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Virtual Professional Training Institute
Virtual Professional Training Institute



The Virtual Professional Training Institute (VPTI) is an online video training program based on The TLC Foundation for BFRBs' live, in-person Professional Training Institute (PTI). Instructors Charles Mansueto, PhD, Fred Penzel, PhD and Ruth Goldfinger Golomb, LCPC, MEd, have designed this program to provide health care professionals with practical training in current cognitive-behavioral treatment approaches for trichotillomania, skin picking, and related body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs).

The training includes 10 instructional videos, each one hour long, with supplemental reading materials. All materials are provided via a private Google Drive link (please note we longer provide DVDs).

Estimated time to complete the training and post-test is 13 hours. CE credits are available to licensed clinicians in most states via an online test,
and must be registered and paid for separately. Once you purchase the VPTI, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the training materials and online CE test CEs are additional; the fee is $40. Learn more about approval jurisdictions here -->

The TLC Foundation for BFRBs promotes professional members who complete the VPTI and successfully pass the follow-up test as "Graduates of the Virtual Professional Training Institute" on bfrb.org referral lists. (Please note that all professionals must join as members and complete an application to be approved for ANY referral listing.)

  • Learn current, clinically relevant information about these problems and empirically supported treatments to address them

  • Build your practice by joining the TLC Foundations’ online referral directory

  • Change the lives of patients who have suffered in isolation with the shame and stigma of an under-treated and misunderstood disorder

  • 13 Continuing Education Units available

Click on the links below to learn more:

" Filled with lucid, up-to-date presentations and accompanied by current research articles, I found I came away (from this training DVD) with an excellent grounding in understanding and treating hair pulling and skin picking disorder. I think TLC is ahead of the curve in disseminating state-of-the-art training in a virtual format in order to make it more widely available to serious clinicians. It's clear that this work is a genuine passion for everyone involved." --Brian Thompson, PhD

If you are seeking CEUs, you must take the test through R. Cassidy. Here is the link to the VPTI test:

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