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Hoarding 101: Practical Interventions for Clients

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When: Friday, February 14, 2020
12:15 - 1:45 PM
Where: LACPA Conference Room
6345 Balboa Blvd., #126
Encino, California  91316
United States
Contact: LACPA Office

Online registration is available until: 2/12/2020
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Friday, February 14


Hoarding 101: Practical Interventions for Clients


Danielle Schlichter, Psy.D.

Hoarding Disorder is the second most prevalent mental illness after depression and yet few service professionals feel equipped to provide treatment. This presentation aims to provide a basic understanding of its symptoms and neurology followed by practical tools mental health professionals can use to both assess and treat HD.


 Danielle Schlichter, Psy.D., specializes in Hoarding Disorder. Dr. Schlichter regularly trains service professionals about working with clients who hoard and is the Clinical Director for a practicum program for graduate psychology students at Skid Row Housing Trust that provides mental health services to formerly homeless clients on Skid Row. Dr. Schlichter also has a private practice in Glendale.


Outline - Hoarding 101: Practical Interventions for Clients

I.   Talking with audience about their experience with hoarding (5 min)

a.      TV shows?

b.      Clients?

c.       Neighbors/family/friends?

II.  Pictures of different hoarding situations (3 min)

a.      Discuss how every situation is unique

III. What is Hoarding Disorder? (4 min)

a.      Shame

b.      Diagnostic criteria

IV. Aspects of HD (18 min)

a.      Saving

b.      Acquisition

c.      Comorbidity

d.      Neurological and genetic components of HD

                   i.      Salience network

e.      Prevalence

f.        Avoidance

g.       Feelings around hoarding

h.      Information processing deficits

i.        Daily functioning

j.        Interpersonal aspects

V.  Assessments (3 min)

a.      Clutter Image Rating

VI. Interventions for the client that wants change (30 min)

a.      Psychoeducation

b.      Vision plan

c.       5 box technique

d.      Downward arrow

e.      Homework

f.        Daily schedules

g.       Only Handle It Once (OHIO)

h.      Hula hoop

i.        Non-shopping trips

j.        Making rules

VII. Special concerns for senior or disabled persons (3 min)

a.      Safety of movement

b.      Medication management

c.       Additional help for decluttering

VIII. Working with resistant client (12 min)

a.      Harm Reduction

b.      Ally with the client

c.       LA Fire Code Safety & Evacuation Standards

d.      Modified Cleanout

IX. Questions (12 min)



Course Goals and Educational Objectives 

Attendees will be able to:

1.       Explain how the cognitive and emotional characteristics of Hoarding Disorder impact the physical presence of                clutter and effect an individual’s ability to declutter.


2.       Utilize hoarding assessments to gauge the severity of the disorder, determine clients’ insight, and monitor                      progress in treatment.


3.       List at least 5 intervention tools that therapists can begin using immediately to treat Hoarding Disorder.


This Brown Bag Event is available to all LACPA Members.  

This is a FREE LACPA MEMBER BENEFIT. Seating is limited.  


Certification of Attendance for Continuing Education Credit

Please note that the Brown Bag Programs are being offered as a LACPA Membership Benefit.  Attendance is limited to 50 LACPA members. Should you have a friend or colleague who would like to attend, please have them join LACPA before they send in this registration form. Programs subject to change.


The Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LACPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


This course may be taken to satisfy the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) continuing education requirements.



It is important to note that APA continuing education rules require that LACPA only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop.  An evaluation of the workshop must be completed. Those who arrive more than 5 minutes (for a 1.5 hour program) after the scheduled start time or leave before the workshop is complete will not receive CE credit. Partial credit may not be given.


Program and location are subject to change.

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