Compulsive Hoarding in Older Adults

Is your older client simply an eccentric collector or is she a compulsive hoarder? Find out how to know and what to do about it in this popular course. Hoarding is a common problem with serious risks to health and safety, especially for older people. Approximately one in 30 adults is affected. This course describes the signs and manifestations of compulsive hoarding, the trajectory of the condition, and how it affects the individual’s behavior and ability to function at home and in the community. The course features the latest methods of assessment, treatment, and intervention to help clients and their families. Case studies provide concrete examples, and bonus resources and background information are available for downloading throughout the course. (4 CEUs)

This course is required for the CADER Mental Health in Aging Certificate.

Course Benefits

  • Knowledge of current research on compulsive hoarding in older adults and the implications for practice.
  • Understanding of intervention options and treatment approaches, related ethical concerns, vulnerabilities of older adults, and family and community perspectives.
  • Skills and tools to identify the behavioral manifestations of compulsive hoarding, to assess the affected older adult’s self-care competence, and to intervene with affected adults and concerned families.
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Online Training Manager

Expert Contributors

The expert contributors for this course are Cristina Sorrentino, M.S.W., Ph.D., a clinician and a former project director and therapist for the Psychopathology and Treatment of Compulsive Hoarding Project at Boston University School of Social Work; Christiana Bratiotis, M.S.W., Ph.D., a researcher and therapist working on studies of the psychopathology and treatment of compulsive hoarding, at BU School of Social Work. The expert commentator is Gail Steketee, Ph.D., dean and professor at BU School of Social Work, whose recent books include Compulsive Hoarding and Acquiring: Therapist Guide and Client Manual; Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding; and Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things.

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Kudos for This Course

“The best online course I have ever taken on compulsive hoarding.”

—Mark Odom, L.C.S.W., California