Unified and Experiential CBT for Skin Picking and Hair Pulling Disorders (June 14th, 2019)


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Unified and Experiential CBT for Skin Picking and Hair Pulling Disorders

Course attendees will receive a certificate of attendance from the Dept of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa.


Trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder) and Excoriation Disorders (Skin Picking Disorder) are included in the obsessive-compulsive related disorder section of the DSM-5 and are present in about 1-2% of the population. They are more common in females, often co-morbid with other conditions. They are often undetected.

The treatment of these disorders is best through an experiential CBT approach. However, the current protocols do not specify approaches to all the clinical aspects of these conditions. Educational resources and training for the treatment of these disorders are not readily available.

This workshop is an ‘all you wanted to know’ offering to plan comprehensive and effective treatments for these conditions. Dr. Rao will cover recognition, diagnosis, co-morbidity, medication and psychological treatments. The focus will be on formulating and implementing an experiential CBT treatment plan. Role plays, case examples of successful treatments, common pitfalls will all be covered in the presentation.

You will get to practice the required skills in the workshop and walk away with a structured outline to treat these conditions effectively.



Dr. Sanjay Rao is an experienced teacher and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa In 2018 he was awarded a Fellowship of the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioural therapy for his contribution to CBT in Canada. He has received an award from the Department of Health, UK for CBT development. He is the Director of IXT Mind CBT training.

Dr. Rao has trained in CBT, DBT, Mindfulness-based therapies, and strength focussed coaching. He has expertise in both psychological and pharmacological treatment of mental health conditions. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrist (UK) and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Canada). He has delivered over 250 workshops in Cognitive behavioral therapies, presented in national, international conferences and published in several scientific journals.

Since 2011 he has helped the province of Nova Scotia develop Cognitive Behavioural Therapy implementation by training and supervising therapists across the province. He has also served as an executive member of the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy along with various management position such as Co-Chair of Chiefs of Psychiatrists in Nova Scotia, Clinical Director of The Mood and Anxiety Program at the Royal Ottawa Hospital and Clinical Lead of Improving Access to Structured Psychotherapy in Ottawa.

Dr Rao is involved in research concerning distance delivery of CBT through technology as well as workplace mental health using CBT and problem-solving approaches. He is an active clinician delivering CBT in collaborative care settings.

He trains and supervises multidisciplinary teams including physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and counselors.


Ottawa Public Library – Nepean Centrepointe Room 1B

101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, ON.

Note: There are is a local café for refreshments and to purchase lunch.


Registration Fee: $269 +HST | Early Bird Fee: $220.00 +HST (Ends May 19th, 2019)

Student Rate/CMHA Staff: $199.00 + HST (Note: Students & CMHA Staff send proof of being a student to admin@ixtmind.com.)

Registration is open to those who have an independent practice or is a student working towards independent practice. CMHA staff should send or present with their ID proof.

Email: admin@ixtmind.com if you have any questions.


Registrant Cancellation:

Note: Refund Policy

  • Full refund minus $50.00 Admin fee until May 19th, 2019 at 4:00 pm.
  • After May 19th, 2019 the refund will be for 50% of the fee paid.
  • The course fee paid can be carried forward to another 1-day workshop offered by us.

IXT Mind Cancellation:

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