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Collaborative Community Approaches to Hoarding

Whether you have years of experience dealing with individuals with hoarding disorders or none at all, this program will help you bring together a team to effectively work with individuals suffering from this mental illness in your community.

Key Program Information
Series Hoarding: Compassion and Collaboration Series
Related Program

A cross-discipline team approach

According to the American Psychiatric Association, approximately 2 to 6 percent of the population suffers from a hoarding disorder. People with a hoarding disorder can create situations that cause health and safety concerns and lead to those on the front lines of enforcement to uncover these individuals. Dealing with hoarders on an individual basis can be time-consuming and ineffective if the underlying mental health issues are not addressed. This program will give you tools to create teams in your area to effectively help people with hoarding disorders by working together to address this mental illness.

This virtual interactive course is designed to give potential cross-discipline teams a way to come together with guided brainstorming and the ability to ask questions in order to create their own hoarding task force. We encourage participants who are contemplating developing hoarding taskforces, partnerships, or teams to attend the training together but this is not required.

Some key takeaways will be:

  • Ways to identify collaborative opportunities
  • Tools to help secure buy-in and engagement from community partners
  • Tips for implementing collaborative community solutions
  • Ideas for establishing uniform protocols

It is highly recommended to take Hoarding: Identifying, Assessing, and Addressing before taking Collaborative Community Approaches to Hoarding, as they are designed to build on each other.

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Who should attend

Social workers, counselors, therapists, police and fire department personnel, health department personnel, property management, and code enforcement personnel


  • portrait of Marnie Matthews

    Marnie Matthews is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in the mental health treatment and crisis management of hoarding and the founder of the Center for Hoarding and Cluttering and The Clutter Movement. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Marnie developed and was the Clinical and Program Director of the North Shore Center for Hoarding and Cluttering (NSCHC) in Massachusetts from May 2011 to June 2017. Marnie is recognized as one of the top experts in the field of hoarding work, providing treatment, consultations, and on-site training in addition to speaking regularly at conferences and agencies throughout the United States on topics such as Understanding Hoarding Disorder, CBT for Hoarding Behavior, Hoarding Task Force Development, and the Collaborative Approach for Resolving Hoarding Cases. Marnie developed the Uniform Inspection Checklist (UIC) as a standardized and objective tool for assessing, goal setting, and the monitoring and measuring of progress in hoarding cases. The UIC is currently being used nationwide, in Canada, and in Australia to help resolve hoarding cases. Marnie has been the Vice-President of the Board of Directors of The Hoarding Project, a member of the Hoarding Task Force of Middle TN, chaired the North Shore Hoarding Task Force, was a member of the Boston Hoarding Task Force, and sat on the MA Statewide Steering Committee on Hoarding.  Marnie is also a Graduate Level Field Instructor and has supervised and trained Social Workers since 2013 for programs at Salem State University, Simmons College and Denver University. In addition, Marnie currently works with clients struggling with Hoarding Disorder, Hoarding Behavior, Anxiety Disorder and OCD through the Nashville OCD and Anxiety Treatment Center in Brentwood, Tennessee. 

CEU Information
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Participants will earn 6 Contact Hours upon completion of this program.

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6669. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

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Wisconsin Social Workers

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Cancellation Policy

We understand life happens. Should you need to cancel your registration, you may substitute someone to take your place, at any time, at no cost to you. If we cancel a program, we’ll give you your money back.

If your program is 14 or more days away:
You may transfer once to any currently available program – no charge!
If you have to cancel, you will receive a refund, minus a 20% administrative fee.

If your program is less than 14 days away:
You may transfer once to any currently available program, plus a 20% transfer fee.
If you cancel, you will not receive a refund.

If you are registered and do not attend the program, you are responsible for the full fee.

Substitution, refund or transfer requests must be submitted via email or phone call to UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education.

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