An overview of Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs), including diagnosis and treatment approaches

Interview-style, with Elizabeth Irias, LMFT

  • Course Description

    This interview provides an overview of Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) like trichotillomania, including what they are, how they are diagnosed, and which treatment approaches have been found most effective. Listeners will learn how to identify these disorders in their clients, provide basic interventions for them, and when to refer to an expert.

  • Learning Objectives

    Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: Describe what BFRBs are and how to identify them in their clients; List two or more effective treatment approaches for clients with BFRBs.

    Target Audience and Instructional Level
    This course is intended for psychologists, therapists, social workers, clinical counselors, and addiction counselors. Instructional level: Introductory

  • How To Take This Course

    In order to receive a certificate of completion reflecting the associated CE credit hour, you must:
    #1: Have an active paid Clearly Clinical membership
    #2: Listen to the corresponding course podcast
    #3: Achieve a passing grade on the post-presentation test (the test has up to ten questions and you must earn a score of at least 80%; you are able to re-test)
    #4: Complete the requested course evaluation.

    Course elements (including the course audio, post-test, and requested course evaluation) can be completed on a computer or mobile device via your Clearly Clinical account.

  • Course Format

    This high-quality and interesting course contains a one-hour, non-interactive audio podcast presentation which is available for free via all major public podcast providers. You can also listen to and download the file via our course player.

  • Commercial Support

    There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for this CE program, presenter, sponsor, instructor, or content.

  • Certificate Access Details

    Once you've completed the course, your certificate will automatically populate in the 'Certificate' section of your account; it will also be emailed to you. Access to completion certificate will expire 365 days after issuance. Course certificates will be on file for ten (10) years from date of course completion.

  • Accommodations

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Interviewee and Interviewer

Laura Chackes, PsyD, PSY

Body-Focused Repetitive Behavior Expert

Laura Chackes, Psy.D. is the owner of The Center for Mindfulness & CBT and a licensed psychologist who specializes in treating anxiety, OCD, and related disorders such as Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) like skin picking and hair pulling. Dr. Chackes has been treating these disorders in individual therapy since 2006 using evidence-based treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (E/RP), Habit Reversal Training (HRT), and the Comprehensive Behavioral Treatment (ComB) model for BFRBs. She has also run treatment groups for children, adolescents, and adults with BFRBs since 2013, and teaches courses online to adults with BFRBs, as well as to train therapists on how to treat these disorders. Dr. Chackes teaches Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to adults and families at the Center and online.

Elizabeth 'Beth' Irias, MS, LMFT

Interviewer & Clearly Clinical Founder

Elizabeth 'Beth' Irias (she/her) is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and the Founder and President of Clearly Clinical. She has specializations in Clinical Documentation, Best Practice, and Utilization Review, and works closely with clinical teams across the US as a trainer and national conference presenter; Beth was formerly an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University in the Graduate Psychology and Education department. Licensed in California and Oregon, she provides therapy via her private practice to young adult and adult clients, members of the LGBTQ population, and those with addictive disorders. She has two young children, a super cool spouse who helps out with Clearly Clinical's tech, and a rescue dog.

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