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Understanding and Dealing with the Challenges of Hoarding Disorder

Consequences and Treatments
1 in 20 Americans are severe hoarders! This means that functional space in their homes is very limited. Many can not use their kitchens to cook, their bathrooms to bathe and their bedrooms to sleep. More men than women experience this disorder.

Treatment Interventions for Hoarding
Therapeutic interventions that are successful in the treatment of hoarding behaviors include community based and collaborative approaches.  Many times individuals are brought to the attention of authorities after decades of hoarding behaviors due to becoming a risk to themselves or their home environment becoming uninhabitable.  Understanding the beliefs, thoughts, and feelings of these individuals is critical to the treatment of these behaviors.  We will discuss myths and beliefs surrounding hoarding and how this information can be applied to treatment and supporting these individuals to organize their life again.  More than 90% of individuals who meet the diagnostic criterion for hoarding also have a co-occurring mental health diagnosis, which is important to identify and treat.  Training attendees will learn how to provide treatment to those who actively hoard as well as preventative and early interventions methods.


Presented by Amy Staley, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Clinical Supervisor at Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health Network

Amy Staley earned a Master of Social Work degree from Boston University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Colorado. She has over 9 years of experience working with those impacted by trauma and mental illness in the community. She currently is a Clinical Supervisor of a day Psychiatric Rehabilitation program at a Community Mental Health Center where she specializes in individuals with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness. In addition, Amy works on a crisis team completing mental health psychiatric evaluations. While at Boston University, Amy worked on research project for individuals who compulsively hoard. Part of this role entailed facilitating CBT groups, which were paired with in-home sorting and interventions. Amy completed in-home sorting and support for individual who compulsively hoard as contract work for over 2 years in Boston, MA. Amy has provided consultation and education to professionals working with people who compulsively hoard since 2010. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychiatric Rehabilitation, EMDR, Solution Focused Therapy, Family Systems Therapy all using strengths-based approach.

Treatment for Hoarding Disorder

Just cleaning out the clutter doesn’t address the underlying problems. Despite the ongoing debate regarding the causes of hoarding, there is no question that therapy is necessary. Treatment begins with the person acknowledging and understanding compulsions that fuel hoarding disorder.

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