Understanding and Treating Compulsive Hoarding Disorder

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Friday, March 23, 2018
The Crestview Country Club 
Agawam, MA
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Randy O. Frost, PhD

What attendees had to say about Dr. Frost's presentation on Compulsive Hoarding Disorder in 2015: 
Wonderful!  Well-organized and delivered, a very knowledgeable and engaging speaker. 

Great speaker and nice atmosphere. 

So helpful to have real nuts-and-bolts components rather than just an overview.

Dr Frost presented with an attitude of compassion for people dealing with hoarding and focused on strengths

Wonderful presentation; new information, new perspectives, new insights, great respect for client population.

Phenomenal amount of great material

 Very good workshop – concrete suggestions and how to apply for them. I felt I got my bang for the buck. One of the best workshops I have attended for concrete suggestions and how to do the work.

Course Description

This workshop will provide a broad overview of hoarding disorder and its treatment. Hoarding symptoms include acquiring too many things, difficulty discarding, and excessive clutter that interferes with normal use of space and/or causes distress. A model for understanding these hoarding problems will be presented, including recent findings regarding hoarding behaviors as well as emotional attachments and beliefs about possessions. DSM-5 diagnostic criteria will be reviewed along with methods for assessing the severity of the problem. Intervention strategies will be reviewed in detail, including ways to enhance motivation among hoarding clients, how to establish goals for treatment, increase skills for organizing and problem solving, how to gain control over excessive acquisition, and how to change beliefs about possessions, foster imagined and experiential exposures to removing possessions by recycling, discarding, selling and giving away items as appropriate. Methods for adapting these principles to self-help support groups will also be presented and other non-therapy-based approaches such as harm reduction will be described.

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Learning Objectives  - As a result of attending this program, participants will be able to:


  1. Identify specific problems associated with hoarding, including typical behaviors, impairments in functioning, especially with regard to health risks and housing problems, and consequences of hoarding.
  2. Diagnose hoarding disorder using the new DSM-5 criteria.
  3. Utilize a cognitive, emotional, and behavioral framework to understand why hoarding occurs and persists.
  4. Administer assessment strategies designed to quantify specific hoarding problems and associated features.
  5. Apply intervention strategies, including motivational enhancement, skills training, cognitive and behavioral methods of treatment for hoarding.

Dr. Randy O. Frost is the Harold and Elsa Sipola Israel Professor of Psychology at Smith College. He is an internationally recognized expert on obsessive-compulsive disorder and hoarding disorder and has published more than 170 scientific articles, books, and book chapters on these topics. Dr. Frost serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation and co-edits The Hoarding Center on the International OCD Foundation website and has co-authored several books on hoarding including Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding (Oxford University Press). Buried in Treasures received a Self-Help Book of Merit Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy in 2010. He has also published the Compulsive Hoarding and Acquiring Therapist Guide and Client Workbook, through Oxford University Press. Second editions of all three of these books were published in 2014. His best-selling book, Stuff: Compulsive hoarding and the meaning of things (with Gail Steketee), was published by Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt in 2010 and was a finalist for the 2010 Books for a Better Life Award. Stuff was also a New York Times Bestseller and named a Must Read Book for 2011 by Massachusetts Book Awards. Stuff has been translated into 4 languages. His newest work, The Oxford Handbook of Hoarding and Acquiring was published in 2014. His work has been funded by the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation and the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Frost is one of the original members of the Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium and has served as consultant to numerous communities in setting up task forces to deal with the problem of hoarding. In 2012 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in innovation, treatment, and research in the field of hoarding and cluttering by the Mental Health Association of San Francisco. In 2013 he received a Career Achievement Award from the International OCD Foundation for his work on hoarding. He has given hundreds of talks on hoarding and numerous workshops for clinicians, public health, housing, and elder service professionals, as well as people suffering from hoarding problems.


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Schedule and Course Outline  
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Registration and Coffee 
8:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Diagnosis and Assessment of Hoarding Disorder
10:15 AM -10:30 PM
Break & Refreshments
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Cognitive Behavioral Model of Hoarding
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch at the Crestview and included with your registration
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Hoarding Disorder
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Break and Refreshments
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Buried in Treasures Workshop for Hoarding
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
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