Beyond the Clutter:
Understanding and Treating Hoarding Disorder

What happens when solving a clutter problem requires much more than just “tidying up”?
 Approximately 5% of the general population meets the criteria for Hoarding Disorder, making it 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 this presentation will familiarize participants with the DSM-V criteria of Hoarding Disorder, comorbid diagnoses, and situational challenges that these individuals 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.


Date: Monday, March 22, 2021

Time: Sign-In: 8:30am ESt – Workshop: 9:00am EST-4:00pm EST

Location: Online, Real-Time, Interactive via Zoom (Still Earn Category I CEU Credits!)

Cost: $129 early registration through Mar 15, 2021

   $145 after March 15

  $110 Group Registration for groups of 3 or more

Presenter: Elspeth Bell, PhD

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


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. Elspeth 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.


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  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

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