Virtual Professional Training Institute

TLC’s Virtual Professional Training Institute (VPTI) offers therapeutic treatment providers the opportunity to grow their skills and area of practice through a comprehensive CBT-Based training program for body-focused repetitive behaviors.

Medical and therapeutic professionals trained at TLC's Virtual Professional Training Institute (VPTI), or with TLC's video series, the Virtual PTI, "saw an increase in the percentage of their BFRB patients who achieved abstinence" as well as an "overall increase in symptom reduction for their patients." From "Getting the word out: Cognitive-behavioral therapy for trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder) and excoriation (skin picking) disorder."  Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, February 2015.

Medical and therapeutic providers who successfully complete the training will receive a certificate of completion and can apply to be listed on TLC’s Online Referral Directory, provided you meet the eligibility criteria.

Ways to Train:

The Virtual Professional Training Institute (VPTI) is a virtual training program based on TLC's live, in-person PTI. Instructors Charles Mansueto, Ph.D., Fred Penzel, Ph.D., and Ruth Golomb, M.Ed., LCPC, have designed this program to provide medical and therapeutic providers with practical training in current cognitive-behavioral treatment approaches for trichotillomania, skin picking, and related body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs). Offers 13 CE credits.

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PTI Faculty

Teaching Faculty

Charles S. Mansueto, Ph.D.

PTI Director

TLC Foundation for BFRBs Scientific Advisory Board

Director, Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington
Silver Spring, MD

Ruth Golomb, M.Ed., LCPC

PTI Supervisory Director

TLC Foundation for BFRBs Scientific Advisory Board

Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington
Silver Spring, MD

Fred Penzel, Ph.D.

PTI Senior Faculty

TLC Foundation for BFRBs Scientific Advisory Board

Director, Western Suffolk Psychological Services
Huntington, NY

Suzanne Mouton-Odum, Ph.D.

Vice Chair, TLC Foundation for BFRBs Scientific Advisory Board

Private Practice
Houston, TX

Stacy Shaw Welch, Ph.D.

Director, Anxiety & Stress Reduction Center of Seattle
Seattle, WA

John Piacentini, Ph.D., ABPP

TLC Foundation for BFRBs Board and Scientific Advisory Board Chair

Director, Child Anxiety and Tic Disorders Program
UCLA School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA

Jon E. Grant, MD, JD, MPH

TLC Foundation for BFRBs Scientific Advisory Board

University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Adjunct Faculty

Noah Weintraub, Psy.D.

Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington
Silver Spring, MD

Allen Weg, Ed.D.

Director, Stress and Anxiety Services of NJ
East Brunswick, NJ

Jennifer Kessler, Ph.D.

MidAtlantic Center for OCD and Anxiety
Silver Spring, MD

PTI Individual and Group Supervision

Individual supervision is offered to those who have completed the Professional Training Institute (PTI) or Virtual Professional Training Institute (VPTI). Individual supervision is meant to be a supplement to the training, it involves a 60-minute call with a TLC-appointed faculty member, where you have the opportunity to ask questions and seek advice in providing treatments for your BFRB clients. Upon receipt of your order, TLC staff will assign an available supervisor to you within 5 business days.