Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Resources for Professionals

Our staff is always working to provide schools, practitioners, parents, and youth with information about these disorders and treatments. We are available to provide:

  • Parent workshops
  • School consultations
  • Teacher workshops
  • Seminars and webinars
  • Clinical training workshops and consultation
  • Ongoing case consultation

Consultation Services

COTTAGe is now offering consultation in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention (EX/RP), and habit reversal therapy (HRT). Our clinicians have specialized training in the assessment and treatment of anxiety, OCD, tics, trichotillomania, and other body-focused repetitive behaviors. We offer both ongoing and time-limited case consultation and to psychologists and other mental health professionals who would like to develop an expertise in treating anxiety and related disorders.

Ongoing Consultation

Ongoing consultation with Dr. Franklin or another member of our team can be arranged on-site at our facility in Philadelphia or we can also provide long-distance consultation via Skype or telephone.  We tailor our services to each trainee based on the clinical population they serve and their training needs.  Mental health professionals who participate in our ongoing consultation program range from CBT novices to those with a strong CBT foundation who would like to hone their skills in EX/RP or HRT. We also specialize in developing treatment plans for diagnostically complex patients or those who have not responded to treatment in the past. 

Consultation sessions are typically held once a week for 60 minutes, although there is some flexibility around length and frequency based on your training needs. 

Time-Limited Case Consultation

Time-limited case consultation is also available at COTTAGe.  This service is designed to help clinicians navigate a specific issue such as diagnostic clarification, treatment planning, or problem-solving for a particular case.  This service is flexible in terms of number and frequency of sessions and can also be arranged long-distance.

For more information about ongoing or time-limited consultation, please contact Courtney Weiner at

Lead Training Faculty

Martin Franklin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania
Director, Child and Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trich and Anxiety Group (COTTAGe)

Dr. Martin Franklin is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, and Director of the Child & Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trich, and Anxiety Group (COTTAGe). Dr. Franklin has devoted his career to the study of OCD, anxiety and body-focused repetitive behaviors (such as chronic tic disorders and trichotillomania) in children and adults. His scholarly publications include scientific articles and book chapters on the treatment of adult and pediatric OCD, social phobia, trichotillomania, tic disorders, PTSD, and readiness for behavior change.

Currently, Dr. Franklin is a principal investigator of several multicenter studies funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Dr. Franklin is one of the Principal Investigators of the Pediatric OCD Treatment Study II (POTS II) and the ongoing Family Based Treatment of Early Childhood OCD Study (POTS Jr.). The POTS team has set the precedent for the development of new practice guidelines for the treatment of OCD in youth and is continuing to set the standards of care for children and adolescents with OCD. He was also a member of the Expert Consensus Panel for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder that assisted with the development of treatment guidelines for adult and pediatric OCD.

Dr. Franklin has published theoretical, clinical, and empirical papers and chapters, as well as a treatment manual for impulse control disorders. He also serves as the Research Committee Chair on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Trichotillomania Learning Center (TLC), and in that capacity, spearheaded the Trichotillomania Impact Project, a web-based exploration of phenomenology, functional impairment, and treatment utilization that reached over 1600 individuals. He is currently conducting an NIMH funded research study investigating the effectiveness of behavioral therapy for pediatric trichotillomania in youths age 10-17, and has recently completed a multi-site pilot study with Dr. Scott Compton at Duke University Medical Center examining habit reversal training (HRT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for tic disorders in adolescents and young adults funded by the Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA).

Dr. Franklin is a licensed clinical psychologist, actively engaged in the training of mental health professionals at the post-degree levels. He is a clinical supervisor at the University of Pennsylvania for psychology interns and for residents and fellows in psychiatry. The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania recently awarded Dr. Franklin the Dean's Award for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching by an Allied Health Professional. Dr. Franklin is a frequent invited lecturer around the United States and abroad.

Conflict of Interest

The COTTAGe is the sole financial sponsor of all workshops and trainings. None of the content, materials, or instructors receive or will benefit from commercial support. The content/materials are based on the most current practice guidelines and empirical data; however, these are limited by methodological limitations of clinical trials and analyses and should be carefully considered when implementing techniques and strategies with patients. Alternate treatments exist and can be pursued for these conditions.

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