Hoarding Disorder

Intervention and Relapse Prevention

A growing concern for property managers and housing support staff is the number is cases of compulsive hoarding and how to effectively intervene with severe cases of Hoarding Disorder.  Research has demonstrated that rapid clean-outs result in a 97% re-acquiring rate.  Its imperative we find alternative approaches of therapeutically supporting individuals living with Hoarding Disorder.  One such model exists that continues to demonstrate high levels of effectiveness.

This training is dedicated to learning about Hoarding Disorder as a treatable mental illness, understanding the developmental processes associated with Hoarding Disorder, and how to effectively apply addictions recovery principles to this challenging mental illness.

Who Should Attend?

Housing Support Staff, Housing Managers, Community Relations Workers, Housing Providers


Two days

Learning Objectives

  • Introduction to Hoarding Disorder
  • Demographics
  • Signs and symptoms of Hoarding Disorder
  • Co-occurring mental health conditions
  • Themes in hoarding behaviour
  • Understanding hoarding as a process disorder and implications for treatment
  • Treatment challenges
  • Treatment options
  • Applying the stages of change to identify appropriate treatment planning
  • Introduction to Solution Focused Brief Interventions
  • The importance of using an integrated approach
  • Application of the addictions model and learned outcomes
  • Practical application and case evaluation

Bring this Workshop In-House

Contact Christie Herrington
Manager, Education

Email Christie

About the Trainer

Megan Phillips is a Registered Psychotherapist with over 18 years of experience working in multiple roles within community and social services. As a former Case Worker and Manager with Ontario Works, as well as a Concurrent Disorders Specialist in a community mental health program, Megan utilizes her additional award-winning experience in instructing post-secondary education to bring captivating, illustrative, relevant, and humorous educational seminars to a variety of non-profit agencies and organizations.

As an experienced presenter, Megan has dedicated herself to the educational advancement and enhancement of her fellow colleagues and community professionals in areas such as Motivational Interviewing, Burnout, Resiliency Building, PTSD, Secondary Traumatic Stress, Compassion Fatigue and Working with Clients with Multiple Barriers.