18 ICHC Speakers


Opening Keynote: Thursday, March 22, 9:30AM - 10:30AM

DisordR, the Play

A long time actor regionally and internationally, on stage and screen, Hilary Kacser (Playwright and Performer) produced and performed in every Capital Fringe for seven years since the DC Festival’s 2006 inauguration, afterward successfully restaging all those productions elsewhere. The Capital Fringe debut of “DisordR, the Play,” won critical praise. “First-rate,” declared Washington City Paper Fringe & Purge. DC Theatre Scene called Hilary “stellar, gifted, hilarious,” the show “a healing and cathartic experience,...not only funny and entertaining, but can actually change our approach to our own ‘disorder,’ one bag at a time.” This success garnered Hilary’s third grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, further developing the original solo show about Pakrat Patty the Hoarder. The full DC Arts grant production generated media coverage including Washington City Paper and a Woman Around Town profile: “Hoarding becomes a greater issue as people age. ‘Combat the stigmatization, because it’s much, much harder to address these issues if you are experiencing prejudice or discrimination.’” Calling “DisordR, the Play,” fictionalized autobiography, Hilary aims with her performance to facilitate further insight toward recovery.

Hilary’s earlier solo show, In Pursuit of the English: Rose, also won praise and attention including The Washington Post and Voice of America, whose international radio broadcast said the play: “explores themes of love, loss, and the horror of war. ‘All these big issues come out of this little story about this one ordinary, working class British woman.’”

In addition to Hilary’s own original productions, her regional professional work has earned rave reviews in The Washington Post. Celia Wren enthused about Hilary’s recent performance in Reckless: “Actress Hilary Kacser plunges with relish [and] is particularly amusing.” Hilary has appeared onstage at Studio 2ndStage, Round House, and Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger, among many others, and on screen as a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. A Brown University graduate, Hilary trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and also works as a Dialect and Speaking Coach.

Breakout Session 1: Thursday, March 22, 1:30PM - 3:00PM

The Essential Coaching Skills: Sorting, Making Decisions, and Following Through

Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist and board certified in behavioral and cognitive psychology. He is co-director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy and assistant clinical professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author (with Tamara H. Hartl) of Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Cutter, Hoarding, and Compulsive Acquiring (New Harbinger, 2009) and Clinician’s Guide to Severe Hoarding: A Harm Reduction Approach (Springer, 2014). In 2013, the Mental Health Association of San Francisco awarded him the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the understanding of hoarding and cluttering behaviors.

Resilience and Overcoming Hoarding

Dr. Satwant Singh is a Nurse Consultant in CBT and Mental Health and a Clinical Lead for a primary care psychological service in London. He has co-facilitated the London Hoarding Treatment Group since 2005. Satwant with his colleagues have undertaken a number of research project using Visual Methods in developing interventions to deal with hoarding issues, facilitated workshops and training in this field. In addition to academic publications he has co-authored Overcoming Hoarding published by Robinson Press self-help book based on CBT techniques for individuals, family members, carers and professionals.

Listening and Learning from Participants in the Help for Hoarding Treatment Study

Monika Eckfield bio coming soon.

Building Peer Supports on a Stages of Change Continuum

Mental Health Association of San Francisco

For over three years, David Bain has been the peer facilitator for a research project comparing treatment approaches for hoarding disorder. He has led over 20 Buried in Treasures groups helping over 100 participants. He uses his background in training and psychology and his own lived experience to help others de-clutter their lives.

Breakout Session 2: Thursday, March 22, 3:30PM - 5:00PM

It Takes a Village

Nancy Trout, LSCSW, is a clinical social worker who has provided mental health services since earning her MSW from the University of Kansas in 1968. She is an Older Adult Specialist at the Legacy Park office of Prairie View, Inc. in Wichita KS providing services to adults, older adults and persons who hoard. Ms. Trout has volunteered with and provided board leadership for a number of local and state organizations. She is currently the mental health consultant for and co-chair of the Wichita/Sedgwick County Hoarding Coalition. Through this organization she provides training, support groups, and community and professional education about Hoarding Disorder. Ms. Trout is an experienced workshop presenter at the local, state and national level.

Legal Services for Seniors

Kellie D. Morgantini is the Executive Director of Legal Services for Seniors. A non-profit law firm located in Monterey County, California. Kellie has been Legal Services for Seniors' Executive Director for 7 years. Prior to that, Kellie served as staff attorney and Legal Services for Seniors' ligitation director. Legal Services for Seniors has had a long history of dealing with senior clients with hoarding issues - many which require court action to address (and solve). Before coming to the law, Kellie worked for the County of Monterey's Planning Department, working with Code Enforcement., much of which dealt directly with hoarding issues.

Experiencing Compassion Focused Therapy for Hoarding

Dr. Chia-Ying Chou is in private practice since July 2017 as a
Psychological Assistant registered with the Board of Psychology in
California. Prior to this position, she worked as postdoctoral
researcher and clinician at University of California, San Francisco
(2014-2017), where she obtained specialized training in Hoarding
Disorder. To date, Dr. Chou has worked with over 130 individuals
with Hoarding Disorder applying Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and
Compassion Focused Therapy for Hoarding, a new treatment
protocol she has been co-developing with experts in hoarding and
Compassion Focused Therapy.

Journal Writing: The Techniques, the Purpose, the Benefits

Mental Health Association of San Francisco

For over three years, David Bain has been the peer facilitator for a research project comparing treatment approaches for hoarding disorder. He has led over 20 Buried in Treasures groups helping over 100 participants. He uses his background in training and psychology and his own lived experience to help others de-clutter their lives.

Breakout Session 3: Friday, March 23, 9:15AM - 10:15AM

Working with Self-Neglecting Vulnerable Adults - What San Francisco APS is Trying

San Francisco Adult Protective Services

Akiles Ceron is the Adult Protective Services (APS) Program Director
for the City and County of San Francisco. He has been a public
servant for 18 years, working in various capacities within the APS
program for Santa Barbara and San Francisco counties. He has been
an instructor for three APS Regional Training Academies, training on
working with the self-neglecting client and elder and dependent
adult financial abuse. He has participated in the California Welfare
Directors Association's Protective Services Operations Committee,
and its Consistency Workgroup since 2010 that develops and
maintains the CWDA's APS guidelines to supplement regulations.

Gloria Wong is a licensed clinical social worker, who earned her
licensure in 2013. In 2007, she received her Master's Degree in
Social Work from San Francisco State University. In 1998, she began
her career in public social services at Laguna Honda Hospital, in the
Adult Day Health Center. In 2007, she began her career with San
Francisco Adult Protective Services as a protective service worker. In
2016, she became an APS supervisor. She is currently leading the
High Risk Self-Neglect Unit at San Francisco APS. In addition, from
2013-2016, she provided psychotherapy at the Asian Family
Institute performing individual, couples and family therapy.

Uncluttered Mind, Uncluttered Home

Mental Health Association of San Francisco

As the Peer Support Coordinator, Stephen Leader ensures the delivery of quality peer-led supports to the greater Bay Area consumer population. He directly supervises the Peer Response Team and coordinates support groups relating to collecting behaviors (aka hoarding and cluttering).

Stephen has been with MHASF since 2015, when he joined the Warm Line as a peer counselor providing empathetic live phone and instant messaging support. Prior to MHASF, Stephen volunteered at Healing Waters Wilderness Adventures, where he introduced people to nature and white water rafting. Stephen was educated at New York University, where he earned a BFA in Television. He was born and raised in London and in 1991 realized his dream of moving to San Francisco where he currently lives.

Voices of Family and Friends: Creating Positive Change through Education and Support

Susie DuBois is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing
in the treatment of Hoarding Disorder, chronic disorganization and
other mental illnesses that affect a person's ability to effectively
manage their homes and lives. Combining Cognitive Behavioral
Therapy and Psychodynamic treatment models, Susie provides
in-home psychotherapy to clients throughout the Bay Area. Susie
also partners with the Mental Health Association of San Francisco as
a group facilitator of the CBT Treatment Group for people with
hoarding and collecting behaviors, Buried in Treasures, and the
Family and Friends Support Group. Susie is a member of the SF Task
Force on Compulsive Hoarding and has also served as an expert
witness in several local eviction cases.

Thinking Outside the Box: A Neurocognitive Approach to Hoarding Disorder

McLean Hospital / Harvard Medical School

Donald A. Davidoff, Ph.D., is Chief of the Department of Neuropsychology at the McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School and an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. He founded the Geriatric Neuropsychiatry Unit and has published numerous papers and book chapters on the diagnosis and management of patients with dementia, treatment resistant affective disorders, optimal aging, nonverbal learning disabilities, memory functioning and hoarding disorder. He has taught courses at the American Psychiatric Association Meetings consistently for the last 15 years. Most recently he has began a research project to examine the relationship between cognition and HD.

Kay Jewels, BA, developed the Next Step Program while working with of individuals who have hoarding disorder over the last ten years. NSP reduces the impact of HD on individuals, families and communities with the application of life coaching, cognitive therapy and cognitive prostheses. This treatment approach is based on a neurocognitive model of HD. Now working as a clinical research assistant at McLean Hospital, Kay investigates the neuropsychological underpinning of HD utilizing a new neuropsychological database (comprised of data collected from individuals with HD presenting for neuropsychological testing) and provides treatment strategies that are based on a neurocognitive understanding.

Closing Keynote: Friday, March 23, 3:15PM - 4:45PM

New Developments in Hoarding Research: A Novel Approach Using Virtual Reality

Ryerson University

Hanna McCabe-Bennett is a PhD candidate in the clinical psychology program at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. Hanna's academic interests are in hoarding, perfectionism, and the use of virtual reality in psychological research. Her doctoral dissertation investigated information processing and emotional factors involved in problematic hoarding using a novel virtual reality paradigm. Hanna is currently completing her predoctoral internship in clinical psychology at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton in Hamilton, Ontario. Her clinical interests are in using cognitive-behavioural, dialectical behavioural, and mindfulness-based interventions for treating anxiety and anxiety-related disorders.

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