Module 1- Education on the psychology of hoarding disorder

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.

Live Zoom meeting will last approximately 1 hour.

Module 2- Concepts and Practices of Family Accommodation
  • Family members receive an overview of family accommodation, discuss the family member’s role in accommodation, and discuss the consequences associated with family accommodation.
  • Complete worksheets/handouts and discuss various ways to manage hoarding without family accommodation and begin to develop a behavioral contract to decrease or eliminate family accommodation.
  • 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.
  • Begin a discussion of appropriate listening skills, which involves 1) active listening, 2) asking appropriate questions and 3) affirming your loved one. Exercises give participants opportunities to practice these skills. We focus heavily on listening skills.
  • We 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.
  • Participants learn 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.

November 18, 2020 2:00-6:00pm








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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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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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