Am I a Hoarder? – Albuquerque Buried in Treasures Workshop

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Am I a Hoarder? – Albuquerque Buried in Treasures Workshop

Am I a Hoarder? Have your friends and family called you a “Hoarder”? Due to popular television programs that feature individuals with excessive clutter, many people are now being labeled as hoarders when they are not.
Experts in the field of hoarding, David F. Tolin, Randy O. Frost, and Gail Steketee defined hoarding as including all three of the following criteria:
1. The accumulation, and difficulty discarding, objects that most other people would consider useless or of limited value.
2. Clutter so severe that it prevents or seriously limits the use of living spaces in the manner for which those spaces were intended.
3. The clutter, acquiring, or difficulty discarding causes significant impairment or distress.
If you don’t meet these three criteria, you are not a hoarder, but may be chronically disorganized. The Institute for Challenging Disorganization has several fact sheets that will help you decide if you are chronically disorganized, http://www.challengingdisorganization.org/content/fact-sheet-subscribers.
If you do meet the criteria for hoarding, there is a newly developed program to help those afflicted with hoarding behaviors is being offered in Albuquerque. The workshops will provide practical, effective, affordable help for adults burdened with hoarding behaviors. This 15 session facilitated self-help group provides support, learning, and effective, practical strategies for overcoming hoarding. The workshop is based on the book Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding by David Tolin, Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee, leading experts on compulsive acquiring and saving
The group will meet for two hours on 15 Saturday mornings beginning June 7th to learn about the disorder and to support each other in learning and practicing new behaviors. It provides a judgment free environment, direction, and mutual support for people ready to make a change in their lives.
The sessions will be facilitated by two certified professional organizers with training and experience helping those burdened with hoarding behaviors.
The program is based on tested procedures. All materials, including the book will be provided. The group will be limited to 10 participants to enable each one to experience support from the group. Designed to be affordable as well as effective, the fee for the entire 15-session program is only $160.00.
For further information see http://org4everyday.com/burdened-with-hoarding-behaviors-ready-for-a-change/, or contact Elizabeth Tawney Gross at 505-797-3628, elizabeth@org4everyday.com. You may start the reservation process by speaking to Elizabeth. The deadline for registration is May 15, 2014.

Copyright© 2014 Elizabeth Tawney Gross, Organizing For Everyday, LLC

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