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Hoarding disorder and how housing associations can best address it
Wed 6 July 2016, 14:30 – 16:30 BST
This is a half day workshop which aims to help participants gain confidence and skill in dealing with people with Hoarding Disorder.
Hoarding was, until recently been believed to be a lifestyle choice. There is now a much greater understanding of as a mental disorder and we have seen the introduction of a new concept of Hoarding Disorder as a distressing condition in which the individual has extreme attachment to a large number of objects which would normally be considered worthless or of low value. Hoarding is now recognised to be one of the most common mental health disorders affecting between 1% and 5% of the adult population. Despite this, hoarding is often dismissed by mental health services and various other agencies including the fire service; housing associations and even the RSPCA (in the distressing cases of animal hoarding) are often left to deal with the problem and have few options but to address this via a legal approach which is distressing to all involved.
This workshop aims in an informal and interactive session to demystify Hoarding Disorder and its treatment. Left untreated, patients can place their lives at risk as well as that of neighbours due to risk of fire and structural damage to property as well as the risk of being crushed and the effect on general health of living in often unsanitary conditions of squalor.
The workshop will examine:
- What is Hoarding Disorder and how can it be diagnosed?
- What treatments are available for Hoarding Disorder.
- Psychological therapy and Hoarding – what types of CBT have been found to be useful in Hoarding Disorder.
- How might local agencies outside of mental health services best address this issue?
Dr Lynne Drummond (Consultant Psychiatrist in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Body Dismorphic Disorder at South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust)
Robert Fogg (Senior CBT Therapist at South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust)
Augusta Chandler (Senior CBT Therapist at South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust)
Who should attend:
The event is aimed at strategic managers in housing associations and those looking to develop a preventive approach to hoarding disorder.
The workshop is free for housing providers and attendance is limited to one delegate per organisation.