"The acquisition of, and failure to discard, possessions that appear to be useless or of limited value, cluttered living spaces and significant distress or impairment in functioning" (Frost & Hatl 1996).
Hoarding is a mental health disorder, it is not caused by laziness, lack of standards or lack of responsibility.
Its characteristics include:
- Low insight
- Other are more aware o
- f the issue
- The individual often does not see an issue
- 92% of individuals with Hoarding have 1 or more other mental health disorders
- Depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, social phobia
Our Hoarder to order training is aimed at support workers and people who have an interest in this field.
You will learn:
- What is hoarding
- Making Change
- Objection handling
When engaging compulsive hoarders with long-term, chronic disorganisation and collecting behaviours, a collaborative or team approach permits the client, psychotherapist, and housing support worker to work side by side to facilitate and maintain change within the home, as well as to build lasting internal cognitive-emotional change within the client. Depending on the severity of the case, the team may include others, such as family members, friends, an advocate.
One of the first challenges for organisers and psychotherapists working collaboratively with a compulsive hoarder is to have them be fully on board with the idea that they cannot do the job alone. In all likelihood, they are going to require the intervention of at least to two professionals at the same time.
The Housing Support worker role
The housing support officer sensitively provides on-site guidance, focus, assistance and reinforcement, being aware of the client’s particular style of learning in order to optimize strengths, effort and time in achieving de-cluttering goals. Therapeutic work takes place away from the clients cluttered physical environment