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Hoarding Disorder: Effective Approaches to Assessment, Diagnosis & Treatment

Effectively treat hoarding disorder with lasting results!

  • Clutter vs. Collecting vs. Hoarding
  • Conduct a safe home visit
  • Integrate the Safety Day™ approach
  • Customized treatment strategies
  • New disorder in the DSM-5®!

Hoarding is no longer just a symptom of anxiety disorder. It is classified as a real, full-blown diagnosis in the DSM-5®. Hoarding is a complex disorder that isn’t resolved with a forced cleanout like you see on television.  To get lasting results with a client who hoards, you need customized treatment strategies for each individual client.

Watch and listen to hoarding expert, Jennifer Sampson, PhD, LMFT, as she demonstrates how to get inside the mind of someone with hoarding disorder. Jennifer will give you strategies to properly assess, diagnose and treat hoarding. You will learn the potential health risks, co-morbid disorders, and emotional challenges, such as shame and embarrassment, often associated with hoarding. She will also show you the Safety Day™ approach, which helps to reduce harm, manage and coordinate cleanouts and gives you strategies to treat your client’s psychological symptoms throughout the cleanout. Plus, you will learn how to establish a collaborative network with other related professionals.

This invaluable resource is designed to give you the assessment and treatment strategies you need to help your client move forward and live a healthy, uncluttered life. Dr. Sampson will use case studies, client stories, and respectful humor that provide an outlet for this difficult topic.


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Jennifer Sampson
5 Hours 40 Minutes
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30 May, 2014
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Ph.D., LMFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Northwest Relationships

Jennifer M. Sampson, PhD, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and co-founder of The Hoarding Project. Jennifer earned her doctorate in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota. Her research interests involve the influence of family and life experiences on hoarding behavior, as well as developing effective and ethical approaches to mandatory hoarding cleanouts. She has published multiple articles in academic journals on hoarding, and completed her dissertation work on understanding the influences of unresolved trauma and loss and family dynamics on hoarding behavior. She earned her Master’s degree from Seattle Pacific University and teaches at Antioch University Seattle in the Couples and Family Therapy Department. She practices therapy in her group practice, Northwest Relationships, in Tacoma, Washington, and chairs the King/Pierce County Hoarding Task Force.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Jennifer Sampson is in private practice. She is the executive director for The Hoarding Project. Dr. Sampson receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Jennifer Sampson is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy; the Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy; and the International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation.

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  • Develop a research-based definition of hoarding disorder and prevalence rates.
  • Explain hoarding disorder from a biopsychosocial perspective.
  • Recognize effective diagnosis and treatment strategies of hoarding disorder.
  • List assessment tools to use in diagnosing and treatment planning for hoarding clients.
  • Show how to conduct a home visit assessment.
  • Describe alternative options to treatment other than a forced cleanout.
  • Apply evidence-based treatment strategies to address issues of safety in hoarding disorder.
  • Develop collaborative networks in your area to form a community response to hoarding disorder.


Foundations of Hoarding: Uncovering the Person Who Hoards

  • Functional people who hoard
  • Biopsychosocial model
  • Unique traits of someone who hoards
  • Hoarding vs. OCD
  • Risk factors for hoarding
  • Emotional/psychological impact
  • Implications of diagnosis on public safety
    • Communities & professionals
  • Effects on physical health:
    • Respiratory issues
    • Falling and balance issues
    • Dangers of mold and waste

Diagnosis and Assessment of Hoarding Disorder

  • DSM-5® criteria- why hoarding was reclassified
  • Co-morbid diagnoses
  • Clutter vs. collecting vs. hoarding
  • Effective measures for assessment
  • Levels of hoarding
  • Conduct a home visit

Interventions and Strategies

  • Harm reduction approach
  • Safety day: critical stress management approach to mandatory cleanouts
  • Coordinated and systematic response to forced clean-outs
  • Reduce and prevent negative consequences
  • Recognize and respond to symptoms of psychological crisis
  • Support resilience:
    • Promote safety
    • Calm & comfort
    • Connectedness
    • Self-empowerment
    • Prevention strategies
    • Self-care

Evidence-Based Treatment for Hoarding Clients

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy/Ambiguous Loss Theory
  • Overcome avoidance
  • Alter beliefs about possessions

Family & Community Interventions

  • Family therapy
  • Support groups
  • Community collaboration/task forces

Target Audience

Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, and other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      4.6

Total Reviews: 38



"Would have loved to have heard the questions in the audience. Great presentation!"

Joanne D - SKILLMAN, New Jersey

"Presenter was excellent."

Julie M - BLOOMINGTON, Indiana

"Good presentation!"

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