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Family as Motivators Training Manual was developed and revised by Dr. Gregory S. Chasson, Jenna Ewing, Ashley A. Carpenter and Brittany Gibby out of Towson University.  

Laura Jo Acuna Zavalney, LCSW-S is a professional mental health provider who specializes in hoarding disorder and related disorders.
The program consists of three modules:
  1. Education on the psychology of hoarding disorder
  2. Concepts and Practices of Family Accommodation
  3. Concept and Practices of Harm Reduction
Duration: Each Session run time is 1 hour.
Session One: 03/06/2020, Friday from 1:00-2:15pm cst
Description:  Participants will hear about the prevalence of hoarding disorder, the course of hoarding disorder, some common characteristics seen in individuals who hoard, and thoughts on how and/or why hoarding may start.
Session Two: 03/13/2020, Friday from 1:00-2:15pm cst
Description: Family members receive an overview of family accommodation, discuss the family member’s role in accommodation, and discuss the consequences associated with family accommodation.

Session Three: 03/27/2020, Friday from 1:00-2:15pm cst
Description: Review homework from Session two and then discuss various ways to manage hoarding without family accommodation and begin to develop a behavioral contract to decrease or eliminate family accommodation.

Session Four: 04/03/2020, Friday from 1:00-2:15pm cst
Description: An introduction to Motivational Interviewing, a therapeutic approach to promote change. Participants will learn more about the stages of change, identify their loved one’s place on the “change wheel”, lastly they will become aware of the importance of empathy and start practicing it outside of session.

Session Five: 04/10/2020, Friday from 1:00-2:15pm cst
Description: The objective of this session is to begin a discussion of appropriate listening skills, which involves 1) active listening, 2) asking appropriate questions and 3) affirming your lived one. Exercises give participants opportunities to practice these skills. We focus heavily on listening skills. Homework is given for next session.

Session Six: 04/17/2020, Friday from 1:00-2:15pm cst
Description: The objective of this session is to discuss how both the participant’s lives and their loved one’s lives are affected by hoarding. The participant should be able to articulate how those with hoarding are often conflicted between their values and their hoarding behaviors. This session also aims to introduce the concept of change talk, and the participant should feel comfortable recognizing change talk and working to elicit it from their loved ones.

Session Seven: 04/24/2020, Friday from 1:00-2:15pm cst
Description: The objective of this session is to educate the participant about the concept of resistance. The participant should be able to discuss specific examples of resistance they have encountered with their loved one. The participant should also feel prepared to respond to additional or continued resistance from their loved one. Additionally, the participant should demonstrate practical reflective listening skills and feel confident to be able to implement these skills with their loved one.

Session Eight: 05/01/2020, Friday from 1:00-2:15pm cst
Description: The objectives of this session include having the participants understand the history, application, and principles of harm reduction, so that the participant is able to set the stage for a harm reduction strategy, Participants will also learn how to successfully implement a harm reduction plan, as well as learn how to let go, understand, forgive, and grab hold (Keep the Love, Shed the Clutter)

Session Nine: 05/08/2020, Friday from 1:00-2:15pm cst
Description: The objectives of this session include having the participants understand the concept of harm potential, understand guidelines on conducting a home assessment, and evaluate his or her loved one’s own harm potential. Handouts will help identify major harm reduction targets to be included in the harm reduction plan.

Session Ten: 05/15/2020, Friday from 1:00-2:15pm cst
Description: The objectives of this session include having the participants review their loved one’s harm reduction targets, as well as receive information on how to plan for harm reduction. Participants will be able to create of a harm reduction plan and receive an example of a harm reduction contract for reference.

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Hoarding Series

1: Why We Hoard

This workshop will give attendees an opportunity to listen to a short presentation about hoarding. A great deal of time is given to questions and answers. They will leave with a packet of handouts designed to help others talk about clutter and hoarding. Sign up for free 45 minute consultation with presenter to be scheduled at later date.

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June 23, 2018


2: Trauma Informed Treatment for Hoarding

This is a workshop for clinicians seeking to understand hoarding and treatment. Acknowledging that trauma plays a unique role in treatment, the practitioner will be reminded of techniques to build a therapeutic alliance without re-traumatizing the client and thus limiting positive outcomes.

3: ADHD and Hoarding Disorder

The connection between executive functioning and the challenges that come with staying organized. We will look into the current research surrounding this topic. Using the DSM-5, we can walk through a differential diagnosis.

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