Habit Reversal Training for Trichotillomania and Excoriation

Date:  Friday, August 6, 2021

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Time:  9:00am to 5:00pm EST

Cost:  $450.00 per person

Location:  Zoom (you will be sent an invitation with instructions prior to the workshop)

Workshop Description:

Habit Reversal Training (HRT) is the leading empirically supported treatment to address the body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs) found in excoriation disorder (skin picking) and trichotillomania (hair pulling). HRT recognizes the rewarding and appetitive nature of these behaviors and utilizes a practical and personalized approach to reducing symptom interference.

In this webinar, attendees will learn to assess BFRBs and related disorders using gold standard measures and become educated in current treatment research. Other topics include:

  • Completing a functional analysis to examine the behavioral antecedents (e.g., premonitory urges) and consequences of picking and pulling behaviors
  • Awareness training
  • Stimulus control strategies
  • Competing responses
  • Motivating patients through lapses
  • Collaboration with medical providers (e.g., dermatologists)
  • Addressing comorbidities (e.g., anxiety, depression) related to BFRBs

HRT is an easy-to-learn treatment modality and being trained in this niche area would benefit many practitioners, particularly those who treat common comorbid disorders such as anxiety and OCD.  Clinicians will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss therapy challenges unique to these cases.

Dr. Jessica Bodie, director of child services at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, will lead this webinar. Dr. Bodie is a licensed clinical psychologist who received a degree in clinical psychology from Temple University and completed her internship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  Dr. Bodie’s is an experienced HRT provider and has treated children, adolescents, and adults in this modality. She served as a study therapist for seminal pediatric trichotillomania trials run through Penn.


Please find the registration form here.

Registration forms can be submitted via email as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to: sandraca@pennmedicine.upenn.edu


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