18 ICHC Conference

18th Annual Conference on Hoarding & Cluttering

Think Outside the Boxes: Innovation in Action


UC Berkeley ASUC Student Union: Martin Luther King Jr. Building

Registration on the 3rd Floor



News & Updates

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Exhibitors and Sponsors

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We invite you to partner with us on this tremendous event.

Pre-Day Conference Training

In this one-day training, Dr. Michael A. Tompkins will cover the basics important to anyone working directly with clients dealing with hoarding challenges


Keynote Speakers and Breakout Sessions.

Keynotes & Speakers

Playwright and performer Hilary Kacser and many more.

Location and Date Information

Directions to the conference, hotel recommendations, and more.

ICHC News and Updates

Register for the Networking Event!

March 16, 2018

We are hosting a members and professional event on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 5:30pm in the foyer of the MLK Student Union! Join us for some light apps and wine. 

Register here...

Final Call!

March 09, 2018

This is our final call and we don’t want you to miss it.We don’t want you to experience frustrations by missing a great conference with new exciting sessions. This conference is focused on innovation; therefore, we have ventured into topics that have not been presented in any of our prior conferences.


Be an innovator!

March 09, 2018

Thinking Outside the Boxes: Innovation in Action is the theme of MHA’s 18th Conference on Hoarding and Clutter. So, what is new or different about our conference this year? First, the focus of the conference this year is less on the why and more on the what.? The format of the conference is new. Our program includes more interactive breakout sessions and more involvement on the part of you, the participants. 


I No Longer Felt Alone

March 02, 2018

Acquiring and keeping an excessive amount of possessions (a.k.a. “Hoarding Behaviors”) brought me terrible isolation and grief, but my journey of recovery has given me freedom from the tyranny of “my dubious treasures.” Without the help I received at The Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHASF), I would continue to be nearly buried under the weight of my own belongings.


February 23, 2018

What do you think of when you hear the word 'mindfulness'? Do you think of an exotic practice involving incense, mantras, meditation and mountain tops? Or do those claims that people make about a mysterious superpower which can cure anything and everything that ails us in a frenetic world come to mind? Separated from its religious heritage, mindfulness is a way to promote physical and mental well-being. Mindfulness is self-awareness without judgement.


February 20, 2018

Two members of the PRT, Sharon Scott Kish and Ana B. Gutierrez share their experiences as peers at the conference.

"My first conference attendance was memorable. I had no idea that I would gather such a plethora of much-needed information! I also was not aware that the subjects would be so varied .The assistance given to participants really helped me to navigate the agenda."

Breakout Presentations have been selected!

February 16, 2018

We are exposed to the application of VR in the study of hoarding disorder. Hanna McCabe-Bennett at the Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario Canada, completed this study. Hanna is a PhD candidate in clinical psychology at Ryerson.


Breakout presentations have been selected!

January 30, 2018

The Conference planning committee have completed the proposal selection process. We had over 30 submissions! While we could not accommodate all submissions we did add another breakout session. We will be sending out invitations to selected speakers for a presenter conference call and we will notify you all when the final program is set!


Change is Scary

January 26, 2018

Change is scary. We have a natural inclination to resist it. Individuals are inclined to stick with the known and familiar because it feels comfortable and safe when we know it is not. This year is the 18th International Conference on Hoarding and Cluttering. We have entered that no-man’s land with both a bit of fear and excitement considering what next. And, this year’s conference reflects that move toward change. We are ready and eager to cross a threshold.


Resilience and Overcoming Hoarding

January 17, 2018

As the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” neither can one’s challenges with hoarding and cluttering be overcome quickly. First, it takes acknowledging that there’s a problem, and then looking for help.


Stigma and its Impact

January 12, 2018

Language matters. That is a very strong sentence, but what does it mean to you? Individuals dealing with the challenge of hoarding are and can be stigmatized repeatedly in many ways. Unfortunately, friends and family members not strangers deliver much of the shame experienced by individuals. The conflicts created by living in hoarded homes cause individuals to shut down.


About the Conference

This year’s theme for the 18th Annual International Conference on Compulsive Hoarding and Cluttering is “Thinking Outside the Boxes: Innovation in Action”. We‘re bringing together peers, mental health experts, policy leaders, providers, researchers and community advocates to advance innovation and highlight the work and values of these diverse leaders. The conference will be held on the Berkeley campus of the University of California March 22-23, 2018.

We will be focusing on quality of life, systems of care, innovations in research and recovery-oriented practices. The conference will be a combination of keynotes and breakout sessions. The theme, “Thinking Outside the Boxes”, will be addressed in two facilitated forums focused on: identifying problems, opportunities, ideal scenarios and identifying action steps to move the work forward. In day two, we will bring together attendees and presenters to chart a road map with the goal of identifying new directions to expand our understanding of hoarding disorder.


Advance Registration
March 22, 2018 - March 23, 2018
2-Day - Thursday, March 22 - Friday, March 23, 2018
1-Day Only - Thursday
March 22, 2018
Not Available
1-Day Only - Friday
March 23, 2018
Not Available
Fees are subject to review and modification for potential adjustments to increasing costs. Any changes in the fee amounts will be announced 30-days in-advanced of fee category effective date.



Pre-Conference Training - March 21stConference Day 1 - March 22ndConference Day 2 - March 23rd
Applying CBT Techniques When Helping Clients De-clutter Their Lives | $200 8:00AMRegistration Open9:00AMWelcome Back and Conference Framing/Visioning
More Information8:30AMBreakfast9:15AMBreakout Session 3
Register Here9:00AMWelcome10:15AMBreak
9:30AMKeynote 1 - Opening the Box | Hilary Kacser10:30AMForum Panel - Long Term Outcomes
10:30AMForum Panel - Starting the Conversation and Addressing the Stigma11:30PMLunch: Explore Berkeley
11:00AMBreak1:00PMForum Workgroups
11:15AMForum Workgroups2:00PMLong Term Outcomes - Action Mapping
12:15PMLunch Buffet - Balcony2:45PMBreak
1:15PMForum - Unpacking the Box Problem Mapping3:00PMVideo Documentary
1:45PMBreakout Session 13:15PMKeynote 2: New developments in hoarding research: A novel approach using virtual reality
3:15PMBreak4:45PMConference Closing Remarks
3:30PMBreakout Session 2
5:30PMExclusive: Members and Professionals Networking Event | Registration to Open Soon

Keynotes and Presentations

The 18th Annual International Conference on Compulsive Hoarding and Cluttering will highlight proposals that best fit the conference theme “THINKING OUTSIDE OF THE BOXES: INNOVATION IN ACTION”. This year conference will bring together peers, mental health experts, policy leaders, providers, researchers, and community advocates in a collaborative and actionable learning environment to advance innovation and highlight the work and values of diverse leaders across sectors.

Location and Date Information

ASUC Student Union
2495 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94720

March 21, 9:00AM - 4:00PM
March 22, 8:00AM - 5:00PM
March 23, 9:00AM - 4:15PM

For more information, contact David Bain, ICHC Program Specialist

415-421-2926 x326 or david@mentalhealthsf.org

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