The Virtual Professional Training Institute (VPTI) is an online video training program. designed to provide mental health treatment providers with practical training in the current cognitive-behavioral treatment approaches for trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder), excoriation ( dermatillomania or skin picking disorder), and related body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs).
Instructors: Charles Mansueto, PhD, Fred Penzel, PhD and Ruth Goldfinger Golomb, LCPC, MEd
13 Continuing Education Units available for an additional fee. Once you purchase the VPTI, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the training materials, test, and optional online CE test. The CE fee is an additional $40.00
The training includes 10 instructional videos, each one hour long, with supplemental reading materials. All materials are provided digitally via a private Google Drive link (please note we longer provide DVDs).
- 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
This program is online only - you will not receive materials via postal mail.
The 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, which must be registered and paid for separately (the cost of CEs is $40). You may also opt to submit the test directly to us if you do not require CEs, for no additional fee.
Learn more about CE approval jurisdictions here -->
Clinicians who become members of TLC and who have completed the VPTI and successfully pass the follow-up will be able to add the designation "Graduate of the Virtual Professional Training Institute" on their referral listing. Visit our member information center for more details.
Click on the links below to learn more:
Target Audience and Instruction Level
DVD Outline and Learning Objectives
Continuing Education Information
"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: