Understanding Hoarding Disorder Conference on May 2

Assessment of Hoarding, Understanding the Underlying Issues and Evidenced-Based Intervention

On Thursday, May 2, 2019, the Atlantic County Hoarding Task Force will present its annual 2019 Conference:  Understanding Hoarding Disorder.

The conference will take place on:

May 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Middlesex Fire Academy
1001 Fire Academy Rd., Sayreville, NJ 08872

The conference speakers will Christiana Bratiotis, PhD, MSW and Jesse Edsell-Vetter. The conference is approved for 6.0 CEUs for Social Work and Occupational Therapy.

The cost of the conference is $125/person and includes an on-site light lunch.  Click here to register now.

About the Conference:

Hoarding is a challenge for professional across a diverse group of professions. This training will assist professionals in the use of tools to properly assess hoarding, understand the underlying issues contributing to hoarding behaviors and options for evidence-based intervention options.

Breakout groups will allow role specific training – one for code enforcement, housing, and first responders and a second group for case managers and mental health professionals.

Morning Session: Introduction to Hoarding Disorder and Assessment
· Learn about hoarding as a mental illness
· Understand the demographics, course and manifestations of hoarding
· Learn about tested measures to assess the severity of hoarding

Afternoon Session: Breakout Groups
Enforcers (housing case managers, building inspectors etc…)
· Learn the impact of hoarding on housing stability and safety
· Explore the use of case management for hoarding intervention
· Practice tools for evaluation hoarding

Supporters (i.e. case managers, social workers, therapist, providers etc…)
· Understand the behavioral, emotional and belief/meaning aspects hoarding
· Explore cognitive and behavioral strategies for intervening with hoarding
· Practice intervention skills

Afternoon Session: Collaboration Across Disciplines
· Learn about collaborative community models for addressing hoarding
· Identify context-relevant resources to enhance capacity for response
· Plan actionable steps for implementation following conference

This conference is being brought to you by the Atlantic County Hoarding Task Force in partnership with MHANJ in Atlantic County and Stockton University Social Work Program and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program.