Where to learn about hoarding therapy & organization
We are Address Our Mess, a specialist in hoarding cleanup, in addition to our cleaning and organization services we can help find therapists that specialize in hoarding issues. We are consistently asked by clients to help them find a hoarding therapist to help them progress along the road to recovery. This is why we wanted to answer the question, what really qualifies someone to treat an individual with hoarding disorder as a mental health professional? See our research which answers that very question, below. We are experts in hoarding cleanup and are properly certified to help with hoarding cleanup and organization projects but we cannot guarantee the quality of the classes and courses below because we have not taken them ourselves, we are not licensed therapists, please use your own judgement in choosing the options below. Here is what we found:
The Hoarding Disorder Resource and Training Group
The Hoarding Disorder Resource and Training Group was started by Anne B. Pagano,, ACSW, BCD, C-ASWCM, Executive Director, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and certified through the National Association of Social Workers as a Geriatric Care Manager. She also holds certifications from the Academy of Certified Social Workers and as a Board Certified Diplomat through the American Board of Examiners.
The hoarding Disorder Resource and Training group offers training for therapists, clutter removal companies, and the general public. They offer workshops, and consulting services for municipalities and families needing one one support with their loved ones. They service only the New jersey, New York and Connecticut areas.
The organization offers state approved courses for:
- Licensed Social Workers and Certified Case Managers
- NY STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT/NYSED
Fire and Police departments can take advantage of their specialized programs with first responder needs related to hoarding situations.
Hoarding Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) in Boston
The second opportunity to train as a mental health expert in hoarding therapy is the International OCD Foundation course called “The Hoarding BTTI Course”.
Located in Boston the three day course was developed by “Drs. Gail Steketee and Randy Frost, and in conjunction with the IOCDF Training Institute Clinical Chair Dr. C. Alec Pollard, this new training program offers mental health professionals an opportunity to learn about the latest research in effective treatments for HD.”
Hoarding BTTI Course Learning Objectives:
- Participants will be able to accurately diagnose Hoarding Disorder (HD).
- Participants will learn strategies for the accurate assessment of hoarding symptoms.
- Participants will be able to apply a cognitive and behavioral model to design intervention strategies.
- Participants will be able to aid individuals with low motivation for treatment by applying motivational strategies to improve engagement in and adherence to treatment strategies.
- Participants will be able to apply cognitive and behavioral interventions to reduce HD symptoms of acquiring, difficulty discarding, and clutter.
- Participants will be able to develop treatment plans for older adults with HD.
- Participants will learn how to incorporate family and community partners to intervene in hoarding cases.
- Participants will apply knowledge gained in the educational portion of the institute during small group discussion of cases.
IOCDF Continuing Education Program:
This program is sponsored by the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), Inc. This program has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (Provider #SP-1979). Course meets the qualifications for 21 hours of continuing education credit for MFCCs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Provider #PCE 4422). This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Provider #886509959) for 21 continuing education contact hours. IOCDF is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IOCDF maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Course meets the qualifications for 21 CE credits for psychologists.
- Attendance Requirements: Trainees must attend all three days of the Hoarding BTTI in order to receive a CE certificate. Trainees must also complete three follow-up phone calls with a designated Hoarding BTTI faculty member in order to be considered a graduate of this program and to receive a certificate of completion. Additionally, if you are not currently a professional member of the IOCDF, you must become a professional member in order to register for this training. Professional membership is $125 per person, per year. If you have questions about this course please go to the IOCDF Hoarding Behavior Therapy Training Institute in Boston website.
Hoarding Disorder in Older Adults Course
- Number of CE credit hours: 3.5
- Cost of Online Course: $105
- Group Pricing: $75 per learner (10-24 learners); $70 per learner (25 or more learners)
Hoarding Disorder in Older Adults is an introductory course that provides basic information about older adults who have hoarding disorders. The goal of this course is to provide workers with a better understanding of the possible causes of this disorder and how it affects the individual’s behavior and ability to function within their home and community. The course describes the various assessment tools and best practice interventions that have been developed by researchers, health and human service workers, and community task force personnel in their work with people with hoarding disorders.
After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
- Define hoarding disorder.
- State the various causes of hoarding disorder.
- Discuss how hoarding affects the activities of daily living.
- List the personal and public health risks of hoarding.
- Summarize the federal laws that protect the rights of people who hoard.
- Assess risk to personal autonomy as it relates to risk to community at large.
- Critique the efficacy of interventions used to treat hoarding disorders.
- Respect the ethical principles of confidentiality, autonomy, beneficence.
Birchall Consulting Course on Hoarding Behavior & Intervention Counseling & Clutter Coach
Workshops & Training
Training and workshops are available for both professional responders and individuals who hoard.
One and two-day workshops are available, and we are happy to tailor our material to your mandate and organizational needs.
In addition, you can inform us about your special challenges and training needs, and we can design a workshop to meet them.
Here are the current workshops available (click for more information):
- Effective Assessment
- Effective Communication
- A Harm Reduction Model in Hoarding Situations
- Hoarding Level I
- Hoarding Level II
- Working with Procrastination
Institute for Challenging Disorganization
These courses for education on hoarding behaviors (on a professional level) is developed and brought by the Institute for Challenging Disorganization.
There are differently levels of hoarding therapy education. Due to the complexity of the educational offerings , we have decided to let the reader visit their web site https://www.challengingdisorganization.org/level-ii-hoarding-specialist-certificate to decide what best option.
Maryland CEU Institute
Please check the web site above for future classes on hoarding therapy.
Hoarding Disorder: The Diagnosis They Never Taught You in Graduate School
Description: Hoarding Disorder has only recently been officially recognized as a disorder in the DSM-5 (2013). Given this, few mental health professionals have received training in what constitutes Hoarding Disorder and how to treat this challenging mental health issue. This workshop will cover factors that contribute to the development of Hoarding Disorder. The program will also focus on key components in the cognitive-behavioral treatment model and interventions developed by Steketee & Frost (2007), including video demonstrations.
Hoarding Academy (United Kingdom)
About Hoarding Academy: Hoarding Academy is a subsidiary of Life-Pod, a not-for-profit Community Interest Company established in 2013 and recognized for its pioneering approach to helping people affected by hoarding disorder and other conditions that result in extreme clutter and disorganization.
Online Course - Buried in Treasures: The Nature & Treatment of Hoarding Disorders
About this course: The aim of this workshop is to familiarize you with hoarding disorder, a common and potentially severe mental health problem characterized by acquisition of, and failure to discard, a large number of possessions to the extent that living spaces become uninhabitable. We will review emerging data investigating the nature of hoarding, associated mental health features, and new research findings regarding brain function in people who hoard.
To date, hoarding disorder has frustrated mental health and social service workers due to its apparently chronic and treatment-resistant nature. Many hoarders are reluctant to seek help, and even those who do seek help frequently resist therapists’ efforts to intervene. Clinical studies, therefore, have consistently shown a poor response to psychological and pharmacologic treatments. Recently, however, a new model of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) as emerged based on our increasing understanding of hoarding. In this workshop, you will learn specific skills to increase patients’ motivation and compliance, challenge maladaptive ways of thinking, and learn new behavior patterns. We will also discuss possibilities for further development of the CBT model, including augmentation with cognition-enhancing exercises and medications as well as the collaboration between mental health professional and paraprofessionals.
Speaker: David F. Tolin, PhD
Mental health Training (United Kingdom)
This workshop includes:
- Overview of the behavioral psychology and psychiatry of hoarding
- The neurology of hoarding behaviors and its relationship with mental disorder
- The psychology and psychiatry of Self Neglect – a clearer understanding of this complex area of human behavior
- Recognizing a potential wide-range of psychiatric /mental health presentations that may be causal to the hoarding behavior
- Improved risk assessments
- The treatment model
- Human rights & capacity legislation in relation to hoarding behaviors
- The GP, Primary Care & The NICE Guidelines? How can you signpost and support individuals through this process
- Safeguarding advice and policy development
- Why interventions often fail, or are counterproductive - Understanding Reactance Theory & Cognitive Dissonance and how these theories impact on well-meaning interventions
- Motivational Interviewing Interventions. How to work with people that hoard – general case management
- Multi-Agency management and communicating with other agencies
- Hoarding from the perspective of Environmental health & Possible Legal Remedies including The Public Health Act and other legislation relevant to the management of hoarding