Tagged: Dean Gail Steketee
BUSSW’s Dean Gail Steketee discusses the difference between clutter and hoarding in her assessment of the emotional connections to items. She is highly esteemed in her field. Her work highlights her expertise in obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders. She co-authored the book, Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things, and the first edited scholarly volume on hoarding disorder, The Oxford Handbook of Hoarding and Acquiring. She also co-authored Buried in Treasure: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving and Hoarding. She frequently gives lectures and workshops on the subject to professionals and public audiences around the nation and abroad. Gain more insight on Dean Steketee’s work through her interview with Downsizing the Home.
Boston University School of Social Work Dean and Professor Gail Steketee, PhD, was interviewed for Marni Jameson’s Orlando Sentinel article titled “Take a look at your house – are you a hoarder?”
In the November 24 article, Steketee discusses the spectrum of relationships people have with their stuff. ”Holding onto stuff becomes unhealthy when it negatively affects a person’s life,” she told Jameson.
Steketee co-authored two books on hoarding, including ”Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things,” and “Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding.”
On November 6, 2014, the Mental Health Association for San Francisco awarded Dean and Professor Gail Steketee the Lifetime Achievement Award at its 16th annual International Conference on Hoarding and Cluttering.
Dean Gail Steketee received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 16th Annual International Conference on Hoarding and Cluttering, hosted by the Mental Health Association of San Francisco, on November 6.
Dean Steketee presented with Jordana Muroff at the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership Forum Panel on October 30 and the Hoarding Behavior Therapy Training Instite in Boston, October 31-November 2.
Boston University School of Social Work Dean and Professor Gail Steketee, PhD, was interviewed for a Harvard Women’s Health Watch article by Stephanie Watson titled “Treatment can Break the Grip of Hoarding Disorder.”
In the article, Steketee discusses the various reasons people hoard, including sentimental attachment. “There is some specific association to an object, or an object is seen to represent a person’s identity in some important way,” Steketee told Watson.
Regardless of the reasoning, experts recommend cognitive behavioral therapy to help the person understand the reason for their hoarding. Steketee suggests finding a therapist who is specifically trained in hoarding. Also, books such as “Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding,” which Steketee co-authored, can also help hoarders and their families find a solution.
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Boston University School of Social Work Dean and Professor Gail Steketee, PhD, was recently interviewed for an article by Miranda Silva in Martha Stewart Living. “For the Love of Lightening Up” discusses the benefits of relinquishing goods while honoring happy memories.
Steketee acknowledges the various reasons people decide to hold on to things. “Sometimes it’s just simply joy or aesthetics – there’s pleasure in seeing an object,” she explains in the article. “But often nostalgia, guilt, and anxiety play a role.”
To combat the clutter buildup, Steketee suggests a thorough examination of the reasons for holding onto an item. If it is a struggle to justify keeping something, or it is kept out of mere obligation, it is time to let it go. Further, she reminds readers of the benefits of finding a good home for their cherished items. “The good feeling that comes from donating helps counter any guilt,” Steketee explains.
The complete article and further information about the emotional and physical ramifications of clutter buildup can be found in the How-To Handbook section of the April 2014 issue of Martha Stewart Living.
Harvard Medical School’s newsletter, Women’s Health Watch, used Dean Gail Steketee, PhD, as a reference on hoarding in their article, “When Keeping Stuff Gets Out of Hand,” published this month. The article summarizes the dangers, causes and treatment methods of obsessive hoarding, and emphasizes the need for a clear diagnosis.
Read the full story in the Harvard Women’s Health Watch.