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Hoarding: Identifying, Assessing, and Addressing

Hoarding is a mental health disorder that can be challenging to address. At this online training professionals will learn skills and strategies to work with clients compassionately and collaboratively.

Key Program Information
Delivery Format Online

Learn how Empathy and Empowerment Can Make the Difference

Hoarding is a multi-dimensional condition that can be difficult to identify and address. This professional online training is for anyone who may serve or interact with someone who is struggling with hoarding disorder. You will learn from nationally-known hoarding expert Marnie Matthews, a licensed clinical social worker and founder of The Clutter Movement. Marnie created a checklist to help identify and treat people who are suffering from hoarding disorder. 

Through this virtual training, you will work through a three-step approach to learn how to work with people compassionately to help them overcome this disorder. This program is a follow-up to a very successful and informative Hoarding program that was previously held. You will explore specifics on how to work together as a community to identify those struggling and utilize resources to connect them with the support they need to overcome this disorder. 

Training Agenda: 

Section 1: Understand Hoarding Disorder // 

Participants will gain an understanding of Hoarding Disorder as a mental health issue. They will learn how to identify hoarding disorder and differentiate it from other issues with clutter. 

Section 2: Empathy, Empowerment, and Engagement //

Participants will learn how to use empathy and empowerment within their roles to help engage the individual and other team members in a compassionate and effective person-centered, collaborative multidisciplinary resolution process.

Section 3: Harm Reduction and The Collaborative Approach to Hoarding // 

Participants will learn to use and implement uniform objective tools, skills, and strategies to develop effective multidisciplinary collaborative plans to resolution. This includes a case study and discussion on professional roles in hoarding cases (challenges, abilities, and limitations) and how to best utilize roles to complement the process 


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Who Should Attend

Anyone who may serve or interact with someone who is struggling with hoarding issues. This may include social workers, counselors, therapists, or other health and human service professionals. Police and fire department personnel may also benefit from this program.


Marnie Matthews is a licensed clinical social worker and the founder of The Clutter Movement, an online resource dedicated to the treatment, consultation, and training related to Hoarding Disorder. Before starting The Clutter Movement, Marnie was Clinical and Program Director of the North Shore Center for Hoarding and Cluttering, an n4a 2016 award-winning program she developed in 2012. Marnie speaks regularly across the U.S. on all aspects of Hoarding and developed the Uniform Inspection Checklist (UIC), a universal and objective tool for assessing and addressing hoarded situations. The UIC is used nationwide, in Canada, and Australia to resolve hoarding cases. Marnie has been Vice President of the Board of Directors at The Hoarding Project and has chaired Middle Tennessee and North Shore Hoarding Task Forces. Marnie has also been a member of the Boston Hoarding Task Force and the Massachusetts Statewide Steering Committee on Hoarding. In addition to being a Graduate Level Field Instructor for Salem State University, Simmons College, and Denver University, Marnie also provides clinical supervision for social workers working towards clinical licensure. Additionally, Marnie works out of the Nashville OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center treating individuals and families impacted by Hoarding Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, OCD, and Depression.

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