Feb 22 – Hoarding


Working Through the Clutter:

Understanding, Assessing, and Treating Hoarding Behavior


Workshop Information


Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 – Sign-In: 9:30am – Workshop: 9:45am-4:45pm

Location: Kings Contrivance Community Center – Amherst House: 7251 Eden Brook Dr, Columbia, MD 21046

Cost:     $129 early registration through 2/15/19

 $145 late registration after 2/15/19

$110 for groups of 3 or more

Presenter: Elspeth Bell, PhD

CEU Credits: 6 Social Work Category 1 Maryland and DC CEUs**

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Presenter Bio

Dr. Elspeth Bell is a licensed psychologist with an extensive background and training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  She works primarily with adults and adolescents, focusing on the treatment of Hoarding Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other anxiety disorders, depression, and interpersonal difficulties.

A recognized expert in working with Hoarding Disorder, Dr. Bell conducts assessments and evaluations, provides psychotherapy for sufferers and family members, and runs psychoeducational and support groups.  Dr. Bell has collaborated with area Hoarding Task Forces, presented at national conferences, and conducted workshops for professionals, those struggling with clutter, and families.

Dr. Bell received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Vassar College.  She received both her Master’s in psychology and Doctorate in clinical psychology from Fordham University, with an emphasis on cognitive behavioral therapies and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  Dr. Bell completed her pre-doctoral internship at the John L. Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (JLG-RICA) in Rockville, Maryland.


Workshop Description

Approximately 5% of the general population meets the criteria for Hoarding Disorder, making it is essential that clinicians have a fundamental understanding of who is receiving this diagnosis and (perhaps more importantly) what can be done once someone is diagnosed as a hoarder.  The morning portion of presentation will familiarize participants with the DSM-V criteria of Hoarding Disorder, comorbid diagnoses, and situational challenges that these individual often face.  Participants will be encouraged to look beyond the external presentation, which often overwhelms both the professional and the client.

Following the cognitive-behavioral model for understanding Hoarding Disorder and the empirically-supported treatment interventions for Hoarding Disorder, the second portion of the workshop focuses on the specific skills and strategies to use when working with a hoarding client, incorporating the cognitive and the emotional with the behavioral.

The third portion of the presentation will focus on the collaborative relationship between a clinician and other service providers when working with the person immersed in compulsive hoarding behaviors – how the therapist can collaborate with others to address the associated thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that accompany the clutter as well as the clutter itself.  It is important for the clinician to connect with other service providers in order to enhance the effectiveness of interventions with the client.


Workshop Objectives

1. Describe the diagnostic criteria for Hoarding Disorder, including specifiers and levels of insight

2. Explain how comorbid diagnoses can exacerbate the manifestations of Hoarding Disorder

3. Discuss the role of decision-making in addressing hoarding behaviors

4. Apply prioritizing skills and steps of decision-making when developing treatment interventions

5. List at least two types of professional service providers that could function as members of a treatment team when working with a client who hoards

6. Plan a treatment intervention to address a client’s hoarding situation and other comorbid issues


Workshop Agenda


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** Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits (Category 1 CEUs) for licensed social workers in Maryland. In addition, most of our workshop are approved or pending approval through the DC Board of Social Work.  These credits are typically also accepted by the Maryland Psychology Board, Maryland Board of Professional Counselors, Maryland Board for the Certification of Residential Child Care Program Professionals (CRCCPA), the West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners, the Virginia Board of Social Work and other state boards.  For those individuals licensed in other states or other licensing boards, we suggest that you contact your licensing board to verify that they accept Maryland Social Work Category I Credits or DC Social Work Credits. **