#JoinUs: 18th Conference on Hoarding & Cluttering


#JoinUs for our 18th Annual Conference on Hoarding and Cluttering

Thinking Outside the Boxes: Innovation in Action


The theme for our 18th Conference on Hoarding and Collecting is “Thinking Outside the Boxes: Innovation in Action”. With that theme, one can expect something very different from what MHASF has presented in the past and that is certainly what we plan to deliver.

The change is apparent from the very first keynote. The first session of the conference will be a one-woman stage performance. Hilary Kacser, an actor from New York, will present her short stage show, “DisordR the Play”, the story of Pakrat Patty and her efforts to find help with hoarding challenges. ‘DC Theatre Scene’ called Hilary “stellar, gifted, hilarious,” the show is “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.”


We will be holding the conference at the Student Union Building on the University of California campus at Berkeley. Even though the school is on Spring Break, feel free to think and act like a college student. The goal of the conference is and always has been “higher learning” and advancing the work in the treatment of hoarding disorder.


After the opening keynote, the change continues. In a session on Thursday and again on Friday, participants will be involved in a facilitated group exercise. The goal on Thursday is problem identification; what are the challenges for individuals and those working in this field. On Friday, the group will work towards solutions to the problems identified on the previous day. We intend to bring together participants from all areas (peers, service providers, therapists and researchers) to create a roadmap for the coming year and perhaps beyond.

There will still be topic-driven breakout sessions. Do you have a topic to present?
The deadline for proposals is December 17th.

Finally, a sixty or ninety minute presentation may seem a bit challenging and some topics just work better in a shorter format. On Friday, one session will be a series of 20-minute presentations on specific topics we’re calling ‘PITCH’ presentations. The goal here is to inform in an entertaining engaging way. We are looking for material suitable for the Internet. Do you have a story about your life in clutter that draws empathetic responses? Does your dog seem to be trying to de-clutter your life by burying your stuff in the yard? Do you have a specific technique that keeps you motivated? Come share your story on our stage and perhaps the Internet.

We look forward to working with you to create something new and different as we move to advance the understanding of and the work related to hoarding disorder.

*Advanced Registration closes on December 10th! Register Today!
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