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CE Workshop: Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs)
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When: Friday, August 23, 2019
Where: GPA Office
13 Corporate Blvd. NE
Suite 220
Atlanta, Georgia  30329
United States
Presenter: Natalie C. Arnette, PhD and Elana Zimand, PhD
Contact: Hannah Steinberg, Marketing Specialist and Administrator

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Workshop Title: Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs): An Evidence-Based Approach to Assessment and Treatment

Workshop Description: 

Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors are “repetitive self-grooming behaviors in which pulling, picking, biting, or scraping of the hair, skin, or nails result in damage to the body.” Although BFRBs occur in 2-5% of the population, many professionals lack current information about the best practices for treatment. This workshop will discuss diagnostic issues surrounding BFRBs, emphasizing DSM-5 criteria and differential diagnosis of conditions such as Body Dysmorphic Disorder and OCD. A summary of evidence-based treatments will be provided, and case examples will be used to demonstrate the functional analysis of hair-pulling and skin picking within adult and child populations with and without co-occurring disorders. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss diagnostic criteria for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) including hair-pulling and skin-picking.
  2. Summarize evidence-based treatments for BFRBs and current best practices for psychologists.
  3. Demonstrate functional analysis of and treatment planning around BFRBs using the Comprehensive Behavioral Model

      CE Hours: 3 

      Level: Intermediate

      About the Presenters:

      Natalie C. Arnette, PhD is a licensed psychologist in independent practice in Roswell, GA. Dr. Arnette obtained her doctorate from Auburn University, and completed pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Arnette’s areas of clinical and research interest include anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, including trichotillomania and skin-picking.



      Elana Zimand, PhD received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York In 1995.  She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Albany Consortium and her post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine.  She has been in full-time private practice since 2008.  Her primary areas of focus include treatment of adolescents and adults using cognitive-behavioral techniques and other adjunctive evidence based methods for a wide range of disorders.




      Registration Costs (per workshop): 

      Early Bird Registration (Must be postmarked on or before August 9, 2019 to receive this rate.)

      • $70: GPA Members
      • $105: Non-members
      • $20: *GPA Student Members

      Registration (After August 9, 2019)

      • $80: GPA Members
      • $115: Non-members
      • $30: *GPA Student Members

      Must be logged into member profile to receive member rate.

      *If a GPA Student Member needs continuing education credits, he/she will need to pay the higher GPA Member fee regardless of status as a student.

      Cancellation Policy:
      All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Hannah Steinberg via email ( A $35 cancellation fee will be charged for any cancellations prior to August 16, 2019. No refunds will be given after August 16, 2019.

      The Georgia Psychological Association is proud to sponsor and support a wide variety of workshops throughout the year as an APA approved sponsor of Continuing Education.