Advanced Harm Reduction: A Pragmatic Approach to the Problem of Severe Hoarding

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The risk inherent in many hoarding situations is high not only because the living environment is highly cluttered and often dilapidated but because the individual lacks the physical, psychological, and social capacity to live safely and comfortably in a highly cluttered environment. This interaction between an unsafe environment and poor functional capacity defines severe hoarding. Severe hoarding is a serious and growing problem that can lead to eviction, homelessness, and death. Those with the problem often have other psychiatric disorders as well as little awareness of the consequences they face living in a hoarding environment. Harm Reduction: A Pragmatic Approach to the Problem of Severe Hoarding presents harm reduction as an alternative to treatment for severe hoarding. Harm reduction assumes that it is not necessary to stop all acquiring or to clear homes completely in order to reduce the risk of harm and improve the health, safety, and comfort of adults who hoard. The workshop presents the essential features of the harm reduction process applied to the problem of severe hoarding. The workshop presents strategies for engaging the client in the harm reduction process, building and managing the harm reduction team, assessing harm potential, and developing and managing a harm reduction plan. To enhance learning, the workshop includes experiential exercises, video, and handouts.

Registration

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Tier 1 (Individual Rate) – $180/person
Tier 1G (Group Rate) – $150/person
Tier 2 (Individual Rate) – $480/person
Tier 2G (Group Rate) – $450/person

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will learn factors that influence harm potential for people who hoard.
  • Attendees will learn to assess harm potential.
  • Attendees will learn to engage people who hoard in the harm reduction process.
  • Attendees will learn to develop a harm reduction plan.
  • Attendees will learn specific harm reduction strategies.

Target Audience and Instructional Level

  • Are you a therapist or counselor who have clients diagnosed with hoarding behavior?
  • You want to help a client or want to take on clients wit hoarding behavior challenges?
  • Participants should hold at least a degree in mental health, medical, research field, or a related field.

Agenda

Time Topic
09:00am-10:30am
  • Definition of severe hoarding.
  • Recognizing hoarding behaviors in your clients.
  • Insight, functional capacity, and reasons people refuse help.
10:30am-10:45am Break
10:45am-12:00pm
  • Principles of harm reduction applied to severe hoarding.
  • Goals of harm reduction.
  • Engaging reluctant clients in the harm reduction approach.
12:00pm-01:00pm Lunch
01:00pm-02:45pm
  • Assessing harm potential.
  • Identifying harm reduction targets.
02:45pm-03:00pm Break
03:00pm-04:00pm
  • Harm reduction plans and strategies.
  • Question and answer
  • Evaluations
04:00pm Adjourn

Location

Location to be announced.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit

CE Credits for Psychologist, MFTs, LCSWs – State of California License Only
The San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy (Provider Approval No.: CEN034) is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists and Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers who are licensed in the state of California only. The San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy will issue credit only to those who attend the entire workshop. Those who arrive more than 15 minutes after the start time or leave before the workshop ends will not receive CE credit. The San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy is approved to offer 6.0 hours of continuing education credit for this workshop. The San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy cannot grant partial CE credits.

Advanced Harm Reduction: A Pragmatic Approach to the Problem of Severe Hoarding is eligible for 6 Continuing Education credits. The cost per license is $42.00.

About the Trainer

Dr. Michael Tompkins


tompkins-3840x3898Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist (PSY 13822) and co-director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy where he specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders in adults, adolescents, and children. Dr. Tompkins is Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Diplomate and Certified Trainer of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and a consultant and trainer for the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. He is the author or co-author of numerous articles and chapters on cognitive-behavior therapy and related topics, as well as seven books, including Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding, and Compulsive Acquiring (with Tamara L. Hartl) (New Harbinger, 2009) and the Clinician’s Guide to Severe Hoarding: A Harm Reduction Approach (Springer, 2015), a book for clinicians who work with people with severe hoarding behavior. Dr. Tompkins has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and on television (The Learning Channel, Arts & Entertainment, Lifetime) and radio (KQED, NPR) and has presented widely on cognitive-behavior therapy, hoarding, and related topics.

Disclosure Information

Institutional Conflict of Interest Disclosure 

The San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy does not receive commercial support for any of the continuing education activities it provides. The Mental Health Association of San Francisco does not receive commercial support for any of the continuing education activities it provides.

Individual Conflict of Interest Disclosure

Joan Davidson, Ph.D., SFBACCT CE Advisory Committee, has no relevant financial relationships or conflicts. 

Speaker Conflict of Interest Disclosure

Michael A. Tompkins, PhD has no relevant financial relationships or conflicts.

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