract what you desire? Come have fun meeting others and create a vision for what you want for your future. ANYTHING is possible when you are clear about what it is you desire. Bring your computer or iPad and create it electronically. (Note: there is no Wi Fi in the workshop room.) Remember: You are in recovery as long as you are trying and learning.

Personal Growth
Anyone

Yoga for all levels

Alison Jessup
Please join us as we explore the power and union between breath and body. Center your mind while opening your heart. Learn how the power of your breath can relax your nervous system and help you to deal with external stressors in the environment. Please bring a yoga mat or towel and water.

FILMED SESSION

         Personal Growth
               Parents
        Support Persons

 

Panel: Picking & Pulling from the Inside Out
For Parents, Partners and Support Persons
Moderated by Jennifer Raikes

This Session will be filmed! Only those who have signed a waiver to participate in the documentary film, Trichster, may participate.

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.

Personal Growth
Kids under 12

Looking Good on the Road to Recovery: Kids
Cheryn Salazar
Cheryn Salazar, a trichster herself and mom of two kids with trich, has shared her make-up strategies with trichsters and pickers for nearly 20 years! Cheryn believes that looking good often help us feel better about ourselves, which also helps motivation. Cheryn will share will various make-up strategies and tools to help you keep looking good on the road to recovery!

Research
Teens Only

Understanding the Science of Trichotillomania and Skin Picking
Jon Grant, JD, MD, MPH
This workshop is exclusively for adolescents. We will discuss what is known about the biology of trichotillomania and skin picking – genetics, what goes on in the brain when pulling and picking, and reasons why certain treatments are used. 

                Teens

Creating I Care Wear… In honor of US!
Samara Sussman
What do you love about yourself? What are you good at? What are some of your favorite things in life? Would you love to wear something that says how special you truly are? Come to this workshop and paint and draw all over a headband, bandana, hat, shirt or boxer shorts. You do not need to know anything about making art on clothing to come have fun with us!

3:45pm – 4:15pm:

Break, refreshments served.

4:15 – 5:30pm

SESSION 6

            Research

Medications for Hair Pulling & Skin Picking Disorders:
Overview and Q & A

Jon Grant, MD, JD, MPH
Overview of current pharmacological treatments for BFRBs, including updates on current research and trends, followed by a brief Q & A session.

            Treatment

Boldly go into the next generation of CBT:
A demonstration of mindfulness, acceptance, and dialectical behavior therapy for hair-pulling & skin-picking

Ali Mattu, PhD
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been shown to be effective at treating body-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB) problems. CBT works by teaching you new ways of responding to your behaviors, regulating your emotions, and changing your environment. Members of the TLC Scientific Advisory Board have now begun applying a new generation of CBT treatments to BFRB problems. This session will introduce you to these treatments, specifically Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Participants will learn what makes ACT and DBT different from traditional CBT, understand the scientific support for these treatments, and participate in real demonstrations of ACT and DBT techniques.

        Personal Growth
        Adults TTM / CSP

Strategies for Impulse Reduction: a Mindfulness-Based Approach

Christina Pearson
Mindfulness, a therapeutically recognized form of awareness training, is a core aspect of Christina's long-term recovery. Her own BFRBs had two major drivers: avoidance/suppression of emotional/sensory states, & long-term habituated behavioral patterning. By cultivating the formal practice of mindfulness, she found we can learn HOW to ease into emotive/ sensory states directly, without becoming overwhelmed, and that access to more clarity and healthier choices begins to emerge. Christina will share concepts, strategies, and tools she uses on a daily basis, that have radically enhanced her life for the better!   

Personal Growth
Adults
18 and over, only!

Fearing Intimacy

Angela Hartlin
This workshop is for adults 18 and over. Intimacy can be a frightening idea for a sufferer of a BFRB. When the time comes to find a partner, it can be daunting because the sufferer must learn how to be open about their insecurities, be honest about all feelings, and engage interpersonally to help a relationship blossom. In an open forum, we will talk about what it means to be intimate with another person. Intimacy of physical and emotional natures will be the focus of this workshop; having an honest discussion about these feelings many of us are ashamed to have accompanying our BFRBs can help identify specific issues so we can come up with solutions and bring clarity to them.

         Personal Growth

Starting a Support Group
TBA

         Personal Growth
        Support Persons

For Support Persons Only- Help for the Helpers!

Mary Kathleen Norris, LPC
Gain helpful insight into the role of a support person in the treatment of TTM and BFRBs. Learn about reaction styles, challenges and ways to enhance treatment outcomes.

             Parents
        Personal Growth
            Treatment

Loving Your Child with a BFRB
Suzanne Mouton-Odum, PhD
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.  Hear about what children and teens want their parents to know.  Find out about the most effective strategies to use to help your child and which techniques to stay away from.  Always remember to take care of yourself in important ways in order to be available to help others.  Be able to identify when you need to take some time to yourself and use successful strategies to “recharge your own batteries.”

                Kids
      Personal Growth

Talking About Trich

Megan Sulock
Sharing about our BFRBs is one of the more challenging aspects of this disorder.  What do you tell your classmates, family, and teachers? Based on her own experience as both a trichster and a TLC volunteer for over 6 years, Megan will lead a discussion on approaches to answering questions from people who are close to you as well as strangers.  Megan will also share her own trich journey and share examples of other young women who have managed to recover from BFRBs.

         Ages 15 and Up
        Personal Growth

Finger Activity: Busy Hands for Fidgety Moments
Mary Kathleen Norris, LPC
Learn how to crochet with just fingers; a fun thing to occupy fingers during times when fingers need to find outlets besides pulling and picking.

              Teens
      Personal Growth

Looking Good: Teens
Cheryn Salazar
Cheryn Salazar, a trichster herself and mom of two kids with trich, has shared her make-up strategies with trichsters and pickers for nearly 20 years! Cheryn believes that looking good often helps us feel better about ourselves, which also helps motivation. Cheryn will share will various make-up strategies and tools to help you keep looking good on the road to recovery!

5:30 – 6:30pm

5:30 – 6:30 BREAK

6:30pm

Cocktails, seat for dinner.

7:00 – 8:30pm

Dinner: sit-down dinner.

8:30 – 10:00pm

Session 7

Personal Growth "Scars of Shame" Documentary Film Screening
Join us for the premiere of the first skin picking documentary! In the film, Angela Hartlin, author  of  Forever Marked: A Dermatillomania Diary invites us into her world for an intimate portrait of her daily struggles as she deals with skin picking disorder. A brief Q & A will follow the 46. minute film. Parental discretion is advised. Watch the trailer here >>

         Personal Growth
             Adult TTM

Experiential Group
Sue Price, MS, LMHC, NCC

This group session will allow participants to share in a safe and supportive setting.  It is a chance to meet other attendees, give and receive support, and process how it felt for you to be at this conference, and how to take the learning experience home.

        Personal Growth
         Adult TTM / CSP

Don't Get Bewitched at Night!
Sherrie Vavrichek LCSW-C, Merrill Black LCSW-C
Participants will discover why nighttime can involve a BFRB “bewitching hour.” Activities will include 1) Discussion about BFRB episodes during evening routines, 2) Ideas about ways to incorporate healthy grooming into that time of day and why it's important to do so, 3) Environmental and other interventions that can help a person resist temptation during the transition from activity to rest, and 4) Experiential exercises such as yoga and visualization/relaxation/and imagery to calm the body and the mind. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a pillow and towel, sheet, or blanket since you will be encourage to lie down on the floor for portions of the workshop.

       Personal Growth
          Adult CSP

CSP Roundtable
Dana Marie Flores
Join Dana for this evening roundtable discussion and process workshop.  In a safe, supportive setting, participants are invited to discuss what they’ve learned, new insights and feelings that have arisen over the weekend.

       Personal Growth
       Adult TTM / CSP
     Spouses/Partners

Couples Support Session
Mike and Cheryn Salazar
Mike and Cheryn will host this one-hour roundtable discussion for couples only. With a focus on open-communication and honesty, Mike and Cheryn will share their tools for maintaining a loving relationship.

             Parents
      Personal Growth

Parent Group
Join other parents for this informal, evening wrap-up discussion. Share insights, discuss questions and process what you’ve learned over the weekend.

          Teens 13+
      Personal Growth

Teens Overcoming Trich

Katherine Paris
Join Katherine as she shares some details about her struggles with trich as well the tools and strategies that have helped her maintain 7 months of no pulling! As a teen herself, Katherine understands it can be hard to feel so different and alone. Participants will discuss the other things that make us who we are, things that make us feel good about ourselves, to ultimately realize that trich does not define any one of us!

      Kids 12 and Under
       Personal Growth

Kids Share and Tell
Megan Sulock
Join Megan for show and tell! Bring your schedules and notebooks so you can share phone numbers and emails, that way we can continue to support each other even after the conference! Tell each other what you’ve learned so far, and what tools and strategies you think will be most helpful in managing your BFRB.

SUNDAY

7:00am – 7:45am

Yoga for All Levels
Alison Jessup
Please join us as we explore the power and union between breath and body. Center your mind while opening your heart. Learn how the power of your breath can relax your nervous system and help you to deal with external stressors in the environment. Please bring a yoga mat or towel and water.

 

 

7:30am – 8:30am

Breakfast

8:30am-9:45am

Session 8

         Research
       Professionals
      Adult TTM/CSP

Trichotillomania and Skin Picking Disorder: Research Advancements and Directions Forward

Brian L. Odlaug, MPH; Jon E. Grant, MD, JD, MPH

This presentation will discuss the current state of research in skin picking disorder (SPD) and Trichotillomania (TTM), including a brief overview of the research conducted/published over the past year and how it translates into ‘real-world’ applicability, both in terms of our understanding of the mechanisms involved in SPD and TTM and how it may apply to advancing future treatments.  Further, novel functional brain imaging data in SPD will be presented for the first time which may enhance our understanding of neural processing in SPD.  We will also discuss the results of a recently completed study of pharmacotherapy in TTM and in-progress results from Mr. Odlaug’s TLC Research Grant of neuroimaging in TTM and family members.    

          Treatment
      Adult TTM / CSP

Developing a Comprehensive Guide to Understanding You and Your BFRB

Renae M. Reinardy, PsyD
In this workshop attendees will gain a better understanding of the function of their picking and pulling. We will discuss the impact of a number of important areas of life that can contribute to lack of balance and increased urges to pick or pull. Some of these areas include sleep, exercise, nutrition, thought patterns, sensory needs, and lack of coping skills. This workshop will help you determine which of several areas you may need to focus on in order to gain a better understanding of the function of your BFRB and develop a plan to provide your mind and body with skills to produce lasting changes.

        Personal Growth
         Adult TTM/CSP

What is Recovery From BFRBs?
Laura Sirowitz, LCSW
A provocative question in the treatment of hair pulling and skin picking, as in any therapy, is how one can evaluate a positive treatment outcome. Therapies that are targeted toward perfectionistic, unrealistic expectations can inadvertently cause people to fail. This workshop will help participants to realign expectations with life’s realities, therefore helping them to feel more successful about their accomplishments.

            Treatment
             Adult CSP

Strategies for Skin Picking
Jayme Jacobs, PsyD and Marla W. Deibler, PsyD
Identify and discuss the unique challenges in managing skin picking behavior.  Utilizing the ComB model, participants will identify personal triggers as well as intervention strategies to overcome them.

          Treatment
         Professionals
        Adult TTM/CSP

Getting Past Go: Ten Ideas to Help You Get Unstuck in Carrying Out a Therapy Program for BFRBs
Allen H. Weg, EdD

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy interventions for BFRBs are often experienced by the client as uncomfortable and sometimes even frightening. It is therefore no surprise that some clients who find that actually following through with the week’s CBT homework assignments can be difficult. Borrowing from Motivational Interviewing, this workshop presents strategies for creating a motivational structure. The application of contingency management, cognitive work, and using others for support and coaching are discussed. Creating a “life balance” and dealing with slips in recovery are also addressed.

       Personal Growth
            Adults
            Teens
     Significant Others
          Parents

Guided Visualization For Relaxation and Healing                 
Merrill Black, LCSW, Reiki Master
Guided visualizations are a great way to relax and heal.  In this experiential workshop you will be tuning into your body with the use of colors to help clear, center, and calm you.  We will explore how to tune into your body, what you are communicating to yourself, and how energy gets exchanged between one another.  We will utilize guided imagery to help ground yourself, help to balance your body, and foster healing within your mind, body, and soul.

       Personal Growth
            Parents

A Shared Journey of Hope & Healing
Brenda and Claire Cameron
BFRBs change the lives of not only the sufferer, but also of the parents and support persons. As both journey on a separate and distinct path dictated by the disease, too often when these paths intersect, conflict develops. In this workshop a mother and daughter will share how their distinct paths intersected to create a journey of healing and ultimately of shared advocacy to develop awareness of BFRBs in their family and in their communities.

       Personal Growth
       Kids 12 & Under

Seeing the Preciousness in Me & You!

Christina Pearson
Sometimes we  feel sad if it seems we are "letting down" people we love (for instance, getting bad grades, forgetting our chores, or not knowing how to stop picking/pulling). Do you ever feel like this? This workshop will help by identifying our (billions of) fabulous skills & incredible strengths, and then we will create an awesome souvenir to remind us of our preciousness when we go home! And if you never feel like this, please come anyway, because we will have a great time.

               Teens
     Personal Growth

Teens Closing Session

Cheryn Salazar
Share what you’ve learned at this year’s conference, what goals and strategies you’ll take home, and discuss potential feelings that may arise once you’re back to “normal” life. Be sure to bring your schedule or notebook, so you can collect your new friends’ numbers and emails, and keep supporting each other all year long!

 

 

9:45 – 10:30am:

9:45am – 10:30am: BREAK, last chance to bid on Silent Auction Items

10:00am:

SILENT AUCTION CLOSES!!!

10:30am-11:45am

Session 9

            Everyone

Closing Session: Faces of Success
Successful recovery is why we are all here…but what does that mean? Hear inspiring stories of real success and learn how to recognize 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.

 

 

 

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