Aim and course of this training

Welcome to the online training on body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs)!

The aim of the online training is to give you a comprehensive understanding of body-focused repetitive behaviors. 

After completing the training, you will

  • know the most important symptoms of BFRBs, as well as prevalence rates and somatic complications;
  • know how BFRBs are categorized in the DSM-5, ICD-10, and ICD-11 classification systems;
  • know about scales for detecting and differentiating the individual disorders (e.g., the Generic BFRB Scale-8) and have access to materials for making a diagnosis; 
  • be familiar with various explanations of the development and maintenance of BFRBs; and
  • know about different therapy options that can be successfully applied to BFRBs and have access to treatment materials. 

The training procedure

The online training consists of seven learning units that offer many practical tips. The information is presented using text, pictures, videos of affected persons talking about their experiences, and other helpful material on the diagnosis and treatment of BFRBs. Some of the content is mentioned several times. This is intentional because repetition is helpful in learning and remembering new information.

Our manual and website Free from BFRB additionally contain information on the topic of BFRBs. The manual can be downloaded here:

Download: Manual

Technical requirements

This site is best compatible with Mozilla Firefox, which can be downloaded online at no cost.

In order to ensure the best possible presentation of the content, we recommend always working on the e-learning using the full-screen mode.

Donation and certification

We provide this BFRB training course and the materials free of charge. However, as their development has cost considerable time and money, we would appreciate a donation of $100 (or equivalent: see; for students/individuals in training we suggest $50 or equivalent) via this link.

You will of course receive a receipt for your donation for tax purposes.  

We provide a certificate that confirms your successful completion of the online training. To receive the certificate, you will be asked to take a test at the end of the training. You must obtain a score of at least 80% to receive the certificate. You may repeat the test as many times as necessary until you achieve this score.

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Training contents

You have reached the end of the introduction. The following learning units await you in the course of the training. For future visits, you can use this overview to jump directly to the unit where you left off before. At the end of each page you will find the button “To overview”, which allows you to return to the table of contents at any time.

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