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.”
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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Christiana Bratiotis, postdoctoral fellow and adjunct professor of clinical practice, and Dean Gail Steketee were featured in BU Today for their co-written book, The Hoarding Handbook. The book was written specifically for people who find hoarders and includes practical tips on how to interact with them. Bratiotis, in particular, has become a “de facto hotline” for those who come across hoarders and receives as many as “a dozen calls a week,” according to the article.
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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.
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Dean Gail Steketee, Ph.D., was recognized as a “renowned hoarding expert” and is quoted in the Washington Post. Dean Steketee is co-author of “Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things” and said the problem can be compared to “a little bit of pack rat behavior gone haywire.”
Read the full story in the Washington Post.