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TLC - Winter 2017
Hot off the press, here is the latest issue of InTouchTLC's quarterly community newsletter!
Featured in this issue:
  • The 2017 Impact Report
  • Our Community: Aneela Idnani, Supporter
  • Annual Conference Registration
  • TLC Task Force Application Information
  • Resources on
And don't forget, you can now access past issues, including resources previously available only to dues-paying members. This includes an extensive video and article archive on our website. To create a free account, visit
We hope you enjoy the Winter 2017 edition of InTouch!
With love,
Your friends at TLC
2017 Impact Report
By Jennifer Raikes
Executive Director
"I turn 22 soon and I have decided to raise money for the organization that literally saved my life 10 years ago." -Daisy in Virginia
?Friends and supporters of TLC, thank you. Your donations and active participation in this community are what helped Daisy and so many others.
I often end our calls to action by stating, "If we don't do it, no one will." This is not hyperbole. Without the efforts of those of us affected by BFRBs, nothing happens. There are no outside entities charged with advancing this field. There are no other institutions focused on BFRB research or treatment development. If we don't teach, no one learns. If we don't speak up, there is silence.
So let's take a moment to look back at the important work we've done this year – and what's on the horizon for 2018. Read about your impact ->
Our Community: Aneela Idnani
When Aneela Idnani’s husband Sameer Kumar “caught” her without eyebrows, the negative reaction she feared did not happen. Instead, Sameer chose to partner with Aneela to find a solution. For more than 20 years, Aneela has struggled with hair pulling but today she no longer hides under makeup and fake smiles. Read her story.
2018 Annual BFRB Conference
Registration is Open! Join us for a life-changing weekend, April 20-22, 2018 in San Francisco! The world's top BFRB experts, community leaders, and changemakers will guide nearly 500 individuals, families, and treatment providers through a weekend of education, inspiration, support, and most importantly, healing.
Sponsors Needed! Your support helps TLC do what we do best - bring people together to make life-changing connections with peers, support networks, services, and treatment providers. Click here for more information.
Questions? Call (831) 457-1004 x2 or email Leslie at
Upcoming Events
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Have you been thinking about starting a BFRB support group? Do you already have a support group, and want to network with other group leaders? Then this meeting is for you. Join us for the Support Group Leaders Open House Meeting, January 17, at 5:00pm PT / 8:00pm ET. Sign up here.
One Day Workshop: Detroit
with Jon Grant, MD and Karen Pickett, MFT
March 3, 2018
TLC is heading to Detroit to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of THEO (Trichsters Helping Each Other), a local peer support group run by Roberta "Bobbie" Slade, recipient of the Christina Pearson Award for her service to the BFRB community. The workshop program is designed for adults with BFRBs. Learn more at
Annual Conference: San Francisco, CA
April 20-22, 2018
Join us as top BFRB experts, community leaders, and changemakers guide 500 individuals, families, clinicians, and researchers through a weekend of education, community, and healing. The conference is often described as life-changing, Please join us for this incredible event. Learn more at
TLC Task Force: Now Accepting New Member Applications!
If you are 15-27 years old, have a passion for raising awareness about BFRBs, and are interested in developing skills in public relations, program development, and community outreach, you could be the next member of the TLC Task Force! Formerly the Millennial Task Force, the TLC Task Force is dedicated to supporting TLC's mission to end the suffering caused by body-focused repetitive behaviors.
To learn more, visit
Applications will be accepted until January 30, 2018. TLC and the Task Force are committed to building a culturally diverse community. People of color, individuals with disabilities, and men are encouraged to apply.
Resources available at
InTouch: If you missed, lost, or just want to check out previous issues of our quarterly newsletter, you can find them online! Find more at
One of the keys to successful treatment is finding a treatment provider who is experienced with treating body-focused repetitive behaviors. Our referral directories are comprised of mental health clinicians who have demonstrated experience working with BFRBs.
Going to the cosmetologist or salon is one of the day-to-day necessities that can be made emotionally difficult by BFRBs. To help alleviate this problem, TLC maintains a directory of BFRB-friendly hair and skin care providers.
Peer support is an integral part of healing and recovery from BFRBs. This directory includes links to regional support groups across the globe as well as online groups.
Looking for more support and resources? View a list of BFRB products, websites and community resources here.
There is more information about treatment of hair pulling and skin picking, and better options, than ever before. Here you will find comprehensive, up-to-date articles, books, videos, links and foreign language resources to help guide you on the path to recovery. Explore our webinar archive at
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